Kento Takeyama


Kento Takeyama is a tenor saxophonist born in Japan. Kento is a classically trained musician and the first instrument he mastered was the piano. Kento also plays Melodica, synth, flute, keyboard and percussion but his favourite instrument is the tenor saxophone.

In his early career as a saxophonist, which started, from big band jazz, he jammed and performed be-bop, fusion, disco-funk, rockabilly, classic rock, J-pop and so on. He absorbed the goodness of that music and brushed up his technique.

Determined to expand his knowledge of music, Kento studied in Koyo Conservatory in Japan, before travelling to Europe. He is currently studying at New-park Music Centre.

As a young child, his father had ambitions of Kento becoming a Rock Star and had him listen to artists such as Dire Straits, Stevie Wonder, The Style Council, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Modern Jazz Quartet, Bob Marley, Sting and so on. These artists have heavily influence Kento’s musical path.


Steve Tierney

Stevie Tierney is a bass player with a colourful palette of musical styles and an ever-growing list of collaborative efforts under his belt.

He started his musical career in the early 90’s. His ability to play the bass was quickly noticed which led him to perform with a variety of both original and cover acts over the years. Stevie’s sense of groove, sharp ear and strong command of his instrument have landed him onstage with several musicians of note including Donovan and Mark Knopfler, and has led him as far afield as Australia and South Africa. He is a regular player at the Cork Jazz Festival with The Mary Stokes Band, and holds the bass chair in several musical acts all around Europe.

Stevie years playing the guitar has been driven by his musical influences, which range from Jaco Pastorius and James Jamerson to Steely Dan and Led Zeppelin.

Sean Furey

Sean has always been playing music, he began taking classical piano lessons at the age of 5, soon after at age 7 he began playing the violin.

He has always been drawn to the dulcet tones of the saxophone and after begging his parents to buy one for several years they eventually folded and bought him his first alto saxophone at age 12. During his teenage years Sean added guitar, bass and drums to his repertoire this time focusing on the more popular blues, rock and soul genres. He began gigging at age 15 on the guitar and has been gigging ever since. Always striving for new sounds and harmonic material Sean went on to study jazz in adulthood.

He has toured extensively throughout Ireland and further afield in Europe. In 2011 he toured nationally with Toto frontman Bobby Kimball playing keys, bass, saxophone and guitar.

Sean also plays tenor sax, soprano sax and flute.

Robson Rocha

Robson Rocha’s professional musical journey started at the age of 15 in Santos, hometown to Brazil’s famous footballer, Pele.

Robson developed a good reputation in the city as a hard-working, professional and reliable free-lance musician. His services were much sought after by some of the top bands in the region like, Star Five, International Betinho and New Tropical, to name a few. By 1996 Robson had established himself on the music scene from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro. Robson has headlined many shows and played support for the likes of ‘The Mamas & The Papas’ and ‘B.J Thomas’. After the summer of ‘97 Robson landed a position, playing the guitar with ‘Feitico’. With the addition of Robson, the group was soon signed to Virgin Records Brazil and toured all over Brazil. With this experience under his belt, Robson took a chance with a new and exciting artist, ‘Johnny Cancilleri’. Bigger changes were to come for this musician, with a move to Dublin, Ireland in 2006.

Following his setup of one of the biggest focal points for Brazilian music in the city, he established his own group called the +55 Samba Rock band. The band has endured great success over the past three years. Robson is well known for the ease at which he can switch from one style of music to another. On top of mastering his musical career, Robson has also obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from New Park School of Music.

Khalile Vial

 Khalile is a Drummer and Percussionist born in Mauritius, with Native Indian and Asian Indian roots.

He grew up playing his native tribal instrument the Lakota, the Ravan and the Pow-pow drums, before learning the Djembe, Congas, Tabla and eventually master the Drum kit. Khalile found it hard to keep up with demand for his services. His ability and unique style of playing was something every artist wanted a piece of. Armed with his experience and motivation, Khalile travelled to south America and Asia to learn new styles of music and rhythm. This move paid off with an Award for best Drum style after he travelled to Europe. Khalile became a lecturer and Drum teacher at the Irish Drum academy along side Dave Hungathy and Paul Countwell.

Khalile has an impressive catalog of artists he has played with, such as Sinead O’Conner, The Wailers, Daniel O’Donnell, Graig Walkers, Seven Deadly Skins, Michael English and Lisa Stanley. Khalile stated that the style which he plays comes from his influences, artists he listened to since the beginning of his musical journey, which are: The Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Mahavishnu Orchestra. His influences encorporate South American, Asian and African music. 

Jo Petit

Jo’s experience in the music industry has given him an unusually strong command of his voice and a fully formed musical identity.

A Mauritian boy who grew up on the West coast of Paradise, Jo found his voice as a teenager but didn’t take music seriously until he was in his early 20’s. He explains, “I started singing in my head, and exploring the meaning behind lyrics, this took my interest in music to another level. I started listening to music from different countries to broaden my horizons even more.” Almost immediately, Jo joined a four-piece band and began playing in Hotels on the Island. “I wasn’t interested in anything I was doing other than music, and I loved the possibilities and diversity that music brought to my life” “There was a lot of Jazz and Soul played when I was growing up so I naturally gravitate to that kind of sound; there’s a warmth and unpredictability to it”. In 2006, Jo traveled to Ireland to follow his musical dreams. In 2009 he became a member of boyband ‘The Boulevard’ who had success with a number 1 single in the Irish download charts. Jo and the band toured Ireland and the UK, supporting major acts, such as Boyzone, Westlife and JLS.

Following two successful years with the band, Jo parted ways with the other members of The Boulevard to pave his own path in the music industry.

Jo is currently writing and recording his own music with a strong team of music professionals. When he is not in the studio, Jo can be heard singing in venues across Ireland, the UK, Scotland and Germany. As his name and reputation grow, the pieces are beginning to fall into place for Jo Petit