MURAL is a collective group made of three rising jazz stars in New York.
The group showcases each members‘ virtuosic instrumental skills as well as their refined compositions. Subtle influences of European classical music, Japanese folk, and South American rhythms are just one the culmination of the multiple nationalities and cultures represented in the band. The band’s collaboration is apparent through their balanced sound, wide dynamics, and seamless interaction.
MURAL is truly a band effort – a single instrument with three musicians.
Aki Ishiguro has been playing and practicing for more than 11 years. He still remembers the first lesson he received when he learned to play a Nirvana song.
Aki is a Berklee grad and dual major in Jazz Guitar Performance and Jazz Composition. He has had the honor of playing with such varied artists as Chaka Khan, The Drifters, John Zorn, Christian McBride, and Melissa Etheridge . Aki also has toured in Portugal, Japan, Costa Rica, and Canada. In 2009, he won 1st place in “Public’s Choice” and 2nd place overall at the Montreaux Jazz Festival sponsored by Gibson in Switzerland.. He has performed in rock bands for the past 18 years and is currently part of the NYC based rock band Jen Jayden and the Greenstone, in addition to his own project Beautiful Round, and his jazz quartet Split Cycle.
Bassist and composer Peter Schwebs lives in Hanover, Germany and New York. He works as a freelance musician with various international bands and projects performing and teaching in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the U.S.
Peter studied Jazz & Contemporary Music at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media (2000-2005) and was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to continue his studies in the graduate program at New York University (2006-2008). Peter was a member of the youth jazz orchestra Windmachine of the German state of Lower Saxony, and received awards at a number of national and international jazz competitions, including Jugend Jazzt, Winning Jazz, Next Generation, Niedersächsischer Jazzpreis in Germany and Concurso Internacional de Intérpretes de Jazz in Granada, Spain. From 2007 till 2008, he was an adjunct instructor for Jazz Ensemble at New York University and received the Barney Josephson Award for Excellence in Jazz (NYU 2008). In 2011, he was awarded the Artist Stipend in Music and Composition of the Federal State of Lower Saxony, Germany.
Peter performed at international festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Umbria Jazz (Italy), Jazzy Colours (France), Jazz Rallye Luxembourg, Jazz Bez (Ukraine), Jazz Peru Internacional, Costa Rica International Jazz Festival and Thelonious Jazz Festival Chile. He has also participated in TV and broadcasting productions, and recorded with different artists as well as releasing albums with his band projects in New York: Stories from Sugar Hill (LAIKA Records 2010), In-between Seasons & Places (BERTHOLD records 2013), „MURAL“ (BERTHOLD records 2016) and Shishi’s Wish (BERTHOLD records 2018).
In New York, Peter had the chance to play with internationally acclaimed artists including Joe Lovano, John Scofield, George Garzone, Kenny Werner, Lenny Pickett, Chris Potter, Randy Brecker and Ari Hoenig. For these collaborations, he had the privilege of performing at some of New York’s most prestigious jazz venues such as The Blue Note, Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center, Smalls and 55 Bar.
Since 2015, he has been working together with American-Japanese guitarist Aki Ishiguro and Chilean drummer Rodrigo Recabarren on their New York band project MURAL. On their first Around-The-World-Album-Release-Tour, the trio presented their music to audiences in Japan, Chile, Europe and the U.S. In April 2018, they released their 2nd album Shishi’s Wish under the German label BERTHOLD records. Currently, the band is working on their third album. In December 2018, they got a head start on the new recording project with the inimitable Chris Potter on saxophone as a guest artist.
Born in Santiago de Chile, Rodrigo Recabarren studied music at the PUC in Chile (BA) and NYU (M.M.), in the US. In 2009 Rodrigo starts his career in the United States. where he has worked with artists as: Guillermo Klein, Brad Shepik, Melissa Aldana, Camila Meza, Rafal Sarnecki Andre Carvallo, Rotem Sivan and Jeff Miles among many others.
Rodrigo has performed in Europe, the United States, Asia and Latin-America in prestigious venues like the Blue Note, Smalls and Jazz at Lincoln Center, among many others in New York City, as well as festivals and venues in countries worldwide like Japan, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Argentina, Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Latvia and all over the United states, just to name a few.
As a band leader, Rodrigo brings to life many projects that have toured the world. A few of them are Mural, Beekman, Peregrinos, Brooklyn Aliens and Novas trio.
Rodrigo endorses Vic Firth Sticks, Zildjian Cymbals, and Overtone Labs.
In 2012 filmmaker Eduardo Pavez Goye filmed a documentary around Rodrigo in New York called El Parque de los prospectos, this documentary was selected and screened in the official selection of the 2012 version of the In-Edit-Film Festival in Chile.