Music In The Park 2017 Artists

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson

Our loyal friend and MITP supporter "Miguel AF" travels to Atlanta each year to conduct and jam with our Youth Orchestra. Miguel is back this year with more amazing music to lead our biggest orchestra yet.

Multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer, music director, producer, DJ, and educator based in his hometown of Los Angeles, California. In addition to all things music, Miguel is recognized as a community leader and has organized numerous special uplifting events throughout the US. Miguel also does outreach concerts and talks for adults and kids at various schools, social facilities and venues, and volunteers in hospitals and resting homes, where he is able to inspire and enliven audiences with his unique, insightful point of view and beautiful, highly nuanced sound.

Mark de Clive-Lowe

Musical polymath Mark de Clive-Lowe seems an impossibility at first sight - juggling piano, synths, live sampling and beat making all on-the-fly, brought to life with a casual ease that’s mind-boggling. The Japanese-New Zealander was raised primarily in New Zealand where he learnt piano from a young age developing an avid passion for jazz through his father’s record collection. In high school, he fell in love with Native Tongues hip hop and early UK jungle – laying the foundation for what was to come next…

Butcher Brown

Marcus Tenney, Morgan Burrs, Corey Fonville, Andrew Randazzo, and DJ Harrison. Straight out of the underground, a steady rumble is building and it’s called Butcher Brown. Pulsing from the nerve center of Jellowstone Studios in Richmond VA, Butcher Brown takes careful note of the history and legacy of jazz and throws caution to the wind with wanton abandon. Garage punk jazz funk on the low end of the dial gives way to delicate and elegant compositions as the band shows off without trying. These are not just players, these are musicians.

Russell Gunn's Krunk Jazz Orkestrea

Russell Gunn (born October 20, 1971 in Chicago) raised in East St. Louis Il, is an American contemporary  musician. He has produced two  Grammy nominated recordings, Ethnomusicology vol. 1 and Vol.2. His initial musical interest was American Hip Hop. His current projects include "The Sirius Mystery" with large ensemble: The Krunk Jazz Orkestra, Dionne Farris with Russell Gunn, and Elektrik Butterfly.

Wolfpack ATL

Wolves kill,” Williams says. “We gotta eat, and they ain’t coming to us so we gotta go out and get ’em. They’re all out sheeping and herding around, blindly following the leader. So we just gotta ambush ’em. Just hit ’em with the music…We’re going extinct. The Wolfpack is like soldiers, fighting on the frontlines. When we go extinct there ain’t going to be no more music. No more art. So we gotta go out here and fight for this. Kill for this.”

Marcus Lewis Big Band

Marcus Lewis (Trombone) was born in Augusta Georgia in 1978. In 2001, Marcus graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelorʼs Degree in Jazz Performance and continued on to receive a Masterʼs Degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. 2008. Marcus currently lives in Kansas City, MO and continues to tour with The Marcus Lewis Band and the Grammy Nominated vocalist, Janelle Monáe. Some notable artists that Marcus has performed and/or recorded with are Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monáe, Bruno Mars, B.o.B, Musiqsoulchild, Avery Sunshine, The Barkays, Confunkshun, and Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players. In addition to an active touring and recording schedule, Marcus stays busy writing, arranging, teaching and leading clinics and master-classes worldwide.

Sean Nowell

Sean Nowell, is a Albama bred, NYC native tenor saxophone monster. He has composed and improvised film scores, music for ballet and theatre, 20th century classical music, big band, and small jazz ensembles and has pushed the timbral boundaries of the saxophone by integrating electronic effects pedals. He has traveled and collaborated with dancers, actors, painters, stilt walkers, and acrobats on multiple international tours and is also active on the NYC live performance scene with regular engagements at Smalls, The 55 Bar, Groove, The Blue Note and The Let Love Inn. He has released the albums FIREWERKS, THE SEEKER, STOCKHOLM SWINGIN' and THE KUNG-FU MASTERS for Posi-Tone Records.

Joe Gransden Big Band

Joe Gransden is the soul of live Jazz and Big Band. Clint Eastwood has discovered his talent and describes Joe as "a young man with a classic voice and one hell of a Trumpet player." Kenny G, says "Joe Gransden is one of those rarest musicians that has it all. He is an incredible instrumentalist with the technique of a virtuoso."

The Omega Level

The Omega Level is a unification of musical genres and sounds that are based on Funky, ever-moving, and interactive compositions. The grooves are inspired by the ancient and the future.This collective continuously churns out Rhythmically pulsating, sonically oscillating, and harmonically stimulating vibes at a very high level. Our goal is to achieve extreme levels of sonic manipulation and full control eardrums and physical matter.

Brenda Nicole Moorer

Brenda Nicole Moorer is a singer and songwriter hailing from Atlanta, currently living between Atlanta and Harlem. Moorer released her debut indie album in 2011 entitled "Songbird" which Pandora featured. In 2014, Moorer teamed up with keyboardist/producer Jesse Fischer to release EP, "For Lovers & Believers," presenting music with a positive message, simple melodies atop laid back rhythms, heavy Rhodes, and underlying synths. Moorer’s brand of soul is both refreshing and vintage, gentle and sultry mixing elements of folk, soul, and pop. Soul Bounce describes Moorer’s voice as " a sweet voice that sounds like a blend between Minnie Riperton and Corinne Bailey Rae.” She can easily be deemed the "sugar of soul" with her sweet voice and soulful sounds. Her latest release is a soul jazz duet with Chris Turner from Snarky Puppy’s Family Dinner II. This song is featured on her sophomore album Brand New Heart.

Saira Raza

Sister Sai is the moniker of multi-instrumentalist and producer Saira (pronounced sī’ rǝ) Raza. Her work displays a wide range of musical influences including jazz, folk, electronic, and classical. In her recordings, Saira employs any and all instruments within reach including vibraphone, guitar, bass, dilruba, found sounds, synths, but she primarily performs with her first love, the cello. Her album Inertia was included in Creative Loafing Atlanta’s 40 Best Albums of 2016. She recently released a new project Extempore, which reflects the experimental loop-based style of her live solo sets.

Mausiki Scales & The Common Ground Collective

Mausiki Scales has been a force in the Atlanta indie music scene for almost two decades as a sought after keyboardist and founder/musical director of the critically acclaimed ensemble, the Common Ground Collective. Recently honored with the Georgia Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities, Mausiki is also a folklorist and historian who translates his knowledge into musical arrangements that leave his audiences moved and moving…literally.

Nick Rosen

Born and raised in Miami, FL and currently residing in Atlanta, GA, Nick’s calling for music began at a young age when he began plucking tunes out at the piano. Fast forward a few decades and he has become one of the most sought after musicians in the southeast, traveling and performing all over the country and the world. 

Alpiar Experiment

Veteran sax man and composer Christopher Alpiar has been searching for decades to uncover the nine-note multiphonic chord, performed on the tenor saxophone, that allows the dimensions of time and/or space to be folded - allowing instantaneous travel in space and time. The search continues with Æ (Alpiar Experiment). With a cast of the finest creative minds assembled, the band gathers once again, combining their individual magics to delve deep into the essence of the universe. Beginning the quest with the very rhythm of the Earth, they establish a cosmic resonance together, filled with bare primal truths of life and existence.

Giwayen Mata

The term GIWAYEN MATA literally translates “Elephant Women” in the West Afrikan Hausa language. This is the title that is given to women who lead women’s organizations. Elephants are matriarchal, nurturing, and powerful as were the founders of GIWAYEN MATA who banned together as women artists who were leaders in the community taking the brave step to play drums in a way that women had not in the city of Atlanta. The founding women of GIWAYEN MATA interpreted the term to mean “Elephant Leaders of Women”. To fulfill this name, GIWAYEN MATA has moved and wooed audiences from New York to Texas and at venues throughout the southeast with entertainment that is empowering, enlightening, and educational.

Rasheeda Ali

Rasheeda 'Flautista' Ali records and performs fluttering into the hearts of music lovers with an avante garde sound exploration. She has performed at Harlem's Apollo Theater, The Atlanta Jazz Festival, The Atlanta Film Fest, Art Beats & Lyrics, and has made many appearances on flute in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, and London. Her unique signature borrows the wind to speak of African polyrhythm, Latin flair, Eastern sounds, Jazz, Funk, and Classical taste. She performs in various ensembles and her own quartet.

Zacchae'us began his passion for music at a very young age, starting with the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Riverdale, Georgia. At the early age of 10 years old he performed his very first solo in the Sun-Beam Church Choir. By the age of 12, he remarkably found his talent in piano under his step-father Darin Jennings. He continues to advance his skills by specializing in ear study, being able to use his talent and skill to express his passion for music. 


Grüt consists of four members who collectively write and compose original music. The band has no leader. Members challenge each other to learn and explore all types of music, familiar and unfamiliar. Grüt fuses many styles of music: jazz, experimental, electronic, rock, funk, and soul. The band has performed a monthly improvisation set at Elliot Street in Atlanta, Georgia. After being long-term friends, the band noticed that they had created a new sound that is honest and original. Grüt brings elusive energy and heavy improvisation to every show.

Mr. David Brooks

A West End Story...

With the purity and sensibility of one who spends much time basking in the glowing rays of the Sun, Colette Coward, also known as CC Sunchild, embodies everything her name suggests. Musically, she captures a whimsical innocence and simplicity, underscored by a compellingly brilliant complexity. Her diverse training and experience in jazz, classical, gospel, pop, and world music are nestled seamlessly within the intricate weavings of her creative expression. This accomplished musician has traveled all over the world and has performed with several well-known artists such as Patti LaBelle, Bruce Hornsby, Bobby McFerrin, India.Arie, Rueben Studdard, Dionne Farris, Raphael Saadiq, Caron Wheeler, and a host of others. Most recently, Colette performed nightly at Suzhou, China’s Crowne Plaza, where she was the featured artist-in-residence. Prior to that, she traveled to Bali, Indonesia to study Gamelan under the tutelage of Master Nyoman Warsa. Now residing in Atlanta, GA, CC Sunchild is currently working on her debut album, which is scheduled to be release in 2016.

The Yo Yo PAH! Harkestra

The Yo Yo PAH! HARKESTRA is a large, plush, groovin, "musical fun-station" playing a good mix of post-psychedelic Southern soul, existential funk, and post-fusion free-pop.

Quic Rojas

And The Funklord Dancers

Elliot Holden

he next guitar phenom NOW. Simply put, Elliot Holden is bringin' it.........



Chaos Soul


Chaos Soul is an improvisational music collective.

Paulino, Marquinn Mason, Majid Araim, Winn Sizemore, Rasheeda Ali, Jaimecito Barron, William Nichols, Kennito Murray.



Dallas Dawson-Drums
Trey Dunnahoo- Guitar
Marquinn Mason- Keys/ Alto Saxophone

Billy Fields