2011 Summer Jazz Workshop
Bassist Marika Galea was named as the 2014 Rising Young Star at the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival and is currently on full scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since enrolling at Berklee, Marika Galea has performed everywhere from the desert of Santa Fe to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York, as she carves out her reputation as a jazz bassist with staying power on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border. She is presently a student of master drummers Ralph Peterson Jr. and Terri Lyne Carrington, as well as bassist Susan Hagen (Boston Symphony Orchestra extra). She plans to complete her studies in Performance and Classical Composition with a minor in Conducting. Over the last few years, Marika has enjoyed the privilege of performing with a number of skillful artists including Cyrus Chestnut, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Steve Davis. She has also opened for the likes of Branford Marsalis & Joey Calderazzo, Joey DeFrancesco, Al Jarreau and Randy Brecker. Marika also leads a variety of projects, and looks forward to appearing at the 2015 Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival with her quartet. Originally from Toronto, Marika is a former student of both the University of Toronto and the Humber College Community Music School. A respected musician, journalist, and educator who emerged from the Toronto scene, Marika aspires to a career in international relations as a musical ambassador for both Canada and the United States as her musicianship continues to grow.