BISAHA – Who’s Who

Guitars

 

Chad Quist

Chad grew up in the Bay Area where he began playing piano at age five. At age ten he added guitar to his studies and began lessons with Jimmy Lyons (Eddie Money), Terry Maderas (Starship) and Jack Eskridge, along with other local Bay Area instructors. From age seventeen to nineteen Chad attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he studied music theory, composition and all styles of guitar performance.

After his college years, Chad relocated to Seattle. His talents for being adept at many styles on stage or in the studio were soon sought after by the top local acts, from the top-40 scene, to casuals and record work, doing everything from rock, pop and country to fusion and jazz. Some highlights were playing with local favorites where he had the chance to perform on stage with Kenny G, The Platters and Martha and the Vandellas. These experiences led to gigs opening shows for artists such as Ray Charles, Tower Of Power, George Benson, Steve Miller, Rick Derringer, Head East, Diane Schuur, Dave Grusin, Lou Rawls, Larry Carlton, Basia, Huey Lewis, Oleta Adams, Jamie Foxx, Tracy Byrd and Tracy Lawrence.

Working on his own records led Chad to his interest in producing and engineering. In recent years he has produced CDs for a number of independent artists, some of which have been picked up by Muzak and ABC Television. Recording demos for Sanjaya and Shyamali Malakar led to a song placement on Sanjaya’s first release, “Dancing To The Music In My Head”. He is now an associate producer with Mainstream Source, a premier music catalog, and playing a wide variety of gigs in the LA area.

For more info on Chad – please visit www.chadquist.com.

Yogi Lonich

California born and raised artist, Yogi Lonich most recent projects include a member of Japanese superstar, Koshi Inaba’s (Bz’s) touring band, a member of the platinum selling band, “Fuel” as of winter 2009 and Since 2006, Yogi has been lead guitarist/backup vocalist for rock legend, Chris Cornell. In ’08, Yogi recorded an album with the one and only Yusuf (AKA Cat Stevens).

As former Buckcherry and Wallflowers member, Yogi has a curriculum vitae which reads like an encyclopedia of musical legends sharing the stage with artists including Prince, Kid Rock, Melissa Etheridge, Natasha Bedingfield, Nikka Costa, Anastacia, Five For Fighting, Bonnie Raitt, Axl Rose, Slash, and Meredith Brooks. He was also honored to play with Jimi Hendrix’s own Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox at the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame opening of the Jimi Hendrix exhibit. Touring support with rock icons The Rolling Stones, Robert Plant, Aerosmith, AC/DC, KISS, Lenny Kravitz, Linkin Park and Korn are a mere few included in an impressive career, which just keeps getting stronger.  Away from the world of touring, filming, traveling, Kerrang awards and the Grammy’s, Yogi has put his undoubted and versatile talent to good use and has produced a solo, introspective album entitled, “Metta”, as well as his newest hard rock release, “Break The Silence”. The band is called Run Through The Desert, which features Chris Cornell’s current rhythm section. His albums show a craftsmanship and vocal maturity that can only be achieved by a man in full command of his already, world, recognized talent. Recently speaking about his fellow band members, Yogi said: “I’ve wanted to make records with these kind of players for years. When I finally got the right combination of people, it was obvious. I’m fortunate to have an outlet to share music with the world.”

Yet, Yogi does not only share his music with us, by writing and producing his own work. But he shares a pathos, a new future, a vision of sincerity for modern rock, that belies any doubt of his genius. Yogi is currently on tour with rock legend, Chris Cornell and will continue to perform his own music in tandem through 2009.

Away from the world of touring, filming, traveling, Kerrang awards and the Grammy’s, Yogi has put his undoubted and versatile talent to good use and produced a new and personal body of work. Melodic, poignant and intelligent music at its artistic best. It shows a craftsmanship and vocal maturity that can only be achieved by a man in full command of his already, world-recognized talent.

For more info on Yogi – please visit www.yogimusic.com.

Johnny Bisaha

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Drums

 

Pat Leon

Pat started playing the drums at age 6 and soon became active in bands by age 10. In Jr. High School, Pat was fortunate enough to meet and have the famous Chuck Wackerman as his Jazz & Drum instructor. It was even more fortunate that he also had all 4 years of High School PAT LEON on the tubs!with Mr. Wackerman as his advanced Jazz director as well as private teacher. Pat would then go on to study with world renowned drummer, clinician & teacher Chuck Flores. As soon as Pat enrolled to Fullerton College on a full music scholarship, he would study with Allen Carter who became another huge influence. Other major influences are Chris Partridge, Dave Goode, Esteban, James E. Keegan, Jeff Urbach. Drummers John Wackerman and Ken Hada would also be on Pat’s roster of teachers.

Pat has sat in, backed up or toured with countless artists such as Lanny Morgan, Rob McConnell, Greg Walker, Bill Watros, Gordon Brisker, ToeHead, Reggie Boyd Jr., Kentucky Mark Meadows aka “The Bass Cowboy”, Tim Wynn, Royal Reed, Del Paxton, Mick McCoy, Jim Nabors, Don Ho, The Antix, Fab Four Live, Tony Orlando & Dawn and TOO MANY others to mention here.

Some other accomplishments: Well sought after session drummer. Some credits on projects include the likes of TV shows The Young & The Restless, The Bold & The Beautiful, One Life To Live, All My Children, Dawson’s Creek and Beverly Hills 90210. Educational projects like Stand Alone Tracks improvisational skill builders Volumes 1 and 2, Cable Television sound track work on Cinemax, Showtime, HBO and The Lifetime Network. You can hear Pat on the Marvel Comic’s video game “The Punisher” & also the long awaited “Red Alert 3″ video game. You can find Pat all over the score to the soundtrack from the 2006 motion picture “Partners”.

Pat is endorsed by Heuer Drums, OCDP, Aquarian Drumheads, Sabian Cymbals, Vater Drumsticks and SKB Cases.

 

Bass Guitar

 

Tim Lefebvre

Tim Lefebvre (pronounced leh-FAVE) performs his very own retrohipster funk-jazz soundtrack while strutting around Europe (or wherever he happens to be) and so does his band Rudder, a group of New York City session cats currently storming the indie-jam-jazz scene with rowdy, greasy cuts like “Tokyo Chicken,” “Jackass Surcharge,” and “3H Club” from their brand new album Matorning [2009, Nineteen-Eight Records.] Lefebvre not only grooves his pants off, he fully embraces the offbeat hipster vibe from a tone standpoint. (Bryan Beller, Bass Player Magazine)

Lefebvre strives for modernity, mastering styles as diverse as drum and bass, electronica, rap, rock and many jazz styles including traditional, bebop and fusion, and creating his own hybrid. Lefebvre’s bass lines tend to waddle in and out (a la James Jamerson’s innate funkiness) of drummer Keith Carlock’s pounding, discovering hidden little caves of funk. “To be able to mesh all these diverse style and come up with something new is the most important lesson he ever learned from Wayne Krantz.” (Zachary Adam Cohen)

A native of Foxboro, Massachusetts who double-majored in political science and economics, Lefebvre spent three years gigging on a cruise ship before hitting New York and hooking up with drummer Zach Danziger, which led to gigs and recordings with guitarist Wayne Krantz. Once he began subbing for James Genus in the Saturday Night Live band, the walls to the TV world tumbled down, with gigs for The Sopranos, The Late Show With David Letterman, 30 Rock, and The Apprentice.

He has played on dozens of records, as well as performed and composed for several movie soundtracks and TV commercials, including Oceans 12, Oceans 13, Microsoft, The Departed,  Please Give, Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, Chevrolet, and Analyze That! In addition, he continues to be a freelance composer for JSM Music and Deetown Productions in NYC, and is presently remixing tracks for Maria Neckam, Benvenue, and Semi Precious Weapons for 2012 release. He also sound-designed on the brand-new Zoom B3 Bass Multi-Effects pedal.

Mr. Lefebvre also placed in both the Downbeat Reader’s and Critic’s Poll in 2010 and ‘ 11 for electric bass. Also several articles have been written about him in Bass Player Magazine, Bass Musician Magazine, and Guitarre + Bass Magazine.

Mr. Lefebvre has been seen on TV and touring extensively with Chris Botti and Rudder . He has appeared recently with Emmy Rossum, Elvis Costello,  John Mayer, Sting, Patti Austin, Jamie Cullum, Mark Guiliana’s Beat Music, Uri Caine, David Binney, and Wayne Krantz..

Mr. Lefebvre has appeared or recorded with Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, AR Rahman, Mark Isham, Tony Orlando, Donny Osmond, Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, Andy Garcia, Bette Midler,  Drew Barrymore, Snoop Dogg, Jim Belushi, David Holmes, Paula Cole, Melissa Errico,  Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Deborah Gibson, Karsh Kale, Russell Ferrante, KT Tunstall, Tenacious D, Hildegard Knef, Bob James, Mark Whitfield, Dr. John, Warren Haynes, Chuck Loeb, Les McCann, Bill Frisell, Donny McCaslin, Chris Potter’s Underground, Arif Marden, Bill Evans, David Cassidy, David Johanssen & The Harry Smith’s, M People, Russell Gunn, Philippe Saisse, Les McCann, Bill Frisell, Angelique Kidjo, Chuck Loeb, Dennis Chambers, Jon Pousette-Dart, Larry John MacNally, Jim Beard, Chieli Minucci & Special EFX, Mitch Forman, Eddie Daniels, Tim Berne, Brian Blade, and  Jim Black.

Tim is endorsed by Moollon Guitars, Callow Hill Guitars, MXR + Jim Dunlop Efx, Ableton Live, Izotope, M Audio, Aguilar Amplification, and D’Addario Strings.

 

Background Vocals

 

Steve Maggiora

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McKenna Michael

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Holly Lynne

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