About

Based in Boston, MA, Imagine 5 presents a unique sound that spans across continents. The diverse group seamlessly blends bebop vocabulary with South American grooves, African percussion and unexpected instrumentation. Each highly trained and well-versed, the group delivers a vibrant musical experience to their expansive audience.

The ensemble came together in the summer of 2017 after experimenting with each other’s personal composition. It quickly became clear that the five together had explosive chemistry. Imagine 5 presents an eclectic experience ripe with their unified cultural diversities.

Look out for the premiere single, “Awake” coming to all streaming services soon.

 

Meet the Band

Fernando Brandão
 

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Flutist, composer, author and educator Fernando Brandão has performed extensively as a bandleader, sideman, chamber musician and as a soloist with several ensembles and prominent orchestras both in his native Brazil and the US. Mr. Brandão is a Professor at Berklee College of Music and a faculty member of the Community Music Center of Boston, both where he’s been teaching for over 20 years. A leading educator in Brazilian music, he has been a guest lecturer in several colleges to talk its music styles, history and composers, and he is the author of the play-along book Brazilian and Afro-Cuban Jazz Conception, published by Advance Music.

 
 
 

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Guitarist and composer, Caio Afiune is making a lasting impression on the US's East Coast Jazz Scene. Currently in Boston, MA, Caio has not only been performing extensively as a leader and a sideman, but is part time faculty at the prestigious New England Conservatory. Originally from São Paulo, Afiune's compositions uniquely blend together the essence of Brazil, and his immensely deep knowledge of the North American Jazz tradition. He can be seen performing along jazz giants such as Jerry Bergonzi, Luciana Souza, Jaques and Paula Morelenbaum, Mark Zaleski, Phil Grenadier, and most recently Christian Sands.

 
 
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Ryan fedak

Born and raised in Connecticut, Vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, and composer Ryan Fedak has performed alongside Mike Manieri, Liam Teague, Samuel Torres, Felipe Salles, and recently opened for Spyro Gyra. Along with various other achievements, Ryan's percussion ensemble piece, "Look Around You", was recently performed in Ireland by the Jim Royle Drum Studio. Fedak received his undergraduate degree in Jazz Composition from the celebrated Berklee College of Music in Boston. He continues to perform in a variety of jazz, contemporary, and classical settings while teaching and making strides in the video game music industry.

 
 
 

James Heazlewood-Dale

Originally from Australia, bassist James Heazlewood-Dale has played with some of the world’s top jazz musicians such as Maria Schneider, Aaron Goldberg, Kurt Elling, Monty Alexander, Terence Blanchard, Donny McCaslin, George Garzone, Dave Douglas, Bob Moses, Jason Palmer, Ernie Watts and Will Vincent. He has studied at some of the world’s finest jazz institutions such as the Sydney Conservatorium, Berklee School of Music, and New England Conservatory. James is an active presence on the Boston music scene and is currently studying toward his doctorate in Musicology from Brandeis University.

 
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Bertram Lehmann

Based in Boston for three decades, Bertram Lehmann's supple and fluid style of drumming has made him a sought-after player within a multitude of musical contexts in the region and beyond, performing Jazz, Latin, and World music. In addition to his appearances and/or recordings with acclaimed artists such as Paquito D'Rivera, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Anat Cohen, Antonio Sanchez, Romero Lubambo, Danilo Perez, Claudio Roditi, Tiger Okoshi, Oscar Castro-Neves, Eddie Gomez, Kenny Werner, the NDR Bigband and Dave Samuels' Caribbean Jazz Project, he has toured internationally in Russia, India, Bermuda, South Korea, Ecuador, Ghana, Mexico, Turkey, Spain, Israel, Virgin Gorda, and Germany. Some of the distinguished national and international venues Bertram has performed at include Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Metropolitan Museum, The Jazz Gallery in New York City and Symphony Hall.