C.H.KYO III Jazz Trio

Meet the Band
Calvin Howell Mark Monts de Oca Felix Cabral

Calvin Howell, Bass/Vocals

I first started playing Bass by default when my best friend at the time, Dino, beat me to the punch and bought a guitar after working summer jobs. Our agreement was that the first one to save up enough bread gets to play guitar. The rest is history. I was twelve then and played the heck out of that first bass.

I'd say my playing style on electric bass has been influenced by Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorious, Marcus Miller, Chuck Rainey, Lewis Johnson, Bootsy Collins, and Larry Graham. In recent years, I picked up acoustic upright when I got an Eminence - 5 String Portable Acoustic bass. My influences on upright include Ron Carter, Ray Brown, Paul Chambers, and Rufus Reid. Currently, on electric I'm using a Warwick Streamer LX -5 String and I continue to play the Eminence Upright.

My goal is to become one of the best bass players on the planet. I've got a lot of work to do, but this is my challenge. I can say that my good fortune has come from my Buddhist Practice of Chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. This is where the KYO in C.H.KYO II comes from. It was my wife Diana's suggestion and I jumped on it tweaking it with my initials. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo loosely translated means: Devotion to the Mystic Law of the Universe through Cause & Effect and Sound.

The KYO or sound that I generate is meant to touch the heart, to create a vibe or vibration that permeates the universe, to create a life to life dialogue through music. This for me is a life-long undertaking. I hope to personally meet every one of the people who come and see us play, to share in heart to heart dialogue, and to create and foster peace through music. And to be "able to move people without uttering a single word".

Mark Monts de Oca, Piano/Keyboards

Mark Monts de Oca is a jazz pianist of a wide range of influences. Born in 1955 in Tampa, Fl., he was exposed to gospel, cuban, latin jazz and mainstream jazz throughout his formative years. He is one of the few musicians who has a natural, authentic feel for both traditional jazz and afro cuban music.

Stylistically Mark has been most influenced by pianists Wynton Kelly, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, Michel Petrucciani, Charlie Palmieri and Papo Lucca. During the 70's he played in salsa and cuban charanga groups in Florida that performed regularly in concerts prior to headliner luminaries such as Celia Cruz and Tito Puente.

During the 80's and 90's he lived in Puerto Rico and performed weekly throughout San Juan as an established jazz pianist in the local scene there. He performed regularly on local television and in the local jazz festivals such as the Heineken Jazz Festival in 1993.

During his years in Puerto Rico he performed regularly with Charlie Sepulveda, Jerry Gonzalez, Dave Valentin, Hector Veneros and Jimmy Rivera. He now resides in Orlando, Fl. and has performed regularly with latin percussionist Orlando Sanchez and bassist Eddie "GuaGua" Rivera.

Felix Cabral, Drums/Percussion

Felix Cabral, was born in the Dominican Republic on Oct 21, 1984. He has a Bachelors degree in electronics engineering with a minor in telecommunications, and an Associates in show production (Full Sail University). Felix graduated from the National Conservatory of Music from the Dominican Republic.

Felix has been influenced by Horacio el Negro Hernandez, Dave Weckl, and Vinnie Colaiuta. He has played in many jazz festivals—playing latin jazz with the Ania Paz Jazz Ensemble ( Peru, Dominican Republic).

Since locating to Florida, Felix has been played with many local jazz talents.

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