Max Bessesen is a performer, composer, and educator based in Chicago, IL. His skills as a saxophonist and woodwind doubler have taken him across five continents and earned him awards from organizations including Downbeat Magazine, and the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund. Max has performed and recorded with artists as diverse as Dayna Stephens, Simone Shaheen, and Isaac Slade (of The Fray). He performs with a variety Chicago ensembles, leads his own group, and is one part of the collective quartet Echoes. Max holds degrees in Jazz Saxophone Performance and Law & Society from Oberlin where he studied with Gary Bartz, Eddie Henderson, and Billy Hart.
Birsa Chatterjee is currently a fourth year jazz performance student at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He was a part of the nationally recognized and award winning jazz education programs such as Jazz House Kids and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Birsa has played in Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note Jazz Club, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, NJPAC and in countries like Peru and India aside from the United States. He has had the opportunity to share the stage with some of the jazz greats like Christian McBride, McCoy Tyner, Roy Hanes, Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Barron, and Jimmy Heath to name a few. Birsa is currently under the mentorship of saxophone legend Gary Bartz.