We have a great range of teachers and speakers at IVACON 2023.
Aisata Blackman is a Dutch singer and musical theatre performer who rose to fame after her fan-favorite performances in Season Two of The Voice of Germany.
Since her time on The Voice, Aisata’s career has snowballed. In the midst of rapidly increasing solo and group performance gigs, she captured the attention of casting directors and landed back-to-back lead roles in the German runs of several musicals.
Aisata’s rich, textured sound, from her smoky lower register, to her bright, soulful belts, up to her floating high riffs, make her the perfect fit for complex, pop-centric scores. Her grounded confidence, endless energy, and complete mastery of her instrument won over audiences during iconic performances as Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act, Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard, and Zahara in Bat out of Hell. Since 2021 Aisata Blackman has conquered the stages as Tina Turner in the German production of TINA - The Tina Turner Musical.
Sarah K. Brown
Sarah K. Brown is a speech-language pathologist and singing teacher based in New York City. Before going into full-time private practice, Sarah maintained a clinical caseload at the Grabscheid Voice and Swallowing Center of Mount Sinai for 5 years as well as an adjunct faculty position at Pace University teaching the graduate-level voice disorders course. Sarah regularly presents educational lectures on vocal health and performance. Her research has covered a wide variety of topics in voice, swallowing, and upper airway disorders. In 2022, her study on training graduate-level SLP students in voice therapy was presented nationally at the Fall Voice Conference.
When not fulfilling her mission to make vocal technique and voice therapy more accessible, Sarah enjoys performing on a regular basis herself. A classically-trained soprano who performs as a crossover artist, Sarah earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance at Chapman University. She later earned an MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University, where she focused her studies and training in voice rehabilitation. Her specialized combination of singing background, performance experience, and clinical education and expertise has enabled her to serve elite performers, including Broadway performers, Metropolitan Opera singers, and Netflix actors.
Kim Chandler is a renowned contemporary vocal coach & pedagogue based in Europe (Spain) after starting her career in Australia and emigrating to the UK. She has been a senior lecturer at two leading conservatoires in the UK for many years, but has been freelance since 2014, coaching elite singers: touring artists, artists in development, professional singers and mentors & trains other vocal coaches. Kim is regularly invited to lead training days, master classes, workshops and present at national & international voice conferences. She is the creator of the very popular “Funky ‘n Fun” vocal training series and her written work features in several books such as “Teaching Singing in the 21st Century” (Springer), “Training Contemporary Commercial Singers” (Compton) and her new “Chandler Curriculum for training pop singers” poster (Compton).
Kim is also a successful session singer with three decades of high-end performing experience, her voice being heard on films, albums, cruise shows and thousands of jingles worldwide and having performed at some of London’s most iconic locations: Royal Albert Hall, Downing Street, Wembley Arena & Stadium and Buckingham Palace
Marci is a singer, speech pathologist and clinical singing voice specialist, as well as a published vocal pedagogy researcher. She has worked clinically for almost 20 years at The University of Michigan, Vocal Health Center specializing in rehabilitation of injured voices. Additionally, she serves as the on-site vocal health consultant to the Department of Musical Theatre at University of Michigan. Marci teaches workshops and lectures nationally and internationally on vocal health and wellness, managing vocal injuries in the vocal athlete, and application of kinesiology principals to voice therapy and singing voice rehabilitation.
Dr. Nina Kraus, Ph.D
Nina Kraus is Hugh Knowles Professor of Communication Sciences, Neurobiology, and Otolaryngology at Northwestern University. As a biologist and amateur musician, she thinks about sound and brain health.
Her research has found that our lives in sound, for better (musicians, bilinguals) and for worse (concussion, hearing loss, language disorders, noise), shape how our brain makes sense of the sounds we hear. Her book 'Of Sound Mind' - How our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World, was written for the intellectually curious.
Kraus advocates for biologically informed choices in education, health, and society.
Tom Miner has spent the last decade leading social media efforts for global consumer brands, B2B technology companies, international organizations, non-profits, federal agencies, high-powered entrepreneurs, and more.
In 2018 Tom walked away from his job as Head of Global Social Media at Crocs Shoes to start his own company. He now coaches, consults and leads social media strategies for clients across 4 continents.
Tom’s work has been featured in Adweek, Mashable, People, Yahoo!, and The Washington Post. He’s also been a speaker at social media conferences and university marketing classes.
Kerrie Obert is a speech language pathologist and singing voice specialist from Columbus Ohio, USA. She spent nearly 20 years of her career working in a busy voice and swallowing disorders clinic where she performed over 20,000 endoscopies and treated singers of every stripe. She holds degrees in both musical theatre performance and speech language pathology and has published research in journals and written or co-written four books on voice. Ms. Obert is well known for her research on tongue and twang quality and is excited to share what she knows about this most under appreciated structure, the tongue. Ms. Obert currently has a private studio where she treats patients who have voice or swallowing disorders and where she also trains singers.
Mel is a singer, songwriter, and vocal coach specialising in contemporary commercial music. As a vocal coach, in addition to her private practice, Mel works as a lecturer in vocal performance with BIMM London and the Voice Study Centre (Formally the Voice Workshop) where she provides lectures on performance anxiety/psychology amongst other things. Additionally, Mel works with the Voice Care Centre providing performance rehabilitation sessions to help performers regain confidence in their voice post-vocal injury.
Mel’s qualifications include an undergraduate honours degree in Creative Musicianship (vocals) and an MSc in Psychology. Presently, Mel is undertaking doctoral research with University College London where she is investigating the implications of music performance anxiety on the wellbeing of contemporary singers.
As a performer, Mel has performed as a vocalist and pianist for projects across various genres including musical theatre, jazz, world music, rock, and pop. She is currently developing material for several projects primarily within the alternative pop/rock genre.
IVA Master Teacher
Stephanie Borm-Krüger was born in 1975 in Munich and has pursued an education in pedagogy and teaching since graduating from high school. She earned a degree as a teacher at the Munich LMU University and has taught at schools in Munich and San Francisco.
Stephanie is a respected authority in the field of vocal training. She was a vocal coach for the TV show The Voice of Germany in its first two seasons. She has also been a jury member at the West Coast Songwriter’s Competitions in San Francisco several times.
Among Stephanie’s clients, you’ll find professional and internationally renowned singers, actors, lecturers, speech therapists, and voice teachers.
It is Stephanie’s mission to familiarize singers of all levels and styles with the best vocal technique possible and to support them in developing their full vocal potential.
Roberto Delli Carri
IVA Master Teacher
Roberto delli Carri is considered by many as one of the most experienced voice teachers in Italy—and even beyond. As an expert singer and pianist, Roberto has many years of live performance experience. He was a background vocalist for Italian television shows (RAI / MEDIASET) and vocalist/keyboardist for some Italian performers.
He constantly shares his passion for beautiful and healthy singing by running a very successful vocal studio in Rome, teaching long-distance students abroad, including students from Spain, Switzerland, Poland, the United States, Russia, South Korea, Mexico, Australia, and more. His clients are singers ranging from amateurs to the internationally-acclaimed. He collaborates with ENTs and speech therapists dealing with the vocal re-education of their patients. He is also often called to assist his clients in-studio recording sessions or before their concerts.
Roberto teaches with great energy and empathy. He is a great motivator and excellent communicator; he knows how to really inspire his students and how to constantly push them toward success
IVA Master Teacher
Kathy brings over 25 years of real-world experience as a singer to her thriving teaching practice. She has enjoyed a long performance career in the San Francisco music scene. As a lead singer in one of the Bay Area’s most sought-after party bands, she has performed before thousands at corporate events around the world, opening for acts like Sheryl Crow, Donna Summer, and Tony Bennett.
She greatly enjoys working with people of all levels of development. As a teacher, Kathy has a wonderful ability to meet each student at their level and tailors lessons to what her students' particular issues are to help them reach their desired goals. She can quickly analyze a voice and get it functioning better. Her students rave about how she has helped them develop the technical skills they need to feel confident. Whether her students are total beginners or seasoned pros, she helps singers understand how the voice works and how to get the most out of it.
IVA Master Teacher
Singer, producer, pianist, and top vocal instructor, Jeffrey Skouson trains some 150+ students from all over the world. Most students study at his studio in Las Vegas, while long-distance students (based in Asia, South America, New York, Australia, and England, to name a few) take lessons by Skype or other internet applications. With extensive experience as both a performer and educator, Jeffrey is a uniquely qualified and effective teacher.
Jeffrey’s abilities as a vocal teacher have expanded to many professionals throughout the music world, including bands such as The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Panic! At The Disco, and over 30 Broadway Stars.
IVA Master Teacher
Linda Tomkinson is the vocal coach and owner of SingWithLinda’s Artist Hub. She is known as the voice teacher who gets results. Linda enjoys the challenge and satisfaction of helping develop the vocal talent of both professionals and non-professionals alike. She has been teaching voice lessons for over 22 years.
Many of Linda’s clients have met with great success, having performed with Rihanna’s world concert tours,The Voice,American Idol,The X Factor, Disney, Jimmy Fallon, Capitol Records, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Cascade Recordings, Dreamworks, Big Idea Productions, Hale Center Theater, Usana, BYU Young Ambassadors, Noteworthy, and Vocal Point. Many of Linda’s clients have won numerous talent contests and scholarships.
IVA Master Teacher
After a successful career as a recording artist, studio musician, producer, and vocal coach, Spencer Welch is known for his ability to quickly assess a singer’s challenges, and prescribe solutions that produce healthy, marketable results. Trained by some of the top voice teachers in the industry, Spencer has been recognized as a Master Teacher of vocal technique by two of the most prestigious certifying programs in the world, including the Institute for Vocal Advancement (IVA) where he is currently the Director of Education.
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Spencer is often called upon to prepare recording artists and actors for studio, concert, theatre and film work. His clients include Juno Award winners and artists signed to Universal, Interscope, Capitol, and Integrity Hosanna.
I love what I do and it makes me so happy to be able to share my passion with others.
As a performer I was looking for ways to improve my craft. I tried different teachers and techniques over the years but still struggled with inconsistencies in my singing and performance. I just never felt like I could really trust my voice.
In 2005 I found a voice teacher who taught a technique that changed and improved my voice in a way I never thought possible. I finally had the right tools to give my voice consistency and my performances greater confidence.
With a love for teaching, I joined the Speech Level Singing Teacher Certification Program. After certifying to a Level 3 Instructor, I moved to The Institute for Vocal Advancement to continue my education and certified to a Level 5 Mentor Instructor.
Now I am privileged to help so many students discover their natural abilities and reach results they never dreamed were possible.
Heather has studied voice and the teaching of voice continually since 2001, working with some of the world’s greatest vocal experts to perfect her knowledge and teaching abilities. She is a Mentor Teacher and Ambassador with IVA, and she has a love of sharing her knowledge with teachers and singers.
Heather runs a large vocal studio in the UK and has several other IVA Teachers working for her, training singers of all ages, abilities, and styles. Her private client list includes gigging musicians, songwriters, television personalities, journalists, signed artists, MOBO Award and Mercury Award nominees, Malta Music Award winners, and a vast selection of amateur singers. She has been consulted for nationwide music industry books and local news articles. She has taught at performing arts institutes in the UK, Malta, and Israel. For two years, she lectured regularly at The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) on the music course. Heather has also taught at the Institute for Vocal Advancement’s teachers conferences (IVACONs) in California, Edinburgh, and Vienna.
Rafael has studied voice and the teaching of voice continuously since 1998, working with some of the world’s greatest vocal experts. He has been a musician since he was eight years old. Rafael has performed as a singer, drummer, bassist, and guitarist, besides his work as a composer and bandleader.
Rafael’s client portfolio in Brazil includes gigging musicians, songwriters, actors, entrepreneurs, lecturers, vocal groups, and many clients via Skype. He worked at Gabriela, Um Musical and in the Sunset Boulevard musical as voice teacher of Marisa Orth (actress) and Daniel Boaventura (actor).
He is currently an IVA Ambassador and Worldwide Area Representative Coordinator.
Sharon is an Mentor (Level V) certified instructor for the Institute for Vocal Advancement (IVA), a global organization of voice teachers offering high quality continuing education and training to its members.
In addition, Sharon is a certified Level III instructor in Somatic Voicework - The LoVetri Method, a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the Voice Foundation. She attends voice conferences regularly including IVACON, NATS National Conference, World Voice Teacher EXPO, Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop at NEC, Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and The Voice Forum conference.
With her blend of formal music training, continuing education, vocal skill, performance history and teaching experience, she has all of the elements needed to be a successful vocal instructor.
Voice instructor, vocal producer, and lawyer, Andreas Grussl runs a very successful voice studio in his hometown of Graz, the second biggest city in Austria. He trains singers from all over Austria and Europe in-person and over the internet. Andreas is known for high-quality vocal instruction, effective in helping singers of all genres and levels.
Sue Kingham has been performing and teaching singing in Perth, Western Australia, for over 30 years. She has been running her own successful singing studio for 18 years and was instrumental in bringing out SLS™ and IVA Master Teachers to WA. She has studied under some of the world’s top voice and vocal pedagogy trainers. In 2013, after ten years of training to the highest level, Sue left SLS to join the new Institute for Vocal Advancement (IVA). Sue became an IVA Mentor Teacher in 2014 and was made an IVA Ambassador in 2017; she served as the Area Representative (AR) for IVA in Western Australia until 2021.
Sue taught principal studies and performance skills for over 26 years at the prestigious West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in the Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance and Contemporary Music Education courses.
Renée Maranan is a vocal instructor and singer/songwriter.
Renée has over 17 years of experience as a vocal instructor, starting as a teacher in Vancouver, BC (Canada) before establishing her private studio in the United States Pacific Northwest. She is a certified Mentor-level instructor and Ambassador with the Institute for Vocal Advancement (IVA) and a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).
Gary-John Peinke, born in South Africa, has been involved in theatre and music productions since the age of 10. He studied piano and flute through the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College London. In 1996, he moved to Germany to begin his professional training in the performing arts, including a teacher training course in theatre and mime. Afterward, he began working at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. He has also toured with various performance ensembles throughout Europe, Japan, and South Africa. He started his voice studies with SLS (Speech Level Singing) and left the organization to join the newly formed Institute for Vocal Advancement (IVA) in 2013. He is currently a certified IVA Mentor (Level 5) Instructor.
Lara is a Sydney based vocal coach, vocal producer, session singer, songwriter and musician.
Raised in a family of singers, music has been Lara's passion her whole life. Since studying with IVA (The Institute for Vocal Advancement) for the last 8 years after transferring credits from SLS, Lara has excelled in the organisation and set herself apart from other vocal coaches by being examined yearly by a master trainer within IVA and consequently is now an Advanced, Level 4 educated voice instructor.
With her expertise in vocal technique and her ability to get amazing results from a multitude of different singers, all styles and genres. She is a sought after coach, vocal producer and voice/film editor.
Her student base includes Sony signed artists, finalists in X Factor and Australia's Got Talent, voice instructors, International touring singers, beginning singers, recording artists and future artists in development.
Jay Veerayano is an accomplished vocal teacher, singer-songwriter and business executive, and TV personality of GMM Grammy, Thailand largest record label and entertainment empire. He began working professionally as a voice teacher since 1999.
At GMM Grammy, He oversees a part of its artist development program and new artists recruitment. As one of the most successful vocal teachers in Thailand, he was awarded with The Excellence In Music Teaching Award for Pop Rock Vocals from the Trinity College London in 2019. Jay's students have become popular recording artists, won national and international singing contests, scholarships of prestigious music colleges, and landed roles on TV shows on a major network like NBC. He helped discover, train and launch the careers of many GMM Grammy's performing and recording artists that have hits after hits on the charts. His vision is to help lift the standard of Thai singers to international levels.
Jay travels across Thailand to conduct vocal workshops and seminars for schools and universities as a part of his community outreach program to help improve the quality of vocal education in Thailand.
Jay is proud to be certified as a mentor Instructor of an international vocal instructors organisation, the Institute for Vocal Advancement.
Darren Wicks is a vocalist, jazz pianist and choral director with a passion for helping people achieve their vocal potential. His career spans 30 years and includes: work as a high school music teacher; work with community music groups; studio teaching; directing school and community choirs; musical theatre; university lecturing and teacher education.
Darren’s holds 5 degrees in music, including qualifications in jazz, choir conducting, aural training, a Master of Music Education degree and is one of a few contemporary voice teachers in Australia to hold a PhD in voice pedagogy. Darren’s doctoral studies looked at the practices of exemplary voice teachers and how these can be used to build models of professional development for singing teachers.
Darren has studied many different approaches to singing and music education; is widely-published; and regularly presents at teacher conferences and workshops. Darren maintains a busy studio in inner Melbourne specialising in vocal techniques for contemporary commercial music and working with artists, university and high school students. He also directs the Melbourne Singers of Gospel, a 120-voice adult community choir, that has achieved national acclaim for its soulful performance style.
Darren teaches on a variety of topics, including: performance, voice technique, correcting vocal faults, musicianship, sight-singing, ear training, choral music, music education. He has a special interest in mentoring teachers, teaching musical skills to singers and supervising academic projects. His musical tastes include jazz, pop, music theatre, blues, soul, RnB and gospel.
Chelsea Wilson provides unparalleled vocal training to singers worldwide via online lessons. Her students are on Broadway and are playing leading roles on Broadway national tours, have been featured in national commercials, and are pursuing independent musical careers. Chelsea is also the vocal coach for School of Rock and The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.
Chelsea began her voice teacher training in 2007 with Speech Level Singing™. In 2013, she joined the newly formed Institute for Vocal Advancement, where she earned her Mentor-level certification after over ten years of rigorous education. She is one of 13 IVA Ambassadors that provide education and mentoring to IVA teachers worldwide. One of her greatest joys is helping to create “light bulb moments” for her students when they realize something is possible within themselves that they never imagined before.
Megan is the co-owner of Yates Vocal Studio and teaches professional singing lessons and performance/style coaching in Utah and internationally via Skype. She specializes in Musical Theatre, audition training, pop riffing and stylization, and performance coaching. With over 10 years of teaching experience, Megan has trained hundreds of voices to sing with functional freedom and vocal balance. She is a Mentor Level Certified Instructor with the Institute for Vocal Advancement- an international organization dedicated to the education and integrity of voice teachers around the globe. Megan has an extensive performance background in National Tours, US Premiers, and professional theaters across the nation. She feels especially grateful to be following and living her passion of teaching singers to utilize their complete instrument and watch them dominate! And being able to do all of it alongside her incredible husband and business partner, Preston Yates!
Tom Bathgate is an Advanced Level Certified IVA Instructor and has been teaching voice lessons for 14 years. Tom is one of the nine Founding Members of the Institute for Vocal Advancement and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the organisation.
Adeline is a qualified, passionate, and committed music educator with more than 12 years of coaching, 27 years of singing, recording, and stage performing experience. She has the rare ability to skilfully deliver quick yet lasting results and never ceases to transform the voices of aspiring and professional singers.
A well-loved gospel singer in the local community, Adeline is also a familiar face who leads worship to an audience of more than 30,000 in Singapore and more across the globe through the online platform.
Some of her work includes fronting worship albums in English, Mandarin, and Chinese dialects. She has performed as the lead in the musical, The Love Story Of Xiao Niang. (2007), and on local Television Christmas Showcase, The Christmas Wish (2003). She has also collaborated as a solo artist in album recordings with renowned gospel artists and labels like Bob Fitts for Integrity Music and Hillsong (Hillsong Global Project) (2002, 2013). In recent years, she has recorded music videos that are well-received in the churches of China and Taiwan (2015, 2017).
Since the founding of Adeline Gan Vocal Studio in 2018, she has inspired and trained over 380 singers through her individual and small-group lessons. Plus hundreds more through her vocal workshops, placing a strong emphasis on IVA singing techniques.
Challenged with vocal damage and health issues in 2007-2011, she has emerged as a change-maker at heart, a vocal coach with a wealth of real-life stage experience, and able to empathize with her clients' struggles and performance anxieties.
One of her current clients includes Taiwanese/China Celebrity, Angela Zhang who has requested constant support from Adeline for her live shows and tours in China. (2019-2021)
Her continual mission is to educate and inspire while building confidence and unlocking the greatest potential in every singing voice.
John is happy to have finally got his Mentor certificate at the end of 2020, after many, many, many, many years of wonderful education at IVA, thanks to our amazing Master Teachers! He is a vocal coach from Singapore, focusing on jazz and pop genres. He is a songwriter and member/music director of the vocal group, Vocaluptuous. As vocal coach/vocal producer and arranger, he has worked on various local stage musicals (since 2008) including La Cage and Beauty World, as well as with many Asian recording artists such as Sandii Suzuki, Sandy Lam, Emil Chou, Laura Fygi, Kit Chan, Taufik Batisah & Nathan Hartono. He has also acted in several plays and TV series on Singaporean networks.
John is thrilled & excited to be conducting a fun warm up session at Europe IVACON 2021!
Annie has been a working singer and actress in film and television for more than 20 years.
As a singer/songwriter, Annie garnered international attention starting in 2010 when she sang and co-wrote the songs accompanying the commercials that launched the Amazon Kindle while also starring in the multi-spot campaign. This led to a music publishing deal and a career as a professional songwriter and performer.
As an actress, in addition to her supporting role in Academy Award-winning Best Picture film “Argo”, she has guest starred and recurred on numerous American hit TV shows such as "Good Trouble", "Shameless", and "Jane the Virgin".
After her early classical training at the University of Utah, Annie was determined to find her voice in contemporary styles. She sought out the best teachers to help her overcome her vocal limitations, ultimately realizing she wanted to help others do the same.
Annie's singing experience includes a variety of styles, including pop, folk, bluesy rock, jazz, musical theatre and classical. She is dedicated to helping passionate singers find their full, true voice without strain, breaks, or cracks so they can express themselves with freedom and authenticity. Annie incorporates mindfulness techniques into her teaching, helping singers build focus, cultivate awareness, and improve performance anxiety.
She teaches from her home studio in Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and a Miniature American Eskimo dog named Starbuck.
Alexandra studied rock/pop/jazz vocals with Udo Dahmen, the founder of the Pop Academy in Mannheim, Germany. Alexandra has been an active singer and vocal coach in Hamburg, Germany, since 2000. She also lives and works in Malmö, Sweden.
Her passion for Irish music brought Alexandra to Ireland in 2004. There she performed and taught voice lessons and successfully prepared many singers for shows in Disneyland Florida, Paris, and London West End. In 2004, she was introduced to the Speech Level Singing Method™ (SLS), which is the pioneer of the Institute for Vocal Advancement (IVA).
While she continues her vocal and pedagogical training in IVA, she also takes lessons with voice coaches such as Rob Stevenson (Rihanna, Justin Timberlake), and works with clients worldwide. Her classes take place online or in her studio in Hamburg City, as well as in the Music Lounge in Hamburg.
Alexandra also works in recording studios and helps touring artists to reach their highest vocal potential. She enjoys working as a studio singer for productions of Six Feet Under (HBO), an American TV series, in cooperation with her producer team from Proofsound Music Productions in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Sonic Librarian in Los Angeles, California.
Alexandra loves cats, yoga, wine, and traveling.
Irene Shams is a versatile musician, jazz and Latin singer, composer and arranger, teacher and conductor who combines solid classical training with much experience in various fields of music. She holds the titles of Professor of Piano, Professor of Composition and Superior Professor of Music Theory at the Superior Conservatory of Music in Madrid.
Her jazz, afroamerican and Latin music training teachers include the likes of Deborah J. Carter, Horacio Icasto, Anita Wardell, Bob Stoloff, and Chanda Rule. She has been instructed in the field of improvisation with teachers like Bobby Mcferrin and Voicestra, and she has attended several seminars with Roberta Gambarini, Kurt Elling, Michelle Weir and Judy Niemack, among others.
From a very young age, she co-directs and conducts several choirs and music groups. She founded and directed since 2006 the Gospel Choir and Modern Music of the Complutense University of Madrid, with a total of 45 singers and instrumentalists, until 2014.
As a singer and director, she has participated in various festivals and concerts in Spain, Italy and France, besides musicians such as Horacio Icasto.