Jim Belleau

I was born in Salem, Massachusetts, and lived there for twenty-five years before moving to upstate New York in 1981. My college degree is in cinematography from Emerson College in Boston and I made creative films from 1994 through 2004. The most widely known of these films is a documentary about Gurdjieff's sacred dances. I have owned and operated a picture framing business in Oneonta, New York since 1985. Spiritually speaking, I have been aligning myself with A Course In Miracles for the past five years.

 

Maroghini

http://www.maroghini.com

 

Donald Waugh

http://www.airplai.com

 

Donald Waugh: I started playing music at 7-years-old, being influenced by my Dad and Mom. My Mom sent me to piano lessons at the age of 10 and this lasted for about four years. When I left High School and went to college, I decided to become serious about my musical career, studying Visual Arts (Sculpture) and Jazz Theory and bass guitar (as an elective). My main influences came about through playing in various bands while studying at the College of the Arts. In my first year I was contacted by a Cuban pianist to play in his Latin Jazz band, and I quickly jumped on this opportunity. The following week we started rehearsing in his garage. I knew nothing about Cuban music at the time but luckily Javier Ochua Pita was willing to teach me. We rehearsed for about two months, learning various Cuban songs, studying the music and understanding the role of the bass player. Javier then invited other musicians to play. On drums was Desi Jones a well known professional drummer. Omar Francis played guitar, an awesome professional guitar player, and on percussion the great master drummer, Maroghini. This was clearly a dream come true for me. I was the only student musician in the band and I had to step up my game to not sound like a student. I played with the Latin Jazz band for about two years until Javier left Jamaica to go to Miami.
I was then noticed by Jill Gibson, a jazz pianist from Ireland, who had just started lecturing at the School of Music. She asked me if I would play bass for her, I didn’t hesitate to jump at this opportunity either. I got the chance to play all over Jamaica while playing with Jill Gibson and Javier Ochua Pita. I continued to play with Jill when another pianist, Kathy Brown asked me to play in her band. Now in my third year of college, this was another great opportunity so I took it. I was making enough money that I felt quite independent. Soon after that, I was invited to play for a reggae band called To-isis, playing with them for about two years before I started my own band “Airplai”. I decided to focus on my business, Airplai Studios, for a couple of years to get it off the ground. This all happened after I left The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. After a number of years playing with Airplai at venues all around Jamaica, I was asked by GeeJam Studios to join them on tour with the Jolly Boys, touring with them for about a year. During that time I started a project called Quantum Reggae with Jim Belleau, song writer, and Maroghini musician/singer/song writer. The album was completed within the year. Currently, Quantum Reggae is the project that is being worked on at my day job, Airplai Productions and the Perfect10course.