After graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music in 2005 Zaccai Curtis has been living in New York City playing with such artists as Ralph Peterson, Bill Saxton,Will Calhoun, Christian Scott, Brian Lynch, Sean Jones, Ray Vega, Antoine Roney, Cindy Blackman, Steve Hall, Jimmy Greene, Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, Papo Vasquez, Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Orchestra, and Donald Harrison.
Zaccai leads the Latin-Jazz group Insight, releasing their album “A Genesis” in 2007. As a composer and arranger he has written works for his own small ensembles, solo piano, big band, orchestra, and for large and small ensembles with strings. In 2001 he was commissioned by the Hartford Symphony Chamber Orchestra for his arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol." He was chosen as a winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer's competition four consecutive times from 2003-2006. Zaccai was awarded the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism's Artist Fellowship for original composition in 2007.
Zaccai and the "Insight" rhythm section have performed two outreach tours for the U.S. State Department "American Music Abroad" (Jazz Ambassadors) program, traveling to Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Zaccai teaches on the faculty of the Litchfield Jazz Camp every summer.
Luques Curtis has been performing bass professionally from a very young age. With his talent and hard work he earned a full scholarship to the prestigious Berklee college of music. He and his brother have been leading their own band for six years and have recently released their third CD on Truth Revolution Records. Now living in New York City Luques has been performing with artists such as Eddie Palmieri, Brian Lynch, Ralph Peterson, Christian Scott, Sean Jones, Gary Burton, Stefon Harris, Donald Harrison and others. You can hear Luques on a number of recordings including Gary Burton "Next Generations" (Concord), Dave Valentine's "Come Fly With Me," Sean Jones "Kaleidoscope," Christian Scott "Rewind That" and many others.