"These guys are exuberant, highly entertaining and loads of fun.
You don’t want to miss them." - Mariposa Folk Festival
Formed in 2011, Turbo Street Funk started as a professional busking band, performing on the streets of Toronto four days a week each spring and summer while members of the band attended university. The band received high praise from local journalists for their fresh sound and popularity with Toronto audiences:
“Turbo Street Funk takes Toronto busking to a new level” - BlogTO
“…Turbo Street Funk have become a fixture on Toronto’s sidewalks.
They gather crowds wherever they go” - Torontoist
The band quickly drew the attention of Canadian jazz legend, Richard Underhill, who introduced them to fellow “Shuffle Demon” and music producer, George Koller. With George at the helm, Turbo Street Funk released their debut album, To The Street, in May 2014 at Toronto’s legendary Horseshoe Tavern. The album features unique artwork and design from JUNO Award Winning graphic artist, Michael Wrycraft.
In July 2016, Turbo Street Funk released their sophomore album, Momentum, a nine track initiative that “captures their infectious energy neatly” (FYI Music). Produced by Chris Birkett (Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sinead O’Connor), the album received two 2016 Toronto Independent Music Award nominations in the categories of “Best Jazz Vocal” and “Best Jazz Instrumental.” Momentum debuted at #8 on earshot!’s National Jazz Chart and is frequently found on CBC Radio, JAZZ.FM91 and campus/community radio charts from across Canada.
After hundreds of performances throughout Ontario, Quebec and New York State, Turbo Street Funk has gained a reputation for powerful live performances that bring audiences to their feet. The band has become a “must-see” event at festivals such as the Tremblant International Blues Festival (2016), Blue Skies Music Festival (2016), Mariposa Folk Festival (2015), CAN-AM International Festival (2016), Beaches International Jazz Festival (2015, 2016), Sound of Music Festival (2016), Jazz Sudbury (2016), Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival (2016), Lighthouse Blues Festival (2016), London Bluesfest (2016), Cultura World Music Festival (2014, 2015), and many more.
"One of the best bands that I have seen in my life."
- Rob Rapiti, seeAliveband.com
Dividing his childhood between New York, New Jersey, Australia, Brazil, Canada and the Netherlands, Casey’s early exposure to so many diverse cultures fostered his rich appreciation of musical traditions from across the globe. Casey’s musical education began at age eight in New York City where he studied jazz piano, but it was in the Netherlands as a teenager where he apprenticed with blues guitarist, Willem van Dulleman, and blues harmonica great, Carlo Reijs. Under Willem and Carlo’s guidance, Casey immersed himself in traditional blues performance, providing Casey with the vocabulary that would shape the musical landscape he utilizes in his music today.
Casey's unique jazz, "world" and blues-inspired taste has influenced his original compositions and arrangements for Turbo Street Funk. In 2013, Casey completed his BFA Hon. in Jazz Bass Performance from York University. When not performing with Turbo Street Funk, Casey manages and promotes the band full time.
Juan Manuel Arce: Alto Saxophone
Colombian born sax player, Juan Arce, graduated from York University in 2014 with a BFA Hon. in Jazz Performance. Since 2003, Juan has been working as a professional saxophonist, performing with many jazz, funk and pop ensembles as well as various latin groups and salsa orchestras.
Joel Eric Szabo: French Horn
Joel Eric Szabo attended York University where he met the musicians who would eventually become the band now known as Turbo Street Funk. During his time at York University, Eric was accepted into the University of Toronto's prestigious Classical Music Program to pursue advanced studies in Classical French Horn. Eric holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Toronto.
Camilo Gallon: Drums
Born and raised in Medellin, Colombia, Camilo Gallon came to Canada at the age of fourteen. His smooth, percussive style and rich musical vocabulary grew from engaging with the musically and culturally diverse communities around him. The group's mechanical genius, Camilo personally designs and builds each of the drum kits he plays with Turbo Street Funk, including a custom marching rig that allows him to easily move and interact with audiences without sacrificing the rich timbre of a full kit.
Ian Feenstra: Sousaphone
At this point in Ian’s career, he has been studying and performing the tuba for longer than he has been without the tuba. After completing his BMus at the University of Toronto, Ian’s pursuit of music as an academic endeavour led him to a Master of Music degree from the Boston Conservatory, and a Master of Science in Performance Science from the Royal College of Music in London, England.
Opportunities to perform is something that Ian thouroughly enjoys, and as a result he rarely turns away musical opportunities that afford him the chance to grow musically. If there are limitations to be found in a tuba performance, they will undoubtedly not be coming from the bell of Ian Feenstra.