Jensi Sweatt has been studying voice since the age of 14. She began her training under the direction of Laurie Johnson and had the benefit of studying under many great instructors over the years, most recently and notably with Pamela Hicks and Bob Rose. She received her BA in Music with a focus in Vocal Performance from CSU Hayward in 2005. In addition to vocal training and experience, Jensi also has an instrumental music performance background, having played trombone and electric bass for several years. She has also taught at private schools with From the Heart Music, and has toured internationally with both choir and jazz bands. Jensi has experience with a wide range of genres and styles including classical, opera, rock, alternative/punk, gospel, country, and pop.
Ren Geisick grew-up in Los Gatos, California and graduated with a degree in Jazz Vocal Performance from The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at Cal-State Long Beach. In 2010, Ren was a recipient of an Ella Fitzgerald Scholarship and was awarded Outstanding Undergraduate Jazz Vocalist by Downbeat Magazine. Ren returned to the Bay Area to pursue music in her hometown. Over the past five years she has had opportunities to perform at some excellent South Bay venues like Café Stritch, San Pedro Square Market, The Fairmont, The Hedley Club and The Continental Bar and Lounge. In April, 2015, Ren had the rare opportunity to sing on the Yoshi’s stage for the Living Jazz, Jazz Search West Finals, were she placed in the top four artists.
In September, 2016, Ren recorded her debut album with producer and Grammy award winning songwriter, Jesse Harris. Her album will be released in 2017 and explores and combines her love for Americana, blues and jazz.
Contemporary Western, Traditional and Contemporary Persian Vocal Instructor
In a genre-defying music career that could be described as nothing less than spectacular, Maryam Jalali has established herself as one of the world’s most acclaimed Iranian vocalists. From an early age, she loved to sing and eventually got the opportunity to share the stage with Iranian legend, Farokhzad. From there, Maryam moved to the states where she established her career with universally acclaimed records “Shaghayegh,” “New Beginning” and “With Love.” Whether it’s singing her hit song, “Nazokdel,” covering Daryoush’s “Beh Man Nagoo Dooset Daram” or singing a duet with Bijan Martazavi on the song “Faryad,” Maryam’s voice has always been loved by the audience and the industry.
She now lends her talents to Tavan Music Academy, where she will be offering vocal lessons for the first time.