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Charles Foldesh – Drums
A native of Prescott, Arizona (USA), Charles Foldesh began playing drums at age ten. Since then, he has obtained a long list of accomplishments. A recipient of the John Coltrane Scholarship, Charles received his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies and Performance from the renowned Oberlin Conservatory of Music, under the instruction of jazz legend Billy Hart.
Charles has toured the Eastern United States as well as parts of South America and Asia. He often performs with internationally recognized artists and has shared the stage with the likes of Marcus Belgrave, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gary Bartz, Claude Black, Joey DeFrancesco, George Benson, Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, John Clayton, Bryan Lynch, and Claudio Roditi. Charles has appeared at such festivals as the Texas International Jazz Festival, the Art Tatum Jazz Heritage Festival, the Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Festival, the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Shanghai (JZ) International Jazz Festival (China), and the LaPataia International Jazz Festival (Uruguay).
Charles now resides in Shanghai, China. He is the house-band drummer for Asia’s number one English speaking night-time talk show, Asia Uncut (see www.Asiauncut.com). The show reaches over 200 million viewers in 59 countries. Guests on the show have included such celebrities as Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen, Wong Lee Hong, Tom Arnold, Edward Norton, Aaron Eckhart, Edison Chen, Lin Peng, Mandira Bedi, and Prachi Desai.
Having made frequent appearances at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, Charles had the pleasure of performing for such dignitaries as U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
Noted for his passionate swinging style, he makes regular appearances at such clubs as JZ, Cabaret (Bund 6), the House of Blues and Jazz, CJW, and Chinatown. Charles is often the drummer of choice for recordings and performances with musicians and singers from all over the world. In addition, he maintains a busy teaching schedule at the JZ School and the Western International School of Shanghai. Charles is featured nightly with the Theo Croker Sextet at the renowned Peace Hotel in Shanghai.
Charles endorses Bosphorus Cymbals and Gretsch Drums.
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Hey Charles!! What's up?I hope all is going well with you.Yeah,I'm still on this side of the planet.I'm living in S'pore.Sill doin the jazz,funk,bebop.I miss everyone there.I still remember what a great time I had there.I've seen Theo Croaker here at "Southbridge Jazz club".I play there during the week.If you have anything happening,need `a singer or anything that you think is interesting,let me know I'll be there.Peace
Hallelujah Village Church Trust (HVCT) invites cross-cultural missionaries and resource persons to share and participate in the ministry by visiting the mission spots, staying for a period of time with HVCT and taking part in the various ministries like medical, educational, crusades, theological teaching and preaching or in other social service programs.
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."