Our Story

In 2012, Wesley was set to record a new work for clarinet and guitar. Two weeks before the studio date, his guitarist suffered a hand injury and recommended Jaxon fill in. Their chemistry was instant, however it wasn’t until 6 years later that their serendipitous meeting would lead to the formation of Jâca. In between that time, Jaxon went to Spain on a Fulbright scholarship and learned Flamenco, earned a Doctorate in Music, and has become an award-winning performer. Wesley has released albums to critical acclaim and built an international reputation as engaging performer and teacher. In 2018 they joined forces once more, this time to embark on a daring musical journey to share a “why” behind their music: to move multicultural influences from backstage to center stage.

The Jâca Mission

The Jâca Mission: We present engaging concerts that stimulate emotion, inspire imagination, and promote multicultural understanding and appreciation. Our joint mission is to give back to communities we associate with through cultural exchange.

Values

Innovation

We redefine the traditional concert experience.  We aim to break down the formal barrier between audience and performer by infusing our performances with energy, dialogue, virtuosity, and humor to create an impactful event that audience members will remember.

Exchange

While presenting our music around the world, we give back a percentage of our merchandise proceeds to the cultures that we share music with.  Additionally, the Jâca Cultural Exchange Program (JCEP) has a fund which is set up to provide unique musical opportunities to those in need in the USA and abroad.

Outreach

We believe it’s important to impact the communities we visit.  We always offer a community outreach-based residency program to complement our concert performances.

Diversity

We want our music to be a reflection of ourselves. As musicians from multicultural backgrounds, we aim to highlight influences within Western Classical music that are from diverse communities.

Artistry

We value all aspects of artistry in music, including: creativity, expression, virtuosity, and innovation.

Entertainment

We craft our concerts with the audience in mind. Whether it’s to experience music of many cultures, to laugh, to be inspired, or simply to have a relaxing night out, audiences want to be entertained. Jâca aims to serve those needs with a side of sweet potato fries!

Wesley Ferreira

One of the prominent clarinetists of his generation, Wesley Ferreira has been praised by critics for his “beautiful tone” and “technical prowess” (The Clarinet) as well as his “remarkable sensitivity” (CAML Review). Fanfare Magazine notes, Ferreira is “clearly a major talent.”

Ferreira leads an active and diverse career performing worldwide as soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, and as an engaging adjudicator and clinician. Born in Canada to parents of Portuguese heritage, he received his musical training at the University of Western Ontario (B.M) and Arizona State University (M.M and D.M.A) and is currently Associate Professor at Colorado State University where he maintains a thriving clarinet studio. His innovative teaching methods include the development of the breath support training program for musicians, Air Revelation ®. In addition, he s the co-founder and artistic director of the Lift Clarinet Academy, a summer music festival and training ground which attracts students from around the world.

Ferreira’s discography now totals six, including the 2013 East Coast Music Award winner – Classical Recording of the Year. Equally at ease performing the masterworks as well as contemporary pieces, he has been featured soloist with numerous wind bands and orchestras in North America and Europe and has been broadcast nationally on both Canadian and Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s. Ferreira is frequently invited to give performances, workshops, and masterclasses with recent engagements taking him to Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russian, Slovakia, and Spain.

Ferreira’s industry endorsements include positions on the Performing Artist rosters of Selmer Paris and Vandoren. To learn more about Wesley Ferreira, please visit his website: www.wesleyferreira.com

Jaxon Williams

Hailed as a “Rising Star in the Guitar World” (Corvallis Arts Review), Jaxon Williams is an acclaimed classical guitarist and pedagogue.  A prizewinner in various international competitions, Jaxon is praised as “a player of rare power and grace” (William Kanengiser, GRAMMY award winning LAGQ), having “a refined musicianship, solid technique, and an engaging stage presence” (Frank Koonce, guitar scholar and publisher), and is a sought after performer of the classical guitar. He is also a former Fulbright scholar, having studied in Spain, where he mastered the Spanish guitar repertoire and learned Flamenco guitar with maestros Paco Cortés and Adam del Monte.  Currently based in Los Angeles, CA, Jaxon serves as California Regional Director for the non-profit Lead Guitar (www.leadguitar.org), where he implements classical guitar programs in low-income schools, trains new teachers, and supervises existing programs.  He is also one half of the duo ca (www.jacamusic.com), which actively performs on the concert stage worldwide.  Jaxon received his Master’s in Guitar performance from Arizona State University and is completing his Doctorate in Guitar Performance from the University of Southern California, where he also was awarded a graduate Teaching Assistantship.  Jaxon plays a guitar built by luthier Paulino Bernabé of Madrid, Spain.

To learn more about Jaxon Williams, please visit his website: www.jaxonwilliamsmusic.com