Warren’s exploration into music began after witnessing Ray Charles in concert at the age of five. Like many kids his age, his first experience as a musician started with piano lessons. However, it wasn’t until the 5th grade, when a saxophone made its way into his hands that a love for music began to grow and take shape. In these formative years, Jones devoured the work of Jazz Masters and developed a musical acumen beyond his years – finding a home on wind instruments as well as a burgeoning obsession with drums and World Music. Upon High School graduation, Warren continued his musical studies at Wichita State University (WSU) with a primary focus on woodwinds and percussion.
In his last year of at WSU, Jones’ participation in the Semester at Sea program proved to be a creative watershed that forever changed the direction and content of his work. While circumnavigating the globe, Warren had the opportunity to make countless field recordings in exotic locations such as Vietnam, India, Egypt, Greece, Spain, and Morocco. These recordings would become a basis for many future compositions and electronic projects.
With Semester at Sea as a starting point, Warren continued his growth and understanding of World Music by completing an MA in Ethnomusicology from Tufts University in Boston. During his studies, Warren spent several months in Ghana completing fieldwork for his Master’s Thesis, “Bamaaya, A Study of Dagbamba Drumming.” Also, while in Boston, Jones co-founded the critically acclaimed avant-jazz duo, Enuma Elish. Using the field recordings, along with live and recorded interactive loops to create an invigorating electo- acoustic milieu, Enuma Elish toured the country from 2000-2008 performing live soundtracks to silent films at theaters, colleges, and clubs.
Based in Colorado for the last six years, Warren founded the Hill Street Music Studio in Grand Junction, CO. This has provided him with the opportunity to develop superior teaching and production skills. As an educator, Warren has taught countless children the fundamentals of music composition and live performance though a wildly popular ‘rock band’ curriculum. From 2005 to 2012, Jones was an Adjunct Lecturer of World Music for Colorado Mesa University.
Now living in Denver, Warren has joined forces with his life-long friend Jeremy Vanley to form Plastik Factory. During the last two years Plastik Factory have performed their critically acclaimed live film soundtracks at the Mile High Horror Film Festival, Denver Film Center, Esquire Theater, Colorado State University, Cress Cinema and Alamo Drafthouse.
In 2013, Michael Furry graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he received a masters in music theory. He also holds a bachelor of arts in music from the University of North Texas.
Michael has toured the US as a guitar player for more than 20 years. He has opened for some of the biggest names in the industry including Snarky Puppy, EOTO, Greg Ginn, Rebirth Brass Band, The Motet, RAQ, Dumpstaphunk, Eric McFadden, Cornmeal, and Spoonfed Tribe. Michael is the 2016 and 2017 Rockygrass Flatpicking Runner Up.
Morgan graduated from the Hartt School of Music with a B.M. in music composition and classical guitar. Later he received a M.A. in music composition from Tufts University in Boston. After graduating, Morgan with his wife Katherine began their first music and dance school in 2001 located in New Hampshire called MusicalArts Academy of Music & Dance. Morgan still owns and operates MusicalArts remotely. In 2013, Morgan moved back to his home state of Colorado and began the Mountain School of Music and Dance. In addition to running the schools he coaches other dance and music studios to reach their fullest potential with his coaching business – Studio Guru.
Morgan has been actively teaching guitar and piano since 1997. In 2003, he was certified as a Suzuki Guitar teacher, taking pedagogy classes from the founder of Suzuki Guitar – Frank Longay.
“My teaching philosophy is that anybody can learn music. I take a fun, non-pressure approach to engage students to help them find their true ‘voice’ in music. I take my time and work with the parents so as to not overwhelm the student, but to make sure everybody is reaching their true goal with the instrument”
James Lafton is a modern guitarist, fluent in many subgenres, such as rock, folk, and classical. He is also an aspiring composer, producer and sound engineer. Playing piano, clarinet and singing are some of his other musical passions. He is the proud father of a 6 year old girl who attends a Littleton public school. He also enjoys gardening, cooking and traveling.
With very high academic achievement, he has completed an associate’s degree with music emphasis, and is now currently enrolled at the Metropolitan State University of Denver where he is pursuing a double major in guitar performance, and music composition, with a minor in Spanish. He holds an overall GPA of 3.8 and will be in his senior year this fall. He studies with and some of Colorado’s top guitarist and has done master classes with some of the world’s greatest guitarists such as Ekachai Jearakul and Martha Masters.
In his recent career he has been a mathematics tutor at the Community College of Denver and has taught private guitar lessons for the past few years. He is fully invested in his future as a music teacher. He does volunteer work as a member of the local Columbine Music Teachers Association (CMTA) and looks to take a role on the board of the organization in future years.
When asked why he wanted to become a music instructor, he said that he would like to make a positive impact on the community, and while the money may not be overly abundant in this field, he is happiest sharing his love of music with the youth.
He has played in bands, and with other guitarists for many years, followed by numerous academic performances. He has made a splash with other musicians playing at art gallery events across the Denver metro area, and at private events. He is the premier solo guitarist at the Colorado and New Mexico renaissance festivals where he will be performing this upcoming summer, as well as other venues. James will be working with the Guitar Foundation of America at the 2016 international competition held in Denver this June. He plans to release his self produced debut solo guitar album in the summer of 2016 as well.
James is a local in Littleton Colorado.