Photo ©Craig Lovell
Top Open Combo from the 2013 Next Generation Jazz Festival Presented by Monterey Jazz Festival
Fantastic Planet is a jazz sextet hailing from California State University, Northridge. Pianist Michael Ragonese (junior) and alto saxophonist Shai Golan (freshman) first assembled the group during the 2012 winter semester, aiming to develop a diverse repertoire of original music as well as a heightened sense of collective expression and connectivity.
Featured along with Michael and Shai are tenor saxophonist Tanner Dawson (sophomore); guitarist David Colon (junior); double bassist Teresa Sanchez (senior); and Andres Salazar (senior).
The group won the Open Combo Division at the 2013 Next Generation Jazz Festival.