Anton Mühlhofer: drums, percussion
Philippine Duchâteau: piano
Stefan Öllerer: alto, soprano saxophone
Stephan Först: bass
Anton (Toni) Mühlhofer (born in Austria, 1958) studied Classical Percussion at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Drums (Jazz) at the Conservatory of Vienna and further studies at the Berklee College of Music, Boston, USA. Toni has performed with Joe Zawinul, Toots Thielemans, Steve Hackett, Johnny Logan, Arturo Sandoval, Eddie „Lockjaw“ Davis, George Masso, Jim Galloway, Fatty George, Leo Wright, Placido Domingo, Angel Romero..... After numerous trips to Cuba, where he had the opportunity to deepen his knowledge of Afrocuban music with Carlos Aldama Perez from „Conjunto Folklorico Nacional“ and other teachers, Toni decided to produce his own albums expressing his passion for the Latin world and for the Cuban music in particular.
Bandleader Anton Mühlhofer (drums/percussion), who made many trips to Cuba at the beginning of the 1980s in order to study Cuba's rich musical heritage, founded the group "Caoba" in 2003. He had already produced two CDs – "Mi Mundo" (1998) and "Sabor No Tiene Color" (2002) – in Santiago de Cuba. His passion for both Latin-American music and jazz (having played with, among others, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Joe Zawinul, and Arturo Sandoval) inspired him to form "Caoba", which performs music in the styles of Mongo Santamaria, Airto Moreira and Milton Nascimento, as well as original compositions.