About the Musicians
David Becherer has been a committed pianist for over 30 years. His foundation, studies and experience were cultivated through 20 years of classical piano.
David later attended Webster University, achieving a jazz piano performance degree. This added new musical dimensions to an already established repertoire. With over two decades of professional experience performing in St Louis and well beyond, his music has been enjoyed in a wide variety of weddings, events, and venues. His multi-genre piano performances have been in demand as a soloist and with ensemble and jazz band settings.
Jake Brookman studied at the Mannes College of Music in New York City through a scholarship. Like David, his experience with the instrument goes back for 30 years.
He's recorded and played with many groups from Saint Louis Symphony to Trans Siberian Orchestra, and has toured extensively.
Known for being one of the finest cellists in the St. Louis region, Jake performs as a soloist or with ensembles for a wide spectrum of events and ceremonies.
Alberto Patiño, Percussionist is a 39 year old multi-instrumentalist who loves playing drums the most. He grew up playing Colombian folk music with his family, and later became proficient in numerous other styles, including Latin jazz, bebop, gospel, and progressive .
rock. He has been drumming, singing, and playing bass professionally for 25 years
About Ranya- Second Chair Cellist
. Ranya Iqbal has spent more than twenty years performing as a soloist and chamber musician with many orchestras, ensembles, and bands in the area. Ranya performs many genres, including Classical, Jazz, World Music, Electronic, and Rock, incorporating her cello playing into many settings. She is also an experienced session musician and has recorded cello on numerous albums and songs.
Ranya currently performs with these groups and projects:
The Zafira Quartet (St. Louis’ Electric String Quartet)
Triosity (A small Jazz trio including voice, ukulele, harmonica, and cello)
Nowruz (Persian Santoor and cello)
Salem St. Louis Chamber Orchestra
Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis
Ranya & Asako (Violin and Cello Jazz/Classical Fusion Duo)
Autumn’s Child – Native American, world fusion music