The International Groove Conspiracy is made up of three musicians from three different parts of the world that have combined their cultures and love for music to form a very unique band. Founded in 2002, International Groove Conspiracy has been regarded as one of the most successful up and coming bands in Atlanta due to their mesmerizing sound, sophisticated rhythms and rare ability to effectively blend Latin jazz with blues, funk and world music. The pianist, José García, is a native of Venezuela and one of the most sought after musicians in the Atlanta Latin and jazz scene. He is also an accomplished and formally trained classical and jazz pianist. José has written all of the original compositions and arrangements for the band's upcoming debut album, Beyond Horizon. American-born bassist, Matt Stallard, began his musical career by playing drum set with his middle school orchestra in Wise, Virginia. After taking up bass and moving to Atlanta, his tastes evolved to include a wide variety of music ranging from jazz to reggae to funk. Matt brings an element of solidity to every project through his seamless playing and is the musical foundation of the band. Emrah Kotan is a classically trained percussionist from Turkey who taught himself how to play drum set. Emrah began playing at jazz clubs in Ankara and Istanbul, but his musical capability truly developed while studying music in the United States. Emrah brings a sense of energy and enthusiasm to the group through his passionate performances and rhythmic flavor. International Groove Conspiracy is a two-time winner of the Future of Jazz Competition, a prestigious event that highlights international musical talent. In 2003, the trio was invited to play in an exclusive concert for the world-renowned Latin jazz pianist, Chucho Valdez. The summer of 2004 was when the IGC broadened it's following by playing at the Atlantis Music Conference and the 27th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival. The concert at the Atlanta Jazz Festival was well-received by the thousands of jazz lovers that attended the event and also caught the attention of fellow performers Randy Weston, Regina Carter, Roy Hargrove and Ahmad Jamal. The trio will be performing at the 28th Annual Jazz Festival this year as well. Aside from playing all over Atlanta, the International Groove Conspiracy has released their first album Beyond Horizon in late summer 2005.