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ZAPHICA and ARTRIO + 1 - Alex Murzyn - saxophone, John Funkhouser - piano, Terry Burns - bass, Arnaldo Acosta - drums
ZAPHICA and ARTRIO + 1 - Alex Murzyn - saxophone, John Funkhouser - piano, Terry Burns - bass, Arnaldo Acosta - drums

Fri, Jan 26


Paradiso Santa Fe

ZAPHICA and ARTRIO + 1 - Alex Murzyn - saxophone, John Funkhouser - piano, Terry Burns - bass, Arnaldo Acosta - drums

Next in Paradiso's Emerging Artist Series, ZAPHICA will share their music, followed by a pro band ARTRIO featuring Alex Murzyn - saxophone, John Funkhouser - piano, Terry Burns - bass, and Arnaldo Acosta - drums

Time & Location

Jan 26, 2024, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM MST

Paradiso Santa Fe, 903 Early St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA

About The Event

January 26th, Next in Paradiso's Emerging Artist Series, which provides young emerging talents an opportunity to share their music, followed by a pro band. This month we will feature ZAPHICA, with avant garde jazz players  from NMSA starting the night at 7:00pm. Doors open 6:30pm.

This  will be followed at 8:00pm with ARTRIO+1, featuring pro jazz artists  Alex Murzyn, John Funkhouser, Terry Burns and Arnaldo Acosta.

Tickets available online at, or at the door for $20, student price with ID $10


Alex Murzyn

Alex played saxophone in San Francisco Bay Area for 30 years, with performers such as Huey Lewis and the News, Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, Booy Hutcherson, Delfayo Marsallis, Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, Arturo Sandoval, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Ray Obiedo, Pete Escovedo, Tito Puente, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Clark, Sammy Davis Jr, Ben Vereen and more.  Recording credits include with Ray Obiedo, Pete Escovedo, Stan Kenton Legacy Band and more.

Alex’s music stems from traditional and contemporary jazz, soul, rock, funk, and latin, and he is always in high demand.  One of his original songs won Best Jazz Composition for NM Music Awards 2023.  He now resides in New Mexico.

John Funkhouser 

A native of the Boston area, pianist, bassist, composer and educator John Funkhouser has shared the stage with Joe Lovano, Steve Gadd, Charles Neville, Bobby Watson, Esperanza Spalding, Luciana Souza, Tierney Sutton, Geri Allen,

Francisco Mela, Rudresh Mahanthappa, as well as many of New Mexico’s mostbeloved musicians like Glenn Kostur, Hillary Smith, Bobby Shew, Alex Murzyn, Tracey Whitney, John Trentacosta, and the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra. Funkhouser has performed at clubs and festivals all over the world, including the Blue Note, Birdland, and Dizzy’s in New York City, as well as the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, the Toulon Jazz Festival, and the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival. He has appeared on ABC’s “20/20,” NBC’s “Today Show,” and National Public Radio. He taught piano, bass, ear training and ensembles at Berklee College of Music in Boston from 2001-2021. He currently resides in

Albuquerque, NM, where he keeps a busy schedule of performing and teaching.

Terry Burns

Clovis, NM native Terry Burns returned to New Mexico in 2014 and now residesin Rio Rancho. Terry received an Individual Study Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which took him to New York to study with the great Rufus Reid. Terry has played and/or recorded with many of the greatest names in Jazz including; Freddie Hubbard, Gene Harris, Ray Bryant, Von Freeman, Teddy Edwards, Lenny White, Joanne Brakeen, Dewey Redman, and many others. Terry has played on countless recording projects and has released 6 solo recordings to critical acclaim from the Minnesota Music Awards and the New Mexico Music Awards. He most recently won 2 awards for “Jazz Recording of the Year” from the New Mexico Music Awards for the recording Llano with drummer, Cal Haines and sax player, Alex Murzyn in 2021 and his recording Behind the Mask in 2022. 



Formed in 2022 when its members ranged in age from just 14 to 17, Zaphica has kept itself very busy. In addition to composing and recording an EP and album in 2023, they've been performing regularly, both as the in-house jazz band playing standards at cafes in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and with sold-out concerts of their original music. Their style is varied and has evolved to a style that defies any sort of a label. The band is currently composing pieces for a new album and hopes to have it released by the end of this year.


THOR RODRIGUEZ // drums/percussion


JOSH WALTMAN // flute/sax

REID MEUTH // keyboards/sax

ASH MATTIA // electric violin

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