An avid explorer of sound and rhythm, different world cultures and innovative approaches to music, Manila-born vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jireh Calo is an ever-evolving composer, arranger, and producer. Growing up mostly self-taught, her music embraces the spirit of freedom, improvisation and exploration. She draws much inspiration from jazz traditions, indigenous oral traditions, African and Latin Afro/Cuban rhythms, American folk, hip hop culture, soul music, and a variety of world music.
Jireh remains active today as an artist-educator, performing and creating music while working closely with the youth, teaching and being deeply involved with her local and global community. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Contemporary Writing & Production from the Berklee College of Music and a master’s in Contemporary Performance (Global Jazz Concentration) from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. She has performed extensively around the Philippines and in Boston, where she is currently based, and has performed international festivals in Malaysia, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Los Angeles.