Nathan is a guitarist, banjoist, singer, teacher, and band leader based in Salt Lake City. Whether it’s gypsy jazz, old-time fiddle tunes, trad banjo, bluegrass, roots country, or an artistic blend of all the above, his music is deeply rooted in a love for acoustic music styles and traditions. A regular on the Utah acoustic music scene, he’s performed thousands of gigs all throughout the state and beyond on stages big and small.
After graduating from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance, Nathan immersed himself in the music of Django Reinhardt. Traveling extensively through Western Europe and Canada to study with many of the greatest masters of the style, he brought the acquired skills home and put them to work with his band, Hot House West. Combining intricately arranged horns with the explosive virtuosity and beautiful improvisations of gypsy jazz guitar, Hot House West has carved out a niche in the style “that is both readily accessible and deeply sophisticated.”
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the funeral market was booming and Nathan received the call for his first banjo gig, performing New Orleans style Jazz Funerals with a small brass band. With a calendar full of nothing but funerals and practice time, he took to the tenor banjo and has since taken it from the graveside to the stage!
I am Diné from the small town of Kayenta, AZ, the gateway to Monument Valley in the great Navajo Nation. Since I was 10 years old, I’ve been singing the Native powwow style of music. I sing what is known as the Northern style, which is more upbeat drumming with higher pitched vocals. Growing up, I sang with the northern drum groups of Eagle Creek, Singing Eagle, and Star Eagle Nation–two of which are family drums. As I got older, I made the change to what is known as the Southern Style, which has a more mellow drum beat and lower vocals. Now, I am the founder and lead singer of Southern Soul Singers. I have also sung with southern drum groups including Buc Wild, Southern Style, and Southern Outlaws. Powwow singing is one of my most favorite things and I am always proud and honored to share my talent of which the creator has blessed me.
Martha is known for her music gumbo of folk, blues, and gospel from her childhood in coal country Harlan County, Kentucky, infused with the eclectic grit of pre-gentrified New York City. Inheriting the powerful vocal range of her gospel-singing African American father and the resilient spirit of her mother’s southeastern Cherokee/Choctaw culture and heritage, Marthabroadens the boundaries of American Roots music. With songs and storytelling that share her life experience as an Afro-Native American woman and mother navigating in the new millennium, Martha gives voice to issues of social justice, connecting cultures, and celebrating the human spirit. Her latest album “The Garden of Love-Songs of William Blake” is “a brilliant collision of cultures” (The New Yorker).
Martha’s works are under her own indie label shared with longtime collaborator/husband Aaron Whitby. Recent composer commissions include “A Mother’s Love” “Black Mountain Calling” and “Composers” for the upcoming Broadway revival of “For Colored Girls”, a choreopoem by the late Ntozake Shange. A 2020 Drama Desk Award and 2020 Audelco Award recipient for Outstanding Composer in a Play for “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuff” (Public Theater), other works include “Bone Hill: The Concert”, a multidisciplinary theatrical concert touring nationally and “Black Mountain Women”, currently in development at The Public Theater in NYC. Martha is also a 2022 United States Artist Fellow. She is based in Brooklyn, NY, and lives with her husband, their son Zach and COVID puppy Maggie. martharedbone.com
Christopher performs with ensembles including Ensemble Signal, The Cellar and Point, Alarm Will Sound, Talea Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, The Theatre of Eternal Music String Ensemble, Ne(x)tworks, and The Knights. He has premiered and recorded several chamber works by John Zorn and has performed and recorded as soloist in Zorn’s violin concerto Contes de Fées. Christopher has also performed as soloist in Brian Ferneyhough’s Terrain with Ensemble Signal. His violin teachers include Cyrus Forough and Timothy Ying. He is a founder, along with his wife Emily DuFour, of Hutchins East, an ensemble performing on a set of eight proportionally-sized string instruments made by Carleen Hutchins, and has written and arranged several works for the ensemble. He studied composition at the Eastman School of Music with Robert Morris, David Liptak, Martin Bresnick, and James Willey as well as mathematics at the University of Rochester. Christopher has written works in just intonation for string quartet, violin duo, violin octet, violin with electronics, and ensembles of Hutchins instruments. His violin duo was recorded by Erik Carlson and is available on SoundCloud along with his violin octet. An article on his violin octet appears in Arcana VII, an anthology edited by John Zorn. Christopher serves on the faculty of the Mannes School of Music, where JACK is Quartet in Residence.
Aubree’s performances have been described as “powerful… brimming with confidence and joy” (Miami New Times). She made her solo debut with the Utah Symphony at age eleven, her Carnegie Hall Weill Hall recital debut at age twelve as the winner of the American Protégé International Strings Competition and has been featured on NPR’s hit radio show From The Top several times. Aubree’s upcoming schedule highlights include solo engagements with the Pasadena, San Diego, Columbus and Des Moines Symphonies, Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Redlands Bowl Orchestra, Roma Tre Orchestra, Boca del Río Philharmonic, and the Brno Philharmonic. She’ll appear in a video recording project (VideoClassica, ArsClassica Assn.) playing solo violin music of Bach, Ysaye, Paganini, and Prokofiev. A dynamic chamber musician, Aubree has collaborated with artists such as Stefan Jackiw, Robert McDuffie Gil Shaham, Lynn Harrell, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Orli Shaham, Robert Chen, Andrew Marriner, and Clive Greensmith. Passionate about reaching a broader audience and music education, Aubree has traveled to over 100 schools in the Western states, encouraging thousands of children. She presented digital master classes for the Orchestra of the Americas, Music to Save Humanity, and Kontrapunktus Baroque. Aubree currently studies at the Colburn Conservatory of Music. She plays on a 1743 Sanctus Seraphin violin thanks to the generous loan of Dr. James Stewart. Aubree enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling, language study, swimming, and dark chocolate.
Jesse enjoys performing music from classical to contemporary, as well as composed and improvised music of his own. He has been a soloist with the Phoenix, Colorado, New Jersey and Green Bay Symphonies, the Denver Philharmonic, and the Teatro Argentino Orchestra (Buenos Aires). As a chamber musician, Jesse has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada, giving concerts at Lincoln Center’s Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Metropolitan Museum, the Kennedy Center, Boston’s Gardener Museum, Ravinia Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival. He has appeared at prestigious venues in Europe, such as the Barbican Centre, La Cité de la Musique (Paris), Amsterdam’s Royal Carré Theatre, Teatro Arcimboldi in Milan, and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels. With pianist Rieko Aizawa, Jesse is co-founder of Horszowski Trio and Duo Prism, which earned 1st Prize at the Zinetti International Competition. They are co-artistic directors of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Colorado. In 2005 and 2010, Jesse earned GRAMMY nominations for his recordings of Arnold Schoenberg’s music, (NAXOS). He can also be heard on the Koch, Centaur, Tzadik, Max Jazz, and Verve labels. As a composer and arranger, Jesse has been commissioned by venues including Columbia University’s Miller Theater, the Chamber Music Northwest festival in Portland, OR, and the Bargemusic in NYC. Jesse graduated from The Juilliard School where he studied with Dorothy DeLay, Robert Mann, and Itzhak Perlman. He lives in New York City, and is on the faculty at Longy School of Music of Bard College and at Brooklyn College.
Emmy award-winning and gold record artist, Ranaan is most known as a founding member of Time for Three (Tf3) and a double bass educator. He has performed with many esteemed organizations including Musik Verein, Czech Philharmonic, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, Night of the Proms Tour, NPR Tiny Desk Concerts, National Anthems at NFL, Nascar, NBA, MLB, and PGA events, International Suzuki Festival, Sofar Sounds Alumnus and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and National Symphony. Ranaan’s early musical development occurred in the jazz clubs of Philadelphia. He graduated from the Manhattan School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music. Before Tf3, Ranaan toured extensively with the Philadelphia Orchestra in the bass section. His creativity led him to a philosophy called The Sharing of Knowledge which inspired his founding of both the Wabass Institute in Wabash, IA, and the Utah Symposium for Double Bass in Salt Lake City. He presents workshops worldwide on improvisation, teamwork, and overall outside-the-box learning. He has appeared on a Michael Jackson gold record and made multiple recordings with NFL films. Ranaan has been commissioned to compose over 50 works and tunes and also writes for the pure joy of music. Currently, he is making music with his wife Emily in a duo they call The Rockwins. They both sing and play. And they live right where he started in Southern New Jersey raising two young sons together who make every day more unique than the next.
With playing that is “fierce and lyrical” and works that are “other-worldly” (The Strad) and “evocative” (New York Times), Jessica is a GRAMMY – nominated violist and composer whose passionate musicianship radiates accessibility and emotional clarity. Her first composer/performer portrait album in 2019 debuted at #1 on the Billboard traditional classical chart, where “knife-edge anticipation opens on to unexpected, often ecstatic musical realms, always with a personal touch and imaginatively written for the instruments” (Gramophone Magazine). Recent premieres include works for the St. Lawrence String Quartet as the composer in residence at Spoleto Festival USA, CityMusic Cleveland, musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, Five Borough Songbook, Bangor Symphony as the winner of the 2nd Annual Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Composer’s Award, and the Argus Quartet as a winner of Chamber Music America’s Commissioning Program Award. Her first Symphonic Band piece was recently premiered by the President’s Own Marine Band, and her orchestral works have been performed by the Phoenix, North Carolina, Charlotte, and Vermont Symphonies, and all around the country as part of Carnegie Hall’s nationwide Link Up Program. Next season brings the premiere of “GAEA”, a concerto for herself and orchestra, as well as works for the Dorian Wind Quintet, the Hausmann Quartet, and Hub New Music.
Renowned worldwide as a passionate solo and chamber musician, Laura is acclaimed for her “brilliant” playing (Gramophone Magazine) and as “a cellist whose passion for music is as evident as her artistry and talent” (I care if you listen). She has performed throughout the US and on six continents, including South Africa, Nepal, Argentina, Qatar, Mongolia, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Kazakhstan, and Australia. Laura’s debut solo album on the Grammy-winning label Sono Luminus reached #7 on the Billboard Charts, and was called “a way forward for classical music” by AllMusic. As a sought-after chamber musician and collaborator, Laura is drawn to projects that push boundaries and expand the definition of classical chamber music. Laura is the cellist of groundbreaking string quintet Sybarite5, which was the first-ever string quintet to win the Concert Artists Guild competition, reached #1 on the Billboard Classical Charts, and has toured extensively for over a decade, performing in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Library of Congress, and countless other major venues. Boyd Meets Girl, her duo with her husband, classical guitarist Rupert Boyd, also tours extensively worldwide and has had their music streamed over a million times on Spotify alone. Laura also performs regularly with the popular cello-percussion quartet Break of Reality, selected tor an ongoing world tour as musical ambassadors of the US State Department. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Laura became the founding cellist of The Overlook, a string quartet dedicated to amplifying music by Black composers. Laura is also a concert curator and artistic director, having founded the weekly Sunday morning concert series GatherNYC, as well as Music at MAD at the Museum of Arts and Design. She has appeared onstage with artists including Adele, John Legend, Cher, Shawn Mendes and Nas. Laura lives in New York City with her husband and young son Milo.
Hailed for his “trademark brilliance, penetrating sound, and rich character” (New York Times), Anthony enjoys a dynamic international solo and chamber music career and is principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic — the first African-American principal player in the organization’s history. He is the recipient of the 2020 Avery Fisher Prize, one of classical music’s most significant awards. Anthony appears as a soloist with top orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Baltim ore Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Kansas City Symphony. He performed alongside Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gabriela Montero at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, premiering a piece by John Williams. As a chamber musician, Anthony is a collaborator of the Brentano, Daedalus, Guarneri, JACK, Miró, Pacifica, Shanghai, Takács, and Tokyo Quartets, as well as Emanuel Ax, Inon Barnatan, Gloria Chien, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Mitsuko Uchida, and Lang Lang. He serves on the faculty of The Juilliard School and is the Artistic Director for Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program. He holds the William R. and Hyunah Yu Brody Distinguished Chair at the Curtis Institute of Music. In 2020, Anthony’s #TakeTwoKnees campaign protesting the death of George Floyd and historic racial injustice went viral. For more information, please visit anthonymcgill.com.