Barnard guitars, keyboards, vocals
Mike Stetina drums
Jon Best bass
Việt (Bầu) Nguyễn
đàn tranh, đàn bầu, đàn cò, đàn nguyệt
Sam Dorsey classical
Neal Barnard’s recorded music began with Pop Maru, mutating
into the rock/jazz/baroque, Quartet. His compositions incorporate odd meters,
foreign languages, and other unusual elements.
is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who released three CDs with Falstaff, a
southern Virginia band. Her style hints at her mother’s operatic background, but
has diverged toward Sheryl Crow, Patti Griffin, and Aimee Mann.
Hoàng was born in Saigon, the daughter of movie director Hoàng Vinh Loc. She
came to the U.S. in 1987 and, thirteen years later, released a beautiful debut
album in Vietnamese, The Girl in the Painting. Ngọc also wrote the
theme song for the audiobook, The Little Prince, translated into Vietnamese
by The Story Teller group as a benefit for blind children in Vietnam, and was
featured in a CD compilation from B-Flat, the Vietnamese Musician Association.
Ngọc lives near Houston.
Mike Stetina first picked up drumsticks
at age 10 and soon developed a taste for unusual meters in his teen years, listening
to Genesis and Rush. Today, he draws on a wide range of classical and popular
music. He plays and records with Rip Dizzy.
Best released several albums as the bassist for Falstaff, and is an audio
engineer at Muddy Creek Audio in Virginia Beach, VA.
Gray, a Baltimore-based saxophonist, has worked with Neal Barnard on musical
projects for more than 20 years.
(Bầu) Nguyễn was born in Saigon in a musical family. As a boy,
he played the xylophone, Vietnamese flute, đàn cò (a bowed instrument), đàn
bầu (a distinctive one-stringed plucked instrument), and, later, the đàn
tranh (the Vietnamese equivalent of the Japanese koto), and the đàn nguyệt
(banjo-like instrument). Moving to the United States in 1983, Bầu and his
brothers formed the hardcore SYG, which recorded its first album in 2002 and its
second, “Music for the Apathetic” in 2003. Bầu was also featured in "Memorial"
with Lilitu in 2001 and "the delores lesion." in 2003. He lives near
Carter Melin is a cellist in
the Virginia Symphony and teaches at Old Dominion University.
Dorsey has studied guitar with Jesus Silva, Michael Lorimer and, in master
classes, with Andrés Segovia. He has performed throughout the United States, Europe,
and Latin America and has recently been heard in recital in the Teatro Nacional
in San Jose, Costa Rica, and the Cento Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City, Mexico.
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