Eve Blackwater began her career as an actress at age 7, when she accidentally wound up cast as the Cheshire Cat in a local production of Alice in Wonderland. She went on to graduate from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, perform in many productions of Shakespeare in the Park, and, write and direct her own plays, and star in the cult horror movie Gothkill. But after a few more years of directors bossing her around, Eve announced “I quit,” and ran away to become a fire-swallower in the circus. In between her death-defying acts, she taught herself to play guitar and write songs. Now she chases danger and follows adventure in her songs, drawing on the music of the Mississippi Delta and fairy tails of the brothers Grimm as inspiration. www.eveblackwater.com
Heidi is a self-taught musician and vocalist exploring the genre of “New Weird America”. Her creative practice is based on an exploration and intermingling of traditional and non-traditional sound sources. Heidi has been called a “chameleon” when it comes to the number of instruments she may play in a single performance or conjure up in her recordings. She often incorporates live looping where she builds layer upon layer of instruments, sound objects, and vocal harmonies, all culminating into an orchestrated experience you would never guess was one person if you had your eyes closed.
Heidi’s repertoire of instruments include piano, clarinet, harmonica, guitar, ukulele, melodica, synthesizer, theremin, and various sound makers. She contributed many of these sounds as well as songwriting as a former member of the chamber folk trio Cutleri, and continues to do so in Knife Thrower’s Assistance. But Heidi’s first “instrument” was her own voice. From a young age she performed lead roles in operettas and musicals, and although stylistically she has moved on to more avant-garde territories, the quality and range of her voice still hinges on her theatrical roots.
Heidi attended the Institute of Audio Research in New York City, focusing on the process of recording and producing, and went on to record several self-released albums in her home studio, Suki Sound. Her work has been reviewed by labels and blogs all over the globe, applauding her as a unique and exceptionally prolific songwriter and recording artist.
Discography available here: heidiharris.bandcamp.com
Deb Zep is a vocalist and bass clarinet/ Bb clarinet player. She has worked and recorded with various artists and groups such as Heidi Harris, Eve Blackwater, Pat Hull, Ryan Martin, Beezy Douglas, and Teletextile. Deb is also a singer/songwriter and is currently putting together an album with her husband, singer/songwriter/instrumentalist Beezy Douglas, who she’s been known to hit the NYC Subway platforms with. Deb Zep’s music and info can be found at www.facebook.com/debzepmusic.
Elizabeth Glushko is a classically trained cellist. Playing cello since the age of 9, she’s had music featured in several films, on various recordings and many composer credits. Besides classical music, Elizabeth has been known to veer off into jazz, rock, electronica and improv. Her album is entitled “Feral Symphonies” and can be purchased directly at her solo shows or by contacting her.
A city boy born and raised in NYC. Kevin has always had a compelling love of music. He started playing in his early teens and he played his first show within weeks of picking up the bass, which further fueled his desire to be a performer. With great success with original rock acts: Slug, Izabell, Guzmarz Lung, and Union Hill, he next turned his sights to devoting his time and talents to help raise money for various charities within the Broadway community. That gave him the opportunity to work and perform with such Broadway talent as Adam Pascal, Jeremy Kushnier, Shoshana Bean, Tituss Burgess, Lisa Howard, Adinah Alexander, Marty Thomas and Richard Blake. He is currently working on various projects: Wicked Broadway, Slug Reunion, Covers in Thailand, and Knife Throwers Assistance, with much more music to come.
Matt Vander Ende started playing drums at the age of 13. Trained as a classical percussionist, Matt graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1993 with a Bachelors degree in Music. Matt began studying drum set with Greg Sudmeier while studying at SFCM. As music director of the theatre company, Broadway by the Bay, Greg brought in Matt as his drummer for 5 seasons from 1994-99. During this time Matt was also a member, touring and recording, with several bands including Defiance, Laaz Rockett, None of The Above, Yellow 5, Thirst and Shelly Streeter. After his 5 seasons with Broadway by the Bay, Matt joined the Musicians Union and began working for several theater companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Theatre Works, American Musical Theatre, and Nederlander Shorenstein-Hays.
In 2004 Matt moved to New York City to further his career in Musical Theatre, and soon began to sub on several Broadway shows such as Fiddler on the Roof, Assassins and Wicked. While subbing on Wicked, Matt was offered to open the First National Tour of Wicked. After working on the tour for a year Matt took over the drum chair for Wicked Broadway in March of 2006, where he continues to work at the Gershwin Theatre to this day. www.mattvanderende.com
Cara White grew up in the Baltimore area where she still resides. The first instrument Cara learned was the trumpet in 5th grade. She began learning guitar at the age of 11. Over the past decade Cara has been in various bands, mostly as a sit in for a random instrument. Her highschool band, The Castrates, a Baltimore based crust punk band, released one album and played around the Baltimore area in 2002-3. Cara played trumpet for Rudy Can’t Fail, a Baltimore ska band in 2004.
During college, Cara mostly focused on painting and art, however, picked up an acoustic guitar for the first time and started writing songs during the summer of her senior year. It was also during this time that she discovered the saw. Her knowledge of the saw as a musical instrument was limited and seemed to be working to no avail, however, she has picked up the saw again only recently. Cara is currently playing with Tortoise and the Hare in the Baltimore area, a dark folk duet. www.facebook.com/tortoisethehare
Christen Napier is originally a visual artist and her approach to music has always been quite visual as well. She is a self taught multi-instrumentalist, but her main instrument is the banjo, which she enjoys playing in styles ranging from clawhammer to experimental improvisation. She’s also been known to play a 1920’s Royal typewriter.
Christen is a former member of the chamber folk trio, Cutleri, and the multimedia performance troupe, Waking Dream. She also plans to continue banjo/tabla collaborations with percussionist Tem Noon. Christen is also a songwriter and is currently working on her debut solo album.
Christen’s most important love and inspiration is her 2 year old daughter Maisie. One day she would love to record an album of original children’s music, and an album of all the instrumental banjo tunes from Classic Sesame Street… ;) soundcloud.com/c-napier
Tea Leigh – songwriter, vocals, guitar / Dream Folk: https://soundcloud.com/tea-leigh
Bridget Rooney – vocals
Decrepit Jaw – mixtape dj http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh-MVEYXgSo