All Roads Lead Home
Tina and Bryan have been performing together for eight years. This husband and wife duo met at college where Tina was pursuing a Bachelor of the Arts in Music Education and Bryan received a Bachelor of Music in Bass Performance. Their mutual love of and interest in music of many cultures brought them together and they began performing together in the fall of 1995. They were married in June of 1998 and now have two wonderful children, Isabel who is 3 ½ and Theo who just turned one on November 6th. Tina is a self-taught musician brought up in the aural tradition who became an instructor and played professionally at an early age. At age 12 she established a thriving private studio and went on to perform and instruct at festivals and camps around the country. Her love for the hammered dulcimer and the music she makes is easily felt by audience members, workshop attendees and private students alike. She is known for her driving energy and syncopated rhythms and was described by Pete Seeger as 'The best hammered dulcimer player I've heard in my life.' Bryan began playing music in his grade school string program on cello before he discovered there was something bigger and switched to the bass. His playing has been influenced greatly by his exposure to Ray Brown, Gary Karr, David Walter, and particularly Francois Rabbath. Bryan can be heard as a soloist and support musician in an incredible array of diverse situations such as symphonic and chamber ensembles, salsa and swing bands, playing and singing jazz, blues, bluegrass, Cuban music, American old time, as well as helping to create Ohio Arts Council projects involving poetry, art dance, theater, visual arts and community works. Tina and Bryan's joy in their music is readily apparent. A quote from their newest release, All Roads Lead Home, says it all '.... Like most people, we are exposed to music and stories from all over the world. The common thread of the music here is how we've chosen to own what we've found. We travel many roads in our lives, and when we encounter something that rings true, we take it home.'