Alan Bradbury – Electric and Acoustic Guitars
A prolific composer Alan is always writing new melodies with interesting chord arrangements. Detroit Blues/Rock Roots flavored by years in the western United States and Hawaii have inspired many musical compositions favoring grooves with inspirational melodies. As a young guitarist Alan played with some of Detroit’s most influential and original recording artists who encouraged musical composition as a form of self expression.
Alan developed as an an electric guitarist, however, a chance encounter with noted guitarist John Renbourn of Pentangle led to several late night jam sessions which sparked a change in musical direction and a true appreciation for the Acoustic Guitar. Moving west Alan played the Colorado ski resort circuit during winter months while working summers as a landscape designer and certified arborist, developing parks and botanical gardens in both Colorado and Hawaii. This combination of music and nature is readily apparent in his songs. Alan currently resides in both Colorado and Hawaii.
Richard Hardy – Tenor, Alto, & Soprano Saxophones, Flute, Penny-whistle & Bass Clarinet
Richard has appeared on well over 250 records with artists including Peter Kater, Bruce BecVar, Ian Matthews, and on many musical soundtracks, including IMAX films ‘Everest’, and ‘Dolphins’. Richard recorded two albums on Capitol Records with Colorado’s Boulder based band ‘Navarro’ which went on to tour as Carol Kings band.
Richard recorded four albums with Carol King and toured with her for 14 years, at times working with guitarist Eric Johnson. Richard performs with the “Dave Matthew’s Band’ on occasion and played with the early Matthews Band. Richard, a Colorado native, now lives between Colorado and Los Angeles and is a session player in both locations.
Bruce BecVar – Acoustic Guitar/Slide Guitar
Since 1986 Bruce has produced 13 CD’s on his Shining Star music label. His album ‘Forever Blue Sky’ held an extended top 10 position on Billboards New Age charts. The Narada music label featured one of his nuevo flamenco compositions on their highly highly successful guitar sample ‘Gypsy Passion.’ BecVar’s ‘The Magic of Healing’ created for Deepak Chopra remains immensely popular (over 350 thousand sold). Musicians who have appeared on BecVar’s recordings include Alex Acuna of Weather Report, brother Brian BecVar, Paul McCandless (Windham Hill) Richard Hardy and Steve Reid of the Rippingtons to name a few..
Bruce, also a well known luthier, has made one of a kind guitars for bands such as The Who, Led Zeppelin, and Carlos Santana. One of his guitars resides in the permanent collection of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Vadra M. Doser – Violin
Classically trained during her childhood, Vadra’s rhythmic and textural style adds a cohesive blend to the material by weaving violin between guitar, keyboards, and wind instruments for an integrated whole. Vadra is also a professional metalsmith/artist.
Larry Thompson – Drums
One of Colorado’s most accomplished performing and recording artists and former house drummer for Colorado’s Caribou Ranch world renown recording studio, Larry has worked with John Mayal, John Lee Hooker, Elvin Bishop, Ian Mathews, Bryan Savage, Dizzy Gillespie, Robin Ford, The lime lighters, E Town NPR shows and so much more.
Larry’s recording credits number in excess of 300 albums with artists including John Denver, Dan Fogelberg, Otis Redding, Peter Kater, The Bette Midler Tribute, along with several decades of television and radio commercials. Larry’s Southern Georgian Baptist upbringing has carried with him to the mountains as he performs with the passion of a preacher with a smile that radiates like the sun. Larry now resides in Colorado, his home of 45 years
Rob Galloway – Bass Guitar
Rob is a long time Colorado based player who’s career dates back to the 70’s. He’s recorded and/or toured with a diverse group of artists including Carole King,Ian Matthews, Navarro (all with our flute player Richard Hardy), Leftover Salmon, and with members of Firefall. Rob brought meticulous attention to detail (glad somebody did) along with solid bass lines and a love for recording and live performance. He is currently based out of Boulder and plays in a veritable variety of venues.
Steve Nygaard – Trumpet
Steve’s sudden emergence on the jazz scene has created quite a stir. In just the past five years he has recorded four CD’s, has made over 500 public performances, appeared on television and on stages across the country, and has played or recorded with such jazz icons as Herbie Mann, Richie Cole, Bobby Shew, Butch Miles, Cyrus Chestnut, and Dmitri Matheny. This project marks the first time Steve has ventured away from the traditional jazz community to pursue what he feels is a fusion of several musical forms into the next major evolution of jazz music.
Marcus Silva – Piano
One of todays most exciting keyboard players hails from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and is also known for his classical guitar, Bass and Drum skills. Since 1982 Marcus has been the keyboardist, arranger and musical director for Airito and Flora Purim, perhaps the most exciting and innovative act to come out of Brazil. His original compositions have been recorded by Flora and Airito, Herbie Mann, and Bud Shank. Marcus has also arranged for the legendary Dizzie Gillespie and is on faculty at “The Jazz School” in Berkeley, California. He currently resides in the Bay area and playfully jazzes up tracks 1, 3, 5, & 10.
Peter Schimke – Piano
An internationally renowned pianist, keyboardist and composer favoring Jazz but Peter can rock. Peter has performed with Mark Egan, David Friedman, and Danny Gottlieb. Peter has added a certain sensitivity and interesting notations to this CD playing on tracks 2, 4, 6, 8, & 9. Peter resides in Minneapolis and can be found performing with jazz-fusion groups.