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(violin, viola, English concertina, piano, dulcimer, vocals) plays with the world music band Mappamundi, directs the Triangle Jewish Chorale, and owns "Skylark Productions," a recording company.
She variously taught beginning and ensemble singing and led a Celtic "Slow Jam" for the Duke University Short Course program for over twenty years.
She instituted the "Solstice Extravaganza," a Christmas Revels type event, in Durham in the late 1980s and produced it annually for seven years; as part of that gigantic project, she created the 16-voice a cappella group called the "Solstice Assembly," which made three recordings, was featured on NPR's Weekend Edition, and played at Piccolo Spoleto. She was an arranger, transcriber, and singer for the a cappella women's Balkan group, "Laduvane," in Cambridge MA in the 1970s. In college, she sang, arranged, and transcribed for the Yale Slavic Chorus and played in the Yale Symphony Orchestra and the Yale School of Music Orchestra.
(guitar, bandura, bowed dulcimer, clarinet, concert zither, banjo, mandolin, domro, balalaika, fiddle, recorder, Irish flute, Northumbrian Pipes, vocals) has given solo concerts all over North America since 1974, including appearances at Folk Festivals and clubs including the Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Owen Sound, Philadelphia, and Mariposa Festivals as well as appearing in major venues across the country and appearances on A Prairie Home Companion.
Inventor of the bowed dulcimer and producer of the annual International Bowed Dulcimer festival, he has been a luthier for more than twenty years.
He presents Living History and musical programs on Highlanders in North Carolina and Scottish Highland regiments.
(guitar, acoustic bass, trombone, vocals) performs with dance bands, symphonic orchestras, and jazz groups. He co-founded the group Oxymora, a "contemporary-traditional" group based in Northern Virginia and recorded on Philo Records. He has also recorded folk music and traditional Appalachian music for June Appal Records with such artists as Si Kahn and John McCutcheon.
He directs the string program and the guitar program at the Durham Magnet Center for the Performing and Visual Arts.
He has recorded recently with Michael DeLalla on the Falling Mountain Music label, and performs with the Headliners.
(vocals, percussion, piano), often called upon to impersonate Peggy Lee when Mappamundi does shows of swing music. She is also a specialist in smoky torch songs and romantic Russian songs.
Holmgren performed swing (dance band music) and international folk music in Boston with bands The Earrings, Bussing Around, and Home Cookin'. Later she performed and recorded with the San Diego women's quartet "Malaika" (Sacred Harp and spirituals, British Isles traditional songs, Balkan women's music, Ladino songs, swing tunes) for the San Diego Folk Heritage Society and throughout southern California.
She is Chairman of the Slavic languages and literatures department at Duke University. She gets the final word when we are arguing over the words and meanings of traditional songs from Poland, Russia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and other parts of Eastern Europe.
(piano, vocals) plays Jewish music, dance music, American popular music and swing, and folk music. She is making a recording of Yiddish music with Jane. Her website is AvivaEnoch.com.
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