Casey J Holmberg
Banjoist and singer, Casey James Holmberg was born and raised in Petaluma, CA where gold rolling hills and chickens were dear neighbors. Although a saxophonist first, Holmberg removed the mouthpiece and started pickin’ it true after hearing Earl Scruggs play The Farewell Blues. Convinced the banjo was the best instrument for Bluegrass and Bop, he began to teach himself. After studying briefly with Banjo virtuoso Tim Weed in Point Reyes, Casey saw the banjo used as a complete instrument, not restricted by genre or style. He furthered his studies in music at UCLA becoming an excellent bluegrass banjoist while branching into classical and jazz music. Holmberg writes music influenced by his past and present with an emphasis on creating distinct feeling and narrative.
"Bassist and composer Noa Laniakea grew up in Buffalo, New York. After graduating from SUNY University at Buffalo with a bachelor’s in music performance, she furthered her studies at University of California, Los Angeles where she studied with Chris Hanulik and received their master’s degree, also in music performance. A self-taught composer, Noa seeks to write music that is both immediately accessible to the listener while synthesizing diverse sounds and styles in an organic way.
Guitarist, singer and songwriter Tommy Schulz was born and raised in the lush mountain forests of Makiki in Honolulu, Hawaii. Constantly surrounded by Hawaiian slack key guitar on the radio and country and bluegrass from his father's stereo, Tommy took to playing folk music on the acoustic guitar at a young age. He studied operatic singing technique for five years and continued to hone his guitar playing and songwriting before moving to Los Angeles to study performance at UCLA. Tommy scored theater and film and studied various musical and theatrical styles including traditional west African drumming, traditional Japanese theater and music and old time/Americana during his years in southern California. Tommy works to incorporate new rhythms, contemporary lyrics and theatrical elements to rock, metal, folk, electronic, bluegrass and any traditional musical style that catches his interest.