I play the hammered dulcimer, an ancient, beautiful sounding, and somewhat unknown instrument. My music is very easy on the ears and works great for events like weddings and dinners, though can be the center of attention when it needs to be. I play many different styles of music, from traditional folk to jazz to classical etc.
In terms of credentials, I have several notable accomplishments in the world of hammered dulcimer, including 1st place wins at the Texas State and Mid-East Regional championships, and two 1st place wins each at both the Southern Regional and Southern Strings championships.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 90 minutes
What to Expect
You should expect beautiful, easy to listen to music from an instrument that requires little space. I have my own means of amplification if it is needed. Though I do have structured songs, some of the music I make can often times be improvised, but sound planned, and has the intent of being easy on the ears.
A recent college graduate, I am trying to make my living playing, composing, and teaching for hammered dulcimer.
I’ve been playing the instrument for about four years, with upwards of ten years of percussion experience behind it. The hammered dulcimer has allowed me to explore much of the South Eastern and Mid Western parts of the United States, travelling to folk festivals and meeting some of the absolute best hammered dulcimer players in the world, and I’m excited to see where it takes me in the future.
Additional Booking Notes
My instrument requires little space, though if I provide my own amplification, that space may have to be slightly bigger.
Lighting can be a potential issue, as I look down at the strings of my instrument to hit the correct notes. Too dim of a light can hinder my ability to do that, though an extremely bright light may do the same. The best lighting would he a moderate lighting.
As stated above, I have a Bose L1 Compact that works well to amplify my hammered dulcimer, though it may not be loud enough for an auditorium setting. I have a single Shure SM57 microphone that I use for looping percussion as well as my own cables and mic stands.
Influences & Inspiration
Hammered Dulcimer Influences: Joshua Messick, Stephen Humphries, Dan Landrum, Andy young, Max ZT, David Mahler
Other Musical Influences: Andy Narell, Herbie Hancock, Bela Fleck, Stevie Wonder, Snarky Puppy, Jacob Collier, John Wooton
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