David Holt's curiosity is compelling. It would seem he's programmed to learn. His unbridled energy is contagious. And his humor is ever present. Within a few moments of sitting down with him, you find yourself sharing his enthusiasm. Next, you're completely onboard for a grand adventure.
Given all these gifts and skills, David makes a marvelous entertainer. But he's so much more. When David has an idea, it's not idle chatter. Within a short while, what started out as an inspiration is suddenly a full-blown multimedia project guaranteed to bring joy to the world for many, many years to come. This guy is nothing short of amazing.
In addition to his accomplished performance skills, Brad is the consummate teacher. His story illustrates how he comes by his skills naturally. Growing up, Brad was exposed to the wondrous combination of music, family, love and community. Significant elders contributed to his personal values and his deep understanding of this music. To him, the music is still very intimate.
And he's highly motivated to share this life-long, joy-filled discovery with others.
Art Rosenbaum jokes that, at 70 he is doing the same things he was at 20. Fortunately for all of us, he stayed true to his course(s)! His curiosity and industrious nature has resulted in albums of music, hallways of art, documents of folklore, books of historic writing and much more. There's hardly a medium Art hasn't explored... all the while documenting his thoughts, findings and interests. Thank you, Art!
Meet Brad Kolodner, another of the talented players promising a bright future for traditional music. Brad comes by his talent though family. His mother played cello and his father is fiddler/hammer dulcimer player, Ken Kolodner. Most would probably be satisfied with those incredible gifts. But Brad's heart builds on those strengths. His desire to form and nurture community comes through again and again. His ambition is formidable.