Ginger Dolden is a multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, and teacher based in Brooklyn New York. Recently, she has performed at Roulette, Issue Project Room, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Ace Hotel, La MaMa, Joe's Pub, Jalopy, Barbés, and The American Folk Art Museum. She has worked and recorded with artists including: Anthony Braxton, John Cale, Anthony Coleman, Yoshiko Chuma, Tony Conrad, The String Orchestra of Brooklyn and Chris Donohue.
Pete Lanctot is a Suzuki certified violin teacher and Music Mind Games certified music theory teacher with 8 years of teaching experience. Pete has taught in a wide array of settings from private lessons, to group instrumental lessons to theory and composition classes.
As a bandleader and a sideman, Pete has played venues that include: The Whitney Musuem of American Art, MoMA, the American Folk Art Museum, Littlefield, Joe’s Pub, Jalopy, Barbés, The Ace Hotel, Issue Project Room, and Shanghai Mermaid and has worked with artists including The Hot Sardines, Iris DeMent, John Cale, Tony Conrad, Anthony Coleman, Chris Donohue, Jason Mercer, Adam Brisbin, Bob Parins, and Sean Cronin.
Rick Snell is a NYC-based guitarist and singer who specializes in bluegrass, jazz, and rock n roll. He currently plays with Only Son who has been busy opening for Regina Spektor for a few years. Rick Snell's bluegrass band Six Deadly Venoms was a featured finalist at the Telluride Bluegrass Band competition and has toured nationally for a few years, releasing two albums along the way. Recently Rick has recorded TV Ads for GEICO that have been seen by millions of people the world over. Rick has played at the Beacon Theatre, Town Hall, The United Nations, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, and the Greek Theatre in L.A. When he is in New York, Rick hosts the legendary weekly bluegrass session at Mona’s Bar in the East Village; after five years it is now a destination for many great pickers passing through the area on tour and is a vibrant hub for the exploding acoustic music scene here.
Caleigh Drane maintains an active career as a cellist and music educator. She has taught privately for over 10 years to students of all ages and skill levels. She served on faculty and administration at the Larchmont Music Academy. There she maintained a busy teaching schedule while managing the office, scheduling, and registering new students. She has also served on faculty with the American String Teachers Association Chamber Music Institute at Rutgers University, and the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.
Caleigh has recorded on Sony Classical and has performed, recorded and collaborated with nearly 100 artists spanning all genres. As a chamber and orchestral musician, she has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall and Auditorio Nacional of Mexico
Upon moving from Texas to New York City in 2012, Brisbin began working with Jolie Holland on her upcoming release, "Wine Dark Sea", out May 20th 2014 on ANTI- Records. Recently he worked with Hal Willner to create the music for Robert Wilson's "The Old Woman". In August 2013 Adam performed at the Museum of Modern Art as part of the summer concert series MoMA Nights. His new band OLD WOMAN features Doug Wieselman (Lou Reed) and Greg Saunier (Deerhoof).
Katie Von Schleicher
Katie Von Schleicher is a songwriter & producer from Maryland and based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2017 she released her debut full length Shitty Hits, earning critical acclaim for a style The Guardian calls “Portishead meets The Beatles.” When not teaching or touring, she is a project manager at independent record label Ba Da Bing.
Ben Goldberg is the owner of Brooklyn-based independent label Ba Da Bing Records, which he started in 1994.
Beginning as the music director of his college radio station in 1992, Goldberg moved into the industry directly afterward to be a college radio promoter at Atlantic Records in 1995. He moved from Atlantic to Merge Records doing radio promotion and publicity, working with bands like Superchunk and Neutral Milk Hotel. In 1998 he became a publicist at Matador Records, working with Interpol, Liz Phair, Cat Power and Yo La Tengo in the process.
In 2006, Goldberg was able to run Ba Da Bing full time, while also managing bands such as Arcade Fire, Beirut, The Breeders, Sharon Van Etten, Tune Yards and Shearwater.
Douglas Hertz is a composer, percussionist, and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. Hertz uses sound as a medium to investigate experiences ranging from the personal to universal and from the physical to the spiritual. Hertz has been commissioned to write for chamber ensembles, orchestras, and choirs around the country, and regularly collaborates with artists working in other mediums. His work has recently appeared on programs presented by the Aries Composers Festival, Midwest Composers Symposium, Nief Norf Summer Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, the Dynamic Music Festival, Bard College’s Music Alive series and the Deer Valley Music Festival. Hertz studied composition and theory at Bard College (B.A.) and the University of Michigan (M.M.).
Dylan McKinstry is a Minnesota born multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, and song-writer. A veritable Swiss-Army knife of styles and skills, he draws from an eclectic range of musical traditions in his writing and collaborations. When Dylan plays, his music, both curious and deeply thoughtful, has been hailed by The Boston Globe as “effecting a sublime transformation”. His diverse performance history has awarded him the opportunity to work and share the stage with many notable musicians including Pierre Bensusan, Don Ross, Joe Morris, John Zorn, Meredith Monk, and Ran Blake, and includes performing as a mandolin soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Sonoma County Philharmonic, and the Calithumpian Consort. He currently lives Brooklyn, NY.
Jared Engel is a professional musician who has been living and working in New York City since 2003. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Mr. Engel splits his time between performing on the Upright Bass, Tuba, and the 4-string-Plectrum Banjo. He is specialized in many forms of traditional American music, and maintains a very active career of playing concerts all over the world.