Phil Ross is a founding member of the instrumental duo Cricket Wand. A 10-year veteran of the Wichita music scene, he has performed in a variety of bands including Arms For Hands, the experimental noise project Leavenworth, and Low Oriole. He is also owner of 5nakefork Records, co-owner of both Spektrum Music and Straight Screen Printing. Ross counts Primus bassist Les Claypool as his main inspiration for picking up the instrument. Cricket Wand’s current release is called Mega Series Fantastic.
Wichita-native Aaron Wirtz is an electronic music and video performance artist whose stage persona, Cutter J the Absurdist, combines the phases of his life into a living collage of music, technology and dance. By combining traditional American folk arts such as tap dancing and spoons playing with an ever-evolving approach to DJing, turntablism, and interactive video art, he seeks to explore the emotional vocabulary of digitally influenced consciousness. Aaron is married to singer Reby Wirtz, recently graduated from Wichita State with his MFA in creative writing, works full time as a social media manager, and contributes to F5, Wichita’s weekly alternative newspaper.
Bruce Huss has released three albums to date, including Migration Day, Acoustical Romance, and My Father’s Son. In addition to being an award winning reporter and photographer he has placed as a top three winner at the Kansas Fingerstyle Championships. His music brings together elements of guitar masters such as Tommy Emmanuel, Stephen Bennett and Chet Atkins. Website: www.reverbnation.com/brucehuss
Torin Andersen is a Wichita-based independent artist and musician. He has played with more than 20 original musical acts (not including solo performances) since 1996. His current projects include: Spirit of the Stairs (guitar), Bridegeist (drums), JOOM (guitar) and Theta (synth/keys/programming).
Also a visual artist, Torin has shown work since 1999 including paintings, drawings, photographs and video installations. Constant exploration and experimentation has brought him to many different venues wearing many different hats, such as frequently hosting 1st Tues Talks for CreativeRush and writing for Wichita's weekly alternative newspaper, F5. Married to local artist Georgia Andersen, Torin continues to grow and challenge himself in new fields daily.
Beau Thomas Jarvis holds an undergraduate degree from Friends University and a masters degree in Musicology from Wichita State University. He spent several years living and playing in Los Angeles before returning to his home base in Wichita. He has performed with Jean-Michael Byron (Toto), Doug Grean (Scott Wieland), The Lettermen, Benny Golson and Tim Orindgreff (Black Eyed Peas), among others. He currently teaches jazz piano, jazz combo, jazz big band, and aesthetics through music at Friends University and he plays with various musicians in the Wichita area.
Kylie Brown is a video producer, CreativeRush event curator, storyteller and a melancholy musician. She currently plays cello with The Broslyn Bards, Raging Sea and Everything and Nothing. She began learning cello at age seven, grew up in the classical world and participated in Wichita's Youth Symphonies; she became burned out and quit before her love of music diminished. After living and working in another state for seven years, she returned to Wichita, and ended up meeting musicians, artists, and poets who reignited this love of music.
Joey Henry is a storyteller. For the past six years he has been traveling the country sharing stories as the banjo player and one of three singer-songwriters for the Kansas-based trio, The Calamity Cubes, along with bandmates Brook Blanche and Kody Oh. When not touring with The Cubes, he focuses on his solo project, Joey Henry's Dirty Sunshine Club and occasionally gets back to his indie roots by providing words and vocals for the Lawrence based Old Canes (Saddle Creek records) and “noise banjo” for the Kansas City based High Diving Ponies.
Emily Deaver is a classically trained musician whose work includes work with jazz bands, an all-encompassing cover band, Annie Up, and a folk rock duo. A former Miss Kansas, Deaver is a graduate of Wichita State University, where she studied jazz piano. She has worked in television as a music reporter but is currently pursuing music as her full-time career. You can learn more about her via her website, http://www.emilydeaver.com
Tom Page has been an integral part of the Wichita and Kansas music scenes for more than 20 years. The guitarist performed with acts such as Sunshine Family, Winking Spaniard, and Grandpa’s .38 throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, earning a reputation not only as a gifted guitarist but a remarkable songwriter as well.