Few would have guessed that Bill and Karlee’s musical life would now be based in Wichita. Bill left Kansas for Boston in 1983, leaving behind his musical ambitions to focus on painting. Karlee grew up near the beach south of Boston, and when Bill found her basking on a stack of poems and a Radio Shack keyboard in 2010, he knew he had found a songwriter and partner. Showered with autoharps and ukuleles, she blossomed into the better half of the duo, which records and serves its songs, still warm, at bandcamp.com.
Matt Grenier is a guitarist, composer, and music educator. As a musician, he works in the area of jazz, writing music that mixes the song form of jazz with the harmony of 20th century classical music. As a teacher, he leads a wide variety of classes at Wichita State University, attempting to illuminate connections between Beethoven, Miles Davis, and Elvis in order to get a clearer understanding of this concept we call music.
Hawley Shoffner is a Wichita-based songwriter who claims comic books and Thin Lizzy as influences. She says that it’s easiest to write songs from the perspective of someone else. “They’re best,” she says, “when written from the perspective of Gena Rowlands or a vampire in sunglasses.” With a full length album behind her she has a new EP, called Tiger, that she’s eager to release.
My name is Hawley Shoffner. I am a songwriter. I play the ukulele, and the guitar and the piano and a 12-button accordion.
Billie Preston-Fredholm has been playing guitar since she was seven. Taught by her older sister, she quickly became a devotee of folk music. Later, she became interested in choral music and before long the two merged in a style that she practices to this day. Since 2008 she has performed as one half of a duo with Robin Roberts. In 2010 the pair released a CD called Pay-Day Motors. Preston (the name under which she performs) teaches voice and piano at Senseney Music in Wichita and is also a cantor and choir member at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
Steve Hatfield is a drummer/educator based in Wichita, Kan. He has shared the stage with artists such as Joe Williams, Martina McBride, Glenn Alexander, Bob Florence, and Jerry Hahn. He currently performs with The Bodo Ensemble, The Elemental Trio, Cabaret Oldtown, Music Theater of Wichita, and leads the aptly named Steve Hatfield's Band.
I’m Steve Hatfield. I’m a freelance musician in the Wichita area. I also teach at Wichita State [University] and I have my own private studio here in town.
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.
Quinn Lake is a Wichita-based cellist. She performs with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the ICT Trio. She has performed in orchestras around the U.S. and has made appearances nationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and as an instructor at music festivals. She studied at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin; at the Institute for European Studies in Vienna, Austria; and at Wichita State University's School of Music. In addition to her Classical music pursuits, she often performs with bands of a variety of styles and is interested in improvisation.
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
My name is Bruce Huss I’m an acoustic solo guitarist, a fingerstyle guy and a singer-songwriter.