Many Musics of America

Artist Category: Performer / Speaker

Dan Groll

Dan Groll

Dan Groll is a Professor of Philosophy at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. He works in ethics, with a special focus on family ethics and gamete donation. His book Conceiving People: Genetic Knowledge and the Ethics of Sperm and Egg Donation was published by Oxford […]

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Louis Epstein

Louis Epstein

Louis Epstein is Associate Professor of Music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. His book The Creative Labor of Music Patronage in Interwar France was published by The Boydell Press in 2022. His articles appear in Music & Politics, Journal of Musicology, and The […]

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Rob McMaken

Rob McMaken

North Georgia native Rob McMaken has developed a tasteful and exciting accompaniment style on lap dulcimer, mandolin, guitar, and banjo-uke, effortlessly shifting between note-for-note melody, harmonic counterpoint, and rhythmic drones harkening back to the Old World. Before immersing himself in old-time music, Rob traversed musical traditions […]

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Jason Cade

Jason Cade

As a youngster, Jason Cade began learning rare tunes and an older style of playing from master fiddler and tune-catcher Bruce Greene, his neighbor growing up in Yancey County, NC. Jason’s old-time music is also heavily influenced by his mother’s fiddle teacher, the late Byard Ray […]

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Evan Kinney

Evan Kinney

Evan Kinney grew up in a family of old-time music in his native Kennesaw, Georgia. He learned from his father at an early age and has continued to hone his skills by studying the eccentric playing of 20s recording artists such as John Dilleshaw, The […]

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Mick Kinney

Mick Kinney

Mick Kinney is a versatile musician and educator, equally comfortable on many styles of fiddle, country lap steel, swing guitar, old time banjo, Cajun accordion, or ragtime piano. His teaching experience includes several years at Swannanoa Gathering Old Time and Swing weeks, a decade at […]

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Brian Zepeda

Brian Zapeda with bow and arrow

Seminole artist Brian Zepeda grew up in a traditional village where he learned the stories, songs, and arts of his people. According to Zepeda, “For us the emphasis is on teaching the younger generations of tribal members. We see books that say a lot of things about […]

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Kennedy Pugh

Actor, producer, and filmmaker Kennedy Pugh resides in Pueblo, Colorado where he is an active proponent of the arts. The executive director of Colorado Arts and Artists, Pugh was a 2021 recipient of the Colorado Governor’s Creative Leadership Award and produced the 2019 documentary film, […]

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Kedrick Armstrong

Kedrick Armstrong

Praised by the Chicago Tribune for his ability to “simply let the score speak for itself,” Kedrick Armstrong enjoys a wide range of conducting, from early music to premiering new works. This past season, he returned to the Knox-Galesburg Symphony and debuted with the DePaul Opera Theater, conducting Leonard […]

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Jon Casler

Jon Casler

Since 2012, Jon Casler has been creating narrative shorts and documentaries, often with humor. Two of his shorts, “Family Forever,” a dark comedy,  and  “Fang and Joe,” a nature documentary, have played at film festivals nationwide.  He attended Colorado Film School from 2012 to 2015, […]

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