Louis Nicolia ,a native of Erie,Pa. plays violin with the Erie Philharmonic
and Erie Chamber Orchestra.A graduate of WVU, Nicolia formed the Strada
Duo (with Keita Fukushima violin) and toured Japan in March 2006.The Duo
made their Carnegie Hall debut January 21,2007 with special guest Stefan
Lakatos on Trimbas performing two works by Moondog.Nicolia commissioned
American composer Ned Rorem to write a work for this occasion for two
violins and piano called "Lullaby".Strada also premiered a work by Reza
Vali.Nicolia produced Project Moondog with special guest Stefan Lakatos at
Mercyhurst College on February 10.2007.This was the first all Moondog
concert in the US in almost 40 years. Nicolia and Fukushima returned to
New York in November 2007 to perform in the Moondogrising Festival.
Nicolia plays electric violin in Joseph Allen Popp's Wierdo Theatre and
the Glenwood Hillbilly's.
Sonny Froman has played with organizations as varied as the Hawaiian pop vocalist Don Ho, the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and Elvis Costello. He also constructed the instrument he is playing, probably the only other trimba in existence besides the one made by Moondog.
James Pearson is a cellist who plays European concert music and experimental music, He and Nicolia were the string section of Joseph Allen Popp's Weirdo Theatre.
Mark Dubois teaches oboe, coaches woodwind chamber music, and teaches theory at the State University of New York at Fredonia, He studied with John Mack on the Cleveland Orchestra at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Erik Meyer is cantor at Erie's Luther Memorial Church. A graduate of Baltimore's Conservatory of Music. Meyer is active as a chamber musician, conductor and organist.
Don Wisniewski grew up here in Greene Township, and has been playing music for over 50 years. He was inspired to start by his Dad's playing. Plays accordion with a contradance band, upright bass with a bluegrass band, also fiddle, dulcimer, 5 string banjo, and guitar.
Issac Spaeth is a student at Mercyhurst College. Saxophone is his primary instrument, but he is a wide ranging musician with great curiosity and also plays the shruti box