Abigale is a violinist, composer, improviser, and educator. She received her Bachelors degree at The Manhattan School of Music for Classical Violin Performance, where she became involved in the contemporary music scene and klezmer music. She went on to receive her Master’s degree at The New England Conservatory for Contemporary Improvisation. There, she developed her compositional skills while working in a rich collaborative environment. Abigale has toured around the world performing Klezmer music, classical music, rock music, and contemporary music. She has had the privilege to share the stage with great musicians such as David Krakauer, Anthony Coleman, Jeffery Zeigler, Amanda Palmer, Sarah Jarosz, Hankus Netsky, and Jherek Bischoff. Abigale currently lives in Boston, where she performs with and composes for several bands including Ezekiel’s Wheels, Romanian quartet Mierlita, a metal band, an Italian Pop band, and various Free Improvisation ensembles.
Jonathan Cannon has been playing violin for nineteen years. He began his klezmer career with four years in the klezmer band Yarmulkazi at Brown University, and upon graduation established Ezekiel’s Wheels with Yarmulkazi clarinetist Nat Seelen. His love of Jewish music led him into the closely-related world of Romanian traditional music, and after a short music-collecting trip to Moldova he founded the Romanian fiddle band Mierlita with Abigale and Kirsten. In addition to his many performances with these two bands, Jonathan regularly plays fiddle and guitar for “contra dances” (traditional social folk dances) across New England. He earned a PhD in mathematics in 2014, and works as a researcher and lecturer in computational neuroscience at Brandeis University while maintaining his busy music schedule. He is a committed educator as well as a performer: working around his academic career, he has taught violin lessons to at least ten regular students of assorted ages and levels, organizes monthly klezmer jams at Boston Workmen’s Circle, and runs fiddling and ear-training workshops for school orchestras in several Boston-area districts. Following his passion for community-building through music, he organized the inaugural Brown University Folk Festival, and currently serves on the board of the New England Folk Festival planning concerts and outreach activities. He is a casual player of the mandolin, banjo, jaw harp, washboard tie, and Irish drum, and is becoming increasingly serious in his musical training on nose flute and singing saw.
Kirsten Lamb is a double bassist and vocalist originally from northern New Jersey. Praised by the Boston Globe for her “versatility and assurance” and the Huffington Post as a “brilliant young musician,” she has performed extensively throughout the United States and internationally. Kirsten graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music in double bass and Ethnomusicology. She studied with bassists Thomas Sperl and Peter Dominguez, sitarist Hasu Patel, and viola da gambist Catharina Meints, and developed a unique style of solo performance. Kirsten holds a Master of Music Degree in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory, where she studied with bassist Cecil McBee, vocalist Dominique Eade, and composer-improvisers Hankus Netsky, Carla Kihlstedt and Anthony Coleman. While at NEC, she debuted several original solo works in Jordan Hall, played for Elvis Costello, performed in John Zorn’s 35-year retrospective, and actively participated in the conservatory’s community outreach program. Upon graduation in 2015, Kirsten was awarded the Gunther Schuller Medal for “extraordinary contributions to the life of New England Conservatory.” Also an avid teacher, Kirsten maintains a private studio, holds a weekly teaching residency through Young Audiences of Massachusetts at the three Early Education Centers of Horizons for Homeless Children, and is a frequent guest teaching artist at schools throughout Greater Boston.
Since completing a degree in music theory, history, and composition and an honors thesis in ethnomusicology at Brown University, Nat Seelen has pursued dual careers in music and urban education. Most recently, he served as director of data for Brooke Charter Schools in Boston, MA and clarinetist with the award-winning Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band. In past lives, he has been a zookeeper, a comic book librarian, a management consultant, and an AP music theory teacher. He spent 2015 composing, practicing clarinet, and working on his first novel in Madrid, Spain, while his wife, Amy, pursued a Fulbright grant and an MBA at IE Business School. He won first prize in the 2015 Klezmer Company Orchestra Composition Competition, and has performed on clarinet, saxophones, and percussion with OktoEcho, The Macrotones, Yarmulkazi, The Longwood Symphony, The Mercury Symphony, and many other ensembles around New England.
Pete Fanelli began playing trombone at the age of eight. Shortly afterwards, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in jazz performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He has studied trombone and jazz improvisation under CNY Jazz Orchestra member Joe Colombo, Professor Mark Kellogg and Dr. Howard Potter at the Eastman school, Steve Frank, and Curtis Fuller, and has played with the Gap Mangione Big Band, the Dave Rivello Ensemble, and the Eastman Jazz Ensemble. He currently belongs to the Eastman Broadband Ensemble, which has given him the opportunity to collaborate with renowned composers and conductors Juan Trigos, Carlos Sanchez-Guitierrez and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon in contemporary music festivals in Italy, Mexico and the U.S. Pete has had the privilege to share the stage with great musicians such as Slide Hampton, Avishai Cohen, Peter Erskine, Dick Oatts, John Fedchock, Marian McPartland, Rufus Reid, David Berger, Pat LaBarbara, Gerry Niewood and Rich Perry. He has taught trombone and improvisation through the Eastman Community Music School and currently maintains a teaching studio at the Holliston School for the Performing Arts in Holliston, MA.