Jessica has access to so many exceptional California musicians, it's quite easy for her to design the unique ensembles needed to create a perfect musical backdrop for your wedding day. Below are some of your options for both instruments and musicians, however almost any instrument can be included in her ensembles.
Evan Fraser is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, teacher, and recording artist and holds a BFA degree in World Music from California Institute of the Arts. Evan has a collection of over 200 instruments. Each one is a unique tool, a special sound in Evan's palate of musical expression. Keyboards, kalimbas (thumb pianos) kamale ngonis (African harps), winds, slide guitars, drums & global percussion. Evan has also been collecting and playing jaw harps from around the globe for over 20 years. With a collection of over 50 jaw harps from 15 different countries, Evan enjoys sharing the many styles & techniques of playing this very small and portable instrument. In addition to playing weddings, Evan Fraser is a soloist and is also a member of several bands. Dirtwire, Hamsa Lila, Stellamara, and the Dogon Lights.
Aharon Wheels Bolsta is a body percussionist and singer. He performs and teaches solo and with the Bay Area Sonic Ensemble who traveled in 2010 to Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the 3rd International Body Music Festival. He performs and records on the mouth harp, flute, tabla, drums, and middle-eastern percussion with the Fishtank Ensemble, Khi Darag, Saul Kaye, Rumen Shopov, Jef Stott, Dan Cantrell and many others. In 2009 Aharon toured with the SF Mime Troupe as drummer and multi-instrumentalist. In 2005-07 Aharon toured with One People Voice and Gamelan X in Bali and Java, Indonesia, the US, and Black Rock City. Aharon has rhythmic and vocal training in Hindustani tabla and singing, Balinese kotekan and Kecak, Turkish and Balkan rhythms, jazz drumming and singing. Aharon studied classical Indian tabla under the guidance of Swapan Chaudhuri and santoor, vocals, and bansuri flute with Ali Akbar Khan at AACM for more than 15 years.
Dan Cantrell is a composer and multi-instrumentalist. Dan plays the piano, accordion, musical saw, Hammond organ, and harpsichord. His unique sound can be heard on the albums of Tom Waits, Joanna Newsom, Beats Antique, as well as in Major Motion Pictures such as Paramount Pictures' Mean Girls, and Roberto Benigni’s The Tiger and the Snow. In addition to playing weddings, Dan performs and tours regularly with Beats Antique, Fishtank Ensemble, Gaucho, the Toids, and in original Balkan inspired ensembles. Dan’s extensive scoring catalogue for film and television is described as “hauntingly beautiful…quirky and energetic” (SF Bay Guardian). His soundtrack artistry spans a wide range of emotion and style, and has supported hundreds of cinematic works with rich with virtuosic performance, lush acoustic orchestrations, sonic textures resonant with sound design, and strikingly innovative melodic themes.
Josh Mellinger has been studying percussion for over 11 years and received his BFA in Percussion Performance from the California Institute of the Arts. In addition to playing weddings, Josh has been involved in various performing ensembles throughout his life, including World Percussion ensembles, North Indian ensembles, African ensembles, and both Javenese and Balinese Gamelons. Josh has studied under the guidance of Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Randy Gloss, Houman Pourmehdi, and David Johnson - providing a wide variety of percussive influences. Josh continued studying Tabla at Ali Akbar College of Music in 2011 with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. He currently teaches a children's World Percussion class with the Rock Star Guitar Academy and is ensembles in the Bay Area like the North Bay Choro ensemble and GamelonX.
Andrew Laubacher is among the most versatile, in-demand drummers in the San Francisco Bay Area. He studied at Boston University before deciding to tour the U.S. with Guster full-time at the age of 20. Since settling in San Francisco in 2009, Andrew has established himself as a go-to drummer and percussionist for session work as well as live shows and tours. Andrew studied under Bob Gulotti, Andrew Barr, Bob Moses, Scott Amendola as well as performed live or in the studio with the likes of Guster, Third Eye Blind, Joe Pisapia, Peter Frampton, the Dodos and many more. He’s equally at home in a wide range of genres and is well-known for being engaging on the stage; whether he’s playing acoustically in an intimate wedding or captivating the crowd at a sweat-soaked dance party at the Fillmore.
TBird Luv is an incredible flautist and singer with a solid Classical Music foundation from Carnegie Mellon University and a World Music and Dance foundation from theCalifornia Institute of the Arts. She's been blessed with opportunities to work with greats like Ry Cooder, perform at Festival Au Desert in the Sahara Mali, Africa, Lincoln Center, NYC and The Yerba Buena Center for The Arts. In addition to playing weddings, Tbird specializes in collaborations with musicians such as, Laura Inserra, Patrick Cress, Evan Fraser, and Liz Boubion. She believes her best work comes out of creating, building and expressing with others. Throughout her musical career, she's worked with some of the most talented and creative dancers, musicians, sculptures, actors and poets...teaching, composing, performing and directing.
David Rosenfeld received a B.A. in Studio Art from UC Davis in 1998, and an M.A. in Music Composition from Mills College in Oakland, CA., in 2003. David performs traditional Celtic and Klezmer music on the mandolin and violin. In addition to composed commissions from the UC Berkeley Dance Department he has played music to accompany hundreds of contemporary dance classes for companies ranging from the West Coast's ODC to the East Coast's Limon, and from San Francisco's Alonzo King Lines Ballet to Colorado's Naropa University. In December of 2010 Rosenfeld conducted the Oakland East Bay Symphony Orchestra, the klezmer band Kugelplex, and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. This took place at Oakland's renown Paramount Theater, where two years later Kugelplex and David accompanied the humble and inspiring legend, Joan Baez.