Strings Attached — The Accidentals on Their Terms

Female–fronted, multi-instrumentalist power trioThe Accidentals (Sav Buist, Katie Larson, and Michael Dause) have taken the scene by storm since the release of their critically acclaimed 2015 release, Bittersweet.  Since then, The Accidentals have continued to follow their passion for music in a multitude of exciting and diverse ways. The band tours internationally, averaging over 270 virtual and in person shows per year. Between shows, they can be found at local schools and universities, hosting master classes and workshops for students of all ages. The band’s most recent full album, Odyssey, was released in 2018 on Sony Masterworks….

Carmine Miranda: The Joy of Life as a Cellist

American cellist Carmine Miranda has quickly established an award winning international career and recognition as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. Praised by many publications such as Fanfare Magazine for “fast becoming known for his ability to combine virtuosity with intense, well-thought-out interpretations” and by The Strad Magazine for “showing himself to be in full command….

Trombonist Melissa Gardiner’s Empowerment Through Music

Trombonist Melissa Gardiner has performed with several legendary musicians including Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Geri Allen, Wycliffe Gordon, Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Dave Matthews Band, and Vulfpeck. As a bandleader, she has released three albums, Transitions (2011), Second Line Syracuse (2016), and Empowered (2019), which features prominent jazz women Tia Fuller (Beyonce) and Ingrid Jensen…

Fiona Joy

Australian Pianist and Composer Fiona Joy Hawkins Explores the ‘Now’ Through Her music

—“Each day is a blessing, the future is not a given, so you have to enjoy the NOW”   Fiona Joy Hawkins is a mainstream composer/pianist/vocalist with an international following, whom she greets weekly with pandemic-inspired, livestreamed concerts. The event’s growing success might be attributable to a combination of her musical talent, a love for […]

Pianist Rhys Brigida Lets the Music Tell the Story

Learning/playing music has been the biggest challenge of my life, but also the most joyful. I get a lot of satisfaction unraveling tunes that appeal to me. I feel compelled to discover why a song resonates, or how it invokes certain feelings of joy, melancholy, and longing. This doesn’t come easy to me, but if I can grab at least a basic understanding of what an artist is “saying”…

People’s Choice Winner Rich Carroll — A Country Boy with a Classic Voice

Country artist Rich Carroll was the winner of Making Music’s most recent Community Video people’s choice competition. His video for the song “Lifetime” received more than twice as many votes as the runner-up. That song — Carroll’s first professional recording and release, which he also co-wrote — is about “the rise from a hard fall and […]