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Cafe Musique

Café Musique lives up to its name with a musical pallet that includes gypsy, swing, tango, folk and their self-defined genre, "wild classical". The five members seem to eat, sleep and breathe music. They're from the central coast of California and all five come from wildly different backgrounds, but together they’ve found kindred musical spirits in one another. Having performed around the world and been on the stages of several world-class music festivals, Café Musique has made thousands of fans of their powerful, emotive and beautiful sound. They have shared the stage with Doc Severinsen, David Grisman Quintet and Los Lobos and performed and recorded with Grammy award winner Louis Ortega, musical madman Joe Craven, songwriter Jill Knight and Broadway vocalist Sarah Kleeman.

Brynn Albanese

BRYNN ALBANESE (violin and vocals) graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and played with the Boston Symphony as well as the Boston Pops. She was concertmaster of the Boston Philharmonic and the Netherlands Hague Philharmonic. Locally has held the position of concertmaster for the San Luis Obispo Opera as well as the Symphony of the Vines. Brynn recorded on Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan and Jurassic Park. She is also the author of "Violin Practice Technique Boot Camp" which is endorsed by the American String Teachers Association.

ERIC WILLIAMS (guitar, ukulele, bouzouki and vocals) is a multi-instrumentalist playing instruments ranging from guitar in all styles, bass, banjo and ukulele to the gorgeous warm sounds of the bouzouki. Eric has been a recording artist and album producer on more than one hundred albums.... has also performed and toured with the likes of Tori Amos, Taj Mahal, Tracy Ullman and Russian Balalaika Orchestras.

Eric Williams

FRED MURRAY (bass and vocals) was in his first band at the age of 14; played Rock to Jazz to Funk to Cajun to Blues to Country - and now Gypsy & Tangos. He was the co-producer of "Half Step Behind" and has shared his amazing talents across the entire country. A computer wizard, cat lover and self-described recluse.

Fred Murray
John Astaire

JOHN ASTAIRE earned his Doctor of Music in Percussion Performance from Indiana University. He has performed with several ensembles across the country, including the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Kylix Contemporary Music Ensemble Aguava New Music Studio, Felix de los Ingenios Early Music Ensemble, and Keith Brion's New Sousa Band. He has also been a frequent member of the Mozart Festival and Festival Mozaic orchestras. As an educator, John teaches Percussion at Cal Poly State University, and coaches young percussionists with the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony.

DUANE INGLISH (accordion) studied under master accordionists Frank Umbro and Ray Gibson; past director of the Live Oak Music Festival in Santa Barbara; former pub owner and previously hosted a show on public radio. Passionate photographer who likes chick flicks.

Duane Inglish

CRAIG NUTTYCOMBE (guitar and vocals) is a songwriter and outstanding musician. He attended Hollywood High School; played in the "New Dimensions" surf band; toured with Jim Hendrix and Canned Heat and did two albums with A&M records. He channels Mr. Rogers and loves his dog...sometimes takes pictures of the audience.

Craig Nuttycombe