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Concert: Ross Hammond, Corey Thuro, Mark Sylvester


Sacramento guitarist Ross Hammond has played on large stages and in small corners throughout the United States and beyond. His sound is equal parts jazz, folk, blues, spirituals and world music. Ross has collaborated/gigged/recorded with: Kevin Seconds, Oliver Lake, Pheeroan AkLaff, Vinny Golia, Vladimir Tarasov, Tetuzi Akiyama, Nicole Mitchell, Lizz Wright, Dwight Trible, Calvin Weston, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Alex Cine, Suzuki Junzo, Amy Reed, Nels Cline, Jeff Parker, Max Johnson, Steve Adams, Ken Filiano, Mike Pride, and more.

"Arising star on the West Coast jazz and improvised music scene..." -Chris Barton, LA Times

"His fluency as an improviser informs the elegance of the rustic themes that meditate upon place and personal connection..." (4 Stars) -Bill Meyer, Downbeat

Corey Thuro is a Baltimore-based mandolin player originally out of Poolesville, MD. He has spent the past few years developing an original technique for the mandolin which involves the treatment of all eight strings as separate, non-static, tones in place of traditional grouped pairs. Aside from playing improvisational music he is a member of local bands Seneca and Sam Cooper & The Sleepwalkers and has started on releasing solo recordings as of 2018.

Mark Sylvester (Maryland) - Composer and multi-instrumentalist Mark Sylvester strives to blend the sounds, styles, and instruments of American folk music with the experimental spirit of contemporary classical and art rock music. He performs as a solo guitarist and singer-songwriter, as an accompanist, and as a member of Great Noise Ensemble. His compositions can be heard on his two solo CDs: "New Music for Banjo" (2009), which was awarded the 2009 WAMMIE Award for Classical Recording; and "American Gypsy" (2003), a collection of 15 original pieces for solo guitar.