Jess is a freelance oboist and fiddler with classical/ baroque/folky/improv/new music persuasions. She performs a diverse range of music for orchestras, chamber music projects and recordings. Her fiddle style has diluted to include strains of Celtic, Scandinavian, Quebecois, Old-time and Middle Eastern modal music. She performs at festivals, country halls, birthday parties and the like, with Duck Duck Goose (quirky double-reed Northern-European melodies), The Neon Effect (contemporary Aussie Trad reimagined) and in her duo with Louise. She also delights in improv collaboration with multi-instrumentalist/composer Carl Pannuzzo through his Empire State Elevators project.
Louise finds enormous joy in music-making within the folk and traditional music community as a cellist and occasional fiddler, performing in her duo with with Jessica, and in The Homegrown Quartet. She has appeared on festival stages around Australia but finds just as much enjoyment playing music around kitchen tables and camp sites with her family and friends. Louise is currently undertaking a PhD at RMIT University exploring the intersection of identity and the diverse musical practices of professional classical musicians, while extending her musical practice under the influence of Scandinavian and Middle Eastern modal music.
Volga plays darabuka, tabla and percussion with a unique style and rhythm that is distinctly Middle Eastern with strong Indian influences. This style is informed by his work with the iconic instrument maker Mustafa Tekimbas in Istanbul where he learnt and played with various musicians, his study at the renowned Misirli Ahmet’s Darbuka School, and years in Nepal and India studying the tabla and producing clay darabukas. Since his return to Turkey in 2011, he has played with Pauline Lerval, Danielle Hebert, Rudra, Shyam Nepali, Raman Maharjan, Astrakan Project, Ofer Mizrahi, Naadistan, Sinan Celik, Emad Gabra, Kostas Anastasiadis, Mariano Abello, Jyoti & Jiva, and many more. Volga now lives in Melbourne, Australia.