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Our Musicians


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Our Musicians


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Taishya Adams


Taishya Adams


 
 

Taishya Adams

VOCALIST & PERFORMER EXTRAORDINAIRE

Taishya IS a crowd favorite with her bold voice, impassioned music selections, and spirited performances. Taishya began with music as a youngster and following many performances in school musicals, she joined a gospel choir and fell in love with the marriage of spirit and praise. She formed a soul punk band and even dabbled in sound engineering. After a near 10 year hiatus, Taishya has taken to singing again via Community Music Nights and is enjoying all the beloved art has to offer. When she's not taking to the stage you'll find her working as an education consultant for state education agencies.

 
 
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Leslie Ann Leddy


Leslie Ann Leddy


 
 

LESLIE ANN LEDDY

PIANIST, VOCALIST, COMPOSER, & much more!

A local music teacher, this Georgia Peach has truly lit up our stage with her beautiful piano compositions and bubbly personality. Having studied piano at Furman and Shorter Universities, her previous PERFormance opportunities include the Greenville Symphony Opera, the Furman University Choral, the Shorter University Choral, and travel and perform in East Europe, Greece, Europe, Honduras and Costa Rica. She has won several awards of honor, music scholarships, and was honorably invited to attend the St. Petersburg's Piano Institute, Russia at age 16. 

While competitions and recitals and performances have been much of her past experiences, her true and current passions are teaching, composing, and collaborating with other musicians. We feel privileged to have found such a talent in Boulder and hope you enjoy the unique sound Leslie ann is able to bring to our diverse group!

ms. leddy also kindly lends her time & expertise to assist in community spirit, generating creative ideas, rehearsals, & more. we are truly appreciative of her unique talents & bubbly personality.

 
 
 
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Ben Fullerton


Ben Fullerton


BEN FULLERTON

HOUSE DRUMMER & CLASS (BAND) CLOWN

Raised by two singer/songwriters, at the age of 4 Ben decided to break rank and become a drummer. Sixteen years later, while pursuing a performance degree from the Berklee College of Music, he developed severe tendonitis that forced him to take an indefinite hiatus. His creativity sought new outlets and after receiving a camera for Christmas one year he found himself unable to stop taking pictures. In the blink of an eye he transitioned into professional photography and later filmmaking. When he couldn't find the right music for a film project, he remembered his roots and decided to make it himself... the fire for creating music started raging once again. Ben is NOW ANOTHER Community Music Night regular and IS always surprising us with costumes, jokes, and laughter. we could not be luckier to have his expertise, friendship, and jovial spirit.

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Elise Legendre


Elise Legendre


ELISE LEGENDRE

PIANIST, VOcalist, singer-songwriter

Another now regular to Community Music Night, this 17-year-old singer-songwriter and local high-schooler has captured our attention. A winner of the 2014 eTown Handmade Song Contest, Elise was able to record her song, “Calling” at the eTown studios in Boulder. The song was recently released on CD and on iTunes. Shortly after she joined us for our debut at eTown, and again during our segment at Boulder Arts Week. She has recently launched her first songs spotify.

Although just beginning to perform her original songs publicly, Elise has been composing songs since Middle School. She has also been active in local theater, musical theater and opera productions, having performed with the Colorado Music Festival, the University of Colorado Opera, Broadway in Boulder, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and her school choirs. Elise is often joined by several of her school musician friends including cellists, violinists, and back-up singers.

 

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Geoff & Jen


Geoff & Jen


GEOFF KEMBEL & JENNIFER FRANZ KEMBEL

piano, guitar, harmony duo

Geoff and Jen STARted at the beginning: on the front porch. over the years we've not only watched them grow together musically, but always watch them get married! After traveling extensively around the world, we are thrilled to invite them to reunite with us. Putting a fresh spin on beloved covers by artists such as Gregory Alan Isakov and Mumford & Sons, and occasionally originals, this male/female harmony duo is sure to bring sweet smiles.

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Dieter Bruhn


Dieter Bruhn


dieter bruhn

guitarist, vocalist, singer-songwriter

Dieter's unique approach to songwriting, namely in using simple, comedic, timely insight brings much smiles and laughter. as our resident impromptu songwriter & sing along leader, He enjoys uniting people through music and often serenades a lucky, surprise guest on-the-spot ... will you be the lucky one?!

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Steven Buck


Steven Buck


A local engineer and researcher, Steve is quickly becoming a regular here at Community Music Night and we are ever so glad to have him. Steve has worked hard on several occasions to prepare both original and learned works. he even debuted his first original full-band song at our last event, a notable accomplishment! 

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Kristina Schaad


Kristina Schaad


KRISTINA SCHAAD

violinist, group singer

kristina, a local science teacher, has joined us for multiple shows at the urging of several musician friends. she hadn't played in many years at the time, but with a bit of convincing she dusted off her instrument of choice and has excited us all with her ambition! we are equally proud of her recent accomplishments as she graduated with her masters while teaching full time.

 

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Jay Kraemer


Jay Kraemer


Jay Kraemer

Guitarist, Vocalist, Singer-Songwriter


we found this 23-year-old crooner creating musical harmony in a local yoga studio. A talented male vocalist, guitarist and singer-songwriter (as well as budding pianist, violinist, and more), his original music is only surpassed by the soul with which he presents it. As with the rest of us, Jay studied other fields in college & now works in downtown Boulder, but we're not so sure he'll stay out of the musical limelight for long!

More Musicians


More Musicians


KYle walker: VOCALIST, UKE, PIANO, GUITAR, SINGER-SONGWRITER

Kyle Walker, a first timer with our group, has immediately become one of the crew with his enthusiasm and versatility! He has been immersed in music since childhood and by day works as an elementary school librarian. Kyle is the author of the novel "The Legend of Edgar Willoughby" and He performed a sweet uke & vocal original for his wife, Charlotte, at our Valentine’s Day edition! 

 

Ron propri: bassist

Ron comes to us a new core musician. a local science and math teacher by day, this avid adventurer is a highly versatile musician who brings much talent and fun to our group. We very much look forward to including him in future shows! 

 

TIM SMIsek: vocals, piano, guitar, singer-songwrite

by day tim works at a local tech start-up, by eve enjoying his passions of skiing, being outside, and sharing his love of music with his friends and family. another instant favorite and extremely talented and versatile musician, we are thrilled to welcome this star to our crew!

 

RACHEL LEBER: VOCALIST, UKE, PIANO, GUITAR, SINGER-SONGWRITER

RACHEL JOINED US FOR A SPECIAL VALENTINE'S DAY-THEMED SHOW WHERE SHE SERENADED US WITH LOVELY LOVE SONGS. BUT DON'T LET THIS MULTI-TALENTED MUSICIAN FOOL YOU, SHE CAN ALSO BE FOUND TEACHING CHILDREN, WORKING IN MEDIA AND PROMOTION, AND PURSUING OTHER PASSIONS SUCH AS WRITING, YOGA, AND MEDITATION.

 

JEREMY DIOn: GUITARIST, VOCALIST, SINGER-SONGWRITER

A PSYCHOTHERAPIST BY DAY, JEREMY MOONLIGHTS AS A MUSICIAN WITH HIS DISTINCTIVE MILE HIGH AMERICANA STYLE. MOST RECENTLY, HE WAS FEATURED AS A 2014 NOMINEE FOR BEST SINGER-SONGWRITER BY WESTWORD MAGAZINE. INSPIRED BY HIS DAYTIME PROFESSION, JEREMY IS A NATURAL STORYTELLER AND WRITES SONGS OF INTENT AND OPTIMISM. 


RYAN MADSON: GUITARIST, PIANIST, VOCALIST, SINGER-SONGWRITER

AN ELUSIVE BOULDER NATIVE AND FORMER MEMBER OF THE BAND ARTFUL DODGERS, RYAN WAS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL PORCH PERFORMERS. RYAN BRINGS A SINGER-SONGWRITER'S TOUCH TO CONTEMPORARY POP TUNES, SOUL MUSIC AND ORIGINAL FOLK. HIS DIVERSITY IN MUSICAL STYLES IS REFLECTED IN A HISTORY OF TOURING WITH PUNK BANDS, WEDDING SERENADES, SOUTH AMERICAN PERCUSSIONISTS, AND AS AN ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC PRODUCER. OUTSIDE HIS MUSICAL ENDEAVORS RYAN MANAGES A LOCAL SOFTWARE STARTUP.

 

PAUL SOMMER, MEGAN FRIEDEL, & FRIENDS (BOXCAR79): LOCAL BLUEGRASS / FOLK Group

PAUL AND HIS CREW ARE PART OF A GATHERING OF LOCAL TALENT, ALL OTHER-PROFESSIONALS BY DAY, THEY HAVE BANDED TOGETHER IN A NEW TRIBE OF GUITAR, MANDOLIN, BANJO, BASS, AND VOCALS.

 

ASHA ROMEO: VOCALIST, SONGWRITER

ASHA WAS A 16-YEAR-OLD SOPHOMORE AT BOULDER HIGH SCHOOL WHEN SHE PERFORMED WITH US. sHE had PLAYED VIOLIN UNTIL AGE ELEVEN WHEN SHE FOUND HER PASSION TO BE SINGING. 

 

JOSE-MARIA RAMAs: GUITARIST, COMPOSER

JOE has SERENADEd US since the Beginning WITH ORIGINAL FLAMENCO-INSPIRED COMPOSITIONS FOR GUITAR. BETWEEN BOX-TAPPING POLYRHYTHMS AND INTERWEAVING MELODIES, HIS FLURRY OF FINGERS CAPTUREs the ATTENTION.

 

BEN ARON: PIANIST

A VERY SPECIAL YOUNGSTER (TAUGHT BY MS. LEDDY) HAD THE COURAGE TO COME PLAY FOR US AND BLEW US AWAY WITH HIS FAVORITE MOZART SONATA. THIS YOUNG LAD HAS A FUTURE IN FRONT OF HIM FOR SURE!

 

EVAN REEVES & LAURA WADE: GUITARIST, VIOLINIST

THIS SWEET PAIRING BRINGS A TOUCH OF ORIGINAL UPBEAT IRISH LUCK AND SELF-DESCRIBED 'QUIRKY CROWD PLEASERS'. THEY JOINED OUR SERIES IN 2015 FOR A LOVELY SHOW OPENING SESSION.

 

KEN STEVENS

GUITARIST, VOCALIST, SINGER-SONGWRITER

AS WITH SEVERAL OTHERS, KEN HAS JOINED US FOR SEVERAL COMMUNITY MUSIC NIGHTS AND his is PERHAPS MOST NOTABLY known AS THE OPENER FOR THE REEL ROCK FILM FESTIVAL AT THE CHAUTAUQUA THEATER. BUT DON'T LET HIS MUSICAL PURSUITS FOOL YOU - KEN IS AN ENGINEER BY TRADE.

 

MARK RISIUS: GUITARIST

YET ANOTHER LOCAL PROFESSIONAL BRIMMING WITH TALENT, MARK OWNS A WINDOW CLEANING BUSINESS AND PLAYS A RARE AND INTRICATE STYLE OF ACOUSTIC GUITAR THAT USES PERCUSSIVE KNOWLEDGE AND FEEL ON THE ACOUSTIC GUITAR with TWO HANDED FRET TAPPING, HARMONICS, LOOPS, AND SLAP RHYTHMS.