“The Starry Mountain Singers are a group comprised of young adults who have a rare musical alchemy. The roots go deep, the soaring flies high, the pleasure of communing musically is palpable and when their chords line up, which seems to be always, the air in the room  seems to shift and rearrange. Imagine breathing that air. It’s got to be healing. THIS,  I thought is what music does to ones cells and bones and spirit. GO!!!” ~Marytha Pafrath – Libana

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  • The Starry Mountain Singers have all toured extensively with the Vermont-based, world-music ensembles Northern Harmony and Village Harmony, receiving an introduction to traditional songs and singing styles from around the world. In addition, members of our ensemble have worked with Meredith Monk and Revels Inc, have performed on NPR’s, A Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Stage, and three of our members perform in the Brooklyn-based country band, The Sweetback Sisters.

    Our musical programs features traditional songs from the United States, Bulgaria, Corsica and the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, as well as original compositions from the group’s members. Our American repertoire includes shape-note songs (a traditional New England song style), powerful gospel numbers, and haunting folk tunes from the Appalachians. The Georgian, Corsican and Bulgarian songs are a mixture of sacred and secular pieces demonstrating an incredible range of unique singing traditions. Each member contributed songs from his or her particular area of musical knowledge and expertise, resulting in a dynamic and eclectic program that will delight world-music fans and lovers of choral performance.

    Stefan Amidon grew up singing in his own family band The Amidons, and with VH and NH. He is a prize bass singer and is the percussionist of choice for several of America’s favorite contra dance bands. Since graduating from the Oberlin Conservatory with a degree in Jazz Performance, he has enjoyed playing drums in jazz bands big and small, with his older brother, avant/folk artist Sam Amidon and as the percussionist and at times harmony vocalist in The Sweetback Sisters honky tonk band. Stefan has performed and taught at music and dance festivals across the country. He now lives in Brooklyn or wherever he happens to be touring, and goes swimming whenever possible.

    Zara Bode has the sound and spirit of an old school starlet. Since attending performance art high school and university and now years on the road she has gained a wealth of knowledge in a variety of musical styles including: jazz, gospel, world music, and has played the lead in many musicals. Regardless of the genre, Zara has continued to melt hearts with her soulful voice and easy going stage presence. She continues to bring audiences to their feet as one of the lead singers in acclaimed country/honky tonk group The Sweetback Sisters, finding herself on many a main stage at music festivals and performance venues around the world. She spends her down time as a hired gun in NYC arranging and recording background vocals.

    Avery Book has been singing for most of his life, and with Village and Northern Harmony since 1999. Over the years he has sung in and led ensembles focused on early music, contemporary a capella, and traditional American, Balkan, Georgian, and Corsican songs. Avery’s musical passion and focus these days is traditional Georgian music. He’s visited Caucasus Georgia four times recently to study with Georgian songmasters Tristan Sikharulidze, Polikarpe Khubulava, Islam Pilpani, Andro Simasvhili, and Sulko Tsimakuridze. He is a co-founder and co-coordinator of the Svan Recording Project, which will eventually publish a set of educational recordings and transcriptions of traditional Georgian music from the province of Svaneti. In the past six years he has helped to organize and lead many folk ensembles and workshops, including a class at Oberlin College featuring Georgian folk music and shape note singing, teaching a 5 month workshop series in Durham, NC on Georgian polyphony. He also tours with Suzannah and Gideon as the Starry Mountain Trio.

    As the story goes, Gideon Crevoshay has been singing since he could make sound. Growing up singing shape-note music with Bread and Puppet Theater was the musical thread that initially connected him to VH and he has toured extensively with NH since 1998. At Oberlin College, he participated in many vocal forays, including several years singing early music with Collegium Musicum. He also helped lead several folk ensembles that focused on various traditional music styles, including shape-note Georgian and Corsican. Since moving to NYC, he has been able to expand his musical experiences into more experimental realms and has been writing music with several ensembles and bands. In March of 2009, Gideon was able to work with the incredible innovator, Meredith Monk, in a performance of her Ascension Variations at the Guggenheim Museum. When not making music, he works with adolescents in NYC, eats good food, and thinks little big thoughts.

    Jeff Fellinger has long found himself in a rich community of singing, both at home in NW Vermont and beyond. With family influence, his singing endeavors have included: musicals, choirs, and a cappella groups throughout all levels of schooling; long-time membership in the Burlington ensemble “Social Band”; Shape-note singing; touring with NH; cowboy crooning in the trio “Soaked Oats”; half a dozen years of employment as an instructor/wrangler at “Oooolation Singing Camp” for teenagers.
    It is his belief that voices crossing in harmony, high through the air, is one of life’s most remarkable gifts.

    Emily Miller is rapidly becoming known around the United States and Europe as a country singer, fiddler and workshop leader. Raised in a family of old-time musicians, she received an early education in traditional American musical styles and also inherited a love of good old country music. She has performed on festival stages and concert around the world with NH and has been featured on A Prairie Home Companion with her country band, The Sweetback Sisters. She and her mother, Val Mindel, teach workshops in early country duet singing. More info at: valandemmy.com

    Nathan Morrison grew up in Vermont hearing Shape-Note and Balkan music sung by his parents in the group Baley-Hazen Singers and in high school joined Village Harmony, a youth group based in Vermont that teaches traditional community music from around the world. He has been singing ever since. At Hampshire College he formed a thesis that explored jazz as a religious experience, composing and playing in a small combo. He also continued to tour with Northern Harmony, visiting Germany and England. Currently Nathan lives in Asheville, NC with his wife and singing partner Suzannah, co-leading a community chorus that is in its fourth year and baking bread for the community around him. thesimplebread.com

    Suzannah Park comes from a family of three generations of ballad singers and storytellers and has been performing Appalachian folk music for most of her life. Her interest in the performance and study of traditional music of many kinds has taken her from music-filled kitchens to concert halls across the US and Europe. She began touring with VH as a young teen and has taught for them since 2000. Suzannah is known for her powerful voice and striking harmonies and her ability to inspire others with her love of music. She currently lives in Asheville, NC with her husband Nathan and their amazing dog Beamer. For more information please visit: suzannahpark.com

    Born in Virginia, raised in New Jersey, Nora Jane Struthers grew up singing and playing traditional music with her dad, Alan Struthers. After college while she was teaching highschool English Nora Jane and her dad began performing out in New York City and New Jersey, as a duo, Dirt Road Sweetheart. In August of 2008, Nora Jane moved to Nashville, TN where she recorded her debut, self-titled, album, comprised of eleven original songs and one traditional song. The record, which features some of Nashville’s A-List players (Stuart Duncan, Tim O’Brien, Bryan Sutton, Dennis Crouch, Shawn Lane, Scott Vestal, Rob Ickes, Jeff Taylor, John Catchings, Emily Miller, Brent Truitt, and Macon Gurley) was released independently in June 2010, staying in the top 40 of the Americana Radio Chart for 14 weeks. Two days before the release of her record, Nora Jane Struthers and her band, The Bootleggers, won the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition (previous winners include Nickel Creek and The Dixie chicks). In the fall of 2010, Nora Jane joined forces with her friends in the acoustic band Bearfoot, originally from Alaska now based out of Nashville, as their new lead singer. For more info visit:
    norajanestruther.com