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'TheBillySea' is a collection of prolific solo artists who have come together to create 'Global Americana' music. Founded by slide guitar revolutionary Billy Cardine, the sound is firmly planted in American roots music, but also pulls influence from all corners of the world. Cardine, a classically trained pianist in his youth, eventually fell in love with the sound of the slide guitar and plays Dobro, Chaturangui, Weissenborn and Electric Steel guitars. River Guerguerian commands a wide range of musical styles on his unique blend of percussion instruments, combining elements and experience from all over the world, and resulting in a powerful rhythmic perspective that is both familiar and otherworldly. Bassist Jake Wolf adds his intricate and original mix of musical elements, as a powerful melodic voice and a driving rhythmic force on the 6 string bass.
Cardine is an innovative slide guitarist, touring artist, and educator that has toured the world. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and the Ryman Auditorium and major festivals, such as Bonnaroo, Merlefest and Rockygrass. As an active member of the bluegrass community, Billy's dobro playing was recently featured on Jerry Douglas' latest production, Southern Filibuster, honoring one of the forefathers of the instrument. His distinct voice on all things slide has lead him to collaborations with Led Zeppelin's own, John Paul Jones and world renowned, Edgar Meyer in his Porous Borders of Music brainchild. Billy's band, The Biscuit Burners, won national and international awards and recognition. His curiosity and drive led him to Kolkatta, India where he began studying under his now guru, India's acclaimed Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya. Back in the states, Billy's unique stylings and expertise attracted innovative analog music mogul, Moog Music. During 2010, he helped design their first electric slide guitar which he debuted at MoogFest that same year. His memorable compositions and exquisite playing have been featured on The History Channel's "Our Generation", BBC World's "Destination Music", and PBS' "RoadTrip Nation". Billy is always true to his personal quest to eliminate technical boundaries and connect to an honest expression of himself.
"Billy Cardine is an amazing Dobro player. He is fluent in everything that I do, and Josh Graves, and everybody that has come before. I got to be with him for a little while at Carnegie Hall for Edgar Meyer’s “Porous Borders (of music)"...I couldn’t have picked a better example for them of where the Dobro is now or what the possibilities are with the instrument." -- Jerry Douglas
River Guerguerian (Multi-Percussionist/Composer/Educator) was born in 1967 in Montreal, Canada to Armenian-Egyptian parents and received his Bachelor of Music from the Manhattan School of Music Conservatory in 1989. For over 25 years, he has been performing internationally with such groups as the BBC Concert Orchestra, New Music Consort, Grammy and Oscar winning composer Tan Dun, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Tibetan Singing Bowl Ensemble, Talujon Percussion Quartet, Chuck Berry, and Ziggy Marley/Gipsy Kings project. His compositions have been commissioned and performed by chamber ensembles, universities, modern dance companies, and new music festivals throughout the U.S.
Guerguerian has performed in concert halls in New York, Berlin, Moscow, Tokyo, Rome, Sydney, Hong Kong, Barcelona, Athens, Istanbul, London, and has recorded on over 150 albums and film soundtracks. In 1994, River sold all possessions, left civilization, and lived in a wildlife sanctuary in the Himalaya Mountains. River is the Music Director of the “Creative Technology and Arts Center” in Asheville, NC and conducts rhythm and sound exploration workshops throughout the country. Visit him at www.ShareTheDrum.com.
"Guerguerian's composition, sensationally performed, devoted itself even more religiously to the possibilities of pure sound." -New York Times
Wolf is an in demand player for both stage and studio, known as a quick study with great skill tempered with great taste. He is a former student of the renowned Ali Akbar College of music, and a graduate of the Music Production program at The Evergreen State College. Whether he’s providing lush textural backgrounds, driving percussive rhythms, or soaring melodies, his music is known in the solo bass community and through his versatile sideman work for its depth and dimension. Jake is a staff writer for Bass Musician Magazine.