About Curt Alsobrook
I have been teaching Clawhammer banjo for over 10 years and have helped many beginners become competent players! This style of banjo playing predates bluegrass. It is a more rhythmic and lyrical style. The same as often used with modern singer songwriters ie; Gillian Welch, Be Good Tanyas, Laura Veirs. Although my playing has been more directly influenced by players like Frank Lee (of the Freight Hoppers), Roy Andrade (Reel Time Travelers), and John Hermann, (Songs from the Mt. w/ Tim O'brien). I spent 6 years in Colorado based string band High on the Hog. And enjoyed getting to play with more contemporary bluegrass bands such as Yonder Mt & Leftover Salmon as well as more Traditional acts like Hit and Run Bluegrass. These experiences taught me a great deal about "keeping up" with more modern musicians (ie; dynamics, how to take solos, more complicated chord progressions) which are not as commonplace in more traditional Old time string band music. Lessons include hand written TAB and ear training. As well as basic theory to get you playing with others in jams and with friends.
About Aaron Keim
Musician, luthier, historian and songwriter; Aaron Keim is a roots music renaissance man. As The Quiet American, Aaron performs traditional and original folk music on guitar, ukulele and banjo. (which he builds himself!) Inspired by depression era string band music, old timey gospel, lo-fi garage rock and the modern indie-folk scene, The Quiet American is a compelling mix of old and new.
After falling in love with music in the school band and choir, Aaron studied music education and french horn in college. He stumbled upon an old time hootenany outside of Cimmaron, NM in 1999, which inspired him to learn the upright bass and start The Paradise String Band. While teaching orchestra in the public schools, Aaron began his career building and restoring string instruments. In 2003, Aaron moved to Colorado and earned a master's degree in music history from University of Colorado. In 2004, Aaron founded Boulder Acoustic Society, which has played over 1,000 shows all over the US, focusing on a genre bending mix of folk, rock, jazz and classical. While traveling with BAS, Aaron taught workshops and masterclasses on roots music, studied banjo, ukulele and guitar with the masters, performed for huge festival crowds and embedded himself in the modern folk scene.
In 2009, The Quiet American recorded his first solo record, on an 1890's wax cylinder machine! Like a voice from the past that seems to know the future, this self titled release is a favorite of old time music and audiophiles alike. His newest CD, "The Quiet American Vol. II,” is a showcase of Aaron as a solo act. The original songs sound like classics and the traditionals sound fresh and new. Folky dreamscapes, distorted banjo, plunky ukulele and haunting vocals are presented with an old timey, lo-fi approach.