Photo by Peter Esherick
Albuquerque, NM, native Mirinisa plays violin/fiddle in this band, and percussion (and some other things) in other contexts including with Rusty Tap, an Albuquerque band specializing in contra and Engilsh Country dance. Coming from a musical background of twelve years in the Suzuki Method of classical violin and seven in the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program, she took some time off in college to delve more seriously into West African drumming, non-classical violin and various other instruments, ultimately deciding to stick with those after graduating and returning to NM. She is a lifelong dancer with various groups in and around the city as well, most often to be found at international folk dance, and is rather grateful for the thriving music, dance, and other arts community that exists in the state.
Photo by Randi Thompson
Clara plays things with keys—piano and accordion and clarinet—in The Parson Sisters, as well as in Rusty Tap and several other groups including many she herself has founded. She is a full-time multi-instrumentalist and ethnomusicologist, and also enjoys dancing whenever she has time. Find out more at clarabyom.com.