Brendan Cooney is a pianist, banjoist, trombonist, composer and teacher living in Philadelphia. He plays baritone in the legendary West Philadelphia Orchestra, banjo in the legendary City Wide Specials (perhaps the longest standing weekly country/bluegrass gig in Philadelphia history) and Noggin Hill (see their tripped out old-time meets advant-garde video projects) and piano in the Rhinoceri Trio. He has worked as a horn and string arranger for Dr. Dog, Buried Beds, Rick Berlin and others. Brendan is a certified teacher of the Taubman Approach to Coordinate Technique. To see more about his unique piano teaching see his site Mt. Airy Piano Lessons. Prior to his Taubman studies Brendan received his BM from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as well as a BA in politics. In his spare time Brendan blogs about left political economy at kapitalism101.wordpress.com. He has shared panels on the economic crisis with such luminous/controversial figures as Andrew Kliman, Rick Wolfe and Alan Freeman.
Gregg Mervine plays drums and composes. From the Philadelphia area, he came up listening and learning from jazz drummers like Mickey Roker and Edgar Bateman. Gregg has played in numerous projects spanning several genres including: anti-folkers Cheese on Bread (NYC) and alt-rock Dr. Dog (Philly); klezmer groups like Klez Dispensers (Princeton/NYC), Alicia Svigals (NYC) and Shtreiml (Montreal); brass bands like West Philadelphia Orchestra and Panomara Brass Band (NOLA); reggae/dancehall groups King Django (NYC) and Ari Up and the True Warriors (NYC, Kingston, JA) and Brazilian groups like Old Goats (Philly), Pife Perfumado (Monteiro, BR), Chico Correa e Electronic Band (Joao Pessoa, BR), and Fernanda Cabral (Madrid, Joao Pessoa). He plays drumset, pandeiro, Turkish darbuka, tapan, guitars, and pifano (Brazilian cane-flute). For his compositional work, he’s recieved 2 grants from American Composers’ Forum’s Subito program, and he’s been commissioned by Gas and Electric Arts to compose music for their theater production, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins.
Chris Coyle- bass
Chris Coyle has been an active part of Philadelphia’s music scene since 2006. He’s had the opportunity to play with jazz greats (John Swana, Matt Davis, Steve Giordano), innovative singer-songwriters (Keisha Hutchins, Gillian Grassie), and an array of unique bands and projects (Son Step, Old Goats, Noggin Hill). Some of the venues he’s performed at include World Cafe Live, Tin Angel, the Kimmel Center, Ortliebs, Carnegie Hall, Joe’s Pub in NYC…Chris gathers his inspiration from mediums and styles of all kinds, musical and otherwise. When not performing Chris is usually found teaching, writing and composing, eating falafel, and also socializing with some creative Philadelphians.