BIO

Riadh Fehri (oud)

Renowned Tunisian oudist/composer, and head of the Sidi Bou Said Music conservatory in Tunis, Tunisia. Riadh has degrees in several musical disciplines, including traditional Arab music. He has received rave reviews from Tunisian and international press for his solo and ensemble work, including the cross-cultural Le Minaret et La Tour ensemble and the Vent 440 project, combining Le Minaret et La Tour with Kantara and the Orchestra of the Vienna Ball Opera. www.riadhfehri.com

 

 

Brennan Gilmore (guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals)

Brennan is a multi-instrumentalist who grew up in Rockbridge County, Virginia under the tutelage of some of the best old-time and bluegrass musicians in the world, such as Will Lee, Larry Keel, and Gary and Rooster Ruley. In 1999, he formed the group Walker’s Run, who went on to play sold-out shows throughout the region before the group disbanded when Brennan took an assignment with the U.S. Department of State. He has since explored musical traditions and performed with local musicians during diplomatic postings throughout the African continent.

 

 

Ann Marie Calhoun (violin)

One of the most talented violinists of her generation, Ann Marie Calhoun seamlessly blends a master’s ability in classical music with years of bluegrass and old-time fiddling.  She has performed as a soloist at the Grammy awards with the Foo Fighters, performed with Bon Jovi at the White House for President Obama, and was featured in the Radio City Music Hall celebration of Nelson Mandela’s birthday. Her music collaborations also include The Dave Matthews Band, Hans Zimmer, Glen Ballard, Incubus, Aretha Franklin, Ben Harper, Widespread Panic, and many other acclaimed artists.  Several of her collaborations have resulted in award nominations. Her work with Steve Vai was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award in the category of Best Rock Band Performance and her work scoring and performing with Hans Zimmer in the movie “Sherlock Holmes” was nominated for a 2010 Academy Award.  www.annmariecalhoun.com.

 

 

Lassad Hosni (percussion)

The premier percussionist in Tunisia today, Lassad is a master of the traditional Tunisian darbouqa drum. He has appeared on many recordings, and has toured internationally, including the United States, with the world renowned oudist Anouer Brahem.

 

 

Zack Blatter (bass)

Zack became a part of the Charlottesville, Virginia music scene seven years ago when he entered the University of Virginia. Studying music theory by day with the likes of John D’earth, he co-founded the experimental bluegrass outfit Walker’s Run and began playing upright bass regionally by night. After graduating, he has toured throughout the U.S. with a variety of ensembles.

 

 

Amel Boukhchina (vocals)

Amel has sung in multiple major music festivals throughout the Mediterranean region. She also is the director of production and manager for Kantara.

 

 

Brian Calhoun (guitar)

A former student of Berklee School of Music, and a co-founder of Walker's Run, Brian is now co-owner of world-famous Rockbridge Guitars (www.rockbridgeguitar.com)