Sunday, June 22, 2014, 6:25pm - 7:10pm
Faith Petric Stage - Auditorium
An electrifying trio, StringQuake brings a new sound to today's world music scene. With electric lever harpist, Amelia Romano, cellist, Misha Khalikulov, and percussionist, Josh Mellinger, StringQuake's repertoire draws inspiration from the music traditions of the Americas, Greece, Africa, India, European classical, and the musical masters who have emerged from every corner of the globe.
Lever harpist, Amelia Romano began her music journey on lever harp at age nine, with Bay Area harpist, Diana Stork. She continued her harp studies with Dr. Cheryl Ann Fulton while completing a Bachelors at UC Berkeley.
Currently a freelance harpist, singer/songwriter and teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area, her music influences draw from her year working at Ntonga Music School: Playing for Change Foundation in South Africa, and studies of Latin and Folk music in the Bay Area with locally based Paraguayan Latin/Jazz harpist, Carlos Reyes and Venezuelan maestro Angel Tolosa. Her music fuses Latin, Jazz, Folk and world music styles. She is a founding member of two local world music bands, StringQuake and WorldSync. She has recorded on 5 albums including her most recent album, with StringQuake, recorded while on tour in Mexico.
Misha Khalikulov is a cellist born in the former U.S.S.R. republic of Uzbekistan and raised in San Francisco, CA. He holds a degree in Classical Cello Performance from UCLA under the tutelage of Antonio Lysy. In 2009, he joined the musical group Rupa and the April Fishes, which has taken him on tour to 25 countries in the past four years. With them, he has performed on international music festival stages around the world and recorded on their new album, Build, released in Fall 2012. He is also a member of the bands Blind Willies, StringQuake, and The Congress, with whom he has recorded four albums and toured around the United States, Europe, and Mexico. Aside from performing, Misha devotes his time to music education.
A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, and has been studying Percussion for over 12 years. He studied Percussion at Interlochen Arts Academy while in high school, and performed with the Michigan Ambassadors of Music in 2004.
After attending CalArts, he received his BFA in Percussion Performance in 2010. Josh was involved in various performing ensembles at CalArts including the Percussion ensemble, World Percussion ensemble, Tabla ensemble, North Indian ensemble, African ensemble, both Javenese and Balinese Gamelons, the Chamber Orchestra, and the New Century Players ensemble. While at CalArts, Josh studied under the guidance of Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Randy Gloss, Houman Pourmehdi and David Johnson.
Josh currently studies Tabla with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, and performs with several groups in the San Francisco Bay Area.