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Nadine

NADINE DYSKANT-MILLER, at 21, is rapidly emerging as a dynamic player in the Eastern US contra dance music scene.  She began playing traditional music at age 11, soon amassed a repertoire of hundreds of tunes, and has been playing at dances and festivals since 2004. She is currently majoring in composition at the University of Michigan, with a concentration in flute performance. 

Barbara at Piano

BARBARA DYSKANT has played keyboards all her life in almost every known style. In addition to back-ups from fiery to lyric, she is known for her intricate, well-crafted melody lines, improvisation, technical skill, and enthusiasm. She fell in love with contra dance music in 2003 after Nadine first invited her to a session, and has been playing and writing original tunes ever since. Barbara is also a composer and prolific songwriter. She studied at the Juilliard Preparatory Division, followed by performing with blues, Latin, and world beat bands including her own band Madrugada. She started the Southern Tier Country Dance Society in Olean NY in 2003. She received a grant from the New York State Council for the Arts to create a choral work celebrating the history of Olean. Her other passions include photography, hiking, swimming, contra dancing, gardening, the ocean, interesting conversations, and sustainable energy

 

 

 

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