Ty Burhoe : Tala Records & The Musical Universe


Sting, CBE (born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner; 2 October 1951) is an English musician, singer-songwriter, activist, actor and philanthropist. Prior to starting his solo career, he was the principal songwriter, lead singer and bassist of the rock music band The Police. As a solo musician and member of The Police, Sting has received sixteen Grammy Awards for his work, receiving his first Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1981, and receiving an Oscar nomination for best song. He is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. www.sting.com

Rick Alan joined Def Leppard at the age of 15, right before the band signed their record contract. He lost his left arm in a car accident in 1984, but this didn't stop him from being a drummer; with the help from a (semi-)electronic drum kit, Rick became "a better drummer than he was when he had two arms" (as said by Joe Elliott). In 1986, the drumkit was completely electronic, but since 1995, some parts are acoustic again, depending on his studio- or live setting. Rick is also the founder of "Raven Drum Foundation" which creates drumming circles and workshops for kids & adults alike as well as supporting / presenting Elders from the Native American tradition. Rick is an amazing musician with an uncanny deep sense of time and a heart of pure gold. He is truly seen as a hero to musicians and fans across the globe. www.ravendrum.com

Walter Becker (born February 20, 1950) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer. He is best known as the co-founder, guitarist, bassist and a co-writing half of the duo which make up the rock band Steely Dan. Becker produced Fra Lippo Lippi's 1987 Norwegian single, "Angel", as well as the 1985 China Crisis album, Flaunt The Imperfection. In 2005, Becker co-produced and played bass on the Krishna Das album All One. Becker played solo guitar on the title track of the 2005 Rebecca Pidgeon album Tough on Crime. Madeleine Peyroux's 2006 album Half the Perfect World featured a single, "I'm All Right", that was co-written by Becker with Peyroux and producer Larry Klein. Peyroux's 2009 album Bare Bones contains two songs co-written by Becker: the very Steely Dan-esque, "You Can't do Me" and the title-track "Bare Bones". http://walterbecker.com

Jon Anderson (born John Roy Anderson on 25 October 1944 is an English musician, known as the former lead singer of the progressive rock band Yes. He is also an accomplished solo artist, and has collaborated with artists such as the Greek musician Vangelis, among others. Anderson is also responsible for most of the mystically-themed lyrics and concepts which are part of many Yes releases. These elements are crucial components of the classic Yes sound, but have occasionally alienated some members of the band (most notably Bruford and Rick Wakeman), contributing to their leaving the group. The lyrics are frequently inspired by various books Anderson has enjoyed, from Tolstoy's War and Peace to Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha. A footnote in Paramahansa Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi inspired an entire double album Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973). Recurring themes include environmentalism, pacifism and sun-worship. http://www.jonanderson.com/

George Harrison (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English rock guitarist, singer-songwriter and film producer who achieved international fame as lead guitarist of The Beatles. Often referred to as "the quiet Beatle", Harrison embraced Indian mysticism, and helped broaden the horizons of the other Beatles, as well as those of their Western audience. Following the band's break-up, he had a successful career as a solo artist and later as part of the Traveling Wilburys, and also as a film and record producer. Harrison is listed at number 21 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". www.georgeharrison.com

Pete Townshend - Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend (pronounced /ˈtaʊnzənd/; born 19 May 1945) is an English rock guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and author, known principally as the guitarist and songwriter for The Who, as well as for his own solo career. His career with The Who spans more than forty years, during which time the band grew to be considered one of the most influential bands of the rock era, and, according to Eddie Vedder, "possibly the greatest live band ever." Townshend is the primary songwriter for The Who, having written well over one hundred songs for the band's eleven studio albums, including concept albums and the rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia, plus popular rock and roll radio staples like Who's Next, and dozens more that appeared as non-album singles, bonus tracks on reissues, and tracks on rarities compilations like Odds & Sods. He has also written over one hundred songs that have appeared on his solo albums, as well as radio jingles and television theme songs. Although known primarily as a guitarist, he is also an accomplished singer, keyboardist, and also plays other instruments, such as banjo, accordion, synthesiser, piano, bass guitar and drums, on his own solo albums, several Who albums, and as a guest contributor to a wide array of other artist's recordings. Peter Townshend has never had formal lessons in any of the instruments he plays.

Bela Fleck - A New York City native, Béla Fleck picked up the banjo at age 15 after being awed by the bluegrass playing of Flatt & Scruggs. He began experimenting with playing bebop on the banjo in high school. In 1982, he joined the progressive bluegrass band New Grass Revival, where he made a name for himself in the country-bluegrass world, at the same time beginning a series of solo albums including the groundbreaking 1988 album Drive, 1994's Tales from the Acoustic Planet and 1999's The Bluegrass Sessions-Tales from the Acoustic Planet Volume 2. The Flecktones' (forming in 1989) relentless touring has garnered major attention, highlighting the interplay of true virtuoso musicians: Fleck, bassist Victor Wooten, percussionist Future Man and saxophonist Jeff Coffin. Famed for routinely playing over 200 concert dates a year, the Flecktones reached more than 500,000 audience members in 2001 alone. Often considered the premiere banjo player in the world, Fleck has virtually reinvented the image and the sound of the banjo in a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map, both with the Flecktones and on a range of solo projects and collaborations. www.belafleck.com

John McLaughlin is a living legend in not only the world of jazz but also in the East Indian tradition of classical fusion. His work with the Mahavishnu Orchestra and then with Shakti, featuring: Zakir Hussain, Shankar, Vikku, changed the face of world music. He continues to be perhaps the, key figure in blending pure jazz with the traditions of India. Currently he and Zakir have frequent world tours with "Remember Shakti" as well as his continued ground breaking projects in the jazz/rock world. www.johnmclaughlin.com

Tony Furtado became a banjo player in sixth grade after doing a report on the instrument, making a rough banjo out of household items and studying the history of it. By 19, he had won a pair of National Bluegrass Banjo Championships. As a young banjo player, Furtado found himself playing the genre of music most represented by the instrument - bluegrass. But all along, he was listening to Tom Petty and Jackson Browne, he was watching MTV, and he was delving into his parents collection of classic rock records. Looking back, he says: “I think I was kind of doomed to be a multi-genre player from the start.” Furtado's 1987 win at the National Banjo Competition (a feat he would repeat in 1991) led to a touring sideman stint with bluegrass musician (fiddle) Laurie Lewis (Laurie Lewis and Grant Street) and the launch of his professional career. But, bluegrass was only one style of music that interested Mr. Furtado. He has spent his decades in the music business fusing bluegrass, country, rock, blues, jazz, and folk (both American and European) on his expanding instrument arsenal of banjo, guitar, slide guitar and voice.

Dominik Leslie At age 3 Dominick Leslie began chopping to the beat on a ukulele with his dad’s bluegrass band.  At age 10 he purchased a Martin guitar with the Christmas and birthday money he had been saving for years.  Just one year later he picked up the mandolin and he hasn’t put it down since. By the time he was 12, he began writing his own music and practicing every day.  A few years later at 15, he recorded his first solo CD Signs of Courage which received rave reviews from Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine. He placed 1st in the 2004 Rockygrass Mandolin Contest at age 14 becoming the youngest contestant ever to win, and he placed 2nd in the 2005 and 2006 Merlefest Mandolin Contests at ages 15 and 16. He also placed 2nd in the Walnut Valley National Mandolin Championships at Winfield Kansas in 2007.

Joshua Kossman is a recipient of the Berklee College of Music World Scholarship and the Berklee Achievement-Based Scholarship (B.A.S.). In addition, he was the recipient of the Louis Armstrong High School Jazz Award in 2004. He has been playing music his whole life. Starting out in his elementary school’s String Orchestra has ingrained into him a life-long love of stringed instruments. While having his initial base in Classical music, Josh has sown his musical seeds wide, becoming fluent in Jazz, Folk, Blues, and Pop. While attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, Josh had opportunities to play in a wide variety of ensembles, from Straight Jazz to Old-Time Appalachian, with great musicians from around the world. Upon graduating, Josh has relocated here to Boulder to envelop himself even further into the acoustic music scene, and has found ample opportunities to play in both Boulder and Denver.

Sandra Wong I was born in Ithaca, New York. Although I was too young to remember, my parents tell me that I displayed a real love of music from a very early age. My lullabye was Beethoven's 5th (I could not fall asleep to anything else!). I began studying the violin when I was seven years old with the intention of becoming a concert violinist. This was my sole focus for the next 15 years until I discovered fiddling, and my entire musical world turned upside down! Suddenly music became about connecting with other people in a joyful way with a community focus rather than isolating and striving for perfection of form. This discovery challenged (and continues to challenge) the very foundation I developed in my classical training, and invited me to set foot on a new and wonderful path of adventurous musical exploration. It began with Irish, Old-time and Bluegrass jams and festivals, and has grown into my current livelihood of teaching, performing, recording and collaborating with other musicians from a diverse range of world music genres.
In 1999, I was introduced to (and fell in love with!) a wonderful Swedish folk instrument, the nyckelharpa (a 16 stringed, keyed bowed instrument). It has become an integral part of my work and musical expression.(please go to www.nyckelharpa.org for more information on this instrument).

Jayme Stone keeps an ear to the ground. His curiosity and unlikely set of reference points started early with the quirky physics of the banjo, led to a mysterious librarian who stocked his local public library with a vast trove of banjo recordings, and landed him long-lasting lessons with a series of maestros, from Tony Trischka to Bill Frisell. Influenced by Japanese poetry and Brazilian literature and featuring what he calls a “tiny symphony that takes place inside an imaginary light bulb”, Stone’s album, The Utmost, won the 2008 Juno Award for Instrumental Album of the Year.

Tina Malia - Naturally blessed with a crystal voice, her touching music and angelic presence have drawn devoted fans from coast to coast and around the world. Inspired by her roots in American Folk music, ancient Celtic modalities, Middle Eastern rhythms and mystical tones of India, Malia magically weaves sounds and prayers from around the world into a beautiful palette for her voice. Tina Malia has been compared to such legendary singer/songwriters as Loreena McKennitt, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Carole King and Sarah McLachlan. Malia's debut, Shores of Avalon, was voted #1 Vocal Release of 2001 by Backroads Music for its ability to "cast a spell on the listener." Tina has the rare ability to blend her voice into any musical setting and has sung lead as well as back up vocals in countless settings. She is truly one of the musical jewels in music today. www.tinamalia.com

Billy Goodman is a unique singer-songwriter and slide guitarist. He comes from the USA where he performed for over a decade with the Goodman Brothers featuring Steve Kimock. Also to his credit are his slide playing and touring with Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Electric Hot Tuna), Dave Mason (Traffic), and bass playing as a road crew member for Grace Slick and Starship. Together with his brother Frank he received a four star review in the German Rolling Stone for the 1995 Goodman Brothers release Crooked Smile, and his 1998 solo debut Walk the Street Alone was equally well-received in Europe. Billy lives near Heidelberg, and continues the tradition of folk and blues. His bottleneck slide guitar, original songs and expressive singing are his trademark. He has been called "the missing link between Paul Simon and Muddy Waters" and has opened shows for such greats as Van Morrison, David Lindley, Leon Russell, Chris Whitley, John Hammond, Tom Paxton, and many others. www.billygoodman.com

Eric Thorin - A native Coloradoan, Eric got his start on piano and trombone at an early age from the prodding of his musical parents and later studied bass at the of Northern Colorado. He played in salsa bands such as Kizumba and Conjunto Colores, toured extensively with rock act The Thugs, made up a third of the Flamenco/Indian ensemble Curandero, and toured with the Tony Furtado Band for four years. He was a member of steel band Pan Jumbies and continues to appear in various Jazz and Acousticsettings throughout the year. Eric has served as a clinician and guest artist at the Yellowstone Jazz Festival, Augusta Heritage Center, Grand Targhee Bluegrass Academy and Sorrento, BC Bluegrass School. www.ericthorin.com

Curtis Alan - he grew up in a small country town, a little place called Essex Junction, Vermont. Ever since he can remember, music has always been a big part of his life. In fact, from the moment he was brought home from the hospital, his mom and dad fired up the old record player and kept it spinning. Looking back now growing up as a boy he was always surrounded by either the radio, or record player hearing greats like Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Charley Daniels, Eagles and Elvis Presley. Like every "All American Boy" he played football, baseball, rode dirt bikes with all his friends in the neighborhood and went hunting and fishing with his dad. www.curtisalan.net

Heather Wertheimer is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who combines her special love of both music and yoga to lead devotional chanting for yoga workshops and spiritual gatherings internationally. Heather has toured in the U.S. and abroad with her husband Benjy, Steve Gorn, Manose, and Deva Premal & Miten. Heather’s debut CD with Shantala, “Church of Sky,” was named by New Age Retailer as one of the top ten albums of 2004. It has been aired on radio stations nationwide. In April 2003, she and Benjy released “The Love Window,” a beautiful and well-loved collection of sacred chants. In 2007, they released “Sri,” their second popular kirtan CD, and their first live CD “LIVE in love” was released in 2008. www.shantalamusic.com