The Bergmann Brothers are a trio made up of one Bergmann and no brothers that hails from Kent, Ohio. The group is comprised of Tina Bergmann, a virtuoso hammered dulcimer player known for her driving energy and syncopated rhythms, David Rice, a multi-instrumentalist well versed in the blues and old time traditions and hailed for his masterful harmonica playing, and Bryan Thomas, an accomplished and versatile musician who explores the solo and ethnic traditions of the double bass. Tina began playing the hammered dulcimer at age eight and made her first recording at age 12. Coming from a diversely musical family that includes Classical pianists as well as a Great Grandfather who played his jaw harp and buck danced on the porch every morning, she was exposed to the dulcimer at age eight when her mother began playing music with a local musician and dulcimer builder by the name of Loy Swiger. Pete Seeger has described her as 'the best hammered dulcimer player I've heard in my life.' David had his start in blues harmonica in 1972 and ten years later became interested in old time stylings. His influences included such harmonica masters as DeFord Bailey, Dr. Humphrey Bates and Gwen Foster. David also plays guitar with the Bergmann Brothers and has been known to break out the baritone horn for a tune or two. David and Tina have been playing music together since 1983. Bryan was began music in his grade school string program on cello before he discovered there was something bigger and switched to the bass. He can be heard as a support musician as well as a soloist in an incredible array of diverse situations such as symphonic orchestras, salsa and swing bands, playing and singing jazz, blues, bluegrass, African music, American old time, as well as multi-media projects involving poetry, art dance, theater, visual arts and community works.
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