Stephanie Wieseler - sax
Toni Lindgren - guitar
Michelle Kinney - cello
Krissy Bergmark - tabla
Stephanie Wieseler has performed as a saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist in a variety of musical styles and settings. She toured nationally and internationally as an ensemble member with Bon Iver for their recent album, 22, A Million. Stephanie is an alumna of the Disneyland All-American College Band, where she performed with Arturo Sandoval and John Clayton, among other notable artists. Stephanie holds a bachelor of music from New England Conservatory, where she studied with Jerry Bergonzi and Hankus Netsky. Recent projects have included the Twin Cities Jazz Composers Workshop, as well as Mina Moore's Amy Winehouse tribute at the Dakota. She has performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, Montreaux Jazz Festival, among other notable venues.
Toni Lindgren is a guitar player based in Minneapolis, MN.
Combining Tony Rice inspired flatpicking with a love for the smooth, flowing melodies of greats Jeff Beck and Roy Buchanan, Toni Lindgren blends rootsy and emotive blues styles. Hailing from Fond du Lac, WI, Lindgren started performing regularly with projects around her home state at the age of 14 and has been active in the Midwest music scene ever since. She relocated to Minneapolis in 2007 to study at the University of Minnesota where she teamed up with folk rock band Reina del Cid. In 2018, Toni will be on tour with internationally acclaimed artist Lissie in support of her new full length record, Castles. When she is not on the road, Toni enjoys sitting in with groups of wide ranging genres in the Twin Cities and working on her own original guitar compositions.
Michelle’s career began in Minneapolis, MN, when she returned home after receiving a BA in music from Northwestern University. During this early phase in her career, she was recognized and frequently funded as a composer & cellist, collaborating with Twin Cities choreographers (Laurie Van Wieren), filmmakers (Chris Sullivan, Chicago) and theater artists (Michael Sommers), in addition to composing for her own new music ensembles (IMP ORK, Aphid Bloodbath Consort). In 1989, she moved to New York City to pursue an MA in Performance Studies at New York University. Michelle lived in NYC for 13 years, recording and touring Europe and the US with several of her mentors; bridging musical genres and scenes, from art music (Henry Threadgill, Butch Morris, Myra Melford), to pop (Sheryl Crow, Natalie Merchant, Lou Reed); and composing for dance (Cyrus Khambatta), film (Debra Dickson) and theater (Richard Schechner).
Michelle returned to the Twin Cities in 2002, to raise her young family. In addition to again becoming very actively engaged in the community as a composer and performer, Michelle is the Musician in Residence for the Dance Program within the University of Minnesota’s Theater Arts and Dance Department. In this perfect “day job” for a musician/composer, Michelle improvises compositions in daily dance classes, with her cello played through a looping device. Each day Michelle spends hours reading bodies in motion as if they were sheet music, spontaneously creating and layering multiple cello parts, starting from a rhythmic foundation and building harmony, texture and melodic phrasing.
As a band-leader, Michelle Kinney has performed her own music in Europe and the U.S. Selected highlights include: The Montreal Jazz Festival and The Spoleto Festival, The Hubble Theater in Berlin, various clubs in Paris and theaters throughout France. In NYC: The Knitting Factory, The Kitchen, Franklin Furnace, Roulette, The New Victory Theater and Experimental Intermedia. In the Twin Cities: The Guthrie Theater, The Walker Art Center, Orchestra Hall, Studio Z, Southern Theater, Ordway Performing Arts Center, The Cowles Center and numerous Twin Cities festivals.