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THE TALKING STRINGS trio is masterfully blending and balancing the poles of traditions and innovations of jazz, classical music, and a variety of International music styles including East European Gypsy music, French jazz, and Brazilian bossa nova. Immersed in their craft, violinist Gary Schulte, guitarist Pavel Jany and bassist Dan Weston with their Talking Strings are true ambassadors of Global music on every level.

Pavel Jany’s diversity and eclecticism in his guitar playing and composing have no boundaries, and his enduring musical journey encompasses many various styles. His classical guitar background was enriched by influences from East European gypsy music to the works of jazz fusion artists Ralph Towner, Al Di Meola, and Pat Metheny. His three year stay in West Africa and his travels to Brazil and other South American countries deepened his interest in West African and Afro-Brazilian music, his passion for samba, bossa nova, Brazilian jazz, and for Brazilian guitar style created by artists such as Bola Sete, Luis Bonfa, Baden Powell, Egberto Gismonti, Romero Lumambo and many others.

Gary Schulte is a violinist and performance composer to whom Stephane Grappelli gave his most sincere blessing. A veteran of A Prairie Home Companion, he has done everything from classical improvisation with harpsichord master Layton James to the avant garde with David Byrne, and extensive collaborative work with groups such as Ancestor Energy poetry-jazz with Louis Alemayehu, Ballet of the Dolls, and Theatre de la Jeune Lune. Sought after as a jazz violinist, he has gigged with some of the greatest artists of the Gypsy Jazz genre, including guitarist legend Dorado Schmitt. He is also known for his work in the Black Gospel tradition, and for his unaccompanied solo violin performances in which he takes a story or image and creates a spontaneous composition in front of a live audience. Of his recent performances with Klezmerica, Ed Huyck of CITY PAGES wrote: “Special mention goes to violinist Gary Schulte, whose playing threatened to raise the roof right off Park Square.” A performance graduate of Indiana University School of Music, he studied with Paganini master Rugierro Ricci, and Josef Gingold.


Dan Weston >(Bass, Drums and Percussion) has performed in a wide variety of groups and performers in the Twin cities since 1985. With abilities on electric and acoustic bass, drum and percussion, he has performed with national entertainers such as Della Reese, Red Skelton, Steve Allen, Jack Jones and Rich Little. He has also performed in local groups such as The Butanes, Mic Sterling and the Stud Brothers, George Faber, Percy Struthers, Ticket to Brasil, Stay Tuned, Tempus, Xibaba, JoBud/Whoopgnash, The Boxheads, The R Factor and many others. Influences include Airto, Steve Jordan, Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller, Buddy Rich, Miles Davis, Joe Zawinul, John Schofield and many others.


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