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MICHAEL HEARST is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and writer. In addition to the Unusual Creatures project (which includes an album, a book, and a PBS Digital series), his previous album, Songs For Ice Cream Trucks, has been used by at least 50 ice cream trucks around the world. Hearst has also composed soundtracks for the movies To Be Takei, Magic Camp, The House Of Suh, and The Good Mother among others. Michael Hearst is a cofounder of the band One Ring Zero, which has released numerous albums. Hearst has performed and given lectures and workshops at universities, museums, and cultural centers around the world. He has toured with The Magnetic Fields, performed with The Kronos Quartet at Carnegie Hall, and has appeared on such shows as NPR's Fresh Air, A+E's Breakfast With The Arts, and NBC's The Today Show.
ALLYSSA LAMB (keyboard and vocals) is also the singer and arranger for the group Las Rubias del Norte, which has released three albums and plays regularly in New York and throughout North America and Europe. She has performed with Dan Zanes and Friends, the New Music Ensemble, the New York Choral Society, and she has composed and performed music for the Holderness Theater Company. Allyssa also arranges for and sings with the Occupy Wall Street Ladies Choir. She enjoys conjuring up strange animals in Michael Hearst's Songs for Unusual Creatures, and singing about pastries for One Ring Zero's The Recipe Project. In her spare time, Allyssa teaches her kids to sing showtunes and plant sunflower houses.
JONTI SIMAN (bass) is composer and bassist who has called Brooklyn, NY his home for the last 10+ years. Originally from South Africa via Washington, DC, Jonti has preformed through the US and Europe with various jazz, rock and experimental music groups. Jonti can often be seen performing in NYC and elsewhere with his trio Surface to Air -- a collaborative group consisting of tabla, guitar and upright bass.
BEN HOLMES is a trumpet player and composer based in Brooklyn, NY. His current projects are the Ben Holmes Quartet, Ben Holmes & Patrick Farrell, and Tarras Band. Born in Ithaca, NY, Holmes has lived in New York City since 2001. Displaying "the deft imagination that's mandatory for today's top brass" (Downbeat Magazine), Holmes enjoys music from many points in time and space, with special affinity for Jazz and traditional music from Eastern Europe. He also works as a sideman with the Banda de los Muertos, Ty Citerman's Bop Kabbalah, Romashka, Brooklyn Qawwali Party, Cynthia Hopkins, Justin Mullens' Delphian Jazz Orchestra, and, of course, Songs For Unusual Creatures.
KRISTEN MUELLER (drums) also plays guitar and sing songs under the name "Poor Things" with Austin Hughes of the M Shanghai String Band. In addition, she's a member of and plays drums with Hidden Driveways, Gloria Deluxe, The Caulfield Sisters, Lucinda Black Bear, Christy & Emily, Clare Burson, and Anton Sword.

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