Harpeth Rising Biographies
Billed as an “Americana Sensation” by WSM 650, this group of young classically trained musicians is making an immense impact wherever they play. The quartet brings an exciting and distinctive sound to the Americana genre." With a banjo and fiddle, you might think they’re traditional bluegrass, but think again: cello and hand drums round out the group, creating a truly new sound. A little bit bluegrass, a little bit folk, a little bit classical and whole lot of original, Harpeth Rising is a band to watch.
”An Americana Sensation” – WSM 650
“The future of original string music…” Keith Harrelson, Moonlight on the Mountain
“Harpeth Rising, warm, honest and true music by four exquisite musicians.” Peter Zeijl, Folk En Zo
Named for the small but powerful river outside of Nashville, Tennessee, they met while pursuing classical music degrees at The Jacobs School of Music in Indiana. Their original music layers rich instrumental arrangements with four part harmonies and lyrics that range from the fresh, exciting experiences of their travels to passionate social and political issues. They have performed at music festivals, concert halls and clubs throughout the US and UK, dazzling audiences with their dynamic, spirited live show.
A native of Ontario, Canada, Jordana Greenberg began her violin studies at the age of 8 at Indiana University. She has performed as a soloist in the United States, Canada, France, Japan, and throughout South and Central America. Following her solo performance at 17 years of age with the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra music critic Peter Jacobi wrote: “…what excitement she brought to the hall…what feats of magic she already managed to shape as she moved through all the intricacies of the piece, seemingly unfazed by the challenges…” Through her classical training combined with a childhood surrounded by bluegrass musicians in rural Indiana, Jordana has developed a truly unique style of playing and songwriting. She has performed in Carnegie Recital Hall, played a concert as a special guest of Ziggy Marley at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, and has soloed with numerous orchestras. Jordana lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband David and their menagerie of 8 dogs, 5 cats and a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig named Scarlet.
Rebecca Reed-Lunn grew up listening to Mahler, Edith Piaf, and Bob Dylan in her hometown of Davis, CA. She began teaching herself the banjo by watching Pete Seeger videos on YouTube while studying the viola in graduate school at Indiana University. Rebecca started performing across the United States with Jordana Greenberg the following year, developing an inventive style of playing that integrates her classical viola training with her left hand and traditional frailing with her right. In the following years, she has also incorporated right hand techniques of other instruments such as ukelele and Spanish guitar (also learned by watching YouTube). Rebecca was Ms. February for the 2012 Women of Banjo Calendar. She continues to develop new techniques of banjo playing at her home in Nashville, TN.
Chris Burgess was born and raised in Louisville, KY. He earned his Bachelors of Music at Indiana University where he studied with Anthony Cirone and Gerry Carlyss. At IU Chris first developed an interest in ethnic music and percussion instruments from around the world, which he continued while completing a Masters of Music at The Boston Conservatory, studying with Keith Aleo, Nancy Zeltsman, David Herbert and John Grimes. Chris utilizes the diversity of musical cultures he has studied to help create the distinctive percussion style of Harpeth Rising. He now lives in Memphis with his wife Ruth, and, in addition to creating and performing with Harpeth Rising, maintains a teaching studio as the Artist in Residence at Memphis Drum Shop.
Maria Di Meglio hails from Brooklyn, and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. She performs a wide variety of musical styles, including classical and folk music of Eastern Europe and the Americas, and contemporary music. Her performances have taken her throughout the United States and Europe, ranging from folk stages to Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall. She recently completed her masters degree at the Jacobs School at Indiana University, where she served as Associate Cello Instructor to Peter Stumpf. She also completed a Pilates Teaching Certificate through the Kinesiology Department, and presides as the in-house instructor for Harpeth Rising. Also an avid teacher, she maintains a teaching studio in Nashville for cello lessons, and also pens the Harpeth Rising blog. In her free time can be found buried in various cookbooks looking for new desserts to make.