It is my tremendous pleasure to present you with California-based musicians Casey Holmberg and Noah Laniakea. The banjo/bass duo released their debut self-titled EP in January of 2016, a compilation of original music which synthesizes folk, bluegrass, and classical music in a bold and innovative way. Following up on their precocious start, they were invited to the Freshgrass Festival in North Adams, MA as finalists in the international duo competition during the 2016 season. Even more recently, the pair released another album, Live at the Stork Club, which features all the tracks from the EP as well as new originals and arrangements.
The Mountain & The Moon was formed during the spring of 2015 when bassist Noah Laniakea and banjoist Casey Holmberg met at UCLA. Both musicians shared a love for bluegrass and old-time music, and as they rehearsed and performed together they began to explore a larger musical space around that idiom. "What has emerged is a form of classically informed roots music – a blend of the string arrangements on Nico’s Chelsea Girl and the banjo playing of Béla Fleck, perhaps...we are thrilled to have their singular brand of bluegrass represented in our contest."
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