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Jeff Raught
Jeff Raught

Jeff has been meandering his way through life with songs and stories for many years. Finding the humor in unexpected places and delivering it in a way that only Jeff can. Connecting the dots, or maybe helping to erase them. It is a delightful blend of music that has flavors of blues, gospel and hints of The American Songbook.

For a new twist on some old yarn....

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Various ensembles over thirty-ish years.
Various ensembles over thirty-ish years.

I play bass guitar (currently a five string "MTD").

I've played in churches (I'm part of a folk group in a Catholic church at present), pubs - nasty and nice, concerts, coffee houses and assorted other environments.

I've played in duos, full bands (three, four, five piece) and other configurations. I've had the good fortune to be part of a number of recording sessions as well.

I play by ear and use chord charts frequently. I am learning to "read" but am at a beginner level in that regard.

There are very few types of music that I don't like. I've played rock, country, gospel, reggae, folk and even some classical at a semi-serious to pretty serious level.

I'm a sucker for a great melody, a cool riff or a worthwhile lyric. If all three elements converge in a song great; I will, however, settle for one or two of them. :-)

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Karam Salem

Karam Salem

Karam Salem was born in 1988 in Baghdad, Iraq, but relocated to Syria in 2006 when his family was forced to leave. He lived as a refugee in Syria for two years until 2008 when he received a full tuition scholarship to study at Holy Cross College in South Bend, Indiana, through the Iraqi Student Project.

Karam has been playing music since he was ten years old in Iraq. In Syria, he studied music with a Russian professional pianist, under whose musical influence he learned the Russian school of music. In the United States he studied piano for two years with Ketevan Badridze at the University of Indiana, South Bend. Following this he studied piano and music composition with Dr. Jeffery Jacob at Saint Mary's College. Accompanying his study of piano, Karam has been a full-time student at Holy Cross College studying Visual Arts, focusing on Studio Art with a minor in graphic design and music.

Karam Salem was featured in Music For Harmony's "Concert for Peace" in NYC, performing Chopin's Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31. Since then he has been performing both classical repertory and his own compositions in concerts across the United States to build a bridge the bridge he promised himself to build to connect the whole world with Iraq.
Karam has the talent to become a world-class pianist. Now he is living his dream of studying music outside of Iraq. Most of the classical music he has loved originated in the western hemisphere. His compositions now bridge the east and the west. Karam says: " I am a pianist and composer who believe that music has the power to build bridges between the nations of the world. I feel I am like a journalist, but instead of writing words, I write music. I believe music is the most powerful form of communication and I want my music to be a bridge to peace."


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Kimberly Spallinger
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Chicago, IL
Kimberly Spallinger
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