MEET OUR COLLABORATORS
We are proud to work with these outstanding local folk music and dance experts. Their knowledge and passion lends authenticity and richness to our performances.
STEPHEN GAGNÉ (band leader) – saxophone, clarinet, recorder, keyboards
KEVIN CARR – fiddle, guitar, banjo, melodeon, accordion, mandolin, bagpipes
OLOF SODERBACK – accordion, nychelharpa, violin, mandolin
BRYAN JEFFS – drum kit, tambourine, frame drums, dumbek, cahon
HELEN VASKEVITCH – bass
Omada Kosmos boasts a wealth of talented local musicians, many of whom have been playing international folk music together in the Rogue Valley for over a decade. Band leader Stephen Gagné (assorted winds and keyboards) has been performing for 30 years in a variety of venues, from stages to bars to remote third world villages. He also leads the local swing/jazz band Band Du Pays.
Kevin Carr (assorted strings, pipes and squeeze boxes) has performed throughout the country and in Europe, played on dozens of albums, and taught at music camps across the U.S. Kevin is also Program Director for RWM’s Folk Concert series.
Olof Soderback (accordion and strings) played in various folk music groups in Stockholm during the height of the Swedish folk music renaissance of the 1970s and then moved into Bulgarian and Klezmer music. He played with the Ashland Klezmer group the Bar Misfits for several years.
Bryan Jeffs (percussion) has performed locally with Compás, the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra, SyZyGy (NACUSA Southern Oregon), and the Jefferson Pipe Band. He teaches percussion and world music at Rogue Community College and Southern Oregon University.
Helen Vaskevitch (bass) has performed as a bass player or singer with a variety of local bands, including Sweet Malloy, Danielle Kelly and the Local Potion, The Jeff Stanley Trio, Lovebite, The Turner Moore Band, and Grin & Bear. She is studying Audio Engineering and writing and recording an album of her own music, and also sings with Rogue World Ensemble.