Collaborators 2017-12-26T17:12:36+00:00

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.

OMADA KOSMOS

Omada Kosmos

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.

Kevin Carr

KEVIN CARR

Program Director, Folk Concert Series  

Kevin is one of the Rogue Valley’s most experienced multi-instrumentalists and foremost experts in traditional folk music. Playing fiddle, bagpipes, and a variety of stringed instruments and drawing on Irish, Québécois, and Appalachian roots, Kevin  has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada  for over 30 years, both as a soloist and with a number of bands. Kevin has also taught at music camps all over the country, including Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra Fiddle Camp, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, and Lark Camp. Kevin also plays in RWE’s international folk band, Omada Kosmos.

Pat O'Scannell

PAT O’SCANNELL

A multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer/arranger, director, and teacher with over 30 years experience as an early music professional, Pat is a local treasure. She was a musician with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival from 1980-90 and became Musical Director of the Green Shows in 1990, a position she held for 17 years. During that time she and Sue Carney co-founded the Terra Nova Consort, a world class Early Music ensemble, which was in residence at OSF from 1990-2007 and toured the U.S. extensively. She currently coaches traditional Celtic and Early ensembles and teaches voice, viola da gamba, recorders, double reeds and Irish whistle privately in the Rogue Valley.

Jasna Pecaric

JASNA PECARIC

Dance and music have been passions for Jasna, a native of Croatia, since she was four years old. Jasna has been sharing her joy and knowledge as a teacher and choreographer for over 25 years. Her expertise spans from traditional Balkan music and dance, Congolese drum and dance, and Irish and Scottish reels to ballroom dance, Latin salsa, and modern dance with Gabrielle Roth’s “5 Rhythms”. Jasna has organized dance festivals, choreographed dance performances, and led workshops in international and modern dance and theater for both children and adults. Her latest work was choreographing the traditional dances for Rogue World Ensemble’s Love Songs production in 2014.

Laura Rich

LAURA RICH

Laura began studying music at the age of five and quickly developed a passion for traditional folk music. She was accepted as a singer and dancer in the world folk dance ensemble Zadruga in 1968, and later performed with the international folk ensemble Aman for several years. Laura furthered her cultural music studies under master artists Sekouba Camara (Ballet Djoliba) and Koungbanan Conde’ (Percussion de Guine’e) in Conakry, Guinea, West Africa. She directed Borenya, a West African drum and dance ensemble, and served as Co-Executive Director of World Music Productions, the managing organization for the National Performance Ensembles of the Republic of Guinea. Laura toured extensively with World Music Productions, and has performed and recorded for numerous artists in L.A., Atlanta and Nashville. She currently sings with the Rogue Valley Chorale and teaches West African percussion to school children throughout the U.S.

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