Amelia Romano - HarpHarpist and teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area, Amelia Romano uses music as a medium for social change. Having played in a variety of harp ensembles, duets, and as a solo harpist, she explores new avenues of multicultural, contemporary and original music. Her compositions and sound are influenced by her experiences and exposure to music styles in the San Francisco Bay Area, and year in South Africa. She began studying harp at age nine with Diana Stork and later Cheryl Ann Fulton. Amelia recently worked as a music teacher, educator, and school coordinator for youth with the Playing for Change Foundation at Ntonga Music School outside Cape Town, South Africa, from July 2010-Since returning to the Bay Area she has continued instructing privately and directing harp ensembles in underserved communities.
Todd Snyderman - DrumsOriginally from Philadelphia, Todd gripped his first pair of sticks at the age of 10. At age 13, He began formal training with jazz drummer, and George Lawrence Stone protege, Al Ipri in New Jersey. At 16, Todd began performing at Living History events and Civil War re-enactments up and down the eastern seaboard. He was also a performer and educator with the 12th NJ Infantry Brigade, the Fort Mifflin Drum & Fife Corp, and the 26th Pennsylvania Brass Band. He enjoyed portraying a Union drummer, as an extra, in the movie Gettysburg. Todd expanded his drumming dexterity and knowledge in high school and collegiate marching band as well as drum corp. During this time, he also performed with several symphonic bands as well as pit orchestras. In New Jersey, Todd shared his knowledge by teaching privately and at several high schools, forming and directing successful championship percussion ensembles.
After moving to Berkeley, CA in 1999, Todd expanded his drumming arsenal by studying with talented Bay Area drum teachers William Woodley and Micah McClain. Todd is a co-founder and performer with GroundSick Productions, combining Hip-Hop, electronic music, turntablism and Live Drums. For four years, he was a member of Scottish anarchist hip hop band Beltaine's Fire. Since 2009, he has been the drummer for SF Bay Area pop rock band Swoon. Todd brings his melting pot of precision drumming, east coast swing, west coast funk and various ethnic influences to Vortex Tribe.
Melissa Hubbell - BassMelissa Hubbell has packed a lot of music into her young years. She began piano at the age of five and studied through the US, England and Germany. At the age of 11, she picked up the electric bass and hasn’t looked back. She has written compositions and performed both bass and vocals for her own band and for benefits such as with Joan Baez. She has performed with numerous jazz ensembles around California. She entered the Oakland School of the Arts as a 7th grader and was immediately placed in the top jazz ensembles in the high school. She performed and studied throughout junior high and high school – achieving the Maestro Award as the Outstanding Jazz Soloist of all California high school students in 2011. Melissa is now attending Sonoma State University where she is double majoring in jazz studies and composition. She recently was chosen to play with Yo-Yo Ma and Wynton Marselis at their performances at the prestigious Green Music Center.
Jon Mulvey - GuitarJon Mulvey hails from Los Angeles, California, where he picked up his first guitar when he was just seven years old. Formal Jazz guitar training started at age 11 and he began touring internationally at 15 with top acts. He earned a music composition degree in the Bay Area and then studied under guitar great Joe Satriani. After vaulting onto the world stage, Jon directed his expertise to the studio, where he has participated in over 1500 recordings. But playing guitar, bass, or keys, as well as engineering, producing, and mastering albums in the studio, are only a few of his talents.
For ten years he was a member of Mingus, with Dorian Mingus (son of legendary Jazz Bassist/Composer Charles Mingus). Mingus recorded Jon’s music on the Mingus label Debut Records. Now, Jon combines his formidable training with innate talent to help shape his projects’ unique sounds, which include world fusion band Vortex Tribe, acoustic world Due Cuori, rock’n Jon Mulvey’s Rockethouse and his other solo projects. He is also a sponsored clinician for EMG Pickups and Ibanez Guitars.
Deborah Yates - FluteInternational touring sensation and Vortex Tribe’s elegant and regal leader, Deborah Lee Yates, thrills crowds with her spirited fluting and commanding presence. Accepted into her first symphony orchestra at the age of 13, Deborah was touring Europe at 16, playing piccolo with symphonic orchestras. Her classical talents earned her featured performances at the Brandenburgh Hall in Vienna, Austria, for Austria’s President, and a solo at Carnegie Hall.
She played flute throughout Britain and the Bay Area, performed weekly at Jagz at the Station in Ascot, England, and performed at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, before piloting the Vortex Tribe around the world. Deborah has performed or recorded with Al DiMeola, Tony Levin, Marquinho Brasil , Stuart Hamm and Prairie Prince. Deborah is endorsed with RS Berkeley and performs on their Volare flutes and Applied Microphone Technology using their wireless flute mics.