Mitch Kashmar hails from Santa Barbara in southern California and now resides in Portland Oregon. Born in 1960, he has been playing professionally since his late teens and has worked with an impressive cross section of West Coast blues artists as well as performing for several years with Eric Burdon & War, with whom he appeared in a prestigious concert series at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
A powerful player who is regarded as one of today’s leading exponents of authentic West Coast blues harmonica, Mitch Kashmar has been highly praised by legendary artists including the late William Clarke (“My favorite blues harp player of his generation, and his singing really knocks me out”) and the great Charlie Musselwhite (“Your playing and singing are superb”).
In France, there is only one man able to rouse a stadium with a simple harmonica. An outstanding showman, Greg Zlap is not just a harmonica virtuoso. He sings, writes, produces and performs his own music.
Greg Zlap was born in Warsaw, Poland. He arrived in Paris in the late 1980s with a harmonica in his pocket and went on to become one of the most creative players in Europe. Behind his leather jacket and piercing blue eyes hides a man who has lived and this is reflected in his music. In 2009 Greg Zlap played a historic concert with Johnny Hallyday at the Eiffel Tower in Paris in front of 1 million people. In 2012 this inspired publisher Glénat to release a graphic novel based on Greg Zlap's life, “Harmonijka”.
David Barrett is the most published author of harmonica instructional literature in the USA and was dubbed „the world‘s best harmonica teacher“ by no less than Joe Filisko.For 20 years, his Harmonica Masterclass events have set standards in blues harmonica education. His systematic and entertaining presentation, combined with his technical mastery of all aspects of blues harmonica, make his classes an essential learning experience. His groundbreaking online school sets new standards in this area and is used by students worldwide. David recently published a study with Stanford University
It’s not uncommon for children to torment their parents with the shrill sound of recorders, raucous sawing of squeaky violins or relentless tinkering on a piano badly in need of tuning. More often than not these instruments of torture wind-up collecting dust in some corner. This was not the case with Marko Jovanovic, born with Serbian roots in Munich in 1978. It was an uncle who greatly influenced Marko‘s musical path by giving his 13-year-old nephew a harmonica, and in doing so he hit the bull’s-eye! Marko was fascinated by the tiny, literally ‚handy‘ instrument, and immediately dove into understanding, exploring and experimenting with it.
Steve Baker grew up in London and has lived in Germany since the late 1970s. A self-taught musician who took up the harmonica in 1969, he has played the instrument professionally since 1975 and has been cited as one of the world’s top ten blues harmonica stylists by no less than Detlev Hoegen, boss of the renowned blues label CrossCut Records. Steve now lives near Hamburg, where he first came in the late 1970s with the crazed Anglo-American jugband "Have Mercy".