Our woodwinds player of many talents, Alex is the founding member of Coit. He has dabbled in many different woodwinds from around the world, with a particular focus on panpipes and other pitched woodwinds. Alex is also eternally fascinated by the drone family of instruments, especially the primordial rumble of the didgeridoo. He is a certified yoga instructor and reiki practitioner in addition to his immense musical talents!
Our guitarist, oud player, and general string maestro, Yusuf, comes to us from Senegal. He’s our most well-travelled member by far, since he has so far been to over 20 countries! Yusuf has lived in the States for about 15 years now, and is thrilled to have found such a great family of musicians to play with. He is working on a collection of traditional Senegalese folk songs at the moment, on a recording that features most of the other band members in his ensemble.
Our keyboardist, Corinne, comes from a literary background. A voracious reader, she made a name for herself earlier in life as a translator of ancient poetry, particularly with a focus on Sappho and early women writers in the ancient world. However, her passion for music has taken over, and Corinne has moved seamlessly into her role as the lead composer in Coit. She’s a Portland native, a passionate environmentalist, and a formidable gardener!
Our drummer and percussionist extraordinaire, Jaspar is where the beat stops-and begins! Jaspar trained in classical music at the Oberlin Conservatory music school, but it was during his year of service abroad in Zimbabwe that he found his true passion, playing traditional percussion instruments and scale-based percussion instruments with keys, which are traditional in many parts of Africa. When he’s not playing with the band, Jaspar enjoys rock climbing and surfing, and spending time with his golden retriever and best friend, Kai.
A purveyor of all sorts of international oddities, Tatiana is our ace in the whole when it comes to needing that special something to flesh out the texture of a piece. She plays nearly everything under the sun, but we love her because she has all manner of obscure but delightful instruments she’s collected from around the world. She plays finger symbols, African talking drums, the one-string Mongolian harp, you name it. As you might guess, Tatiana is a frequent traveller. She studied musicology and musical therapy in college, and she brings a wealth of expertise as well as talent to the group. Most recently, she’s been on an expedition to South America, where she’s fallen in love with the charango. We’re sure you’ll hear it at a performance soon!
Don’t be surprised when you see mentions about our favorite juicers because our band loves juicing so much, believe it or not! 😉
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