Photos: Bellaire Sound, September 28, 2019 by Leslie Mixon

World music. No passport required.

Sombati is a world music band based in Fort Worth, Texas. Our passion is bringing music from all over the world to life. We play traditional tunes and original compositions in a variety of genres from across Europe, around the Mediterranian, and the Americas. From traditional Irish and Scottish music, waltzes and ballads from Northern Spain and Appalachia, polkas, tangos and rhumbas, toe-tappers from the Balkans, Greece, Turkey, and Transylvania, and a few unique concoctions of our own, we bring you the world in music. We put on a high energy, family friendly show, and are equally comfortable on large stages or street corners. We pride ourselves on being prompt, professional, organized, and on maintaining reasonable sound pressure levels. Contact us to see how we can make your event even more special!

Since our debut performance at Fort Worth's Rose Marine Theater in 2012, we've released two full-length CDs ("No Passport Required" & "Curiosities") and one EP ("From Ballydesmond to Inisheer") and made frequent appearances at local house concerts, bars, restaurants, and music festivals including Ron's Corner Tavern in Bedford, Reveler's Hall in Dallas, Legacy Hall in Plano, the North Texas Irish Festival, Fort Worth Arts Goggle, and the Lone Star State Dulcimer Festival in Glen Rose.

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The band:

Kristine Fisher - violin, viola. Kristine is passionate about taking others on musical journeys through performance and teaching. She graduated from the University of Texas in Arlington with a Bachelorsís in Music Education where she studied with Dr. Timothy Angel. Kristine also holds an Associateís Degree in Music from Tarrant County College where she studied under Becky Rathbun. When not teaching, she plays violin for church services, weddings, funerals, and other events. She is also part of the Seasonal Strings quartet.

Amber Gutermuth - violin, viola, fiddle. A Music Education graduate of UTA, Amber has been playing the violin since kindergarten, where she started in the Suzuki Strings program in HEB ISD. Encouragement from her grandfather led her to dive headfirst into the world of fiddle music, going on to study with fiddle instructor Dale Morris Senior. On the classical side, Amber has played in several local orchestras, eventually serving as concert master of the L.D. Bell High School Symphony, and leading the schoolís top quartet. Amber teaches private violin lessons, and aspires to teach the Suzuki Strings method. In her free time, Amber takes guitar lessons from Howie Baldwin and is teaching herself to play the mandolin. Amber also runs, composes, plays DND, and enjoys reading and writing.

Garry Brunson - percussion. With an amazing collection of percussion instruments from all corners of the globe, Garry always has exactly the right instrument for whatever crazy thing we try next. He is a past member of Izibongo and the David Gallegos band, among others in the area. While his kit for Sombati varies, it usually includes cajon, doumbeks, bongos, bodhran, frame drums, cymbals, wood blocks, foot tambourine and bells, and truly countless shakers, beads, rattles, and assorted whatnots. Garry is also the inventor of the Brunson burner, the lesser known cousin of the Bunsen burner. We're told it has something to do with matches....

Steve Mixon - mandolin, octave mandolin, mandocello, guitar, banjo, & accordion. A native of Houston, Steve is a veteran of the Santa Cruz California klezmer and belly dance scenes. He and his wife Leslie are the founders of the Keller Folk Music Society, a local music meet-up group of acoustic musicians. Steve is a killer instrumentalist, and has an astounding knowledge of eastern European and middle eastern music, Celtic music, and traditional western folk and bluegrass music. Steve also once played an impromtu command performance of gypsy tunes for none other than the late, great, Dave Brubeck.

Eric Covington - bass, guitars, tuba, accordion. A Fort Worth native, Eric grew up in a house full of music including 60's folk revival, traditional European folk, belly dance, and classical. Along with the music were instruments including banjos, mandolin, guitar, tin whistles, piano, pump organ, cimbalom, and an unfortunate autoharp, disassembled when Eric was around the age five. Eric studied the tuba and euphonium through his later public school years, and learned to play the upright bass from Bundy Varga. Along the way Eric developed an interest in rock music which led him to the electric bass, and an interest in songwriting which led to the guitar, synthesizers, and recording gear. In addition to performing with Sombati, Eric is a member of the electronic music collective known as Sooterkin.

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