Listeners are treated to the sounds of Iran, Mr. Etniko's birthplace, and its neighbors, played on instruments native to that part of the world. After Farshid moved to Paris as a teenager, he absorbed more sounds of the West, including Gypsy Guitar from the south of France, and Spanish Guitar. For decades, Farshid has been home in America and St. Louis, where he has more fully explored and infused American jazz and pop with the music of his youth.
Harmonica and Ukulele virtuoso Sandy Weltman's talents are diverse to say the least. While at home in the jazz realm, he is equally skilled in blues, Celtic, Klezmer, Latin and more. Sandy learned much of his harmonica styling while under the tutelage of harmonica wizard Howard (Flecktones) Levy. Sandy has performed with Howard Levy, Richard Hayman, Brewer & Shipley, Bela Fleck, Taj Mahal and many others. Sandy has performed on dozens of albums nationally and has released five albums of his own.
Over the years, Dave Black has kept himself extremely busy performing in range of musical genres spanning from Jazz to Blues to Rock to even Country & Folk. He has performed/recorded with many top talents, both local and national, including Richard 'Groove' Holmes, Farshid Etniko, Bach To The Future, Eric Marienthal, Erin Bode, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Javier Mendoza, Bucky Pizzerelli and Sessions Big Band. Dave is also an adjunct professor at WEBSTER UNIVERSITY where he teaches Jazz Guitar, Jazz Ensemble and various music history courses.