Los Angeles harmonica player Bill Barrett spans genres from blues to classical to manouche, captivating audiences and colleagues alike with a dexterity on diatonic and chromatic harp that can shift from didactic to dissonant. He has performed for more than three decades with sonic luminaries such as Nels Cline, Marc Ford and the Neptune Blues Club, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Kronos Quartet, acclaimed world music ensemble Hazmat Modine, Natalie Merchant, Anthony Wilson, Eugene Chadbourne and Vinny Golia. Barrett's stage presence blends offbeat humor with interdimensional philosophy, traits that conjoin him with top-shelf musicians who adopt fanciful appellations such as The Claremont Voodoo Society, The Bastards of Belleville, Gutpuppet, Dirty Baby and The Club Foot Orchestra. He is a composer and a commanding singer whose harmonies float just above melodies to create thick, rich textures. Since his first LP in 1986, Barrett has compiled 22 albums as a band leader and increasingly is in demand as a session player. He has been featured on over 200 CDs and frequently appears on film and television soundtracks. Though often exploring less-mainstream musical styles, Barrett is equally comfortable playing rock, country and jazz, and at times even serves audiences unexpected treats of harmonetta, sheng and trump. A teacher of harmonica since 1984, he also instructs a growing number of students in jazz improvisation, theory and vocal harmony. Barrett has toured Europe, North America and the fabled Parts Unknown, earning fans and a reputation in over 30 foreign countries.
Michaela Gomez– guitar
Originally from Northern California, Michaela Gomez is been living in New York City. Apart from Hazmat Modine, she is currently playing with Greta Gertler & The Extroverts, her own band Wormwood and in a side-project with members of Ween. A highly sought-after and versatile guitarist, she has shared the stages of Joe’s Pub, CBGB’s, Barbes, The Living Room, Tonic, The Knitting Factory and many other venues, with amongst others: The Moonlighters, members of the Mink Lungs, The Bootleg Remedy, Slavic Soul Party!, and Jack Grace. She is a long-time student and disciple of Mike Longo, Dizzy Gillespie’s pianist/arranger. Michaela’s fluid technique encompasses a remarkable range of styles and musical vocabulary, from Delta blues to Gypsy swing to Sun Ra. Her subtle and unique approach to tone and rhythm, plus the breadth of his influences, make her a key, anchoring component of Hazmat Modine