DANIEL HOFFMAN, VIOLIN - co-founded Davka in 1992 and has earned a reputation as one of leading innovators of New Jewish Music. He is the leader of the Klez-X (formerly the SF Klezmer Experience) and as one of the country’s foremost experts of the Yiddish violin style, he has recorded and performed with the top players in the field. He has received composing grants from Meet The Composer, the NEA, the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, the Ashkenaz Festival of New Yiddish Culture in Toronto, Traveling Jewish Theatre, the San Diego Repertory Theater, and the SF Jewish Film Festival. He recently wrote and performed in the comic musical Moonwatcher for TJT. He has written two new scores for the silent films, The Golem, and Jewish Luck and is currently composing music for a new play by Yehuda Hyman based on King David.

MOSES SEDLER, CELLO -In 1992 Moses joined with violinist Daniel Hoffman and percussionist Adam Levenson to form Davka During this time Moses was immersed in the study of North Indian Classical music with Sarod Maestro Ali Akbar Khan and Tabla virtuoso Swapan Chaudury. Apart from this five-year detour into Indian music, Moses has studied Western classical music, composition and jazz improvisation in tandem for the past 17 years. While at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Moses learned classical composition from Janice Giteck, while being mentored in jazz improvisation and composition by Julian Priester and Jerry Graneli. Moses has appeared with Pharoah Sanders, Hamza El Din, Paul McCandles, Omar Sosa, Kai Ekhardt, and has composed for many bay area dance companies including Alonzo King’s Lines Contemporary Ballet, and Kunst-Stoff. More info at www.cellozone.net


KEVIN MUMMEY- One of the Bay-Area's most versitle and virtuosic percussionists, Kevin learned drums from his father in Chicago, and studied with Bob Moses, Swapan Chaudury, Vince Delgado, and Jack Gates. Kevin has recorded and performed extensively with Laurie Lewis, Penelope Houston, Los Pinkies, and the Blue Room Boys. His extraordinary range of skills finds him in great damand in jazz, rock, flamenco, Arabic, and North Indian classical. His klezmer credits include many years with the Klez-X, Klezmania, and Adama.
PAUL HANSON, BASSOON - is a Berkeley musician who has gained international recognition for his unique bassoon playing. Paul has performed/recorded bassoon with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Wayne Shorter, Medeski Martin & Wood, Peter Erskine, Jonas Hellborg, Omar Sosa, Ray Charles, Terry Riley, Darol Anger, Dave Binney, The Klez-X, The Paul Dresher Ensemble, St. Joseph Ballet Company, The Klezmorim, and as soloist with the Napa Symphony. Paul was the 1996 winner of JAZZIZ Magazine's WOODWINDS ON FIRE competition-the first bassoon winner ever. Paul won the Robert Mondavi Concerto Competition in 1984 and a NEA Jazz Fellowship in 1995. Paul taught bassoon at Ithaca College and is a Moosmann Bassoon artist/clinician. Paul's performed/recorded saxophone with Boz Scaggs, Eddie Money, The Temptations and many others. Paul has released 4 solo albums. More info at -www.jazzbassoon.com.