Rita Hayes, co-founder of Braidstream, plays flutes, hammered
dulcimer and is a vocalist. She received her Bachelor of Music from
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Master of
Music from Western Carolina University.
Rita has been a member of the Asheville Symphony for more than 25
years. She serves on the faculty of Brevard College and Asheville
Buncombe Technical College in addition to her private student teaching.
For nearly 20 years she has hosted classical music programming on the
National Public Radio affiliated Asheville station,WCQS. Performing with
such music celebrities as Roberta Flack and Ray Charles have been
highlights of her musical career.
co-founder of Braidsteam, plays guitar and
sitar in the band. After the Marine Corp, where he was trained as a linguist, voice intercept operator, Morse code intercept operator, a specialist in Electronic Communications Counter Measures (ECCM), and wave propagation, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland.
He moved to Asheville in 1975 and lived in the back woods, off the grid and organically armed where he says, "I learned more about sound living without electricity, listening to the natural sounds of birds, streams, the wind, my own interior and silence than in any class room." By 1986 he began performing and teaching music and co-founded with Hayes the group Braidstream. He also established and operated his own music studio, Creative Music & Learning.
is an award winning harpist; television,
radio, and gospel recording artist heard around the globe. Playing the
harp since the age of nine, she has performed on television, radio and
in concert with choirs, symphonies and orchestras across the United
She has played with the Bratislava Orchestra, Czechoslovakia in 1987
(recorded on her album "Amadeus." The same Orchestra that did the sound
track to the Oscar Award Winning Movie "Amadeus", the life of Mozart.
She is principal harpist of the Hendersonville, North Carolina
Symphony. She is a member of the: Blue Ridge Harp Ensemble (six of the
area's best harpists), Rosewood Trio, Braidstream, and American Harp
Society. She is featured regularly worldwide on, "It Is Written"
began music in public school thanks to a program for underprivileged
children. His continued his studies in music education and performance
through Ithaca college, The Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins and
Georgia State University earning a Masters in Performance Degree.
Paul was the principal chair cellist of the Gettysburg Symphony and Prince George Opera Orchestra in Washington DC and performed in the Mozarteum Festival, Salzburg. Later he joined the Tri-cities orchestra in Washington State, eventually ending up in Asheville where he teaches privately and in public school by day and performs with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and Braidstream by night.
oldest son of elder Buck GhostHorse who was a Lakota teacher and historian, Paul
was taught the Natural Way of his family and continues to share his knowledge
to the next generation. He also lectures on Native American Music and culture and has spoken on the Wisdom Keepers Series at universities.
was born in Montreal, Canada to Armenian-Egyptian parents. He has been
performing internationally for 25 years with such groups as the BBC
Concert Orchestra, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Tan Dun, Tibetan Singing Bowl
Ensemble, Lionel Hampton, Chuck Berry, and Ziggy Marley/Gipsy Kings. He
received his Bachelor of Music from the Manhattan School of Music
Conservatory. River has recorded on 100 albums and film soundtracks.