35th Parallel expands their concert offerings with the MediterrAsian Jazz Ensemble, a dynamic group of performers bridging the musical traditions of the Middle East, India, and Western Jazz.

This 5-piece ensemble features the core duo of Mac Ritchey and Gabe Halberg along with percussionist Todd Roach and horn players Brian Boyes and Zach Tonnissen. Seven Days reviewer Casey Rea writes: "The result of this new union is pure sonic sorcery."

The band had its first performance in February 2004, commissioned by the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington VT. Other performances include the Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts in Hanover NH, The DeCordova Museum in Lincoln MA, and the Bioneers 'Connecting for Change' Conference.

(click here for Mac Ritchey & Gabe Halberg)

Todd Roach · darbouka, riq, tar, frame drums, overtone singing

Todd Roach is a percussionist, teacher, and concert promoter living in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has played Middle Eastern and North African percussion for over a decade, studying with many teachers including Glen Velez, Jamey Haddad, and Vince Delgado. He is a founding member of the world-music ensemble Euphony Groove, and has appeared in concert with the Istanbul Ensemble, ney player Frederick Stubbs, and renowned Arabic violinist George Lammam. Todd is also the founder of The Loft, a performance and teaching space in Brattleboro VT dedicated to acoustic world music.

Brian Boyes · trumpet

Trumpeter, composer and director of Money Jungle, Brian was a founding member of the band viperHouse and has freelanced in Vermont for the last 12 years. As a graduate of Goddard College, Brian studied composition and ethnomusicology in which he focused on the music of Ladakh and Java. Brian is currently the director of the Cabot Creative Music Program which he founded in 1998.

Zach Tonnissen · tenor and soprano saxophones

This tenor and soprano saxophonist is one of Vermont’s best kept secrets, a superb musician who has been on the Vermont music scene for over a decade. Zach currently plays with D’Moja and Money Jungle and was a member of viperHouse, Tala, and Leon Tubbs.