krysbaker

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Fractal (Definition

fractal |ˈfraktəl|

noun

a curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole. Fractals are useful in modeling structures (such as eroded coastlines or snowflakes) in which similar patterns recur at progressively smaller scales, and in describing partly random or chaotic phenomena such as crystal growth, fluid turbulence, and galaxy formation.


Fractal Folk (Band)

fractal |ˈfraktəl| folk |fōk|

noun

a montage of Southern-Maryland musicians performing distinctive original music, each part contributing to the musical character of the whole. Fractal Folk defies classification (such as rock, blues, or jazz), reaching across genre for their own musical niche, which may partly be described as a quirky musical show not to be missed.



KRYS BAKER

Composer/Arranger

Accordion, Alto Saxophone, Acoustic Guitar, Bowed Psaltry, Clarinet, Flute, Hammered Dulcimer, Piano, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Lead & Backup Vocalist


A classically trained musician, Krys began singing and playing clarinet at the age of six and then added various other traditional instruments to her repertoire. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, where she focused in saxophone. Presently, she teaches music at a local elementary school, and is band leader and main composer for “Fractal Folk.”

GREG DICRISTOFARO

Flute, Percussion, Trombone, Harmonica, Backup Vocalist


Greg picked up the trombone when he was 10 and has been playing in bands since 12.  He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Pennsylvania State University where he focused on trombone and picked up skills in various instruments and jazz.  He now teaches band and general music at a local elementary school.

CATHERINE  DICRISTOFARO

Piano, Trumpet, Lead & Backup Vocalist


Children’s librarian by day, "multi-instrumentalist" by night, Catherine is quite content bopping from one task to the next in Fractal Folk.  She’s still convinced that someone is going to realize how ridiculous it is for her to be in a band, but until then, she’s happily learning and playing as much music as she can.

NATHAN EARLEY

Percussion, Trombone, Musical Saw,

Backup Vocalist


Nathan Earley is a graduate of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, earning Bachelor of Music and Master of the Arts in Teaching degrees.  He has studied trombone under Dayl Burnett, Bob Ford and Donna Parkes.  Currently, he teaches general music, band, and strings at an Elementary School in Lexington Park.

DICKIE HAMMETT

Drummer


The drummer... ‘nough said.

MICHAEL SNIDER

Composer, Mandolin, Lead & Backup Vocalist


Poet and mandolinist Michael Snider writes poetry in traditional forms and spent the first part of the century playing music he'd never heard with musicians he'd never met. He's very glad to have a home with “Fractal Folk.”
5

Im Through With You

January 23rd, 2011 + 3:01 PM  ·  krysbaker

"You want the house, the home, the white picket fence,
Said that I could stay home, you’d pay the rent,
But I knew, yeah I knew, it wasn’t what I wanted to do.
You want 2.5 kids and all that jazz,
A lifetime commitment for good and for bad
But I’m through, I’m through, hey baby I’m through with you yeah!"
5

Stellas Song

January 20th, 2011 + 10:01 AM  ·  krysbaker

"There rise the rain-bringing Sisters,
And they follow the Black Bull.
Whose horns hold black nothing, and light,
So heavy and old it seems full."
7

Love That Could Not Speak

January 18th, 2011 + 10:01 PM  ·  krysbaker

"And so I took the words inside of me and I set them to a melody.
I hope this says how I feel about him,
I hope this song stays with him when his memory dims.
And though time may pass, and the sands run deep,
Remember you had a love which could not speak."
19

Nine Circles

January 17th, 2011 + 7:01 PM  ·  krysbaker

Dante's Inferno
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