Strong Sun Moon is a multi-genre experimental ensemble from Seattle influenced by Latin rhythms, Americana, Blues and World music. The group transcends genre boundaries with complex ancient rhythms, piercing 21st century lyrics, and a blend of musical styles from three continents, weaving a kind of inclusive love that inspires a true sense of community. Instruments from South America, Cascadia, and Eastern Europe form a compelling musical landscape and moving painting of verse highlighting visionary lyrics and social justice.
Charango and Ronroco, (10 string South American lute-like instruments) blend with harmonica, slide guitar, banjo and world percussion, (bombo, cajón, frame drum). The ensemble creates a wide range of textures, sometimes venturing into sultry blues, at others diving into fiery latin rhythms paired with lush vocal harmonies.
Strong Sun Moon began as a duo with Camelia Jade and Mike Antone. Since 2015, the group has evolved into a 5-piece ensemble.
Camelia Jade – Vocals, Guitar, Charango, Percussion
Mike Antone – Vocals, Guitar, Slide, Banjo, Harmonica
Gabe Herbert – Bass
Samantha Hiatt – Vocals, Percussion (Bombo, Cajonito)
Dawn Reardon – Percussion (Frame Drum, Bombo)
Camelia Jade – Drawing from both modern and ancestral influences, Camelia Jade creates songs that explore the bridge between cultures and our relationship with the earth. A multi-instrumentalist of Chilean-American descent, Camelia Jade is accomplished on guitar, charango and percussion. Her songs utilize distinct rhythmic patterns to energize and enliven the listener, highlighting visionary lyrics with a voice that is both soothing and strong.
Mike Antone – Born and raised in the Snoqualmie Valley, Living beneath the spirit of Mount Si, Mike’s music comes from the inspiration of his scenic surroundings. Coming from a musical family he is a natural instrumentalist on Guitar, LapSteel, Banjo, Harmonicas, Piano, and Singing. He draws his influence from artists such as Neil Young, Leo Kottke, Richie Havens, JJ Cale, and as far reaching as his grandfather’s stories and melodies resonating from the Black Sea.
Gabe Herbert – heard on fretless 5-string electric bass, is influenced by the deep sounds of “dub” style reggae, electronica, sonic meditation and more. He has been performing as a bassist with Camelia Jade since 2006.
Samantha Hiatt is a highly versatile musician who performs in many groups ranging from Soul to Rock, Jazz, Theatre and more. Her lush, powerful vocals and percussion have contributed to the ensemble since 2013.
Dawn Reardon – percussionist, writer and Naturopathic Physician. Her contributions of complex rhythms on frame drum create a distinct sonic style, complimenting the genre-blending fusion of this group.
“…the musicians communicate their harmonies with such grace that the music approaches therapeutic levels of tranquility. … Strong Sun Moon is a fantastic album, the kind that restores your faith in modern music… The compositions are mixed with a loving grace that, for me, is almost unheard of nowadays.” – Sean Dennison, The Even Ground, 2013)
Read the full review of “Strong Sun Moon” by Sean Dennison of The Even Ground