At the end of last week, the band Tumbling Bones completed their tremendously successful series of bluegrass concerts in Romania, in a tour organized by the Public Diplomacy Bureau of the US Embassy, as part of their program American Music Abroad, managed by American Voices Abroad, under the patronage of the State Department – The Education and Culture Bureau.
American Music Abroad (AMA) is a program of cultural exchange intended to promote the rich musical legacy of the United States of America and its various culture on the world music scene.
The Education and Culture Bureau of the State Department of the United States has signed a partnership with American Voices in order to interact with people all over the world due to exchanges organized by the American Music Abroad. The AMA bands represent a great variety of music genres and, in 2014, they performed in over 40 countries worldwide. AMA also develops the historical legacy of Jazz Ambassadors, also belonging to the State Department. The Jazz Ambassadors travelled all over the world during the 50s, to establish connections between nations, through music. Some of the Jazz Ambassadors were Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Dave Brubeck.
The Tumbling Bones concerts were held in Caracal (The National Theatre Hall), Bucharest (“Horia Bernea” Studio of the Romanian Peasant Museum) and Braila (the Youth Culture House).
Consisting of four young musicians inspired by vintage music, the band Tumbling Bones performs a combination of original compositions and traditional ones, inspired by bluegrass music, ante-war folk and a little bit of contemporary rock n’ roll that influenced the band members in their childhood. They only use acoustic instruments to perform, step shoes and, most importantly, their own voices.
Pete Winne (guitar, foot percussion, voice) and Jake Hoffman (banjo, vertical bass guitar, voice), founded Tumbling Bones in the autumn of 2010.
The band’s debut EP, “Risk Not Your Soul” (2011), reached top ten of the radio folk chart by Roots Music Report. In the spring of the year 2013, the two musicians joined forces with Kyle Morgan, composer and guitar player and then, in 2014, with Aaron Jonah Lewis, violinist and virtuoso.