About Us

Miriam Rosenblum

Miriam Rosenblum started playing recorder as a child and went on to study the oboe. She got a bachelor's degree in music performance from Yale University, where she played recorders in the Yale Collegium Musicum, earning a Master of Music degree from the University of New York at Stonybrook. While in graduate school, she became intrigued by the haunting sound of the Irish uillean pipes. This obsession led her to learn to play the pipes as well as the Irish tinwhistle and the button accordion, thus launching her life-long interest in ethnic music of various kinds. More recently she fell in love with klezmer music and learned to play the clarinet. She is now thrilled to return to her classical "roots" as a member of Semplice! She is also a member of Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe (nouveau klezmer), the Folkaltones (eclectic folk music), and the Klez Dispensers (traditional klezmer). She has been a guest presenter for the Denver chapter of the American Recorder Society on many occasions, and teaches recorder and tinwhistle at her home studio in Denver. She is certified to teach Suzuki Recorder Book 1, and recently opened Denver's first Suzuki recorder studio for children. Read more about it here.
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Carla Sciaky
photo: Amanda Tipton

Carla Sciaky grew up in Boulder, Colorado, playing piano, violin, and recorder. At the University of Colorado, she performed on recorder, viola da gamba, and an assortment of other early instruments with the Collegium Musicum, under the direction of the late Dr. Gordon Sandford. She received coaching on viola da gamba from Sarah Cunningham, Laura Jeppesen, and Judith Davidoff, and performed with the Dufay Consort (including a successful debut at Carnegie Recital Hall), the Platte River Consort, and Diverse Passions. After a hiatus to pursue a solo career in folk music, including being a member of the infamous Mother Folkers, she returned to early music in 2006 to join the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado during its first season, on baroque violin. She has studied with Marilyn McDonald at Oberlin Conservatory and with Tekla Cunningham, concertmaster of Pacific MusicWorks, and has played in masterclasses with Ms. McDonald, Marc Destrube, Ann Marie Morgan, and Emlyn Ngai. Carla also performs with the Denver Early Music Consort, as well as in the eclectic folk trio, the Folkaltones. She is certified in Books 1 through 4 of the Suzuki pedagogy on violin and maintains a small studio in her home, also teaching piano and recorder. carlasciaky.com

Ben Cohen
photo: Steve Zimmermann

Ben Cohen began playing lute for the Oberlin Conservatory Collegium Musicum in the mid 1980s, and served as the assistant director of that group upon graduating Oberlin College with a degree in mathematics. While at Oberlin he also studied baroque flute and recorder with Michael Lynn and keyboard continuo with Lisa Crawford.

Since moving to Denver in 1995, Ben has sung with the St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, played lute continuo for local ensembles Seicento and Diverse Passions, and recorded a CD of Dowland lute songs with soprano Kristine Hurst, available at Centaur Records. Mel Bay published and keeps in print his transcriptions of J.S. Bach violin sonatas for electric bass. Ben also plays mandolin and banjo for Rocky Mountain Jewgrass; bass and tuba for Hal Aqua and the Lost Tribe; and leads his own klezmer band The Klez Dispensers. He nonetheless keeps his day job as an appellate lawyer.

Joy Adams

Raised on a small farm in Spokane, Washington, Joy Adams began playing the cello at age 15 and is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. Despite a string of classical adventures that included winning Musicfest Northwest, attending the Aspen Music Festival, soloing with the Spokane Symphony, and touring with the Selden String Quartet, Joy ultimately returned to her roots, joining an old-time band, the Windsor Folk Family, during her last year at Eastman. Recipient of a Mancini Fellowship at the Frost School of Music (where she also taught bluegrass songwriting, contemporary improvisation, and led the Frost Fiddle Band), Joy completed her Doctorate in 2016. She teaches for the American Music System and Denver School of the Arts, and has been on the faculty of fiddle camps in Boston, Charleston, Maine, Connecticut, New York City, and Sandpoint, Idaho. She has made over a dozen concerto appearances and has shared the stage with major artists such as Bruce Hornsby, Ben Folds, Bobby McFerrin, and Chic Corea. Recent highlights include releasing Trifecta, a CD of Indian fusion music, publishing Fiddle Club Favorites for the Cello, touring the Northwest with fiddle-cello duo Half Pelican, and performing at the 2017 Big Sky Big Grass festival with Darol Anger and the Furies. In her spare time, Joy enjoys eating pie and climbing on things.