Sunday, February 26, 2012

We've Moved!

Please visit us at our new website at

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

CD and DVD Release show in Purvcelleville, VA!

We are happy to announce that we will be having a screening of the documentary at The Franklin Park Barns in Purcelleville, VA on Saturday April 7th at 7 PM.

The film will be followed by a live Appalachian-Himalayan Concert with Danny Knicely, Tara Linhardt, Raj Kapoor, Manoj Mahat, and performing for the first time with The Mountain Music Project gang- bansuri master Rajan Budhathoki, who is coming down from Boston for this momentous concert!

Tickets will be only $15 and can be reserved by calling The Franklin Park Performing Arts Center at (540) 338-7973. The website for the venue is

Our fresh, hot off the shelves CDs and DVDs will be available for purchase for the first time there too!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Keep the kickstarter kickin!!

Keep the kickstarter kickin!

So now thanks to kickstarter and our wonderful friends and supporters we now have enough money to print these CDs and DVDs! Yay! Thanks to everyone who has been helping so much with spreading the word and with the generous donations! When we chose our kickstarter goal we were very worried about making too high of a goal since if we were to fall even one dollar short, we would not get even a penny. We just factored in the most basic and immediate of needs.

We still need help though! Please keep spreading the word about the kickstarter! We would love to keep this kickstarter momentum rolling!

We have been chastised many times for our lack of website. If we can keep the donations rolling in we can hopefully have enough money to set up a real website and also have a budget to hire a publicist and buy some ads to get this project released in a really professional way!

Thanks y’all!

Monday, November 14, 2011

MMP Kickstarter Starts Today!

We have launched our kickstarter campaign!!
We are really excited and hopeful that we can raise enough money to finally get both the documentary out and available for purchase as well as our really great CD project.

Please click on this link and check out our kickstarter page. It has some nice links to video clips from the film too!
There is some cool information about the project and a link to see some clips from the film too! If you've got a few spare dollars, rupees, ngultrum, baht, pounds, pesos, or togrog, we've got some very nice gifts for you... Help us out by checking out the site and if you can you can donate too here.

Also we need all the help we can get getting the word out so please share, post, and email this link to anyone that you think might be interested!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

soon to launch our kickstarter

We are happy to announce that we are about to launch a kickstarter to raise funds needed to print and release our completed documentary film and our awesome collaborative CD project! Many folks have been interested in purchasing the final completed projects and we are very happy that we have the projects completed and are finally at this last stage to get them out and available to the public!

We will need all the help we can get getting the word out about our projects and our kickstarter, so please share the link and tell lots of folks about us and how they can help us out.

We will post the link as soon as the project is officially launched, but here are just a few things folks have been saying about the projects who have seen and heard them.

About our film:

"Two traditional musicians from the hills of Virginia take you to the villages of rugged Nepal, where you discover the amazing similarities between Appalachian and Himalayan folk music—and the eerily parallel heritage that gave birth to them both. This vivid portrayal of endangered music and culture celebrates remarkable instruments, foot-tapping sounds, and the people who create them."

Jonathan B. Tourtellot
National Geographic Fellow;
Founding Director, Center for Sustainable Destinations;
Geotourism Editor, National Geographic Traveler

“What they did in that film would not be possible for a lot of people. You don’t get that kind of response from people when you just go interview them. They lived with and jammed with the musicians as a musician. There is no better way to do it!”

Curtis Burch

Grammy award winning musician and one of the founding members of the legendary and pioneering bluegrass band New Grass Revival.

And about our CD Project:

“The CD project, “The Mountain Music Project” beautifully illuminates the parallel experiences of musicians from Virginia and Nepal. We see and hear these fiddlers and flute players, banjo pickers and drummers playing in new urban environs as well as in their native chicken yards. To so many, they represent a constant in the face of changing times and lifestyles. These honorable troubadours keep the old songs and stories alive, reminding us all where we come from.”

Tim Obrien

Grammy Award winning musician and bluegrass and old time music legend.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sammy Shelor wins yet another award

Sammy Shelor is one of the Virginian/Appalachian musicians that we have interviewed in our soon to be released documentary and we would like to congratulate him on his most recent award!

He added so much to our story and our film adding his own insights into the music and the culture of the music of the Appalachian region as we knew that he would. It is great to see him recognized for his skills and knowledge by yet another esteemed group.

He is certainly no stranger to winning awards. He has been named as the International Bluegrass Music Association' Banjo Player of the Year four times and Huber banjos have made a signature model of Sammy Shelor banjos and fingerpicks to to name a few of his honors. His most recent honor has been named as this years' recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. This prize is quite an honor and also is accompanied by the $50,000 award money.,0,7089888.story

In case anyone was wondering, a similar award does not yet exist for mandolin players, but perhaps in time...

Congratulations Sammy! A well deserved award.

It is so nice to see that sometimes playing mountain music really can have some advantages! :)

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Mountain Music Project in Texas

In June, we took the Mountain Music Project to Houston, Texas.

The Asia Society had us come down there and show the film and perform some of our hot Nepali and Appalachian traditional music for them live.

We played to yet another packed house. Sorry for any of you who got turned away at the door. Also apologies to all of you who were interested in buying our CD project and our film. We are hoping to have available by this fall, so stay tuned.

All of the people that we met both at this Texas show and at our last show in Ohio at Muskingum University have been so nice and so excited about the project. We had some great questions and discussions about the instruments and film and the cultures. It is so wonderful to see so many people becoming interested both in Nepali and Appalachian traditional musics and cultures!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Rubin Museum Show in New York City

Thanks so much for all the folks that came out to see our film and concert at the beautiful Rubin Museum in New York. Also a big thank you to the folks at the museum who were such a delight to work with and keep that really amazing place running so smoothly. If you have never been to the Rubin Museum make sure to check it out!

Also humble apologies to so many folks who came out to the show or tried to buy tickets the day of the show, but couldn't get any because it was sold out.

It is so great to have so much interest in our project, but at the same time we felt so bad seeing just how many people did get turned away at the door. I included at the right the flier some folks sadly saw that stated that no more seats were available...

Seeing how great the interest in New York is, we will try to arrange to have another showing in New York City in the future. Stayed tuned. :)

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Film Screening & Concert at The Rubin Museum in New York City

Well, it looks like we have one more screening coming up!
We are honored to be showing our film at The Rubin Museum of Art in New York City on Friday, February 25, 2011 at 7 PM. This screening will be followed by a live performance of Nepali-Appalachian music featuring the Mountain Music Project's Danny Knicely, Tara Linhardt, Raj Kapoor, and Manoz Mahat. We may even have an added special guest... You'll just have to come and see it to find out.

The Rubin Museum is a beautiful venue in Manhattan with top of the line everything. Watching a movie on a really nice screen with a great sound system and fantastic acoustics... That is going to be sooo nice!

Hope to see you there!

Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011

Box office: 212.620.5000 ext. 344 and on line at

Tickets: $15 in advance, includes admission to the museum’s galleries
RMA Members receive 10% discount

Sunday, January 09, 2011

MMP on PBS Newshour!

We recently did an interview and were featured on PBS Newshour Art Beat. Seems to be some buzz going on now about our work. Check it out right here!