Composer / Guitarist, Crispin Catricala received a B.A. in Music Composition from SUNY at New Paltz (82) and a M.S. in Music Education from the College of Saint Rose(93). Crispin began performing solo and numerous groups in upstate New York in his late teens. He co-founded the regional celebrated world beat ensemble Pangaea (92-07) . The 15 year old ensemble was known for mixing equal parts Caribbean Funk, Afro/Cuban and Jazz Rock into a high energy performance opening for such musical artist such as Hugh Masakela and Richie Havens. Currently Crispin is writing and performing with Geo Beat: a world jazz project founded by Crispin and Dave Casner (vibraphonist) which offers music from duo to quintet ensembles.
Vibraphonist Dave Casner began playing percussion and keyboards in bands in the late 80s, first with the Saratoga Springs based, funky, classic rock band "Culture Shock" on congas and percussion and later on congas and keys with the "Smokestack Lightning" band led by blues guitarist / composer Larry Hall . At the beginning of the 90's, David helped form " More 'r Les" reggae band on keys and vocals allowing him to learn the intricacies of the reggae and Caribbean rhythms playing with singer Clive Ellis, son of reggae legend Alton Ellis, Trinidad born drummer, Ricardo Brewster and "Stingray" Harper on bass. As a founding member of the popular world beat band "Pangaea" along with Crispin Catricala, Michael Paradis , and "Stingray" David explored reggae, funk, jazz, rhythm and blues, Latin, on keys and percussion and added background and lead vocals. During the "Pangaea" band David began playing vibraphone as a main instrument and he continues exploring the sonorities of the vibes with Geo Beat.
David also holds a BA in Anthropology from Skidmore College 84', has been a New York State licensed Massage Therapist since 2002', is a clay sculptor, and principal owner in commercial / residential real estate, Canal Square LLC, established in 2005, where he houses a ceramic studio and mixed use rentals. David was Jazz music director at WSPN FM in Saratoga Springs from 1980 to 2000 and hosted a weekly jazz radio show called "Changes" during those years. He continues to collect, record and archive jazz music from around the world.