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Bradyn Sidwell

Bee is an illustrator and comic artist, focused mostly on autobiographical slice of life, and diary style comics. Her work is personal, but it’s purpose is also to give readers a sense of comfort and belonging.

 
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CALEB ALLAN

Caleb is responsible for all the low end on every project you’ve ever heard. OK, maybe that’s an overstatement, but he’s definitely responsible for Jazz Robots, Qajaq, Circle With Lines, Junia, Sun Baron, Sam Arias, Dead Birds, and The Singing Company. If there’s a singular line through much of Chroma, Caleb is that line.

 
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CALVIN MALONEY

Calvin plays a bunch of instruments, but fails spectacularly at drum kits. They are half of analecta, and a piece of other projects sometimes, as well as writing solo material. They’ve been known to design stuff for bands and businesses and occasionally take some pictures. Can be identified at shows as the pink haired awkward shadow against the wall, or the gangly stick figure in a pit.

 
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CHARITY TAYLOR

Charity Taylor is a nomadic visual artist, specializing in embroidery and surrealist paper collage. Always dreaming up her next project, Charity seeks both personal and collaborative creative efforts.

 
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DAVE MANTEL

Dave is the singular voice behind the ambient/drone project NAAL, and founder of both Broken Light Records and the Chroma Artist Collective. Recording music professionally since 2013, he is responsible for not only the sounds of his own avant garde project, but also many of the recordings of midwest DIY darlings like Kevin Schlereth and Families, among a host of others.

 
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DAVID SHAY

Dave is the singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist behind the ambient indie rock Qajaq. He is also 1/3 of the long running folk project, Families.

 
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EMILY DORIAN

Emily is the frontwoman of chamber-pop group Circle with Lines and a vocal coach and teacher in the Chicagoland area. Trained at the Eastman School of Music, Emily found her musical niche leaping from operatic repertoire into the world of indie music. Her singing and composition dismantle genre boundaries, colliding classical technique and dynamic pop performance. She is currently a student at the Stritch School of Medicine.

 
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ERICA JOHNSON

Erica is an educator, talented multi instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter who loves her dog, Tucker, and to not be cold. She is the force behind Dead Birds, guitarist and singer in Qajaq, and a member of the folk trio Families.

 
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FALLON BRADDY

Fallon is a blogger for Chroma and plays music called Every Day. For his day jobs he's a writer and composer for indie video games, as well as a nontraditional English student at the University of Idaho. Ask him to help you with your essays. Fallon is part of our Blogging Team.

 
 
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JAY COSTLOW

Jay tours and sings full time with Kevin Schlereth. She says it’s been a huge honor to make connections through her travels, and she loves that here at Chroma we encourage connection and support for artists! She is also our Social Media Manager, and founder of Flood City Fest!

 
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JUSTIN ROSE

A multi-instrumentalist musician and songwriter from Chicago who writes simple, yet meaningful, folk songs. Currently plays in Families, Sun Baron, and Junia. He is also a painter and visual artist, specializing in posters and urban folk art. He can help you write lyrics for narrative-based, folk songs.

 
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KEVIN SCHLERETH

Kevin is a post-folk (you read that correctly) musician who has been on permanent tour with his wife and children for the past 1,000 years. In that time he has played in every living room in the country, and, more impressively, never changed his guitar strings.

 
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NATHANIEL FITZGERALD

Ever since he learned how to play “Ode To Joy” on piano in the 6th grade, Nat has been making music nonstop. He has lived several contemporaneous and contradictory lives, disguising himself as a folk singer, jazz cat, pop punk bassist, post-hardcore frontman, ska punker, and a futuristic shoegazer from outer space. He currently plays in the post-gaze band SPACESHIPS, third-wave ska heroes Dad Jokes, and his ambient solo project Nativity, as well as whoever will have him. When he isn’t playing a show, attending a show, or hosting a show in his living room, you can find him among the shelves of his comically large record collection. Nat is also part of our Blogging Team.

 
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PATRICK QUIGLEY

Patrick Quigley makes music with analecta, Sailbear, and Dad Jokes. He is currently working on developing collaborative relationships and create music for film-makers, dancers, and other artists. Pat is also part of our Blogging team.

 
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SAM ARIAS

Sam is the soulful voice, plucky guitar, and piano sound behind many projects, including his own solo project, as well as being a new permanent member of Chicago based Circle With Lines.

 
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SCOTT DANIEL

Scott plays violin with various wonderful folks (Jazz Robots, Circle with Lines, Dead Birds, Pan and the Lost Boys, and a guy who requested a solo violin version of a J. Cole song for his marriage proposal at Buckingham Fountain). He currently lives in Logan Square in Chicago, and is working towards a master's degree in violin performance at DePaul University.

 
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VIOLETA BRODIE

V is a visual artist who specializes in morbid surrealism and comic illustration. Her pseudo-gothic inspired aesthetic in her illustrations is sometimes interrupted or twisted by her absurd sense of humor, which makes for an amazingly unique style sure to make one both shiver and chuckle.