Laura is a double bass player from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She studied at the Manuel de Falla Conservatory with National's Symphony principal bassist, later taking private lessons with local professors, and always staying active in youth orchestras, tango, contemporary, and chamber ensembles. Upon graduation, Laura taught double bass and cello at the Buenos Aires Youth Orchestras. She later moved to the US after being offered a scholarship to study double bass at the University of Georgia. She has played and recorded with several groups like Las Del Abasto, opening for artists like Mariano Mores and Sexteto Mayor, and performed and recorded with Catupecu Machu, Layma Azur, and JEEM "Eramusical Ensamble". She also performed with the UGA Symphony Orchestra with Bela Fleck, in which she performed Concerto for Banjo and Symphony Orchestra, The Impostor. She is also a member of the Symphony Orchestra Augusta, having performed with notable artists such as Ben Folds and James Tormé. She composed and recorded music for the documentary film Eat White Dirt. She is the founder and director of the Athens Tango Project, with whom she wrote and recorded the soundtrack for the film Athens Rising, Laura currently enjoys teaching music to children ages 1 to 16, and considers the earlier years as excellent opportunities to generate interest and expertise in music. She divides her time between teaching, performing and traveling, and writing and arranging music for Athens Tango Project.
With 19 years of experience as a performing instrumentalist, specializing in drums and percussion, John is a season veteran of the music scene in the southeast. He has performed with symphony orchestras, jazz ensembles, combos, rock bands, fold and country artists in concert halls, and theaters and clubs across the country. Winner of the 2006 Down Home Jazz Festival Outstanding Soloist Award.
He has performed on a number of recordings by national and regional artists, and has produced records by regional folk artists and songwriters. He has worked with Athens Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Summer Brass Ensemble, Classic City Band, Tropical Breeze Steel Orchestra, Neon Flares, The Suite 103 Jazz Combo, St. Luke Orchestra, Brent Lindley, Ultimate Garage Band, The Fiendish Thingies, the Oneeders, The John Phillips Quartet, Joey Alcorn, the Bibb City Ramblers, The Shady Branches. The Mufftones, Ophir Drive, and the Springer Opera House Orchestra.
John Cooper started playing violin in 2004, and gradually switched to viola around 4 years later. His musical interests at the time lead him to study electric guitar very heavily for many years. In 2008, John became a student of Elizabeth Wood of the Atlanta Opera who sparked his love of classical music. Since then, John has held principal and Co-principal positions in many orchestras and ensembles, including both the GMEA All-State and Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestras his senior year in high school, Brevard Music Center Symphonia, Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra, UGA Symphony Orchestra, and most recently, the Athens Symphony Orchestra. John is currently a student of Maggie Snyder at the University of Georgia, and is working towards a degree in Viola Performance. Outside of classical music, John is a multi-instrumentalist, and lends his hand on guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, keyboards, cello, and voice for various groups in Athens both on stage and in the studio.