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CHambergrass Duo

Chambergrass is comprised of two members: David Schwartz, bassist, and Kim Terpening, banjoist. The duo plays classical instrumental pieces as well as traditional bluegrass vocals and instrumentals. They have an exciting blend of high, lonesome vocals along with old fiddle tunes bowed on the acoustic bass and classical pieces picked on the five-string banjo accompanied by resonant bass notes.

Chambergrass has an engaging and distinctive sound. It is surprisingly fresh and addictive. Equally attractive is the visual impact of this duo in live performance. Kim and Dave have refined their show to a level of entertainment that immediately engages members of the audience, both young and old. Between selections, the spirited music is carried along by their witty and informative dialogue that is received with smiles, laughter and hearty applause. This is a group that excels at lifting your spirits and brightening your day.

Perhaps the contrast between Bluegrass and Classical is not as great as the similarity between the two. Baroque and Classical musicians delighted in improvisation. Fine Bluegrass musicians have developed the art of improvising on beautiful folk melodies, much the same as J. S. Bach would ornament a familiar church anthem. Kim and Dave have managed to cross over. ­Listening to their recording of Ode to Joy, usually associated with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, one hears the transition from a Classical style to a Bluegrass rendition, complete with ornamentation that is reminiscent of Baroque musicians.

David Schwartz plays Classical and Bluegrass bass and sings the high, lonesome, Bluegrass vocals for Chambergrass. Dave has been a classical cellist since 1984. He attended Wake Forest University on a Presidential Scholarship in music and has performed with many classical quartets and orchestras. After working twelve years as a research scientist in Greenville, NC using his biology/chemistry degree, Dave recently started his own business Cardinal Canoe, so he could pursue his deep interest in conservation. Cardinal Canoe specializes in renovated canoe sales & rentals and provides guide service on the Roanoke River.

Kim Koskela Terpening plays five-string Bluegrass and Classical banjo in Chambergrass. She also sings with Dave and occasionally plays the guitar on some gospel duets. Kim was the founder and bandleader of the Wild Wood Girls, an all girl bluegrass and country band. The band started in 1979. The Wild Wood Girls toured 8 years for the USO/DOD overseas programs and were the house bluegrass band at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN for 5 years. The Wild Wood Girls worked for Mr. Bill Monroe at his bluegrass festivals for 10 years. Kim retired the band in 1998 and went back to school at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After graduating, she moved to North Carolina to work for a local meat company as a Food Scientist. Kim now works as the Developmental Director for WEZU 95.9 FM Community Radio, teaches banjo and guitar, and performs with Chambergrass.

Chambergrass was formed after Kim met Dave while fishing for shad on the Roanoke River. They decided to form Chambergrass as a musical fusion. Kim agreed to teach Dave Bluegrass if Dave would teach Kim classical music.

Chambergrass recently opened for The Temptations at the Roanoke Rapids Theater in December 2008. Chambergrass is happy to play weddings, yacht parties, pig pickins', wine tastings, rehearsal dinners, festivals or any special event. Visit our website at

Call 252 -532- 2251 for more information on availability and pricing.