Hailing from the Western Highlands of Connecticut, the east coast of Scotland, the Appalachians, Miami and Los Angeles, and meeting in the middle, Ann Arbor-born Ensoleil forms a truly diverse quintet. Combining our traditional and contemporary Irish, Scottish, Québécois, New England, and classical influences with original tunes, songs and pieces, Ensoleil brings excitement to dances, festivals, and concert halls abound.
We are Nadine Dyskant-Miller (flute and feet), Christine Hedden (fiddles), Nicole Patrick (percussion), Tanner Porter (voice and cello) and Annika Socolofsky (voice, fiddle and bouzouki). We are all composers and graduates of the Music Composition department at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance. As artists working and writing in the new music scene, we share an affinity for exploring sounds beyond traditional music’s normal aesthetic. While firmly grounded in tradition and cultural context, we also believe that traditions evolve and shape themselves to the present. And while our collaboration as Ensoleil is suffused with this creative energy, it is also driven by our love of the sounds and stories of traditional music, and the multiple lenses our diverse roots offer in approaching tradition.
Throughout the United States, Ensoleil’s charismatic energy has drawn in a wide range of music goers, ranging from Farmer’s Market spectators and traditional music lovers, to classical musicians and new music fans.