Press Kit

Music Samples

TurceascaLive from Cornell University – 2012

Mazamir Live from Cornell University – 2012

Syrtos – Live from Cornell University – 2012

More music and information can be found on Bandcamp:

Photos (right-click and “save as…” to download)

Full Band #1 Low Resolution High Resolution
Full Band #1 – Color Low Resolution High Resolution
Full Band #2 Low Resolution High Resolution
Max Buckholtz (Violin) Low Resolution High Resolution
Mark Karlsen (Saxophone) Low Resolution High Resolution
Dara Anissi (Guitar) Low Resolution High Resolution
Nikolai Ruskin (Percussion) Low Resolution High Resolution
Chad Lieberman (Bass) Low Resolution High Resolution


A video from our live performance at Cornell University in 2012

About Journey West

Journey West is a musical program chronicling the migration of melody through an interactive aural and visual lecture and performance.

Our trek tracks melodies and changing instrumentation beginning in the Middle East, traveling through Eastern and Western Europe, and finally arriving in the United States.

The program illustrates the primary factors involved in carrying melodies to distant land: wars, imperialism, nomadic dispersion, mass emigrations due to political oppression, and musical crazes that sweep the globe. The musical performance is presented with changing PowerPoint slides to help illustrate the regional and musical differences encountered on the Journey West. The musicians offer demonstrations on their respective instruments and provide basic theoretical explanations to accompany the technical examples.

More About Journey West (DOC)

Tech Rider

Journey West Tech Rider (PDF)

Biographical Information

Individual Biographies View Online

Individual Biographies – PDF

Individual Biographies – Word


“We engaged Journey West for a performance at our Endless Mountain Music Festival. It was sold-out because people were curious about what all the fuss was about. The event was spellbinding and the 10 minute standing ovation gave testament to the enthusiasm that this wonderful group generated. ”
Dr. Stephen Gunzenhauser, Artistic Director, Endless Mountain Music Festival

“Journey West presented an extremely engaging and informative performance at SUNY Oneonta, as part of one of our regular Concert series. The audience, ranging from townspeople to students with widely divergent musical backgrounds, was uniformly and greatly moved and energized by what they heard. I would give my highest recommendation to any organization interested in presenting a lively, virtuosic and entertaining evening of music.” —Ben Aldridge, Lecturer in Music – SUNY Oneonta

Booking Information

For booking and program information, please contact:
Max Buckholtz, Director
Phone: 925-800-9134







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