Mark Chergosky, a native of Minneapolis, was born in 1953. He began his musical career by taking violin lessons, and he later played the drums in his school band. During the British Invasion, he became enamored with the Beatles, and began playing the bass. His parents encouraged his musical talents, and purchased a Hofner 'Beatle' bass for him. He also became interested in Brazilian music during this time.
After graduating from high school, Mark briefly attended the University of Minnesota as a music major. He studied music theory and music history, but left school after his father passed away. He then took over his family's grocery store.
Eventually, he began playing music professionally. For many years, he toured all over the Midwest with several different rock and lounge bands, playing bass and keyboards. He also became an accomplished songwriter.
After settling down and starting a family, he began pursuing his interest in jazz. He started to play the organ, and worked with many local jazz musicians.
Currently, Mark lives with his family in Saint Paul. In addition to his musical career, he teaches elementary school.
Michael Chergosky was born in Minneapolis in 1992, and grew up in the Twin Cities suburbs. His father is Mark Chergosky. He started taking violin lessons at an early age, and he played in several orchestras and chamber groups.
In high school, Michael began studying many different styles of fiddling, including Irish, bluegrass, Klezmer, rock and roll, Balkan, and Gypsy jazz. He also studied music theory, composition, arranging, and music history.
Michael began playing the mandolin as a junior in high school, after finding an instrument made by his Finnish great-great-great-grandfather. The following year, the director of his high school orchestra suggested that he play the viola. He decided that he preferred the viola to the violin.
Michael has been the recipient of several awards for solo and ensemble playing, the Director's Award for Orchestra, and two awards for the Minnesota Music Listening Contest. He currently lives and works in Saint Paul.
Amelia Rivera was born in Bogotá Colombia in 1988, and relocated with her family in the summer of 1989 to Guatemala City where she began he music education and popular voice lessons when she was 14 years old.
Since age 14 she has continuously studied voice, beginning her classical training in Seattle in 2008. In Seattle Amelia performed with many bands including the Eliot Bay Music group, and other chamber ensembles like the Shoreline Singers.
In 2011 she was admitted to the University of Minnesota School of Music where she is currently working on her vocal performance BA, and double majoring in cultural anthropology.
Her love for French Café music is another story that began when she was 17 years old and went on an exchange program to Bretagne falling in love with French Culture, and learning the language she keeps polishing everyday.