The Happy Maladies

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Combining elements of folk traditions with the spirit of chamber music and the energy 
of a composer’s collective, Cincinnati's The Happy Maladies create colorful and 
deeply personal music. Their exploration of song form, harmonic play, technical agility,
 and nuanced improvisations make their music raw, unique, and potent. A wildly creative 
voice in the world of acoustic new music. THM comprises Eddy Kwon (violin, voice), Peter 
Gemus (contrabass), Benjamin Thomas (banjo, guitar, voice), and Stephen Patota 
(mandolin, guitar, voice).
“Like some sort of dream supergroup featuring members of Grizzly Bear, The Flecktones, 
Kronos Quartet and The Books, the Maladies manage a sound that winds through 
psychedelic passages, classical interludes and intimate folk melodics — all through 
the course of one track… a progressive mix of Appalachian Roots, Neo-Classical Chamber 
music and modern Indie Folk.” - CityBeat Cincinnati




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