Minneapolis trio Despejada draws equal inspiration from Indian classical tabla music, flamenco, and American jazz.
Accordionist/pianist Steven Hobert (Firely Forest, Oudyano) is a fearless improviser who has performed with Dean Magraw, oud player Issam Rafea, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Tabla player Krissy Bergmark (Matra, Piciformes) is a winner of both the Jerome Travel & Study Grant and the Next Step Fund for her studies with Pandit Yogesh Samsi in Mumbai, India. She holds a masters degree in percussion performance from the University of Minnesota.
Guitarist Ben Abrahamson (Lulu's Playground, Zorongo Flamenco) has been commissioned to compose for the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre, Macalester College Big Band, and Muhlenberg College Theater & Dance. His passion for flamenco guitar drove him to Taller de Músics School of Music in Barcelona, Spain, where he studied under Juan Ramón Caro.