Who are the Acoustic Nomads?
Meet the Band!
Noah Harrington is a bassist, composer, bandleader, and educator from Lexington, Massachusetts. Since graduating Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in 2019, Harrington has led the band Acoustic Nomads, blending Newgrass with South American and Jazz music to reimagine the stringband for the 21st-century.
Harrington frequently shares the stage on tour with Alisa Amador, winner of the 2022 Tiny Desk Contest and songwriter extraordinaire, as well as with captivating Bluegrass band “The Ruta Beggars,” winners of the 2019 Thomas Point Beach Festival Band of the Year award. Since 2017 Harrington has led the group “Husky Sound,” a group of virtuoso Jazz musicians specializing in playing material from the Great American Songbook, and available for private bookings throughout New England. Harrington has also performed on recordings (and onstage) with G Rockwell, Zahili Zamora, Lindsay Foote, Hannah Siglin, Tema Siegel, Aaron Percy Davidoff, Isaiah Johnson, and many others.
Harrington is also a two-time alumnus of the Acoustic Music Seminar at the Savannah Music Festival (2015 & 2018), where he shared the stage with such luminaries as Mike Marshall, Julian Lage, and Mike Block, as well as his amazing fellow Seminar-goers (among them Ethan Setiawan).
Maurizio Fiore Salas
Maurizio Fiore Salas is a performer in Venezuelan cuatro and the guitar, arranger and composer that currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Throughout his career, he has worked in many genres such as Venezuelan folk, Argentinian folk, boleros, tangos, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Peruvian, Brazilian, among others. Fiore Salas is one of many musicians around the world that actively works towards combining elements of traditional music with elements of contemporary jazz, in an effort to create a new world where the past meets the present, and they both help each other in reaching for the future. Fiore Salas holds a bachelor's degree in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music, and a master's degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music from Longy School of Music.
Sofia Chiarandini has been playing violin since age five, and at age fourteen decided to dive into the world of bluegrass. She has performed on the main stages of bluegrass festivals such as Grey Fox, Ossipee, Joe Val, and Freshgrass. Sofía attends the Berklee College of Music where she has performed as part of the American Roots Music Program and has co-founded her bluegrass band, The Ruta Beggars, who recently released a self-titled EP and were the winners of the 2019 Thomas Point Beach band competition.
In 2021 Chiarandini won the Freshgrass Fiddle Competition, a prestigious honor.
Ethan Setiawan is a Boston-based mandolin player who’s won such accolades as the National Mandolin Championship and the RockyGrass Mandolin Championship. He’s a member of bands Corner House, Mudskippers, The Harmolodic String Band, and freelances with musicians including Darol Anger and Tony Trischka. In 2015, he attended the Acoustic Music Seminar at the Savannah Music Festival, a program where participants work with musicians like Mike Marshall, Julian Lage, Casey Driessen, and Bryan Sutton. Later that year, he guested on A Prairie Home Companion (now known as Live From Here.) A move to Boston in August of 2015 to attend Berklee College of Music on a full ride scholarship brought about a new chapter in Ethan’s life. He’s been a catalyst for several projects in the Boston area and elsewhere, including Mudskippers, a progressive string band, Corner House, which draws from Scottish, Appalachian string band, and bluegrass styles, and the Harmolodic String Band, which plays the music of Ornette Coleman on bluegrass instruments. He has shared the stage with Julian Lage, Darrell Scott, Mike Marshall, Tony Trischka, Darol Anger, Bryan Sutton, Casey Driessen, and the Steel Wheels.