Kelly Ali was born and raised in Queens, New York. He received his B.A. degree in double bass performance from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with James Vandemark. He completed his master’s degree studies with Curtis Burris at the University of Maryland in College Park, where he also served as graduate assistant.
He has served on the faculty of the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival and was guest principal bassist of the Heidelberg Symphony in Heidelberg, Germany. Ali is a freelance classical bassist and chamber musician. He has performed chamber music works with Alex Klein, Steven Doane, Ilya Kaler, John Beck, Sharon Staples, Charlottesville Chamber Music Society and the Ying Quartet. He teaches double bass at York College in York, Pa. He has been a member of the Richmond Symphony since 2001 and performs frequently with the Virginia Symphony, National Philharmonic and local orchestras in Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland. Kelly Ali serves on the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University.
Todd Matthews is a native of Richmond, VA and studied double bass as well as recording arts at James Madison University. Matthews went on to graduate school at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where he earned a Master’s in Double Bass performance. He studied with Nico Abondolo, Dennis Trembly, and David Moore.
Matthews has been a part of multiple professional orchestras, has played bass on numerous independent film scores and has recorded and performed with award-winning, multi-platinum recording artists such as Michael McDonald, Yo-Yo Ma, the Pointer Sisters, Josh Groban, Itzhak Perlman and Art Garfunkel. His self composed, debut solo album, Uh Oh, Here Come the Pig Mammoths is an illustrated storybook with musical accompaniment. Each original song contains an average of 30-40 layered tracks of plucked, bowed and drummed string bass. In addition to his classical and solo work he is member of the indie rock band, My Darling Fury.