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david gedalecia

Member sinceJuly 09, 2006
Locationwooster, ohio
Influenceseric weissberg, bob yellin, eddie adcock, don reno, don stover, obray ramsey, johnny clark
Artist Biography:

David Gedalecia began playing folk music as a teenager amidst the Folk Revival of the late 1950s. He learned bluegrass banjo by watching five-string virtuosos Bob Yellin and Eric Weissberg (both of the Greenbriar Boys) in Washington Square Park in New York City’s Greenwich Village and by listening to, and slowing down, records and reel-to-reel tapes.

He played banjo with the late Mike Michaels (mandolin) and Jonathan Aaron (guitar) in the Stony Island Boys, a bluegrass trio that performed in 1960 and 1961 at numerous concerts at the University of Chicago (where the three were undergraduates), at the University of Michigan Folk Festival, and for a Harvard University International Seminar taught by Reuel Denney (co-author with David Riesman of "The Lonely Crowd"). The group recorded at WUCB, the University of Chicago radio station (remastered to CD), and also gave a concert at the Woodstock Playhouse in upstate New York in the summer of 1961.

From 1961 to 1965, he and guitarist Mark Faurer (the son of New York School photographer Louis Faurer) gigged around New York City at the Interlude Cafe and in Greenwich Village, and they
were recorded by Grammy Award winner Norman Dayron in December 1963. A remastered CD of this session, "Match Play," was issued in 2003. (For samples, see YouTube videos:

Between 1965 and 1971, he pursued a doctorate in Chinese history at Harvard; married Pei-hsin Chia 賈培新 (1967), an IT specialist at New York Life, John Hancock and Rubbermaid; in 1968 in Boston A&R-ed the recording of "A Tribute to Martin Luther King," written by Muddy Waters and sung and played by pianist Otis Spann; and began a teaching career in Chinese history at the College of Wooster in Ohio (1971), where he is the Michael O. Fisher Professor of History. He has written two books, several articles in journals, and chapters in edited volumes on early modern Chinese intellectual history and U.S.-China relations, and he has studied, lectured and done research in China and Taiwan.

Beginning in 1973, he played banjo and guitar in northeast Ohio as a member of the Bluegrass Express (Bob Brooks, mandolin; Paul Suttle, banjo; Sandi Suttle, bass). The group played at the College of Wooster Bluegrass Festival in 1978 with fiddler Bacel Kittle, opening for Earl Taylor and the Stoney Mountain Boys; the Whispering Hills Bluegrass Festival in 1980, opening for Jim and Jesse and the Virginia Boys; and the 2001 Kidron Folk Festival, with fiddler Adrian Lo, as the Bluegrass Reunion, among many gigs over the past 25 years.

In 2004, he and fiddler Charlene Adzima, a College of Wooster graduate in Geology and member of the Celtic group Oisre, recorded the CD "Woograss," featuring a selection of fiddle and banjo duets (available at:, and performed at the Ebert Art Museum on the Wooster campus, where he played banjo and guitar.

Over the past several years he has played and recorded in southwest Florida with the Sawgrass Drifters (Roli and Mickie Scholl, and Dan O'Connell) on the CD "Down the Road" (2005), with the group Studio 325 (Rich and Elaine Bott, and Bob Juntenen) on the CD "Close To Home" (2006), and with fiddler Louie Salvatore in the American Folk Trio. He has also played banjo, guitar and dobro at various gigs in northeast Ohio with Marcus Ladrach in their old time country music duo the Wayne County Ramblers; with folk and blues singer Michelle Massaro; with the Backroom Boys Bluegrass Band; and with the country band the Brunstuckians. In June, 2011 he gave an American Folk Music concert for students and faculty at Southeast University 東南大學 in Nanjing 南京, China.

His daughter, Julie, was a Lecturer in Dance at Skidmore College and the owner and principal teacher at the Saratoga City Ballet, a dance company and school in Saratoga Springs, New York. She is currently studying in the Physician Assistant Program at Yale University. His son, Derek, lives in San Francisco and is Technical Exhibition Assistant for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He performs and records original experimental electronic music in the Bay area as Headboggle, and over the past five years he has included his father as guest performer on five-string banjo at LCM in Oakland, California, the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival at the Exploratorium, at the Voice of the Valley Noise Rally in West Virginia, and in Ohio at the Happy Dog and Maple Lanes in Cleveland, The Ace of Cups in Columbus, and the Hive Mind in Akron (in their duo Hillboggle).

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