Peter da Cruz (guitar, banjo, mandolin, vocals) has lived in New York and South Africa. He learned guitar from his father, who fled segregated Chesterbrook, Virginia as a teen to tour post-war Europe with military, jazz, rock, and flamenco bands. A student of music, history, literature, and philosophy, Peter inaugurated Burning Horse in 2012 with a series of demos recorded on an old Tascam 4-Track, combining influences ranging from Merle Travis to Hart Crane. He also contributes bass to Tim & Rosa, and writes short fiction under the banner Confetti War.
Jason Glassman (keys, vocals) took to keys early in New Jersey, drawing influences from jazz and fusion. Jason adds unexpected tonalities to Burning Horse recordings, his modal approach finding expression through a toolkit of vintage instruments. His debut solo recording, Scenes From The Next, fuses rock, funk, and electronic roots from the 70s through present day.
Matthew Szemela (violin, vocals) spent his youth woodshedding in New Gloucester, Maine, bridging classical training with centuries of local folk fiddling traditions. It wasn't long before the New York Times had noted his “outrageous fiddling.” (9/23/07) Putting his classical chops to use, Matt has performed as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in renowned concert halls throughout the east coast and abroad. Also a coveted sideman in jazz, bluegrass, and contemporary settings, Matt's trenchant technique and lyrical approach to improvisation have led to collaborations with Warren Haynes, Nina Nastasia, Sufjan Stevens, Cassandra Wilson, Vernon Reid, Albert Hammond, Jr., Steve Albini, Jay-Z, ?uestlove, Beyonce, Sting, Lana Del Rey, Placido Domingo, Johnny Mathis, Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo, and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, among others.