Lua is a cultural pollinator, bridging together musical styles from different continents, countries and centuries. They write about the richness of life’s simple challenges— of work, family, loss and love, drawing on the musical traditions of their ancestral past.

Estela Knott

"Mexilachian music is the sound track of my life" says singer songwriter Estela Knott, who grew up among the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains in Luray, Virginia to a Mexican mother and a Scots-Irish father, singing and clogging the traditional music of the Shenandoah Valley, as well as performing traditional songs and dances taught to her by her mother from her native Chihuahua, Mexico.  By the age of 10, she was performing a wide range of musical styles including Rancheros, Trios, Tejano, Country and Western, Old Time, Gospel, and Blues, in churches, festivals, private and corporate gigs, and recording jingles for radio and television ads. As a young adult traveling in Mexico, her greatest influences were families of the Son Jarocho tradition of Veracruz, Mexico-- Los Campechanos of Santiago Tuxtla and Los Cojolites of Jaltipan, Veracruz.  This Son tradition, mingled with the melodies of the mountain music of Virginia is what Mexilachian music is made of and is what influences her songwriting and sound.

Dave Berzonsky

David Berzonsky is an accomplished double bassist, composer, and teacher. He has always written from a place of imagination and play, with an ear toward the evolution of Atlantic basin roots music. He has an affinity for playing with dancers, and creating subtle and cosmopolitan grooves and soundscapes.  Due to his love of travel, and ease with different cultures, he is able to see the rich commonalities of various musical styles from around the globe, stitching them together into new forms, songs and ideas.


Matty Metcalfe


Matty Metcalfe is a virtuoso accordionist and multi-instrumentalist whose musical range includes Irish, bluegrass, Klezmer, classical, jazz, pop, and zydeco styles. He is also in demand as a session and touring musician, musical director/arranger for theatrical productions, and pedagogue. The diversity of instruments and approaches that he brings to Lua illuminate each song and add color to the prismatic blend of tones in the sonic space the group creates.