SWARMIUS' fusion is the result of each musician's unique backgrounds and influences. saxophone (Todd Rewoldt) --As teenager SAXIMUS was a sponsored skateboard champ & punk bassist, who, after blowing out his knees on the half-pipe, dedicated his daring & fury to music, and claimed his doctorate in saxophone from the Eastman School of Music at age 26. His experiences as competitive skateboarder shaped his attitude toward music: "You have to go for it. If you're speeding across a parking lot, about to 360 flip down a set of 15 stairs, you have a choice to make: either pull the trick or end up bloody as hell." This is the mindset of SWARMIUS. violin (Felix Olschofka) --Fiddlus El Gato began playing the violin at the age of five, winning numerous competitions, recording at the age of fourteen and playing for the president of Germany before he was twenty. A quintessential violinist for the 21st century, he tours internationally as classical soloist and featured chamber musician, and plays everything between classical and funk with SWARMIUS. percussion I (Joel Bluestone) --Crotalius Redfoot was tapping things before he could walk, & maintains a vast collection of unusual drums, rattles, shakers and unnameable percussion oddities collected on his world-ranging music-making journeys. Says Crotalius, who also holds a doctorate in classical percussion, "At heart I'm just a kid with two sticks who likes to rock and extract sound from anything that does not protest too loudly." His unique flair provides SWARMIUS with a blast of rhythmic color. percussion II (Justin Dehart) Justinius Lion Heart has made three trips to India to channel the groove of tabla with Indian masters, and combines this with drum set to elucidate the complex hidden rooms and underground passageways in SWARMIUS' music... laptop/composer (Joseph Martin Waters) -- Jozefius Vaatierz Rattus grew up playing in rock bands, honed his composition chops at Yale and conjures a musical brew that juxtaposes hip-hop and Beethoven.