Artist Feature: The Quiet American

Posted on September 28, 2015 by Heather Peterson

We had the honor of taking to The Quiet American at this years Uke University. I've been playing their front porch, folk music in the office from the moment I stumbled upon them on twitter. 

Nicole and Aaron Kiem make up this country roots duet. Using various string instruments, they keep backwoods sound alive and kicking with a modern spark. Their dynamic sound will have you hootin' and hollerin' or squezing your honey. The harmonies this duo can perform is enough to bring a tear to a music lovers eye. 

They tour around the world including Europe, Canada, and the grand ol' USA. They've been traveling to Bend twice a year to teach the Uke University and The Bend Ukulele Club. 

With a background in music education and vast experience, The Quiet American gives back to the musical community. They create and write songbooks, that are crafted by hand, that work in motion with their instructional videos. You can find them on their youtube channel and website.

But their talents don't stop at music making and teaching. Nicole hand made hoops and hair clips, many of which are influenced by their music. The clips take two hours to make and are hand embroidered. She has an Etsy shop called Marmalade Creations. Go get your mind blown.


Aaron builds wood ukuleles for Mya-Moe. The stunning instruments are custom built here in the Pacific Northwest. Many of their instruments are constructed from wood harvested a few hours from their workshop.

It was at this point of the interview that Henry, their 15mount old, picked up the Outdoor Tenor Ukulele and began matching pitch. I wanted to put that bundle of smiles in my pocket and take him home with me. 

The Quiet American is adding fuel to the revival of folk music and american craftsmanship. Our many thanks to Nicole, Aaron, and Henry for taking the time to talk with us.

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