The Beyman Bros:

Memories of Summer as a Child, is the debut album from the Beyman Bros. Although their music is born of brotherhood, the trio of Nudgie, Doc, and CJ Beyman are, respectively, the unrelated trio of guitarist and composer David Nichtern; multi-instrumentalist, writer, and filmmaker Christopher Guest; and keyboardist, producer, and composer CJ Vanston. Encompassing the ringing acoustic tones of bluegrass, the improvisational freedom of jazz, the warmly meditative qualities of devotional music, and a cinematic sense of depth and expansiveness, Memories of Summer as a Child is a remarkable project rooted in intimacy and life-long friendship.

Friends since childhood, renowned guitarist, composer ("Midnight at the Oasis"), and producer David Nichtern and multi-instrumentalist, writer, actor (This Is Spinal Tap), and filmmaker (For Your Consideration, A Mighty Wind, Best in Show) Christopher Guest have been playing music together since their early teenage years in New York City. "Whenever David would come out to Los Angeles," says Guest, "he and I would play together in my kitchen." Nichtern adds, "We'd get very relaxed and get into this sort of open improv kind of picking: moody and spacious."

"It seemed that those sessions were events that we both enjoyed, and we wondered if that could be replicated and recorded," Guest explains. "We thought that perhaps we could get some of the same feel that we got when we were improvising." Guest and Nichtern enlisted
longtime Guest collaborator, keyboardist and producer CJ Vanston (keyboardist/musical director in Spinal Tap and a session musician with extensive credits in a wide range of genres), to produce and engineer the project at his L.A. studio. The trio spent several weeks together, sculpting improvisations into more developed compositions, which Vanston then further embellished with subtle textures and rhythm loops.

The resulting album, Memories of Summer as a Child is a feast of textures and colors, utilizing unusual combinations of acoustic and electric string instruments to create striking timbres at once familiar and surprising, featuring Nichtern on acoustic and electric guitars; Guest on mandolin, mandocello, clarinet, guitars, and lap steel; and Vanston on accordion, acoustic and electric pianos, synths, and percussion. "It could have been the most eclectic album in the universe," says Nichtern in retrospect. "Our backgrounds gave us so many possibilities. What is interesting is that, looking back, the music came out very, very easily. It was very natural."

"That's the basis of this record: feeling comfortable enough to let your ideas flow naturally," concludes Vanston. "There was definitely a brotherhood."
Doc Beyman (a.k.a. Christopher Guest)

While not actually brothers, or even close friends, the Beyman bros. have apparently enjoyed working on this album. Their musical backgrounds vary considerably and yet together they have created a collection of instrumental songs that sound, to the casual listener, as if they tried to make something coherent. To the more sophisticated ear however there are clues which reveal a different purpose. As of press time they were not able to articulate what that purpose was, or is... Some have described the music as Celtic/Rodeo, or Tyrolean/Sephardic but all these seem inaccurate if not condescending.

The Beyman Bros. have every intention of doing a massive world tour if the money and accommodations are up to their medium-high standards.

Mr. Guest plays Collings acoustic guitars, Music Man electrics and Collings and Monteleone mandolins. The mandola and mandocello were made by Gibson in 1924 and 1916 respectively. The clarinet is a Buffet as in buffet.
Nudgie Beyman (a.k.a. David Nichtern)

David Nichtern is a songwriter, record producer, guitarist, and composer for film and television. The four-time Emmy award-winner and two-time Grammy-nominated composer is widely known for having written the hit song, "Midnight at the Oasis." Drawn to music from the start, David began playing guitar when he was eight, composing in his teens, and working as a professional musician while still in college at Columbia University. Throughout a diverse and colorful career, he has collaborated with a wide range of artists including Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Jerry Garcia, Christopher Guest, Billy Crystal, Brand New Heavies, Maria Muldaur, The McGarrigles, Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, Patti LuPone, The Chieftains, David Bromberg, Dr. John, Krishna Das, Sultan Khan, Kassie DePaiva, Renee Olstead and many others.

David has worked closely with his wife, Cyndi Lee (world-renowned yoga teacher and founder of the OM yoga center in NYC), to develop music for yoga and meditation, under the banner of his Dharma Moon record label. In addition to The Beyman Bros, his band Drala, created with bansuri flute master Steve Gorn, is also featured on the label.

When not busy with The Beyman Bros, David Nichtern is working on the Rare Elements 2 remix album with world-famous Turkish musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek, and he is also producing a new record for Krishna Das and just finished one for Wade Morissette.

More info about David Nichtern is available at

CJ Beyman (a.k.a. CJ Vanston)

CJ Beyman is the baby brother of the Beymans. Growing up, CJ was frequently the foil for his older brother's ribbing and good-natured bullying, but was also the recipient of their love, guidance and protection. Doc and Nudgie seemed to be always looking out for CJ. In a famous incident at Gloucester Middle School, Doc and Nudgie subdued one of CJ's tormentors and played a Yoko Ono record continuously until he swore to let little CJ be.

Much of CJ's earliest musical memories came from sleeping inside the bass drum at Doc and Nudgie's gigs in Middle school, while he was only five years of age,  an education that has now paid off as he is now literally the sonic bottom end of the Beymans.

Being a Sputnik-era child put CJ in a different musical generation than his big brothers. While Doc and Nudgie were fawning over acoustic bluegrass music, CJ was attracted to the electronic world through artists such as Wendy Carlos, Morton Subotnik and Isao Tomita. These potent influences, combined with CJ's jazz and classical piano background, laid the foundation to join his brothers in an early incantation of the Beyman Bros which included the Icelandic twin brothers Bragi and Gunnar Olafsson on drums and bass respectively. In an early attempt, CJ re-arranged old Icelandic folk songs into instrumental ramblings laced with electronic soundscapes that were initially rejected by the older brothers as "self-indulgent." These early explorations did however prove to be the basis for many of the sounds that emerge on The Beyman's later works, not the least of which is this album.

Curiously, despite all his eclectic influences, and contrary to his own instincts, CJ soon discovered that deep down, he was a frustrated guitar player. Many late night spins of the old records lying around the Beyman household led CJ to fall in love with the roots that had made his older brothers swoon. This awakening led to the the first glimmers of the modern Beyman sound.

CJ's fascination with electronics also led him into engineering and mixing the Beyman's records, as their original engineer, Nick Weston, retired to raise champion horses in Borgarnes, Iceland with the Olafsson twins. The only downside for his electronic acumen has been that CJ now serves as the chief source of technical support for Doc and Nudgie. CJ currently lives in Studio City, California and plays to a 17 handicap.
Extended Family