Blaise Kielar grew up playing violin and clarinet. He received a degree in music from West Chester University in 1974, where he explored widely, from counterpoint to Baroque performance practice, to composition on the Moog synthesizer. At NYU, he pursued a doctorate in music history. He learned the skills of bow rehairing and restoration at William Moennig & Son in Philadelphia, and opened a violin shop in Chapel Hill, NC in 1978.
He taught classical violin as well as Old Time and Celtic fiddle. Inspired by participating in a Paul Winter Living Music Village in 1994, he developed a course to teach free improvisation to all levels of players. He has strolled, played weddings, had a world music band, as well as a jam band with four percussionists. He has improvised for bellydancers, for meditation, for improv theater companies, and with the community drum circles he and his wife facilitate in North Carolina.
His Electric Violin Shop stocks the widest variety of gear to amplify bowed strings anywhere in the world.