Sugar Fly With Me

Soulful, downtempo background music with live strings.


Sugar Fly With Me (formerly Deep Blue Field and Apsaras Dreaming) brings you the best in the lively art of lush electronic music from recording artists and producers around the world accompanied with live violins, cello.  DJ Numinous Radio, aka Carolynn Travis,  violinists Susan Voelz, Inger Carle  and Anne Harris and cellist Nora Barton have been blending their special mix of  downtempo, trip hop, acid jazz, and chill out with original, live string arrangements since 2000.  In addition to  strings,  SFWM can add additional players like vibes, trombone & drums and live video projections by Marco Ferrari.. What's your flavor?
Deep Blue Field has played at some of Chicago's most posh watering spots like The Peninsula, New Modern Wing & The MCA and are equally in their element onstage at the large venues like Chicago Theater, Navy Pier Skyline Stage, The Metro, The Fillmore in San Fransico and Buckingham Fountain performing for thousands of people.
Societal hot spots, concerts, corner lounges, private & corporate events, the pleasure is all yours.

memorable music = memorable evening


Noral Barton


Nora Barton

Holding degrees from Roosevelt University and University of Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music, Nora is constantly seeking ways to incorporate her training into all genres of music. She performs regularly with a variety of ensembles including Chicago Arts Orchestra, Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, NbN Trio, Chicago Composers Orchestra, ensemble, Wrekmeister Harmonies, and Mucca Pazza.
Nora has worked as a freelance artist throughout Chicago for over eight years, demonstrating versatility within a wide range of genres. An active session musician, she has been featured on studio recordings by James McCartney, Grammy-nominated children’s artist Justin Roberts, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Cincinnati-based rockers Wussy, songwriter Matthew Shelton, experimental ensemble, and many other recording artists.

Nora is a founding member of Classical Revolution Chicago, an organization that strives to present chamber music concerts in nontraditional venues, revolutionizing the way classical music is programmed and heard.

"Sounding like Nico and John Cale fused into one (somewhat sweeter) being" (Musician Magazine), Susan Voelz (pronounced Velz) has pioneered the violin in rock as an original member of Poi dog Pondering, punk poet Alejandro Escovedo, British rock legend Ronnie Lane and John Mellencamp.

"One minute her violin sounds like the sweet voice of angels, and the next minute it is a twisted cacophony inspired by demons," (Deadboy blog) or as one Chicago radio host described it:  "a bat with butterfly wings."

A staple in Steve Albini's studio and also John McIntyre's Soma, her violin and arrangements can be heard on many recordings.

As a solo artist, she creates "powerfully atmospheric music" (Trowser Press), playing through guitar effects and triggering samples from sources as varied as the opera Madame Butterfly, the Velvet Underground or from her own three records. She often collaborates with video artist Marco Ferrari.

Inger Carle is a freelance violinist who has made Chicago her home for the 17 years. Inger performs regularly with chamber ensembles, orchestras, rock bands, big bands,theater companies, touring musicians, and for the lovely Sugar Fly With Me.  She has
also performed nationally with ensembles such as Sarasota Opera and the Key WestSymphony Orchestra, and has performed internationally with both orchestral andchamber ensembles.  An active recording artist, Inger can be heard on numerous
recordings by local, national and international musical acts, most recently including Mono,Sleeping at Last, Tonic and Poi Dog Pondering.  She has also recorded on both movie and live theatre sound tracks.  Inger holds a Master of Music degree fromCarnegie Mellon University where she appreaed as a soloist with the CMUPhilharmonic, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.  Her principal instructors include Andres Cardenes, concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Donald Weilerstein, former first violinist of the Clevleand Quartet.

Carolynn Travis aka DJ Numinous Radio's career started around  the turn of this century when she began parlaying the lush down-tempo grooves of her record collection and turned it into a full-time stint at weekly residencies  around town. Keeping it on the down low, her sets barely nudge 116 bpm as she places thick layers of funky, saucy, jazzy, mentally stimulating and soul soothing tunes into the atmosphere. Beats with glimmering with soul; a hypnotic journey around the global groove.  Numinous Radio has opened for world-renowned artists Groove Armada and Gilles Peterson of the U.K., France's Respect is Burning, Dzihan & Kamein from Vienna, D.C.'s own Thievery Corporation and many others.

Travis is a popular fixture of Chicago’s many diverse music scenes —including her 20 year career with Poi dog Pondering, running their  independent record label for 7 years and was executive producer of three full length albums.  She continues her work with Poi dog producing shows, merchandising and making the magic happen.

Travis makes and sells pop art with her arsenal of over 150 different colors of the micro-fine powder. Candy, saints, cereal boxes, pop icons, the reproductions come alive. See some of her work here.

In 2004, Travis founded, a high-fidelity hearing protection company. Her personal experience with noise-induced hearing loss prompted her to take up the fight against this widespread yet preventable disability. Committed to remaining an active musician while eager to help friends and colleagues avoid unnecessary harm, Carolynn created Earlove as a friendly, nonjudgmental conversation starter and set about giving away as many pairs of earplugs as she could afford.

In addition to Earlove, Carolynn has established herself as a leader in hearing protection education and marketing. She served as Etymotic Researche's Global Brand Advocate and Social Media Specialist for four years, while reaching over 60,000 music students and educators as manager of the lauded “Adopt-A-Band” program. In 2008, she was awarded the Natalie Stukas Award for Hearing Conservation by the Illinois Academy of Audiology which acknowledges outstanding achievement in clinical practice, consumer education, research, or product development in the area of hearing conservation. She has given lectures and presentations throughout the United States focusing on hearing conservation in music education.  In October, 2013 she was an invited to present at INNOVATIONS IN NOISE-INDUCED HEARING LOSS AND TINNITUS PREVENTION IN KIDS hosted by 3M and Dangerous Decibels.