harpist- teacher, performer, composer, recording artist

St Pat's 2018  

Jigs, reels and the like....

Fiddle, Irish flute, harp and guitar- Had so much fun playing this St Pat's day with Rebecca Waterhouse and Guillaume G-thanks you two.

Let's do this more!

NEW harp! Dusty Strings Serrana 

I've known for years my beautiful Rydecki harp was nearing it's end. The crack in the neck had been getting worse and worse and finally, this August, made it unplayable. I won't lie, it's pretty rough loosing that harp- nothing sounds like it did.

This Serrana is my new love- I think it helps that's it's really different than the Rydecki. Extra light string tension makes playing jigs and reels fun. Narrower string spacing hasn't been much of an issue, except I have to watch my hands for now, until I get more used to it. The Serrana really comes alive when I plug it in.

Some of my pieces work better on the Serrana than others. I tend to compose to the harps' voice. It's exciting hearing this new voice, and I'm really excited to compose new pieces for it. Lots of texture and rhythm in this harp.

I think the bright upper range of the Serrana is perfect for Howard Blake's masterpiece, Walking In the Air. Let me know what you think. By the way, this arrangement is available from Harps Nouveau, Kolancy Music in Denver. And I recorded it a few years back on 'Icy December' (on my pedal harp, which also has a lovely voice...)

St Pat's 2017  

 Loved playing with the Beth Gadbaw Trio on St Pat's last year!

19th Annual Holiday Harp Concert 

19th Annual Holiday Harp Concert Congratulations to my students on their performance at the Boulder Library Canyon Theater on Saturday Dec 3, 2016. What a great way to kick off the season!

Cherry Creek Chorale March Concerts 

We loved playing our new composition 'Birder' and 'The Parting Glass' with the Cherry Creek Chorale. Under the direction of Brian Leatherman, Jessie Burns, fiddle and the Michael Collins Pipe Band joined us. What awesome concerts! Thanks all.

Dooley Redux; NPR Tiny Desk Contest 

Just submitted to Tiny Desk contest. After taking a look at some of last year's 7,000+ entries, competition is steep. But, I've been stewing on this response to the absurdly chipper folk song, 'Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley' since I heard it as a teen 45 years ago. Wow, feels great to get it off my chest, and out into the world.

PS Entries accepted until Feb 2- If you enter, lmk and I'll take you out for ice cream. That's how I got my own self to follow thru.

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Crestone Asana & Meditaion Retreat

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Crestone Mountain Zen Center, 2000 Dreamway, Crestone, Colorado 81131, Crestone, CO

Retreat with Jeanie Manchester- I'll be playing for some classes. The Goddess, Lalita Tripura Sundari represents our power of attraction. Her essence is divine beauty. Every cell, every word, every gesture is her divine play of consciousness. Come learn the power of mantra, meditation, mythic lore, postures and practices that take us to our heart. We come to learn the power of an awakened consciousness and how that is potent for living a fulfilled and joyous life. This dome we practice in is truly a stunning place to do our yoga practices connecting us to nature through the natural light that beams through its center. Jeanie Manchester Yogini weaves myth, mudra, mantra, magic and movement together bringing the extraordinary into everyday life.

Highlights of the retreat include:

Early morning and afternoon meditation sessions to mark the auspicious times of the day where meditation is most potent. Twice daily asana sessions with journal writing and group interaction. Pranayama, mantra, philosophy, and meditation instruction Daily free time to rest, write and walk Delicious home made meals by the famous Zen monks known for their fresh garden and creative cooking. Local hot springs, hiking and a water hole for plunging