JENNIFER BEREZAN PLUS LEGENDS OF THE CELTIC HARP

Our December show with Tony Furtado did take place the night of our big snowstorm.  Many people couldn’t get there, including most of my volunteers.  However, 60 people showed up, a portion of whom had bought their tickets at one of the many silent auctions I donate to.  Three crazy guys came from Etna, CA, an hour and 40 minute drive in good weather. Tony put on a terrific show and played straight through without a break so we could end a bit early.  This was the first time in 18 years of producing shows that the weather was bad on the night of a concert.

Our next concert is Jennifer Berezan on January 11, 8 p.m., at Ashland’s Unitarian Fellowship, 87 4th St. I first encountered the music of Jennifer Berezan last winter when Diane Horbacewicz played her music at Ecstatic Dance (Sunday mornings at the Dance Space 10:30 am-12:30 pm).  I asked Diane whom she was playing and the next morning called Jennifer and asked her to come to Ashland.  I am so glad I did.

Since announcing via my e-mail list and last month’s LocalsGuide ad that Jennifer is coming to Ashland, I’ve received numerous e-mails from people saying how thrilled they are to have the opportunity to see her.  Two women have traveled with Jennifer to Malta’s spiritual sites.  Others are long-time fans.

Jennifer’s latest recordings reflect the two sides of her music.  In these Arms, A Song for All Beings is a long-playing musical meditation based in the Buddhist practices of loving-kindness and compassion. Berezan traveled to Korea to record 250 Buddhist nuns from Un-munsa monastery. Their chanting is interwoven with voices from around the world, including Dechen Shak-Dagsay (Tibet), Rita Sahai (India), Katia Cardenal (Nicaragua), Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield and others.

Her other recent release Home features original songs with themes that touch on “home as everywhere”…California, Beijing, the Yukon Canada, and the internal realms of the heart.

February 1, Legends of the Celtic Harp will take you on a dramatic musical journey deep into the myths, magic and fabled history of this captivating instrument. Tim Bray, DJ at KZYX, Mendocino, CA, describes the show best:

“Legends of the Celtic Harp is a blend of music and oratory, falling somewhere between concert and theater. It spanned nearly the range of human feeling, from humor to tragedy, tenderness to rage, reality to mysticism, and more besides. The effects were powerful and exhilarating.

The performers were: Patrick Ball, oratory and wire-strung Celtic harp; Lisa Lynne, Celtic harp, Irish bouzouki, and mandolin; Aryeh Frankfurter, harp, cittern, and nyckelharpa.  Essentially, Aryeh and Lisa played instrumental music and Patrick told stories, punctuated by intervals of ensemble playing. … It isn’t really accurate to say that Patrick “tells stories” – what he does is more like bringing stories to life, or bringing you into the world of the story.  It is a kind of magic.…”