This image is from our Outpost Performance in May 2015. From Left: Johanna Hongell-Darsee, Phrank Bramlitt, Tej Bhavsar, Larry Otis, Liz Madden, Alicia Ultan, Scott Darsee

 

 

Lately I have been pondering over what an audience gets out of a live concert as opposed to reco...

March 30, 2016

 

 

In February one of my teachers, Guru Padmabhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan, passed away at an age of 87. Kalanidhi was a great artist and teacher. She learned classical Indian dance, Bharata Natyam, as a child and had a career as a dancer during her teens, and then 30 yea...

February 10, 2016

First some great news!

 

Our new album The Mountain King will be released on August 27. Once again AMP Concerts have graciously decided to sponsor the release concert and the wonderful Outpost Performance Space will be the venue. So stay tuned for news about this event!

 

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As the year comes to a close we would like to thank all the wonderful people we have had the opportunity to work with in 2015. Whenever your see a performance or concert, it is likely the tip of the iceberg. So much work and so much help is needed before the moment of...

October 9, 2015

 

 

Last week we had family visiting. All other activities were put on hold for some delicious vacation time. My niece, who was one of our guests, attends a kiddie circus school. She loves doing cartwheels. In fact she will do them constantly, on any surface. However, fo...

September 9, 2015

 

I love reading historical fiction. I like the combination of exciting stories and learning something about our past found in well researched and well written historical fiction.

The other day I realized that when choosing songs and materials for our shows, what I am st...

August 7, 2015

 

 

We are working hard on finishing up the recordings for our next CD, “The Mountain King”. We are once again recording at Wall of Sound Studio with John Wall’s input. His extensive recording experience and artistic sensitivity are great assets in interpreting our live...

Time flies! It has been a month since we did our show with AMP Concerts at The Outpost Performance Space at the end of May 2015. The video above is from the show. Featured are, apart from myself on vocals and Scott on guitar, Larry Otis on guitar, Frank Bramlitt on per...

 

 

 

The Material

 

Working out our songs is actually quite a long process. I usually like to group songs by a theme. I dig up ballads that have variants in several geographic areas and that tell a compelling story. I then look for the same storyline in myths, legends and...

April 10, 2015

 

Working with medieval and traditional ballads and their melodies poses particular challenges.

 

The melodies have often been transmitted in oral tradition, which means they have been influenced by many musical styles fashions and fancies.

 

What we have today are notation...

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