Athena Project 2018 Cross Polinations Artist in Residence

 Sister Cities Denver Celebration:  New Configuration of Hejazz Messengers 2018

LtoR  Meg York, Rachelle Prince, Delara Khadem, Donna Lovely 

 

Our Beloved Hal Aqua puts together two gigs a year for Zuruna and the Lost Tribe at Dazzle.

 

Dress Rehearsal for Farabi Ensemble and Persian Cultural Circle dancers

 

Zuruna:  L to R 

Theo Ansbacher-Hunt, Catrene Malshey, Meg York,

Annie Aqua, James Messerich, Pete Jacobs

Sholeh Malekzadeh Mani Persian Vocalist for Mingo,

Soundtrack for Wadi Rum Film

Rafi'ah Ruyah latest workshop -- 2017

Mendocino Cabaret Ajam Jam Band 2017 --

 George Sepmeir, vln (not pictured)

Ron Perovich, Ney,

Raman Osman,  Baglama,

Allan Williams, Oud,

Mike on didgeridoo, 

Jamie Papish and Benjamin Alderson Percussion

Dance soloist:  Eric Koenig

Recording with El Yesfi Samir for

Mingo:

Wadi Rum Film Score

American rock climbing documentary set in Jordan

2017

 

Celebrating 10 Years with music and dance with Rafi'ah!!

2017

Sold out!  2017

World Music Outreach in Lakewood Colorado 

2017

 Grant for Farabi  Arts and Science Institute Annual Concert Series 2017

 

Zvek Ensemble from Abique, New Mexico --

Refugee Benefit in Boulder for 

International Rescue Committee

2017

 

Colorado University Boulder Immigrant Inclusivity Council

2017

 

I produce  bi-annual fund raising concerts for

Musical Missions of Peace!

 Sold out, very appreciative crowd. What a treat!

Jewish, Arabic and Persian musicians playing together.  

2017

 

 

Farabi Ensemble with Mehrdad Arabi Af and Hamid Saeidi

at the Althea Center 

An exquisite evening of Perisan

classical and folkloric music and dance.

2017

Highly satisfying Clarinoodle Productions produced

2017 tour to New Mexico and Colorado --  

this picture was from Santa Fe leg of the Spring Tour

Eric Koenig, Dance, Eric Cureno, Oud,

Theo A.H. and Max Krien, Percussion.

 Lovely!  2017

Zuruna a local Denver favorite 

A fun duet based out of Bella Diva Dance Studio, Glendale, CO

2017

 

 Children's Noruz Program

Persian Cultural Circle

2017 


World Music Community Ensemble Lakewood

I started this Ensemble over ten years ago.  

Venues have included Muse Studio in Golden

and Lakewood Cultural Center.   

It's important to have a student ensemble

so I can share

my love of tunes from around the globe and

have a platform for Masterclasses.

I have my professional music friends come

in once a quarter or so.

 This is Kaivon Tolooee, Persian Daf player

from Tito Malaga's band

after a frame drum workshop.  

2017  

Before with ~30,000 folks

And after the

Protect Our Muslim Neighbors Rally,

L to R

El Yesfi Samir, Ibrahim, Kaivon, Me, Theo,

Queen Phoenix and Catrene

We had just played for an enormous peaceful crowd --

what an amazing event.

Denver Civic Plaza

2017

 

  

Meg York Trio at the venerable venue,

Mercury Cafe Jungle Room

2016

  

& at the One World Prairie World Music Festival

in Wyoming

Pete Jacobs and David Hinojosa

2016

Farabi Persian Ensemble Scharzdad Korsandi Workshop

I met Ahmad Soufiani, Tar player on left,

back in October of 2016.

 He and Mojgan Taherynia have played

Persian material together for a long time.

 I joined them and we put together

a longer list of tunes with arrangements

for a concert.

 Frankie Peyman, an old friend of

Ahmad's joined on tombek.  

It is poignantly inspiring to hear these

ancient tunes played for dancers 

 

Music dance accompaniment

has been banned

in Iran since the 1980's.

Farabi Ensemble now has two hours of material and 

features beautiful music and dance improvisation .

 This is my favorite project

I have had the privilege to put together.

Broomfield

2017

Blue Muse Trio with Misti Bernard

and Zay Alejandro Rios

I played with Zay a few times about fifteen years ago,

and met Misti this last year --

grateful to make a new friend through old friend

Sam Tynker Whippo!

Hopefully more to come with Misti --

we really had a great musical bond.  

Nice to have another bad ass chick music buddy, too.  

Blue Muse Trio is Misti's project

with at least three

configurations on different coasts and Kansas City.

 Misti is a seasoned Rennie.  

I really admire her grit and talent!

2016

 

David Alderdice Ensemble,  Paonia, Colorado

Collaboration Workshops and recording projects at

NPR station KVNF and Blue Sage Arts.

David reached out to me

through the incredible vocalist

Beth Quist to come stay in Paonia

and teach and play Turkish music

with his percussion teacher,

Jon Seligman from Baltimore.

 Pete Jacobs and I really had a good time.

 There's some Clarinoodle Productions

audio footage on youtube

from the radio slot if you want to hear us.

2016

505 Khans ( Phrank Bramlitt and Erik Teixeira)

 Tome', New Mexico, House Concert 

2016

Khans and Vashti GoFundMe Project for 'Bernallilo Sketches'

recording for film sound track NM tour

I know the Khans from SCA and

Belly Dance ghetto Hafla parties

in Taos and Santa Fe.

We put together a quartet with Ronaldo Baca

and recorded nine tracks that got

picked up by 411 Music film and TV library.  

Good times with the boys!

2016

Mehmet Kalayci clarinet exchange,

an absolutely incredible and humble clarinet performer

and better still,

dedicated teacher from Izmir, Turkey.  

He took time to stop by my friend's Istanbul flat and

I am still working from his source recordings.  

January 2016

 

Meg York Trio "Du Monde":

with Ronaldo Baca and Sam Whippo

These men are like family to me.

 I met both of them in the New Mexico

Society for Creative Anachronisms (SCA)

Ronaldo back in 1990 and toured

California with him in 1994.   

Sam I have known for decades

through New Mexico friends.

I ran into him in Istanbul,

at a concert at the "Turkish Kitchen",

a vegan bistro.  

What a treat to play with both of them at

Yanni's Limoni Bar,

one of the

best live music venues in Albuquerque.

2016

Recording at Gilly Gonzales' studio for Catrene Malshey.  

I sponsored Catrene to attend the Durango Songwriters Expo and

we finished up a demo of some of her original peace songs.  

Raised in Palestine, she can sing in four languages.

She is incredible at creating melodies.  

2016

 

Ilahi Singing and Sazlar

community workshop, Bursa, Turkey.

Through sheer dumb luck,

I hunted out this amazing

chai house within the warren

of ancient cobblestone streets

near the Green Mosque.  

This was one of the more liberal

Chai houses where I could

actually pull out my horn

as a woman,

and as an American.  

My Roma girlfriend, Hulya, three to the left from me,

safeguarded me and took me back to

my cheap hotel each night.

 The first night there were just the usual

twelve or so folk musicians --

by the end of my three nights there there were about forty.

Word spread about the crazy Colorado broad

that played Turkish style clarinet.

We all wept when I left

I was begged to move to Turkey,

but perhaps that

will wait for more

stable politics on both sides of the blue and

an acceptance of my Fulbright application.

2016   

  

Turkish Musicians Tour: Ege University, Bursa Turkey

2016

Clarinet maker and friend Ibrahim Samur, Bursa Turkey

I got his introduction information from Professor Tolga Asic from

Ege University in Bornova, near Izmir

and through a long translation process with concierge ,

I took a mini bus to the end of the line,

then got a speedy ride in Ibrahim's sedan,

stopping to pick up his friend

English teacher for translator,

then a long afternoon

meeting different friends and clarinet players,

exchanging riffs on

his G clarinets..

one of the highlights of my life.

2016

Kismet Trio with David Hinojosa and George Sepmeier

This trio had great potential,

but we have gone our separate ways.  

Two too many cooks in the kitchen.

2016

Sadie Marquardt Retreat Taksim Class Colorado.  

This was the first time I met the insane and insanely talented

Taosena Julia Fernandez de Maes. above. 

 I enjoyed playing for the workshop very much,

and the venue was exquisite.

Here's a screen shot from the video with Rabia, below,

 from Alaska -- amazing "tarab" moment.

 

November 2015

 Barblefish Balkan Band Avalon Ballroom

Boulder Balkan Bash

November 2015

Busking with Ben Cohen's Klez Dispensers Denver

Ben is a savant musician --

plays keys, strings and some winds at an astonishing prowess.

He has been designing contraptions since the 1990's

and this is a prototype cajon seat

with foot percussion and accordion.  

2015

Sacred Soundscapes Ensemble Lakewood

This big band fell apart due to egos,

but we did make some great photos of our instruments.  

The last remnant of this did a Clarinoodle Productions

recording at FTM Studios with

Just Intonated Xylophone and Clarinet.  

Those recordings ended up getting picked up for

411 Audio Film library.  

2015

 Don Ambler Clarinet Choir, Boetcher Hall,

2013

Clarinoodle Conferences -- I've hosted over

eight of them over the last

decade.  I rehearse youth and adult clarinetists using traditional 

arrangements for clarinet choir, then also add world music numbers,

improvisation in modes, and bring in guest clinicians.  

I've had Dexter Payne, Rich Chairluce, Don Ambler, and others for guests.

I've used Metro State, above, and Denver School of the Arts, plus

The Denver Folklore Society and Evergreen Conference Center for venues.

I love teaching ensembles and this was a refreshing project for me.

2000-2010

 

Tito Malaga Big Band Denver

Tito is a force of nature -- he pulls together

the best front range men

that play music in the

Latin/Middle Eastern/Spanish vein.

 I'm always glad to play with him

2015

El Yesfi Samir with Sam Hyson and Lucia Thomas

Clarinoodle Productions again:

recording project of Samir's

compositions with

ethno-musicologists and

hellava great fiddlers from Chicago.  

Denver 2014

Elevation Belly Dance, Golden CO.

I'm excited to play for Tribal Belly Dancers --

they often have a

phobia about live music and I'm glad to

disabuse them of their opinion.

2014

Trio Equilibrio with Steve Mullins and Brett Bowen Denver

Two of the most talented and humble musicians.

 Dr. Mullins teaches at CU Boulder, and Brett plays in Sherefe Trio.

Another Clarinoodle Productions album at FTM studio

-- I learned a lot.  

Two of those tracks got picked up by 411 Music library.

Arvada  2014

Trio Equilibrio with Natalia Perez del Vilar Mercury Cafe,

I love Natalia - she is earthy and real.  

Denver 2014

Bosnian Flood Relief Fundraiser

with Planina and Petar Teodosijev

I have accompanied Plania Voices of Eastern Europe

and been in bands

with director Julie Lancaster for years.

This was hands down my favorite gig with them --

a gala fundraiser for a great cause.  

2014

Azra Sings band:

 with Ben Cohen and Petar Teodosijev

2014

Azra Sings

Azra is a crazy great Bosnian singer that can sing Sevda

to make a grown man weep.

 A treat to learn this material from one of the best --

Petar Teodosijev accompanied

the late Esma Redzepova, 

Macedonian Roma songstress and activist, 

for twenty years before immigrating to Denver.

Drom, New York, New York

2014

Rosetta Stone with Mark Brissenden and Tina Gugeler.

The best and most humble

Contra and Old Time musicians

around the Front Range.

 Tina is an amazing award winning

American dulcimer player.

A dear friend of mine, Paul Mimlitch,

made a great high def video demo for us

you can see on my youtube site.  .

 Thanks Paul!

Denver 2012

Circus Luminous, Santa Fe NM

I had always dreamed of playing for circus arts

and got my chance

at the Linsic Theater -- I learned a lot!

Incredible experience being part of the 

super intimate scene that is circus.

2008

Veelah Balkan Band, Boulder Colorado

One of my all time favorite bands in terms

of hotness and ability to be really really tight.  

We played Swallow Hill, Taste of Colorado,

Colorado University, BIFD events,

and many other venues.

 I was eight months pregnant when

we recorded our Village Squared CD. 

Sadly, our original tuba player, Jon Erikson,

died of cancer suddenly.  

This picture has our second tubist,

beloved Brian Mullins.

 Dexter Payne is on Baritone Saxophone,

Jesse Manno percussion,

and Dave Willey on accordion.  

Dave hates this picture of himself.

Clarinoodle Productions paid all musicians every gig and also

paid for the recording and mastering of the album.

 We were slated for a US tour through

after our Velah Village Squared album release:

Traditional Crossroads label sponsorship,

but I had complications with my second kid's birth.  

I feel this band is the one that got away.   

2005

 

Jurjuna with Meagan Chandler,

Kylie Faint and Donovan Warnick at

Boulder Early Music Colorado

We did a great show of Sephardic Early Music --

costumes were a highlight and got us a lot of attention.

Band folded when Kylie married and moved to North Carolina.  

Old SCA pals, all.  

2013 

Congregation Beth Evergreen Klez Big Band Leader

So somehow I was the one who knew and could lead

all the old Klez tunes for

this amazing band --

Cheri Rubin and David Froman, keys and trumpet--

went on to create Blind Tiger Jazz after this.  

I remember the hora line leaving the sanctuary

and dancing around the building

before coming back in the front door & we'd still be cooking...

 2012

Sherefe Big Band Boulder Colorado

Boulder people are really creative and this was a

band of the cream of the crop.

Clarinoodle Productions organized the concert

that got edited into our

Opium album.  

2000