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Windham Hill Winter Solstice Celebration featuring Liz Story, Barbara Higbie, Lisa Lynne, Aryeh Frankfurter & George Tortelli
December 19, 2012
Wednesday, December 19
The Windham Hill recording label is synonymous with the best of today's new age, jazz, and pop instrumentals. An annual holiday tradition brings some of the labels most celebrated artists to perform a Seasonal concert of solos, duets and full group performances. Three time Grammy nominee Liz Story, multi-instrumentalist, singer and Grammy nominee Barbara Higbie, and highly original Billboard charting Celtic Harpist Lisa Lynne promise an exquisite sonic experience. They will be joined onstage by multi-instrumentalists George Tortorelli and Aryeh Frankfurter.
"Liz Story and Lisa Lynne are phenomenal musicians," says Barbara Higbie. "This is our first Bay Area concert together after touring Performing Arts Centers all over the country. It's a show made for people who want to celebrate the season in their own unique way. I love playing with these women. If you've never heard Liz Story play the piano or Lisa Lynne play the harp live in concert, you need to come to this show. After playing more than 25 shows in the finest concert halls in the country, this is our Bay Area Premiere."
A native of California, Liz Story began her musical training as a young child, mastering Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 11 by the age of 11. When her family moved to Germany during her teens, Liz added languages, philosophy, and poetry to her studies. On her return to the United States, Liz continued her piano studies at the Juilliard School of Music and enrolled at Hunter College. But after hearing the jazz pianist Bill Evans one night at the Bottom Line in New York City, Liz decided to learn jazz piano and became a student of Sanford Gold, whom Evans recommended. Later, after moving back to Southern California, Liz Story studied at the Dick Grove Music Workshops in Studio City. During her studies, Liz took a job playing piano in a restaurant and was thrust suddenly into improvisations when the piano had no musical strand. Over several months these improvisations developed into compositions. When Windham Hill's Will Ackerman heard a tape of these, he signed her to record her debut album, Solid Colors.
Grammy-nominated Barbara Higbie combines elements of jazz, folk, classical, African, Brazilian and Celtic music to create unique compositions that are lyrical, rhythmically playful and harmonically inventive. Barbara is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and championship fiddle player as well as a pianist and composer. Barbara is known for her work as co-founder of the acoustic super-group Montreux. Higbie is a high priestess of collaboration. Barbara Higbie has played with musicians as different as Bonnie Raitt, Kronos Quartet, Milton Nascimento and Spyro Gyra, and has performed on more than 65 albums. Perhaps Higbie's greatest gift is not just her knowledge about musical genres, but her view that live performance "is really a devotional form. Live music can heal you physically, mentally and spiritually."
Lisa Lynne is a multi-instrumentalist and performer who came later to the Windham Hill Record label, but had already gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring her Celtic Harp. Lisa is a multi-instrumentalist that specializes in traditional acoustic folk instruments with a modern approach. All of Lisa's recent CD releases have placed in the top 20 of the Billboard music charts (Hopes & Dreams reaching #6) as well as holding top spots in the Celtic, New Age and world music radio airplay charts.
This ensemble has toured nationally for the past 10 years for the series that sold over eight million copies. Warmth, humor and stunningly pristine performances abound. They love playing together and the season is the focus.