This music connects us to our ancestors and history and each other, no matter where we come from. I sing as a way to remember and honor past generations and to draw on the strength and beauty of their song and stories as we travel forward.

I am drawn to the melody, rhythm and quirky words--the old sounds--as much or sometimes even more than the story behind the song. And most of all it's the indescribable, soulful feeling behind the ballads that captivates me. It doesn't much matter whether a song is happy or sad, it's the singing that fills me up, and I wish that for anybody in earshot.

I teach these songs to empower other singers through their vocal and.or instrumental expression. I support singers in their journey with traditional music and their own voices/instruments, so they can continue to deepen their enjoyment and understanding of the music--hopefully crafting a lifelong practice.

My Work centers on:

  • Sharing and passing on old songs, especially to younger generations
  • Creating & presenting music programs for a variety of audiences
  • Writing new music
  • Collaborating and working across cultures

My intention is that my music will:

  • Honor tradition bearers
  • Elicit feeling 
  • Empower other singers
  • Contribute to a sustainable and compassionate culture