Progress Report and Invitation ūüėÄ

Dear Friends,

Seraphina (my flute) and I have been noticeably quieter this last year and a half as I continue to recover from my little accident. (I fell off my mother’s bed while clipping her toenails and went backwards into a chest of drawers! strange but true!) Although I’m not back to performing yet, I have been enjoying writing at the piano, very much. Bill asked me to collaborate with him on a piece for the jazz festival. It’s called “Lagoon,” and I’d love to share this new piece with you. I’ll be there in the back row probably, with my ear plugs and shades…but feeling very happy! Eventually we’ll get back to the Naturals recording we were working on. Can’t say exactly when. I certainly am learning a lot about the brain though, neuroplasticity and all that. Brains are cool ūüôā

Hope to see you on next Sunday, June 25 at the Atrium at the Woodwards Building! Performance is at 5pm!

Be Well,
Holly

Art in the Garden, Dino DiNicolo and the Rare Gangetic Dolphin

I am so fortunate to live on Stanley Park in the spring when¬†the trees leaf they seem to rise up and surround my balcony like a canopy filled with bird song.¬†Zephyrs of wind move through the trees and I can sometimes hear the little children at the Pooh Corner Daycare playing capriciously and singing “Jingle Bells” at the top of their lungs!

What could be more inspiring than playing with Dino DiNicolo in a beautiful garden surrounded by trees, flowers, and art? Dino and I have done this tour for years, sometimes in the rain, which has its own special atmosphere, but we expect nothing but sunny skies. The flowers are getting ready for their great performance! Art in the Garden is a tour of 16 gardens in West Vancouver and North Vancouver with a very reasonable charge of one dollar for each garden, each one unique featuring a visual artist, a musical duo, and of course the beautiful plants and flowers that have been nurtured all year.

Dino and I are scheduled to perform:

Saturday May 28th, 1:00 p.m. Р3:00 p.m.
Garden #14: 2820 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

Sunday May 29th, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Garden #12: 5570 Woodpecker Place.

Come and smell the roses… and everything else!
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And let’s not forget..

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The rare, and uniquely beautiful, Ganges River Dolphin. (Just look at that smile!)

It’s Cherry Blossom Time!

You’re invited to a delightful intimate performance I am involved with. This will be the world premiere of¬†Haiku Mime, a whimsical physical¬†interpretation of haiku poetry submitted from around the world. Weaving text read by¬†yours truly around the expressive movements¬†of¬†Yayoi Hirano,¬†I simply love the quick interplay we are able to discover as we illuminate these modern haiku poems together. Please join us and be a part of the blossoming¬†of this novel¬†cultural¬†collaboration.

March 24th, 2016; 12:30pm-1:00pm at the courtyard above Burrard Skytrain Station.
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April 8-9 Sakura Festival

It’s All About Recording This Week

Yes. ¬†Maybe not the greatest pics of us – lol – but the new music is sounding great and so is the band. ¬†Had an awesome time at Shaw TV yesterday. ¬†Today, the Farm! The lower shot is me trying on outfits at my friend Marji Graham’s house. ¬†She so great!IMG_1138 IMG_1134

We gave birth to three new tunes last night!

…and I’m pretty sure you’re going to fall in love with them too…

If you can make it to the Jazz Evensong on Wednesday night, at Brentwood Presbyterian church 1600 Delta Ave.

in Burnaby, 8-9 pm. you’ll hear them live for the very first time! Come and be with us for this spine-tingling event!

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Art as Therapy

Kurt Vonnegut's advice about the arts.

Kurt Vonnegut’s advice about the arts.

The Peace Weaver project is gathering this Wednesday to film a Shaw television episode on “Music as Therapy.”

That should prove to be very interesting. Kurt Vonnegut had some wise words to share about “the Arts.” Good ol’ Kurt. I’ll be sure to post when the episode airs. There will be lots to talk about!

Hello World!

Hi, I just had to say hi ūüôā That’s it really. I like you, just wanted to give you a shout. But wait…there’s more…here are TWO MUST SEE SHOWS!! The Blue Frog click here. ”¬†TICKETS¬†”

The PeaceWeaver show is Friday night, will be epic: all info in poster. Feast your eyes, feast your ears…

JUNE 21 in Whiterock 7:30

JUNE 21 in Whiterock 7:30

June 12 PeaceWeaver

June 12 PeaceWeaver

Come to the Garden Come to the Sea!

Summer’s first sweet roses are here…with a scent that carries you far away,

or is it far within?

bite into your first shiny purple cherry, slip on a foxglove

watch blue back swifts dip and curve through the amber evening air

see tiny wood ducklings zoom at bugs darting in the air just over their heads

See all the firsts. All the miracles of Summer’s colourful pageant beginning…

What a time to be alive!

I offer you two great shows this Saturday. Come to the Garden, Come to the Sea!

Dino DiNicolo and I will be at 338 E.14th st. North Vancouver 2-4 pm. The whole band will be at the Silk Purse for 7:30 MUST SEE!!!

May 30 2-4 pm

May 30 2-4 pm

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Vancouver Horn Players Blow Away Fog

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The chilly Vancouver fog really is oppressive today
We quiet down like birds at night still stopped waiting
pondering which colour of tea would be most beneficial
green matcha, yellow camomile, red rose. we have all the colours.
you just can’t see them today.

How about this: I invite, entreat, any and all of the wind players in Vancouver to meet at Prospect Point to play today at 2 pm to play improvised communal tones together, to blow the fog away.

weather permitting

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Hugh Fraser, Stunt Driving and the Power of Flowers

What richness flows out of Hugh Fraser! While it’s true stunt driving and split second timing were involved in picking Hugh up and actually getting to Caf√© √áa Va, peace and majesty prevailed, once we were there.

I was thrilled to find an exquisite bouquet of flowers waiting for me, and a tender note, from Lois Keane Flowers…needless to say this inspired the music-making! Perhaps the highlight of the evening was playing Hugh’s heartbreakingly beautiful composition ‘Fairytales’. ¬†As well, Hugh graced me with a copy of his newest Hugh Fraser Quintet release “Concerto”. Beautiful! I’ll quote Hugh from his liner notes, as he thanks his band members Ross Taggart, Campbell Ryga, Dave Robbins and Ken Lister, “I cannot say enough about the artistry, virtuosity, and personal dedication Cam, Ross, Dave and Ken bring to the Quintet. ¬†They are all leaders, composers, performers and educators of the highest level, and have dropped everything to follow me to the most exotic and extreme opportunities I have created to share our collective joy of playing – from the first to last note of every performance, total dedication to the music and the peace and love it brings make any other challenges drop away.”

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Thanks Hugh, hugh-fraser2 Imagefor a quietly tremendous night.