Other Events 2014

Honorary Board

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Susan Osborn

“I would be happy to lend my name to your board, and look forward to hearing about what develops. A beautiful idea!” ~
And you are very welcome to use my song “Chain of Life” as the Theme Song for the 2014 events. It is available through CD Baby
~ Blessings, Susan O

David Darling

“I wish all the best health and success in the world to you and I certainly hope that your ambitions can find a way to succeed. The most recent one that you have spent so much energy on and have such dreams about accomplishing is certainly noble and important. I am happy to lend my name to the project as some one who approves of what you are doing. You are a wonderful person and one of the long time supporters of MFP and my work as well. I want to make sure you understand how much I appreciate all that you have done in your work dedicated toward MFP and my work. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.” ~ David


Susan Osborn:

For over 30 years, singer and songwriter Susan Osborn has held the high ground of vocal artistry. Her startlingly remarkable voice — powerful and rich with emotional expression — came to world prominence when she was lead singer of the Paul Winter Consort between 1978 and 1985, shining on such albums as “Common Ground”, “Missa Gaia.” and “Concert For the Earth”.
Osborn’s voice has such power and soulful presence that she’s performed at the United Nations, the Berlin Wall, the Nagano Winter Olympics, the Global Forum in Kyoto and the Hague, and numerous memorial and peace ceremonies at Hiroshima and Post-9/11 New York.
For the past two decades, Osborn and her husband, artist/writer David Densmore, have lived on Orcas Island, WA. Here, the serenity and silence of nature colored the creation of numerous original songs, while the synergy of the island’s vital artistic community inspired Osborn to refine her voice to even greater heights.
Osborn has performed all over the US and Europe, but 1991 saw the beginning of a long association with Japan, where her voice has been heard on Toyota commercials and film soundtracks, on a two hour HDTV Special on her life for Asahi Television, at the Winter Olympics, in a stage musical Tanuki Goten directed by Amon Miamoto, and New Year’s Eve concerts with both Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops, and John Mauceri’s Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
Releasing 8 CDs on Japan’s prestigious Pony Canyon label, Osborn’s recordings express themes ranging from Japanese folk melodies with English lyrics to Disney movie theme classics. “Still Life” and “Tideline,” both feature Western classical melodies with English lyrics written by Susan and her husband poet David Densmore. Susan’s most recent recording, Only One…Love Songs for Two, is with Japanese pianist Kentaro Kihara, and features classic love songs from the 60’s on.(See Music page for more information about these and other recordings)
Stylistically, Osborn’s approach spans original songs (pianist Paul Halley and songwriter Bill Lauf are favorite collaborators) to classical favorites to the freewheeling scat she records with jazz guitarist Ralf Illenberger. She brings refreshing inspiration to pop and jazz standards — recently working with Seattle jazz legend Overton Berry and exceptional piano solo artist Kentaro Kihara– and her annual candlelit Victorian Valley Chapel Christmas concert series is an established 18 year Orcas Island tradition.
The mosaic of artists who have inspired her life includes Brazilian percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, folk legend Odetta, singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams, Miles Davis keyboardist Robert Irving, Broadway star Betty Buckley, New York Pops maestro Skitch Henderson, the guitar/vocal duo Tuck & Patti, pianist/composer Paul Halley, Native American flutist Gary Stroutsos, oboeist Nancy Rumbel, African master drummer Baba Olatunji( and a menagerie of wild animal voices with the Paul Winter Consort, Brazilian maestro Oscar Castro -Neves.
Though Osborn’s extraordinary voice is indeed unique, she openly shares her soulful approach through her Silence & Song seminars. For over 25 years, Susan has been exploring the power of the human voice in song with people all over the world. Silence and Song classes have been presented in 10 countries, and Susan has been on the teaching staff at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur California, the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland, the Omega Institute, in Rheinbeck NY, the New York Open Center in New York City, Suirin Retreat Center in Nagano, Japan, and the Whidbey Institute in Clinton Washington. “Singing is a gift intricately woven into the human design.” shares Osborn. “I am privileged to be there when people remember it.” ( Read more about Silence and Song under News and Classes)
Susan is now working on several recording projects simultaneously of world lullabies, one of favorite jazz standards, and a new recording of originals.
Much of her creative life is now involved in close-up photography of flowers inspired by the work of her old friend and mentor, Harold Feinstein. A DVD essay about an extraordinary cherry tree that blossomed for 6 months is coming soon.
Discography for Susan Osborn
  • 1978   Common Ground  Featured Vocalist The Paul Winter Consort   A and M Recordings
  • 1979   You Gotta Believe    Original Songs     Golden Throat Recordings
  • 1981   Missa Gaia; A Mass for the Earth      Featured Vocalist Paul Winter Consort    Living Music Recordings
  • 1983  A Concert For the Earth; Live at the UN     Featured Vocalist Paul Winter Consort      Living Music Recordings
  • 1983  Signature    Features Sound Over All Waters by Paul Halley,    and John Lennon’s Imagine     Golden Throat Recordings
  • 1986  Susan     (Out of Print)     Living Music Recordings
  • 1991  Journey Live with pianist Phil Markowitz     in the Cathedral St. John the Divine   Golden Throat Recordings
  • 1991  WABI; the Soul of Japan    Winner of Recordo Taisho in Japan   ( Not available in US)    NEC Recordings Japan
  • 1992  Entrance with Guitarist Ralf Illenberger    Improvisations     Golden Throat Recordings
  • 1993  Guest solo on Ralf Illenberger’s SOLEIL
  • 1993  SABI: the Western Heart      ( Not available in US)     Sony Japan
  • 1995  All Through the Night with keyboardist Brian BecVar    A Christmas Lullaby     Golden Throat Recordings
  • 1996  The Pearl    Traditional Japanese Songs in English    Pony Canyon International Japan and    Golden Throat Recordings
  • 1998 Susan Osborn Sings Disney   ( Not available in US)   Pony Canyon International and Disney Japan
  • 2000  ReUnion   All original songs with Bill Lauf, Ralf Illenberger  and Jim Bredouw      Golden Throat Recordings
  • 2001   Still Life    Classical melodies with new lyrics by Susan, and husband writer David Densmore  Pony Canyon International and Golden Throat
  • 2002   Tideline  Volume II of favorite classical melodies   Pony Canyon International and Golden Throat Recordings
  • 2004  A Thousand Winds   The Best of Susan Osborn…in Japan   ( Not available in US)    Pony Canyon International
  • 2006  Only One…Love Songs for Two    with Pianist Kentaro Kihara   Features classic love songs from the 60’s Pony Canyon and Golden Throat Recordings
Susan Osborn Songhouse Inc
PO Box 35   Orcas  WA 98280
Ph: 360 376 5180

David Darling:

“Maverick cellist” is the phrase most often assigned to Grammy Nominated Artist, David Darling, but it hardly captures the richness, diversity, breadth and sense of humor of a man who literally redefines the way the cello is played and the way music is taught. His prolific collection of recordings and innovative performance style represent an eclectic variety of musical genres. His playful and unconventional teaching methods have helped open the world of music and improvisation to thousands of individuals.

Darling was born on March 3, 1941 in Elkhart, Indiana where he began piano lessons at the age of 5 and the study of classical cello at age 10. His passion for music developed throughout his school years. In high school, he was principal cellist in the orchestra, played tuba in the concert band, sang with the madrigal singers and acapella choir, and played baritone sax in the pep band. He also led his own jazz ensemble in which he played double bass and alto saxophone.

David Darling attended Indiana State University earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education. During his college years he founded a jazz ensemble in which he played piano, saxophone and bass. He studied cello with internationally recognized artists/teachers: Lorne Monroe, Gilbert Reese, Fritaz Magg and Janos Starker, and pursued studies in music composition. He was a scholarship student with the Pierre Monteux conducting school and studied jazz performance at Berklee School of Music in Boston. Early awards include First Place in the Indianapolis Indiana Music Matinee’ Solo Artist Competition, and a Scholarship to the American Federation of Musicians Strings Seminar. During these formative years he also pursued athletic interests in many sports with a concentration in competitive tennis winning numerous state High School and College competitions. Darling considers athletics and music to be kindred disciplines.

In 1966, David Darling began his professional career in Evansville, Indiana as an elementary and secondary school orchestra and band conductor. In 1969 he became faculty cellist, community college orchestra conductor, and music education teacher at Western Kentucky University.

In the summer of 1970 Darling joined the Grammy Award winning Paul Winter Consort making his home in Nashville, TN. There he served as assistant principal cellist with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and worked as a studio session player in the Nashville recording scene with the main focus of his career being the Consort, an extraordinarily progressive band for its time. The Consort sound was a rich blend of jazz, classical and world music incorporating, at times, the voices and sounds of nature. As a soloist, composer, and vocalist with the Consort, Darling was exposed at length to ensemble and solo improvisation. He retired from the Paul Winter Consort in 1987 to begin the exploration of a solo performance, teaching and recording career.

Throughout the years David Darling has collaborated with a wide variety of international artists including; Musicians: Paul Winter, Ralph Towner, Glenn Moore, Collin Walcott, Paul McCandless, Jan Garbarek, Arild Andersen, Paul Horn, Steve Kuhn, Terje Rypdal, Jan Christensen, Ketil Bjornstad, Pierre Favre, Steve Swallow, John Clark, Dave Samuels, Ratzo Harris, Dino Saluzzi, Oscar Castro Neves, Glenn Velez, Bobby McFerrin, Spyro Gyra, Allaudin Mathieu, Peter Kater & R. Carlos Nakai, Patrick Leonard, Joseph Firecrow, Arlo Guthrie, Michael Jones, Radhika Miller, John Marshall, Baba Olatunje, Glasharfe, Western Wind Ensemble, Cathy Morris, Thomasina, Lui Collins, Al Jewer, Andy Mitran, Janet Marlow, Bill Lauf; Writers: Coleman Barks, Joseph Campbell, Don Campbell, Barry Green, Phil Cousineau, Barry Lopez, Terry Tempest Williams; Choreographers, Dancers and Dance Companies: Zuleikha, Alvin Nickolais & Murray Louis of Nickolais Louis Dance Theatre, Jonathan Walken of Pilobolus, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, The Hong Kong Ballet, Tai Chi Master Chungliang Al Huang, Yoga instructor Tony Sanchez, Canadian photographer & installation artist Gregory Colbert and numerous others. His music has been enthusiastically embraced by instructors and practitioners of health related arts such as massage, yoga, and relaxation therapies.

Darling’s collaboration with long time friend, producer, sound engineer, and founder of Wind Over The Earth Records, Mickey Houlihan produced the 1981 release “River Notes” with Barry Lopez and the 2002 release “Refuge” with Terry Tempest Williams. The ever-popular, “Eight String Religion,” (originally released in 1993 by Hearts of Space) was recently re-issued by Wind Over The Earth in 2001. ” Eight String Religion” is one of Darling’s most popular titles. Houlihan and Darling also produced “The Tao of Cello” in 1989, newly re-released in 2003 by Valley Entertainment. This new CD includes calligraphy and Taoist thoughts by longtime colleague Chungliang Al Huang, photographs by Beth Kingsley Hawkins, and extensive commentary by Darling. Also in the late 1980’s Houlihan and Darling produced “Amber” with pianist Michael Jones, released on the Narada label.

David Darling established his cherished relationship with ECM Records and Manfred Eicher in 1979 with his appearance on Ralph Towner’s ,”Old Friends, New Friends,”featuring Towner, Kenny Wheeler, Eddie Gomez, Darling, and Michael DiPasqua. In 1981, his first solo release for ECM, “Journal October,” was met with critical acclaim. Additional solo recordings include: “Cello” in 1991 and “Darkwood”in 1993. Pulse Magazine placed “Cello” on their list of the 10 Best Contemporary Instrumental Albums of 1992.
Duo recordings for ECM include: “Eos” in 1984 with guitarist/composer Terje Rypdal, and also “The River” in 1996 and “Epigraphs” in 1998 with pianist/composer/author Ketil Bjornstad. Ensemble recordings include: “Cycles” a 1981 release featuring (the late,great) Collin Walcott, Jan Garbarek, Arild Andersen, and Steve Kuhn; “Windowsteps” in 1995 with Pierre Favre, Kenny Wheeler, and Steve Swallow; Sidsel Endresen’s 1994 release, “Exile” with Django Bates, Nils Petter Molvær, Jon Christensen Norwegian Grammy Award winning,”Skywards” in 1986 with Palle Mikkelborg,Terje Tønnesen, Christian Eggen, Paolo Vinaccia, and Jon Christensen. Darling has also collaborated with ECM artist Dino Saluzzi.

ECM’s “The Sea Group,” a quartet with Darling and three of the label’s most distinguished artists; composer & guitarist, Terje Rypdal; drummer, Jan Christensen; and pianist/composer/author, Ketil Bjornstad has released two CD’s: “The Sea I” in 1994 and “The Sea II” in 1996. A tour of China is planned for “The Sea Group” in the fall of 2004. Darling continues to be inspired by the creative genius, artistic expression, and diverse talent associated with the ECM label. He is currently working on his fourth, soon to be released, solo CD.

Darling’s music has long been recognized and sought after by producers and directors in the film industry which includes ongoing collaboration with European filmakers Jean-Luc Godard and Wim Wenders. Films with Godard include: “Nouvelle Vague” (1996), “Forever Mozart” (2000), “Mostly Martha” (2003) and “e’loge de l’amour” (2003) presented at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. His films with Wenders include: “Until the End of the World” (1991) featuring Darling as solo improvisor and”Faraway, So Close!” (1993). Recently, Wenders and Darling collaborated on the production of a major television commercial celebrating the 50th anniversary of Italy’s Barilla Co.

US major motion picture credits include: “Heat” directed by Michael Mann, starring Al Pacino and Robert deNiro (1997),”187″ (1997), “Going Under” (2003), “Insider” (1987) and “Equinox” (1970). Short Films and Documentaries include: “The Magnificent Obsession of Everett Ruess,” “Mirror On The Moon,” “The Roar of the Heart” with Coleman Barks, “Canyonlands,” “Some Songs To The Stars- a film based on the poetry of Ian L. McHarg,” “Living Their Art,” and “EcoDesign – a tribute to Buckminster Fuller.”

Darling’s self produced CD, “Cello Blue,” issued by Hearts of Space and Valley Entertainment in 2001, earned rave reviews, a 2002 Grammy Nomination and also the AFIM Indie Award from the Association for Independent Music.

In 1986 David Darling co-founded “Music for People,” an internationally recognized non-profit educational network dedicated to teaching and fostering music improvisation as a means of creative self expression. Music for People’s training and certification program, now in its 18th year, continues to flourish in the United States and has recently expanded to offer seminars and workshops at the Center for Well Being and Creativity in Kiental, Switzerland. Mr. Darling has traveled extensively for over 40 years enthusiastically encouraging all humans to explore their musical talents and creative abilities. He has inspired and encouraged thousands at numerous wholistic facilities and retreat centers such as: Esalen, NY Open Center, Hollyhock, and Omega Institute.
Since 1986 Mr. Darling has worked for Young Audiences, Inc. a National “Medal of the Arts” award-winning organization, dedicated to enriching childrens’ lives by providing in-school programs in the form of workshops, artist residencies, and guest performances. In 1995 he received the “Artist of the Year Award” by the Board of Directors of Young Audiences Inc, given “in recognition of his hard work, innovation and creativity in the service of arts-in-education.” In 2001 David received the “Arts Advocate of the Year Award” presented by the Connecticut Music Educators Association for “His excellent work in music education and improvisation.” He has contributed to a variety of recordings for young listeners and to the book “Open Ears; Musical Adventures for a New Generation,” a compilation of writings for children by diverse musicians such as: Paul McCartney, Peter Seeger, and Mickey Hart.
For over 30 years David Darling has performed at major festivals and in concert venues such as: Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Grace Cathedral, Queen Victoria Hall, The Kennedy Center, Festival de Musica Visual de Lanzarote and Jazz Festivals in: Montreal, Berlin, Frankfort, and international New Music Festivals.

In the past two years Darling has been arranging and composing material for the soon to be released, “Mudanin Kata” (The Way Home), recorded in the mountains of Taiwan with members of the Wulu Bunun Tribe. The recording combines traditional tribal voices, the sounds of nature, and Darling’s delicate cello accompaniment. The CD packet includes a DVD which documents the journey and collaboration immersed in this remotely beautiful culture and country. David Darling and members of the Wulu Bunun Tribe will be touring Great Britian in the Spring of 2004.
In 2004 David Darling and Mickey Houlihan will release a companion CD in the likeness of “Eight String Religion;” Darling will be consultant/composer for noted photographer Gregory Colbert’s project “Ashes and Snow” which includes installations in Paris and New York. Darling’s original compositions were an integral part of Colbert’s 2002 installation in Venice, Italy; A newly commissioned piece for Merkin Concert Hall’s, “Thursday Night Series” will feature well-known baritone, Thomas Buckner. This original composition includes lyrics and music by Darling with text inspired by his love of Lao Tsu’s, Tao de Ching. The performance in NY will feature: string quartet, piano, percussion, solo voice and cello. In addition to these projects, Darling is currently working on his latest solo release for ECM Records.
David Darling resides in Goshen, CT creating music in his home studio, Camp David Recording Studios. He happily enjoys being near his two daughters, Jessica Darling and Bonnie Shea, and his grandaughter Erin Latham Shea.

David Darling Productions
P. O. Box 397, 187 Sherbrook Drive
Goshen, CT 06756 USA
Ph: 860-491-0215
Fax: 860-491-4513
Email: davidcello@mac.com
Website: www.DavidDarling.com

 

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