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Autumn Embers brings overtone singing and poetry together for afternoon concert
Harmonic Introductions and Heart-Centered Maria present a concert inspired by the transition from autumn to winter.
Harmonic Introductions, an overtone singing ensemble led by Robb Saffell & J.I. Canizares based in Rockville, MD, will offer meditative improvisations accompanied with singing bowls. District poets Maria de los Angeles and Reuben Jackson will recite original verses as well as poems by Carl Sandberg and Mary Oliver, among others.
"An overtone singer resonates two different notes simultaneously, it can be seen as a path to cultivate and practice self-harmony,"
De los Angeles is also thrilled. "We invite the audience to be part of a container of flowing, exquisite sound and to feel the soothing energy of the sanctuary's natural light," she says. "All of it a welcome interlude in the otherwise hectic season. I'm excited to recite along with the singers, and to include Reuben's beautiful poetry."
The concert is part of the Music with the Angels series, which honors the seven stained-glass Angels of Revelation surrounding the church altar of the Swedenborgian church in the 16th Street Historic District, designed by H. Langford Warren in the English Gothic revival style. The structure opened its doors in 1896 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Autumn Embers begins at 4 P.M. November 16, 2019, followed by a reception with the artists. A $12 donation is kindly requested at the door or at tinyurl.com/
About the Artists
Robb Saffell is a professional musician with hands in many baskets. His work as a coffee roaster and espresso caterer keeps him fueled for his endeavors as a tenor/overtone singer, composer/arranger, director, teacher, multi-instrumentalist, and pipe organ technician. https://www.overtone.cc/
Maria de los Angeles is a writer and teacher of heart-centered living, and a dancer devoted to the Duncan tradition. Her poetry has appeared in The Caribbean Writer, Hampden-Sydney Review, among others. http://www.heartcenteredmaria.com
Reuben Jackson is a lifelong music and word chaser. Their beauty and possibility never fail to sustain and inspire him. He recently debuted a second book of verse, Scattered Clouds, through Allan Squires Publishing.
Maria de los Angeles