These renowned women of Windham Hill present classic and original holiday music with uplifting, joyful and warm-hearted repartee, these Grammy nominees create a show that gives focus to dreams of positive change in the world.
The significance of Winter Solstice is recognized in indigenous traditions from around the world. The Women of Winter Solstice bring the best of acoustic music to joyfully mark a special moment in time.
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, she added languages, philosophy, and poetry to her studies. On her return to the United States, she continued her piano studies at the Juilliard School of Music and Hunter College. Later, after moving back to Southern California, she studied at the Dick Grove Music Workshops in Studio City. During her studies, she 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. Liz Story has been an artist of great stature through the years of Windham Hill into the present times. Her brilliant stories and humor on stage contrasted with her deep and profoundly beautiful work on the piano keep audiences enthralled until the very last note. www.LizStory.com
Grammy-nominated Barbara Higbie is another classic artist from the Windham Hill label who 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. She is known for her work as co-founder of the acoustic super-group Montreux. Higbie is a high priestess of collaboration. She 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." Her energy and humor onstage delights audiences from every walk of life. www.BarbaraHigbie.com
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. She 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.After more than a decade of full time touring, recording and performing Lisa has surpassed one million in sales of her recordings. Lisa has been a long time activist in implementing live music in hospital setting. She was recently chosen by LA Magazine as one of the Top 50 most inspiring women.
The Winter Solstice show often includes the talents of George Tortorelli & Aryeh Frankfurter, both gifted multi-instrumentalists.
George Tortorelli is a multi-instrumentalist and a master of world flutes. His music and concerts are so loved by listeners that he became known as "Medicine Wind" for the healing sound qualities of his timeless sound. When he's not soothing the soul, he's rocking out with talent rarely heard on his handmade bamboo instruments.
Aryeh Frankfurter has been delighting audiences around the globe with his passionate, enduring and evocative music. His multi-instrumentalist abilities and his numerous critically and commercially successful albums have earned him credit as a musician, recording and performance artist of extraordinary talents and abilities.