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Music Lovers

Music is vital to our individual and collective well-being. Here at OWL we want our local musicians to have a voice and to guide our community to music that will empower and change us, uplift us and soothe us. Read on to learn about local musicians with whom we have collaborated on this project.

Rock on!

 

 Brian Hovey - Featured Musician in August 2022

Brian's involvement in music is diverse. He helped start radio 104 and was on air on WCCC and WHCN, offered catering to the music industry, owned a music store, and toured with Green Day, The Smashing Pumpkins, and The Neville Brothers.

     

 

 

 Sari Max - Featured Musician in June 2022

Sari Max received a strong foundation in the arts and cultures of our country and others at the Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin in Greenwich Village. Her professional career began when she was 12. Now almost 70, she is still working at her avocation and vocation, which she describes as being one and the same. She has run multimedia workshops, taught group and individual lessons, and performed at schools, libraries, parks, corporations, and many other institutions of note as well as celebrity private events. She's still teaching students of all ages and backgrounds. Her students have ranged in age from four to eighty-three.

Sari lives the belief that music is for everyone, whether they think they have talent or not. She makes music and art part of her daily life and sees the joy they bring others when they do so as well.

E-mail her anytime for more information: sarimaxfiss29[at]gmail.com

Check out her CD of eclectic music below (available at OWL).

     

 

 

 Peter McEachern - Featured Musician in May 2022

Peter McEachern has toured and recorded three CDs with Blues legend Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, has worked and recorded with minimalist composer Lamonte Young, and is featured on "Insomnia" with the Thomas Chapin Trio on "Knitting Factory Works". 

He has collaborated with bassist Mario Pavone. The two have performed and recorded together more than 40 years. McEachern’s recent releases include “Bone-Code” with Pavone and drummer Michael Sarin on the Clean Feed label (2018) and, "New Chordtet" with Dave Santoro, Mike DiRubbo, Jimin Park, and Tom Melito on Truth Revolution Records in 2019. His newest CD "Code 2" was released on Steeplechase Records August 15th 2021 and features Noah Preminger on Saxophone along with Sarin and Pavone. "Code 2" received 4.5 stars in the December 2021 issue of Downbeat and was also was picked as one of the best CDs of 2021 by Downbeat. 

Peter has been a teaching artist at the Litchfield Jazz Camp for more than 20 years. 

He was recently awarded a grant for an ambient sound installation at 5 Points Center For The Visual Arts, with the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the federal ARPA.

Visit his website for more information about his music at https://www.petermceachern.com/

     

 

 

 Thomasina Levy - Featured Musician in April 2022

Litchfield resident, Thomasina Levy, was CT State Troubadour in 2005 & 2006 and is a poet and award winning, internationally recognized dulcimer player, singer, and song writer whose performances weave together the best of traditional and contemporary folk music. She is a Teaching Artist Mentor who helps fellow artists, educators, schools and museums incorporate the arts into their programs. Her music has been aired in over twenty countries across the globe. Described as a charismatic performer, she touches audiences with a simplicity, humanity, and strength drawn from the deep roots of the folk tradition. She co-wrote a song with Joan Spear titled, "Out of Many We Are One", which received the NAMA Award for Best Song/Single of the Year in 2011.  Parallel Universe is her latest album which was co-produced with Grammy winning cellist David Darling and is Hearts of Space Records label. This instrumental album received a Silver Medal from the Global Music Awards in December 2018, as well as the 2019 NAMA Award for Best Song of the Year. Her 2020 single,"Thunder, We are Lightning", (https://youtu.be/5MqTPU36XG4) is a song/video that is a call to action to address the climate crisis looming over us all. Visit her website for more information about her music at www.thomasinalevy.com. She also has a YouTube channel: Thomasina Levy Music. 

     

 

 

 Ian Campbell - Featured Musician in March 2022

Local musician Ian Campbell was an endorsed clinician for Ovation guitar, director and teacher for the National Guitar Workshop, and is a full time, traveling singer/songwriter. He currently is the co-owner of the Black Bear Music Festival. He grew up in Connecticut with seventeen entertaining and musical brothers and sisters. Outrageous family dinner time jam sessions, with instruments like "salt shaker" and "nose" gave Ian a love for music and performance.

After spending five years in the military, Ian drove around the country, adjusting back to civilian life. It was in these travels that Ian cracked open and found the songwriter within.  

According to Ian, he wears his heart on his sleeve, and walks the line between spirituality and humanity. His music explores the deeper places that make you laugh, cry, hurt, and heal. Ian says his songwriting is, "always... always looking for the light."

     

 

 

 The Western Lands Trio - Featured Musicians in February 2022

Mike Delay, John Fulkerson, and Jerry Geci aka THE WESTERN LANDS TRIO enjoy playing folk music and specialize in harmony! Mike Delay has studied the history of string music and has focused on learning to play the mandolin, the ukulele and the string banjo. John Fulkerson is currently Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Yale. During the winter months when Jerry isn't practicing music - or golf -, he teaches at Gables, an assisted living facility in Farmington.
     

 

 

 Nat Worden - Featured Musician in January 2022

Nat Worden is a Litchfield resident, a father of two kids in the Litchfield school system, a local insurance broker with Ericson Insurance Advisors, and a musician that has regularly performed throughout Litchfield County and beyond for many years. Best known for his role in the acoustic quartet Switch Factory, Nat plays guitar, piano and harmonica and sings. He has performed at venues like Infinity Hall in both Norfolk and Hartford, the Warner Theatre, Garcia’s at the Capitol Theatre and the Rockwood Music Hall in New York City.