Sounds Like: Claudia Schmidt, Jean Ritchie
Bio: Deborah “DJ” Hamouris is a performer, teacher, recording artist, choral director, community organizer and producer of musical events. In any given week, she performs a house concert with The DulciMates and solo at a local senior residence or two; teaches dulcimer at the Freight & Salvage Coffeeho... See Full BioMore Info
Mountain Dulcimer is one of the easiest & most fulfilling instruments to play. Once it's tuned you can hardly make a mistake. And though it's beautiful with "high piney" tunes from the Appalachian Mountains, it also lends itself to more contemporary music like The Beatles & Leonard Cohen. ~ In these 4 classes you learn a couple of tunes each meeting, how to follow dulcimer tablature, some chords and strums to help you out with your musical pursuits. Once you've done that, you can join in on jams & ensemble classes Deborah offers. ~ Some loaner instruments available for a small deposit. Currently DJ has 2 good used instruments for sale at reasonable rates. ~ Teacher, Deborah Hamouris, has played mountain dulcimer since 1979 and taught it for over a decade. She has a BA in Music and gets excited about teaching music both privately & in classes. Deborah currently directs two singing groups and plays in a folk duo, The DulciMates, with husband Buffalo. In 2013 she created the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering, which enters it's third year in 2015
Sacred Sound: The Unconditional Love Qwire ~ The U♥ Qwire invites you to participate in an hour of song, chant and meditation on the themes of love and spiritual encouragement. Dancing & clapping is welcome! The U♥ Qwire formed in September 2013 under the direction of Deborah Hamouris. We teach each other songs, creating harmony between us and reaching outward to those in need of beauty & love. Suggested donation: $5-$10 (all proceeds go to artists) No one turned away for lack of funds. For more information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/245921408948198/
The DulciMates at the Burlington Hotel ~ Deborah "DJ" Hamouris & Buffalo bring mountain dulcimer & vocal duets to a casual evening of music at the historic Burlington Hotel. 2 sets of traditional & contemporary folk music with a broad definition of "folk"! A cozy room for listening, the Burlington will have a no-host wine bar for guests.
The DulciMates, Deborah "DJ" Hamouris and Buffalo (John Brownson), play traditional and traditionally-inspired music, including songs from their recordings (“Welcome to Annwfn” with Rick Hamouris; “The Chorus of Life” with Gaia’s Voice, and Moonrise: “Songs of Love, Magic and Other Mysteries” with Robin Dolan). They aim to create “dulcimers without borders”, stretching the limits of traditional mountain dulcimer playing. ~ The DulciMates recorded "The Green Man" in 2012, just after Deborah finished "Snapshots", a solo CD with jazz guitarist Mimi Fox. She directs Women & Song and teaches mountain dulcimer at the Freight & Salvage, while Buffalo has a private psychotherapy practice.
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