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Songwriting Works Community Song Celebration Concert
The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center will present a concert that celebrates the art of songwriting, which is alive and well on the north Olympic Peninsula. On Friday, November 5 at 7 pm Songwriting Works, a Port Townsend collective of talented performers, will present an evening of community-composed songs written in Clallam and Jefferson counties.
The members of Songwriting Works include Daniel Deardorff (vocals, harmonica, percussion) and Judith-Kate Friedman (vocals, guitar), contemporary troubadours who have mesmerized PAFAC audiences with a blend of storytelling and music they call Performative Mythology. Deardorff is a student of and frequent collaborator with Robert Bly, the seminal figure in the Mythopoetics Men’s Movement, who has drawn on the physical adversity of a life-long affliction with polio to create powerful narratives in song and storytelling.
Deardorff and Friedman will be joined by Matt Sircely (vocals, mandolin), Keeth Monta Apgar (vocals, guitar), and special guests, who will share the stage performing both solo and in ensemble to bring stories and songs from projects in Sequim, Port Angeles, Chimacum, Port Townsend and Quilcene.
The concert celebrates the culmination of an 18-month project -- “Healthy Living Through Music on the North Olympic Peninsula” – made possible by the Washington Health Foundation’s Rural Health Initiative.
First sponsored in Clallam County in 2009 by the National Endowment for the Arts, Songwriting Works is an internationally recognized tour-de-force community outreach project that gives voice to a wide spectrum of ages and abilities from youth-at-risk to elders living with dementia to family caregivers and advocates of healthy living through the arts.
Among these are accomplished musicians, who may have never before written a song. Through a facilitated workshop process conducted by professional songwriters, which is often described as musical mural painting participants’ creativity, sounds, rhythm, stories, humor, melodies, harmonies, rhymes, improvisations and imaginations come together in unique and memorable original songs.
Song styles range from country and folk to jazz, rock and even a choral cantata. Topics include tuna fishing adventures, cooking a roast, raising family, sailing, WWII homecoming and pondering life’s mysteries.
The concert will take place against the backdrop of the Center’s 25th Anniversary exhibition with works from many of the Northwest masters who have exhibited at the Center over the past quarter century. PAFAC is located at 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd, near the Jones Street water dome.
Tickets are offered on a self-determined sliding scale from $12-$25 general, $10 for PAFAC Friends members, elders, fixed income. The group’s policy is “ no one turned away, pay more if you can, less if you can't").