Romantic Timberline Elopement 2/15/22

First wedding of 2022, and what a great start to the year! I was honored to be asked to play for Marina and Tara’s romantic Timberline elopement ceremony. Such breathtaking scenery, and what a wonderful and kind couple. The ceremony was brief and very heartfelt. They requested “The Story” by Brandi Carlisle as their first dance, and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” to celebrate making it official. Congratulations Marina & Tara, best wishes for a wonderful life together!

2022: weddings are back!

2022, Year of the Wedding

Happy 2022! I’m looking forward to playing lots of weddings. With Covid still in the mix, you may be hesitant about having an indoor wedding. Luckily, the PNW has the most beautiful outdoor venues in the world, and I will hike to your destination 🙂

A big thank you to everyone who is supporting local artists and musicians; we couldn’t survive without you!

A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff

The Cello has brought me some pretty amazing opportunities. In July of 2019 I shared on the ‘gram that my cello and I were lucky enough to be asked to be in an independent film, called “A Kaddish For Bernie Maddof“. I had 2 roles: Cello playing aging wife and mother who lost her inheritance to Bernie Maddof, and a cello playing legal secretary. The common thread here is “cello playing”.

The film was written and produced by Alicia Jo Rabbins, directed by Alicia J. Rose, and is “A mystical meta-musical feature film about the greatest financial fraud in history.” IMHO, it’s awesomely unique, and thought provoking.

It was such a great experience to be a part of, and even more amazing to see the beautiful final product. The film won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature @ the Ashland Film Festival, and just finished screening at the Washington DC Jewish Film Festival. Keep an eye on the film’s Website (link above) for updates on the next screening, and keep your eyes open for me and my cello!

Lessons and Weddings during Covid-19

Last year in March, I took what I thought would be a 3 week break from teaching and playing weddings, as Covid-19 restrictions were put into effect. Little did we all know that Covid would become such a long and transformative part of our lives.

The world is making progress, and the vaccine is a huge step towards eventually getting back to school, lesssons, and gathering for celebrations, but we still have a long way to go before all of our most vulnerable people are safe.

I really miss playing and teaching, and want to get back to it. This summer, I will be booking outdoor weddings only, and small gatherings only, both for my safety and the safety of others. But an outdoor, intimate wedding is a wonderful thing, and Oregon is an amazing place to find gorgeous outdoor venues! I look forward to being able to play for yours.

I also want to resume cello lessons, and as soon as vaccinations happen and the governor opens up the option I will re-start my teaching practice. Online lessons are one choice, and this summer, outdoor lessons in my spacious back yard can happen. Contact me if you have questions about either of these options.

Most of all, stay safe, and stay optimistic! Hold on to the beautiful things in life: family, smiles, music, art, laughter. See you soon!

7/25/20 – Outdoor Wedding in Stevenson Washington

Outdoor weddings are perfect for social distance. This wedding at Cape Horn Estates was peaceful and beautiful; the view was spectacular. The wedding planner was Eventcracker, and were super friendly and great to work with.

Another unique element of this wedding; the bride was also a cellist! I love playing for people who love the cello. Congratulations Darlene and Derek!

7/11/20 – Backyard Socially Distanced Wedding, Music by a Cello Ninja

Covid-19 has certainly changed everything, and that is definitely the case with weddings. I have been spoiled by very full booked summers, but ‘Rona caused all but 2 weddings to cancel this year. Here I am in July, at my first socially distanced wedding!

The couple was lucky enough to have access to a very beautiful and large backyard for their ceremony. Everyone wore masks (except of course the bride and groom). I felt like a cello playing ninja!

12/7/19 – Wedding @ Oaks Pioneer Church

I know I have said this before, but I absolutely love the acoustics in the Oaks Pioneer Church.  There is something incredibly special and sacred about this intimate church.

Church-3308-1024x681 I was honored to play my first fully bi-lingual wedding, the entire ceremony was first spoken in Spanish, then in English.

The bride requested “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran for her processional, and “The Time of Your Life” by Green Day for the recessional.  It was the first Green Day request I’ve had, and I liked playing it so much I made it a permanent fixture on my playlist!

Corporate Party @ Multnomah Whiskey Library

I was invited to play at the Multnomah Whiskey Library, which is just what it soundsIMG_0699 like, a library of whiskey.  Complete with ladders like you would see in the stacks, and stocked with 1000’s of bottles, it’s quite the statement.  It’s also in quite an old building.  To give you an example, I plugged in my amp in a vintage 2 prong outlet in the floor.  Folks stayed pretty mellow considering the amount of alcohol that was present, and the acoustics were quite good!

11/22/19 – Wedding@ the Lan Su Chinese Garden

It’s amazing how many breathtaking venues I get invited to play at!IMG_0641  The Lan Su Chinese Garden is a hidden gem nestled in the middle of the Old Town district in Portland. It’s an amazing venue, every square inch of the grounds has been meticulously designed.

And once again, the powers that be allowed amazing weather for an outdoor wedding in November!

The couple requested The Book of Love for the bridal processional, and Imagine by John Lennon for their ring blessing ceremony.

10/12/19 – Wedding @ Pondview Retreat

Peaceful and meditative weather for a beautiful outdoor wedding in October at the Pondview Retreat in Cornelius Oregon.  The bride requesteIMG_0610d “Isn’t Love” by Joe Purdy for her processional (you can see/hear the song as sung by Joe here.  I had never heard Joe Purdy before, and I ended up loving his music and buying one of his albums.  Learning new songs and hearing new music is one of the highlights of being a wedding musician; it keeps my musical spirit renewed and in a constant state of learning and discovery.