After a youth of classical violin training, Annie Rosen got her musical improvisation chops the old old fashioned way…fiddling and singing her heart out in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Busking (street music) opened her eyes to the importance of playing into people, not just around them. As a trained clown and storyteller, Annie sees music as an extension of creative movement and expression in all its forms. It is all that we are and might be, if we turned our sorrows to rhythm, and our joys to siren song.
She lives happily in Portland and is delighted to be one half of the contemporary Opera and Theater Company, Hungry Opera Machine, a part of the Zydeco band Bon Ton Roulet, and in collaboration with Night Flight Aerial whenever they call.
Robin Jackson has told fantastic cabaret tales with Vagabond Opera and blasted out the jams with The March Fourth marching Band and The Everyone Orchestra when not giving up the funk, teaching voice workshops, or belting out epic arrangements of rock favorites. With a degree in ethnomusicology and an unflagging musical curiosity, Jackson has lived and busked around the world. He is a master of a myriad of instruments from Saxophone to mbira and played with everyone from Gogol Bordello to Amanda Palmer to the Decembrists. An Award Winning songwriter, teacher, activist, and spirited impresario, Jackson has built on this colorful bohemian upbringing and dedicated himself to creating and supporting music around Portland where he lives on an urban farm with his cat and a circus.
George Turner moved out to the Pacific Northwest from Texas in 2004. Since that time he has played cello, guitar, bass and keyboards for more bands than he has fingers and/or toes. He also ran Trustfall Studios and had the pleasure of recording and producing some of Portland’s finest talents. His band, My Fellow Traveller, has released two albums, (Misery Becomes Wisdom and Wisdom Becomes Truth), concept albums about the stages of grief. They are currently beginning work on their third album, (Truth Becomes Misery). He currently teaches guitar and cello lessons.
Viola Rose is a vocalist and handpan player who loves creating improvisational dreamscapes. She has a CD available titled “Veils Of Twilight” and lives and performs in Portland Oregon. Viola facilitates workshop intensives on Heart based meditation called “Awakening The Illuminated heart” and brings that heart expanding quality into her musical expression.
An internationally known lead guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, Bibi McGill is also an acclaimed yoga teacher, wellness educator, and health food entrepreneur. While not touring the world, Bibi enjoys being outdoors with Nature as well as producing and creating music that crosses a broad spectrum of sacred soundscapes. Bibi and Viola Rose are a handpan duo and will ease us into Sunday Morning.
Tim Gilson has been an integral part of the music scene in the Northwest for many years, performing with such local luminaries as Tom Grant, Shelly Rudolf and Mel Brown. He regularly performs with the Oregon Symphoney and backs major acts coming through Portland including Wycliffe Gordon, Dee Daniels, Byron Stripling and many others. For a calendar of Tim’s upcoming events go to www.timgilson.net