Winter Solstice 2012 featuring Barbara Higbie, Liz Story, Lisa Lynne, Fri. December 21


Winter Solstice 2012  featuring Barbara Higbie, Liz Story,  Lisa Lynne,
George Tortorelli, Aryeh Frankfurter
Friday, December 21, 2012
Kuumbwa Jazz

“… energy and enthusiasm… like a jolt of bright sunlight.” –Los Angeles Times

The Winter Solstice Celebration features three top Windham Hill musicians known for their cross-cultural musical influences: Pianist Liz Story is a three-time Grammy nominee; fiddler/pianist/vocalist Barbara Higbie, also a Grammy nominee; and Celtic harpist Lisa Lynne, who is also a multi-instrumentalist specializing in traditional folk instruments. All three performers have made the Winter Solstice project an annual event for the past decade.

California-born Liz Story started music studies as a youngster, learning classical piano. She lived in Europe during her teen years but returned to the states to attend the Juilliard School of Music and Hunter College. Hearing a concert at a New York city jazz club, The Bottom Line, featuring jazz pianist Bill Evans, inspired Storey to pursue jazz as an avenue of artistic expression. After relocating back to Southern California, she continued her music studies at a private music school and began playing professionally at restaurants, developing her improvisational skills and compositional style. Tapes of Story’s music came to the attention of Will Ackerman of Windham Hill Records. Impressed with what he heard, Ackerman signed her to the label and Storey soon released her first album, Solid Colors.

Multi-instrumentalist Barbara Higbie, a championship fiddler also known for her piano playing and composing, mixes Celtic, African, Brazilian, American folk and jazz into her music.  A co-founder of Montreux, an all-star acoustic ensemble, Higbie has crossed stylistic barriers with ease and performed with a mind-boggling list of artists, including Bonnie Raitt, Kronos Quartet, Spyro Gyra and Milton Nascimento. She has played on more than 65 albums, but believes performing “live” is the most important part of being a musician. Higbie sees it as “… a devotional form. Live music can heal you physically, mentally and spiritually.”

Lisa Lynne, also a multi-instrumentalist and Windham Hill Record artist, is primarily known for her compositions performed on the Celtic harp. Her recordings have consistently placed in the top 20 on the Billboard charts. In addition to touring and recording, Lynne has worked to promote live performance in hospital settings in the belief that music can have a healing effect on people. Lisa Lynne, Barbara Higbie, and Liz Story, bring an impressive array of inventive, virtuoso talent to celebrate the winter solstice at Kuumbwa, a musical offering for the holiday season. Multi-instrumentalists George Tortorelli and Aryeh Frankfurter provide additional musical support to this uplifting celebration of heartfelt, holiday music for the whole family!

Winter Solstice 2012  featuring Barbara Higbie, Liz Story,  Lisa Lynne

DATE: Friday, December 21, 2012
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $25/Adv $28/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Sandy Sloan

(831) 427-2227

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