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					Northern Harmony Quartet in Concert:
Larry Gordon, Patty Cuyler, Suzannah Park, and Nathan Morrison present
harmony singing traditions from throughout the world
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February 15 at: http://www.villageharmony.org/PR/index.html

A thrilling range of traditional harmony singing from across the world will be on offer by the
vocal quartet Northern Harmony in a concert on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:30 PM at Good
Shepherd Center Chapel, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N. in Seattle. They will also present a workshop
in world harmony styles for any interested singers on Tuesday, March 17 at 7:00 PM at Keystone
UCC Church, 5019 Keystone Place N, Seattle 98103, hosted by the Seattle Labor Choir
Admission at the door to either event is $12. For more information call 206-524-7753, or 206-
524-9699.

Their unusual concert program features a wide range of singing styles: ancient sacred and secular
songs from Caucasus Georgia, featuring a dark, sonorous sound and startling, dissonant
harmonies; oral tradition songs from Corsica, with two highly ornamented upper voices over a
harmonic bass; village and arranged songs from Bulgaria and Macedonia, using the arresting
Balkan “hard voice”; lively and contrapuntal traditional and contemporary American shape-note
songs; 1930’s tight harmony quartet gospel; ornamented Appalachian harmonies; hearty and
rhythmic South African songs and dances; and delicate medieval motets. Performing primarily a
cappella, the group accompanies some numbers with accordion, banjo, guitar and keyboard.

The Wednesday concert will also feature an opening set by the male octet Dave and the
Dalmatians singing the close harmony from the coast of Croatia known as klapa.

Larry Gordon and Patty Cuyler are the founder and co-director of Vermont-based Village
Harmony singing camps and the renowned touring choir Northern Harmony, and for twenty
years their inspirational teaching has introduced thousands of singers to these thrilling vocal
traditions. Suzannah Park and Nathan Morrison are among the most talented and charismatic of
the younger generation of Village Harmony leaders, having toured and performed with Village
Harmony and Northern Harmony since their early teens.

Patty is a very powerful and passionate singer with a wide range, plays accordion, and has
particular expertise in Georgian, Corsican and South African music. A long time leader of shape-
note singing, Larry also has expertise in medieval, renaissance and early baroque music, and his
strong bass voice anchors the quartet. Coming from a family of three generations of traditional
musicians, Suzannah is particularly at home in the ornamented singing styles of Appalachian
music, but her rich and flexible voice shines in other genres as well. Nathan has a beautiful tenor
voice and also plays banjo and keyboard.

The Tuesday workshop especially features South African folk and struggle songs and dances,
Appalachian harmonies, and perhaps a Georgian or Corsican song or two. The teaching is
particularly efficient with the four Northern Harmony singers there to lead each vocal part.
Close attention is paid to the distinctive vocal style of each singing tradition
A range of Village Harmony/Northern Harmony CDs and songbooks will be for sale at the
concert. For further information visit the Village Harmony website: www.villageharmony.org

				
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