Karen Alley, 2014 National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, has been on the faculty of the Colorado Dulcimer Festival for years and shared one of her Habits for a Healthy Music Habitat with premium subscribers of DulcimerCrossing.com.
This Sunday, December 3rd, she will play a live, interactive ConcertWindow Show for DulcimerCrossing Subscribers!
[If you are not familiar with ConcertWindow, this is an internet platform that allows performers and watcher/listeners to connect with each other from the convenience of their own locations, using their computer, tablet or phone! DulcimerCrossing began offering these as a benefit for their members January 2016.]
About the artist:
Karen was playing the fiddle at a folk festival in 2004 when she discovered the hammered dulcimer, and found that she could make much nicer sounds on the dulcimer than on the fiddle. Hammered dulcimer rapidly became a passion, and she now teaches and performs across the US.
Her repertoire ranges from Celtic to classical to hymns to show tunes, and her style combines percussive techniques with the rich harmonies and broad dynamics that make the dulcimer one of the most expressive instruments used in the folk community.
She has released two albums showcasing a variety of styles, as well as two books: “Beyond Melodies, Using Chords to Add Harmony,” which demystifies music theory and playing harmonies with melody lines, and “Christmas with your Dulcimer,” a book of arrangements of favorite Christmas carols for beginner and intermediate players.
When she’s not playing the dulcimer, Karen is a glaciologist specializing in the ice shelves of the Antarctic Ice Sheet. She also teaches in the geology department at the College of Wooster in Ohio.