I am a classically-trained musician with two degrees in music and a passion for history, ethnomusicology, and different instruments.
I've become increasingly interested in filk and would love to start a band (LA/SoCal based) who wants to perform nerd / geek music in a folk/celt/medieval style for conventions and events.
Visit the "contact me" page if you are interested.
Irish Rock Band playing a mix of covers, traditionals, and originals
Sunday, August 4th evening
Pasadena (more info TBD)
~ ~ ~ ~ Recent Events ~ ~ ~ ~
An a cappella trio of fancy ladies singing renaissance tunes from bawdy to beautiful.
For bookings and more information:
Nightcap holiday performance for St Paddy's day.
Danny Boy on hammered dulcimer + voice, Whiskey in the Jar on Irish whistle with an irish hard-shoe dance break at the end.
Joined by other members of Sacred Fools Theater Company on voice, guitar, and dance.
A curated staged reading of new works theatrically exploring the social and political concerns facing our country today.
Wrote and performed an original song, "Lullaby for the Future" on voice and guitar. With Lynn Adriana on voice.
Commissioned to play a renaissance/medieval wedding with "nerdy" music.
Arranged music and created garb for the event.
Songs played by a duo on Hammered dulcimer, flute, recorder, violin, and guitar.
Included music from Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Zelda, Super Mario, and more!
Co-composer of some original music used in this twist on a Shakespeare classic.
~ ~ ~ ~ Performance ~ ~ ~ ~
Hammered dulcimer, classical flute, recorder (soprano/alto), irish whistle/flute, percussion (concert and ethnic), an array of bamboo/wooden flutes of various types and styles, voice
Ukelele, guitar, piano, mandolin, saxophone, etc
Most interesting/strangest instruments in the collection (so far):
Bass Gemshorn, Bombard, Shuttle Pipes (a version of smallpipes/bagpipes), Hammered Dulcimer
Other than performing with various wind ensembles, orchestras and jam/jazz bands, and choirs, Allison has performed with many groups including the following and is always interested in finding new, interesting groups to perform with.
The Hounds of Belfast, a Los Angeles-based celtic rock band playing a mix of traditional, covers, and original music.
Chaste Treasure, an a cappella of fancy renaissance ladies singing songs both bawdy and beautiful.
September Muse, a band that specializes in music of the celtic isles and the days of yore
Playn Fore Quarters, a medieval/renaissance dance band
One Cowbell Band, a quirky group playing the music of early america
Curious about the Bass Gemshorn? A fan of vikings?
~ ~ ~ ~ Arranging & Composing ~ ~ ~ ~
Contact me for any of the following:
Arranging music for specific performing groups or specific instruments
Transcribing music (notating music after listening to it)
Composing or writing music: with or without lyrics
I have music for sale on Noteflight Marketplace.
I'd love to arrange music for your small ensemble, choir, or other musical group.
Get in touch and let's discuss what is possible!
~ ~ ~ ~ Music Direction ~ ~ ~ ~
Music Direction and Conducting
I've been Music Director/Conductor for a number of musicals and groups including:
Songs for a New World
Once on This Island
Once Upon A Mattress
2Cents Theatre Caroling for Homeless
Shakespeare's Last Night Out
My conducting is much stronger than my piano playing ability. Because of this, I rarely music direct anymore, but am still interested if it's ever needed/wanted.
~ ~ ~ ~ Teaching ~ ~ ~ ~
Degree in Music Education from Hartwick College.
I have experience in:
Orchestration, Conducting, Individual lessons, K-12 general music, K-12 Choir and Band, Music Direction, leading general Summer Camp classes, leading Music-based summer camp classes.
Everyone is a student and a teacher their entire lives: We should never stop learning, and never stop teaching. Show the world, especially your students, how to live with compassion, mindfulness, enthusiasm, passion, respect and love. In order to do this, create a caring and stimulating atmosphere in the classroom and open the door to discovery, curiosity and learning. Everything is connected, and as such, my musical teaching generally incorporates historical or cultural immersion, and includes lessons that can tie to what is being learned in another subject wherever possible.
If you would like to work with me on any musical projects, please use the "contact me" page to get in touch!