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Rumbel, Michael to play original songs and carols

Rumbel Grammy award winning artist

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Grammy Award winning woodwind player Nancy Rumbel and harpist David Michael will perform together at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 during the Peace on Earth concert at the RoseWind Common House, 3131 Haines St., in Port Townsend.

Tickets are $20 in advance online or $25 at the door. For more information, call 360-301-4451.  

First time together

This marks the first time the duo will come together to perform publicly, presenting an evening of reflective, peaceful music that will feature Celtic harp with oboe, English horn, ocarinas and Native American flute.

Having met about a year ago, their collaboration developed while Rumbel and Michael co-produced a new recording, Confluence, to be released in 2019.

As the holiday season approached, the duo said they longed to hear their instruments performing in the spirit of serenity, in original music and seasonal carols.

“I’ve been looking for an opportunity for years to perform with a harpist at this time of year and am elated to work with David on this unique evening of music,” Rumbel said.

Rumbel honed her world-music, improvisational and recording skills as a member of the Paul Winter Consort in the late 1970s and early ’80s. She is best known for her 33 years as a composer, performer and recording artist with the Grammy Award winning duo, Tingstad and Rumbel, a press release stated.

Rumbel also has worked with such artists as Jami Sieber, David Lanz, Susan Osborn, Cris Williamson and Danny O’Keefe. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Findhorn, the Ho-Am Awards in South Korea, the Feng Ya Ocarina Festival in China, and Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks. This spring, she will be a guest artist at the prestigious Ocarina Festival in Budrio, Italy.

Rumbel is a long-time volunteer for MusiCares, an organization dedicated to distributing financial aid to people in the music industry during times of crisis.

Michael has produced 24 CDs of original music, primarily on his independent label, Purnima Productions. His music has been featured on syndicated radio shows, cable and network TV and in nature films.

Known for his impromptu harp concerts aboard Washington State Ferries, Michael’s 17-year run was ultimately capsized in 2007 because of Homeland Security concerns, a news release stated. That set off an international media storm, prompting him to publish a memoir titled “BUSKER – Tales of a Renegade Harpist.”

Michael has toured Europe, performing in castles, cultural centers and in the streets of Scandinavia. Inspired by natural beauty, he has a passion for seeking common ground between diverse styles of music.

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