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Sources of Inspiration: Singer/Songwriter Linda Waterfall

August 31, 2009

Cornish Presents Sources of Inspiration: Singer/Songwriter Linda Waterfall.  Cornish songwriting instructor Linda Waterfall presents an evening of songs selected from her thirty-year career performing and recording in Seattle. The program also includes new songs reflecting influences that have inspired her since she joined the Cornish faculty in 2004. The evening will include appearances by Arni Adler, Alicia Healey, Rachel Jacobson-Larson, and Cornish faculty members Jovino Santos-Neto and Peter Mack.

Saturday September 26th, 8 pm
PONCHO Concert Hall
710 East Roy Street
Tickets: $18 general advance, $20 general at door, $10 students, alumni & seniors

For more information on how to purchase tickets please visit the Events Calendar.

About the artist

Praised by the Seattle Times’ “Critic’s Choice” column as “Seattle’s Top Singer/Songwriter”, Linda Waterfall has been an active part of the Northwest music scene since 1977, when the first of her twelve recordings was released by Windham Hill Records. Her choral compositions have been performed by the Esoterics, in addition to choral groups at the University of Washington, Western Washington University, and the Evergreen State College.

Waterfall has performed in concert all over the U.S., and critics often observe that her music is impossible to categorize.  Her performances combine the intimacy of a folk performance with the high energy of the rock & roll tavern scene, of which she was an active player in the early ‘80s, both with her own band and as the bass player in the Skyboys. Since 1984, she has composed choral and vocal music for numerous grants and commissions, receiving funding from the Seattle Arts Commission, King County 4Culture, Western Washington University, the Evergreen State College, and other Northwest community institutions.

Waterfall currently teaches songwriting at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.  Her twelfth recording, “Welcome to the Dark”, was released in February 2009.

Words from the press

“That Art Thou reflects her Whitmanic embrace of the American panorama, mixing vernacular and highbrow culture, and everything in between.  Some parts suggest the obsessive world rhythms of Steve Reich, others, the sirening melodies of Stevie Wonder.  The rich, thick choral voicings of the third movement, Firestick shimmer with the icy dissonance of the Bulgarian Women’s Choir.” 
    –  Paul de Barros, Seattle Times

“…the queen of regional singer-songwriters” 
    –  Gavin Borchert, Seattle Weekly

“Waterfall nearly stole the show with her infectiously joyful anthem Love Out of Nowhere, and a hilarious satire of a redneck whose sexist posturing suddenly dissolves into new age psycho-speak.”                               
    –  Scott Alarik, Boston Globe

“Linda Waterfall, an extraordinary folk musician from Washington state, plays bristling, driving guitar and rolling, enveloping piano.…If all that weren’t enough, Ms. Waterfall is a moving, terrific singer, blessed with star-of-the-choir pipes.” 
    –  Tom Surowicz, Twin Cities Reader

“Her musicianship is astonishing, and her lyrical sense is at the cutting edge.  I can’t see any serious fan of songwriting remaining ignorant of her work.”
    – Bob Franke, New England Folk Almanac

“Totally refreshing and invigorating.  The music’s soaked in classical influences….draws together rock, pop, jazz and folk elements into a label-defying synthesis.  Linda’s instrumental prowess elicits the use of superlatives….”
  –  Tony May, Folk Roots

“…she is simply one of the finest fingerpicking guitar players alive on planet Earth today.” 
  –  Becky Bernson, Folk Alliance Newsletter