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Summer Plans; Be a House Concert Host

Summer Plans

bare treeSummer started early for us in Alberta and is in full swing. I am loving the lush green leaves and blue skies. Fragrant blooms abound.

The road ahead is uncertain, yet I keep my feet steady & my eye on the prize as I move forward into the unknown.  I remind myself everything I need comes to me. So much of life consists of variables. I set intentions and try to stay in alignment to receive. Despite the plans we can make, we don’t always end up where we would expect to be.

That said, may new exciting possibilities are opening up. I am willing to venture into the unknown. Having led the gypsy life for much of my earlier years I became a homebody for a while. Once again, my feet are ready for some adventure. House Concerts are a venue I want to pursue in order to create my own niche. My summer plans include fitting in a few House Concert dates. It’s about connection and bringing your community together through music.  Anyone can be a host.

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What You Need To Be a House Concert Host

If you have ever wanted to do something that could draw your community closer together, house concerts are a great way to do just that. Invite twenty to thirty people, and bring a performer like me to you. You can include dinner, or wine &  cheese, have a potluck after the performance if you wish.

You’ll get a stellar evening of entertainment in a casual environment. You will want a seat for everyone in the room. Folding chairs, benches whatever works. It is just a matter of rearranging the furniture to accommodate the guests. Outdoor is fine too with a backup plan in case of weather issues. If you can put me up while travelling outside of Calgary, that would be awesome.

You can expect some folk, pop, blues, jazz, standards and originals. I will sing & perform on piano & guitar, bring all the equipment I need which really doesn’t take up too much space.  After the concert, as the host you will request donations to go to the performer. It’s not a set price so people can give what they wish.

I am working towards writing and recording my album. I just finished a Songwriter Course through Berklee College of Music and it has inspired me. For more information about my music:
http://www.deborah-robinson.com/music/
https://www.reverbnation.com/redgypsee/

Travel throughout Saskatchewan, Alberta & British Columbia is my focus currently. Contact me for further details if you would like to be a host! I am open to public venues along the way. Here are some images from a recent House Concert in Calgary, Alberta.

New Creations

New Creations

inglewood-urban-sketchSpent a casual Sunday afternoon doing some urban sketching. We met in Inglewood chatting over coffee with sketchbook and portable watercolour sets in hand.

It was hot and sunny and a welcome luxury. Some randomness is a breath of fresh air. This image is one of the drawings I did that day. Inglewood is such a beautiful area and one of the oldest in the city.

Art is not my hobby, it’s how I earn my living.

New creations are appearing, in between the business obligations. Professional artists need to be hardworking and it is passion that drives us. Patrons are so appreciated. I see everything I do as art. Besides creativity there is a whole bunch of business, planning, submissions & getting out there. I recognize that in putting myself out there I am vulnerable & vulnerability is a virtue. I go almost non-stop to try to get everything in. Hence the luxury of a sketching afternoon.

Here is a video I made and composed the soundtrack to. If you like rain, I think you will like this. I listen to a lot of background music, meditations and ambient while I am working. Sometimes there is no need for words. Enjoy.

I don’t have high end recording facilities, but you get the idea. This was done on the minimal requirements for recording. Having it documented is the main thing until I am able to make a more refined version.

I am taking registrations for fall piano & guitar lessons. If you are interested please visit my Music Lessons page.
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Welcome to My New DIgs

New Digs

 

New Website & Blog

Welcome to my new digs. This is my new website & blog. I have decided to integrate everything I do into one site.Sunset Over the Rockies

I had my blog on another service for nine years, and now it is here and this is the first post. I like the idea of being able to manage my own domain and the contents. Below this, in the right hand column you will see the blog archive where you can read my  old posts. I will eventually move it all over here.  For now, it will be a gradual transition.

A fresh start, feels wonderful, just in time for summer. Almost overnight green leaves have sprouted and the fragrance of blossoms fills the air. The launch of this website corresponds with the three year anniversary of being laid off as Director of the Music Academy. Since then, I have been working on establishing myself as a creative entrepreneur.

My music teaching schedule has shrunk for the summer, and art classes have finished. However ART CAMPS are coming! Stay tuned for the latest details about locations and availability. If you have a special group, a birthday party, ladies night we can cater to your wishes. Let’s create something together!

Upcoming Events

Caprice’s Fine Art Summer Event
Saturday June 14, 2014 10-5pm
10-5pm Inglewood Community Hall.

My Art will be on Display & For Sale, and my musical performance will be from 11 am to 12 pm. Many other fine artists, musicians, food trucks & more … come & hang out. The last one was a blast.