Celebrate the winter solstice with a concert of original and traditional acoustic music drawn from the platinum selling Winter Solstice series. Windham Hill artist and Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist Barbara Higbie, guitarist Todd Boston and cellist, Mia Pixley come together to lead joyous holiday concerts.
“Barbara Higbie is one of the most exciting musicians I have heard, full of life and brilliant in her playing.”
“ Todd Boston is a mature artist who has come of age. The world’s a better place for his gift.”
“You won’t easily find a sound like Pixley and her twist on experimental classical music with a unique Southern vibe.”
Barbara Higbie is a Grammy-nominated, Bammy Award-winning pianist/composer/ singer-songwriter as well as a championship fiddler. In addition to being the first female instrumentalist on the Windham Hill label, Higbie has appeared with musicians as diverse as Santana, Bonnie Raitt, the Kronos Quartet, Milton Nascimento, and Spyro Gyra, recording on over 100 CDs. In 2011, Barbara was the first-ever artist-in-residence at the prestigious Jazz Club Yoshi’s. A graduate of Mills College (where she was a student of Terry Riley’s) and the recipient of a Watson Fellowship, she collected traditional music throughout West Africa. At 23, Higbie recorded her Windham Hill 1982 duo release Tideline with violinist Darol Anger, which garnered a four-star review in Downbeat magazine. In 1984, she co-led a group with Anger including Mike Marshall, Andy Narell, and Todd Phillips to record Live at Montreux. The group became the Montreux Band (with Anger, Marshall, and Michael Manring) and toured internationally for 12 years. Higbie’s composition “To Be” became a radio staple of the 1980s, a TV theme song in Italy, and a video with heavy rotation on VH1. Her early Windham Hill titles have recently been reissued on Adventure Music. Higbie’s solo work has made the top ten lists of the Washington Post and Performing Songwriter magazine. The most recent of her seven solo releases, 2019’s “Resonance”, is a return to her Windham Hill roots, and will be joined by the release of a companion recording, “Murmuration”, set for release in October 2021.
His album ONE (Billboard Top Ten New Age, 2017 ZMR Awards Nominee) and Touched by the Sun (2012 ZMR Best Acoustic Album, Produced by Grammy Winner Will Ackerman, Founder of Windham Hill Records) have been featured on radio and TV (Discovery, PBS) worldwide and received recognition and awards globally. Todd’s unique sound blends percussive and melodic finger-style guitar with Indian ragas and world music influences. In addition to guitar Todd performs on a mesmerizing custom handmade style of bamboo flute as well as various percussion and world instruments.
Cellist, singer- songwriter, and composer Mia Pixley is a recent graduate of San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Mia and her cello have collaborated in award winning New York City Off-Broadway theater productions, film, and performance art compositions. Last year, she recorded cello on Fantastic Negrito’s second GRAMMY award winning album, “Please Don’t be Dead”, which won Best Contemporary Blues. Most recently, she had the honor of playing cello on Barbara Higbie’s beautiful album, “Resonance”. In 2018, Mia released her positively reviewed debut EP, “Inside Under”, through her previous musical alias Baeilou. She is set to release a music and visual art collaboration titled, “Spar Suite”, which explores experiences of loss, mourning, and peace.
Mia’s first full length album, “Margaret in the Wild” (released 7/23/21) demonstrates Pixley opening herself to the wilds of connection, to gratitude for what she has been given, as well as, to sorrow for what she has lost, and to nature’s inspirational capacity to finally root her uprooted beginnings.
Mia holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from CUNY Graduate Center and considers her musical endeavors an extension of her interests in psychology, community, and nature.
Sat. Nov 27 – Pardeeville WI
Tue. 30 – Portland OR
Wed. Dec 1 – Olympia WA
Washington Center for the Performing Arts
Sat. Dec 11- Phoenix AZ – 2 shows
Musical Instrument Museum
Tue. Dec 14 – Modesto CA
Gallo Center for the Arts
Thu. Dec 16 – Rohnert CA
Green Music Center
Fri. Dec 17 – Berkeley CA
Freight and Salvage
Sat. Dec 18 – Saratoga CA – 2 shows
Carriage House Theatre @ Montalvo Arts Center
About Windham Hill
Windham Hill Records was founded in Palo Alto in 1975. The label’s audiophile recordings were a run-away success with critics and audiences alike. Musicians including Michael Hedges, George Winston, Will Ackerman, Alex de Grassi, Barbara Higbie and Darol Anger and their group Montreux, Liz Story, Mark Isham, and Tuck and Patty quickly became internationally recognized. The name “Windham Hill” became synonymous with the best in acoustic music in the 1980s and 90s. Windham Hill’s 10 Winter Solstice compilation recordings, selling in the many millions, “changed people’s conceptions of seasonal music” (John Diliberto, Echoes radio show host). The Winter Solstice Concerts bring the music of Windham Hill full circle, 40 years after it was originally conceived on the Stanford campus.
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