Kim Angelis is an internationally acclaimed award-winning composer and violin virtuoso who has successfully transcended artistic boundaries – the music is built on a solid classical foundation, but the inspiration flows freely from the Romany Diaspora of Eastern Europe, Russia, and Spain. Angelis’ brilliant compositions showcase the beauty, power, and excitement of her playing. Jean Bartlett, managing editor of Ink Notes, writes, “Angelis... literally sings each string like a gypsy poet. Through breathtaking cadenzas and tender passages ... it is her own composed music which constantly brings the audience to their feet because it is of earth and yet not.”
The passionate music of Kim Angelis has been featured on network TV, PBS, NPR, and during the 2000 Olympics, when world champion gymnast Kui Yuanyuan of China used Kim’s
music for her floor exercise. For ten years, Angelis’ first CD, Violin Voyager, resided on the Taiwanese Billboard charts. The film Sweet Nothings features her music, which was nominated for Best Original Score by the California Independent Film Society and Best Score by the
International Independent Film Tour. Her 1996 CD, Esperanza, was selected as a “Choice Recording” by Strings magazine and received a nomination by Just Plain Folks for “Best Instrumental Album”. In 2007, her song, “Zingaro!” won Global Rhythm Magazine’s international songwriting competition. In 2009, the violinist’s music was once again heard throughout the international sports scene, as Junior World Champion gymnast Amelia Racea of Romania performed her floor routines to a Kim Angelis recording. For two consecutive years, 2011 and 2012, Kim Angelis was selected to receive the ASCAP (American Society of
Composers and Publishers) “ASCAPLUS Award”, which recognizes her creative contributions to American music. In 2014, Kim Angelis was honored to represent the United States at Beijing World Music Week and at the Beishan World Music Festival in China. Kim's most recent CD, Passages, was nominated for "Best Contemporary Instrumental Album of 2020" by ZMR Broadcasters worldwide.
Kim Angelis majored in music at the University of California, Irvine, where she studied with the best violinists in the Los Angeles Philharmonic, including concertmaster Sidney Harth and Ivan Galamian protégée Lori Ulanova. Eventually Kim became interested in World Music, hosting a monthly radio show on KMUN (Astoria, OR).“My outlook has been quite broadened,” she enthuses. “One hundred years ago music was confined to the areas in which it developed. But today, with modern recording and the Internet, we are able to listen to music from every different culture. I like to collect the sonic images evoked, and paint new musical portraits of
Kim Angelis resides in Naselle, WA, where she shares 7 acres with her two Collies, Ramona and Promise. She is a grateful breast cancer survivor. While Dog Agility is her favorite hobby, Kim’s Christian faith plays the primary role in her life. To quote Marilyn O’Malley of the Victory Review, “Kim’s classical training, [cross-cultural] influence...and deep spirituality have blended together and burgeoned into some of the most beautiful, moving music I’ve ever heard.”
Jennifer Goodenberger is a pianist, composer, visual artist and poet. Her original works range from deeply healing and spiritual compositions to passionate and romantic creations. The music is a mesmerizing fusion of classical, improvisational and contemporary styles. Often her concerts are accompanied by artwork and poetry created to illuminate the music.
Jennifer has been performing for over 30 years. During this time she has worked as a concert pianist, musical director for theater, radio programmer, college teacher, and private piano instructor. She is author of the book Subject Guide to Classical Instrumental Music published by Scarecrow Press.
After receiving a master’s degree from Northwestern University in music composition in 1989, Jennifer began to formulate a feminine aesthetic in music. She created a performance piece, Composing Women: Unveiling the Feminine in Music, and also a concert which examined the life and music of Clara Schumann, a 19th century pianist and composer. Jennifer re-released her 1995 recording on CD, Romance: The Piano Music of Clara Schumann, on Clara's 195th birthday (9/13/2014).
Jennifer believes in the healing power of music and the arts. Her compositions are transcendent, meditative, moving, and deeply peaceful. Because of these qualities, her music is often used in the healing arts, especially massage and yoga, as ambient music for creativity and relaxation, and in birthing and hospice. It has also been used for film soundtracks.
As a visual artist, Jennifer uses bold and vibrant colors. She creates hangings using exquisite fabrics and beads. Her inspirations are found in archetypal symbols, sacred sites, crop circles, and ancient and world cultures. In Jennifer’s words, “The arts are a universal source of health, healing and holiness. They are the very fabric of my life. I interweave them to create healing, inspiration, and joy.”