Living in Sonoma County, an hour north of San Francisco, Judith delights in creating opportunities and experiences that inspires and encourages relatedness, communication, creativity and collaboration. Intentional mindful listening is the connective thread that runs through all of her creative expressions as a quilt artist, musician, performer, facilitator, writer and business coach.
A Musical Journey
A classically trained violinist, Judith transitioned to "fiddling around" in improv jam sessions with friends.
Drawn to the expression, freedom and energy of African drumming and drum circles, she started playing the Djembe in 1995.
Looking on line for a kalimba in 2012, she randomly clicked on a YouTube Video of a street performer.
Instantly captivated by the instrument he was playing, Judith was thrilled to get her first handpan three months later.
Judith counts herself fortunate to be part of an international community of "handpan enthusiasts".
Traveling to handpan gatherings around the U.S., as well as England and Australia,
she has performed and facilitated workshops that encourage
the delight of spontaneous musical conversations.
Referred to as sound sculptures
by the original creators, handpans,
a relative of the Steel Pan,
were invented in Switzerland in 2000.
Played by hand, they have 7 or more outer notes, a central tone field (DING), and come
in a wide variety of exotically named scales.
With beautiful harmonics and overtones,
the enchanting sound of these instruments bewitches everyone who hears them.
If you are interested in acquiring
are good starting points.
And do your research, as sound, quality and cost varies with each maker.
Inspired by the resonance of the “singing steel”,
Judith performs solo as well as improvises with an assortment of musical friends. And brings a lifetime of musical
self-expression and a passion for “delighting in exquisite exchange” to making music with, and for, others.
As a duo, she and Colin Foulke are The Dimples. Their Shop Sessions album is featured
on the sound track of an indie film, Angel in the Waiting Room.
In collaboration with two musician friends, Judith co-facilitates Magic of Music Workshops
hat provide a springboard into musical improvisation, whatever the level of ones’ previous musical experience.
On occasion, she also performs with the Occidental Community Choir as a guest percussionist.
and takes every opportunity to improvise, collaborate, and play with other musicians.