The season finale– Saturday, February 2nd.
Candlemas, Ground Hog’s Day, and someplace to go, what could be better?
More details about our four performers BELOW.
Paul Hunter has worked corn, hay, wheat and oats, from plowing to harvest. Stretched fence, tended cattle and hogs, forked and spread manure. Fingered the full range of whatall goes in a garden. Fixed machinery. After a good while spent teaching high school English, history, arts and manners, he mostly writes, whittles, sets type, and plays music.
For the past 18 years Paul Hunter has published fine letterpress poetry under the imprint of Wood Works, currently including 24 books and 60 broadsides. His poems have appeared in Alaska Fisherman’s Journal, Beloit Poetry Journal, Bloomsbury Review, Iowa Review, North American Review, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, Raven Chronicles, The Small Farmer’s Journal, The Southern Review and Spoon River Poetry Review, as well as in five full-length books and three chapbooks. His first collection of farming poems, Breaking Ground, 2004, from Silverfish Review Press, was reviewed in the New York Times, and received the 2004 Washington State Book Award. A second volume of farming poems, Ripening, was published in 2007, a third companion volume, Come the Harvest, appeared in 2008, and the fourth from the same publisher, Stubble Field, just appeared. He was recently a featured poet on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer. He also has a prose book on small-scale, sustainable farming, One Seed to Another: The New Small Farming, published by the Small Farmer’s Journal.
Lisa Norris is the author of two prize-winning books of short stories–Toy Guns (Helicon Nine Press, 2000) and Women Who Sleep With Animals (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2010). She grew up in a Navy family and later, under the influence of John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” and carrying Walden under her arm, earned a forestry degree and worked briefly in that field before she became an English teacher. She is now an Associate Professor at Central Washington University.
Jack Massie works for the Cle Elum Ranger District USFS as a seasonal botanist specializing in lichens. He came to this work after a 34 year career as a high school teacher of research science and biology, in Washington State. Jack’s work focuses on one of natures great pioneer organisms. Lichens are among the first to colonize areas and prepare them for mosses, liverworts, ferns, and flowering plants. He now attends Northwest Lichenologist functions, meetings and forays regularly.
The music of composer and pianist Bill Doerrfeld ranges from classical orchestral, chamber and solo piano to jazz to hybrid genres. His passion is to create and present unique, accessible and meaningful concert music.
Born April 3, 1964 into a musical family from Chicago, Illinois Bill Doerrfeld began playing piano at age 4. During his youth Bill earned numerous awards for his music including winning a Downbeat Magazine DB award at age 16 (the youngest person at the time to earn said award), the Jacksonville And All That Jazz Great American Jazz Piano Competition, the Yamaha National Electone Festival, a New York Youth Symphony Commission and Carnegie Hall orchestral premiere performance along with awards, honors and fellowships from BMI, ASCAP, Tanglewood, Yaddo, Banff, MacDowell Artist Colony. Delius Foundation, Fontana Arts Society and others. At age 13 he was invited by Yamaha to perform his original solo jazz piano work in Japan and across the United States as part of the Junior Original Concert.
Bill’s works have been performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Sinfonietta and Youngstown Symphony among others. Doerrfeld’s piano works have been performed on international tours by renowned pianists such as Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medalist Ralph Votapek. As a classical pianist Bill has been featured guest of the Northwest Sinfonietta and Methow Music Festival among others. Bill has also performed and recorded for CD release his original alternative work at the Bang On A Can festival in New York. Bill has released three albums on the Jassical label featuring his original solo piano compositions.
Conductors who have presented Doerrfeld’s work include David Zinman, David Alan Miller, David Effron, Christophe Chagnard and George Tsontakis among others.
Bill studied classical composition and piano earning degrees from Interlochen Arts Academy, Eastman School of Music and Yale School of Music. His composition teachers include Joseph Schwanter, Samuel Adler, Louis Andriessen, Jacob Druckman and Martin Bresnick. Bill currently resides in a small town near the mountains 1.5 hours East of Seattle where he composes and records his music full-time.