Tag Archives: storytelling

Featured Artist: Will Hornyak

22 Oct

Storyteller Will Hornyak.

Storyteller Will Hornyak, 2004 Sunburst Artist of the Year, has been a staple on our artist roster since 1996, and is this week’s featured artist. Hailing from San Carlos, CA, Will now makes his way in the world teaching through Young Audiences and others, performing at events, and sharing his talents with festival and groups including the Portland Storyteller’s Guild. You can catch some of Will’s spooky stories — just in time for Halloween — this Friday and Saturday at Stonehenge Studios.

What is your art practice outside of teaching? I relate strongly to the wandering, itinerant Irish storytellers known as “shanachies.” They were keepers of the old stories, but they were masters of the craft who adapted those stories to suit any occasion. They threaded their way across the landscape, stitching together as they did town and countryside, public house and private hearth. I am an omnivore of traditional stories and am inspired by everything from Mexican folk-tales and Greek myths to Native American legends and Russian fairy-tales. I am half Hungarian and half Irish and have recently developed a number of Irish myths into hour-long performances for adults during the Samhain (Halloween) and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. I love how stories and storytelling can open the door to work in schools and churches, prisons and pubs and beyond. Continue reading


Selfless Promotions 3/23/12

23 Mar
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Selfless Promotions

I just have to say it – what a very strange week of weather we’ve had here in Portland. Torrential downpours which turned to snow which then became super dense fog and now sunshine.  That would be Spring in the Pacific Northwest.  But at least the weekend will be nice which leads me to what several of our Roster Artists are up to in the coming weeks…



Waken Your Voice, Empower Yourself ~ 
Song Workshop with Robin Jackson (Vagabond Opera)

Sunday, April 8th, 2-5pm
Awakenings Wellness Center, 1016 SE 12th Ave., Portland, OR
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Activate your musical birthright and sing!

Do you want more confidence in your singing voice? Are you scared of singing in front of other people? (or even in the shower) Are you self conscious when you sing?  Do you YEARN to feel confident with this part of yourself that has so much potential for connection, healing and personal freedom? Do you want to expand your voice in exciting and deeper ways through the power of shared musical creation?  If you answer YES to any of these, then this workshop is for you! Come engage and explore the power and beauty of your voice in this musical workshop for anyone who wants to sing. This workshop will be satisfying for all levels – From the experienced to the terrified.

• Build confidence in your voice and thus in yourself
• Expand your creativity and discover and expand your natural talent
• Learn some awesome new songs you can then share with others!
• Have fun!

You will learn simple songs and rounds in English and from other traditions and cultures like Orisha songs from Brazil, South African harmonies, Balkan beats, Gospel chants and more. We will use basic vocal improvisation and learn how to sing harmonies. You will get into your body, breath and heart as you step into the unknown and delight in a musical world where anything is possible, all with joy and playfulness. Guaranteed to expand your confidence and your consciousness!

HOW TO REGISTER: Cost is just $39 and $45 after March 31st. You must Pre-register in order to come!
(Some scholarships or trade avail – just ask)

Register using PAYPAL HERE

Or email me to set up other arrangements


About Robin Jackson:  Robin Jackson is a professional composer, performer, educator and multi-instrumentalist as well as a youth worker and community organizer. He has taught song workshops in arts based youth camps, community events and festivals for ten years. His musical exploits include Vagabond Opera, the March Fourth Marching Band the Everyone Orchestra and others. He studied music in New Zealand, the University of Oregon and holds a B.A. in Ethnomusicology from the Evergreen State College. He runs a monthly song writing event called the Songwriters Soiree and lives in Portland, OR on an urban farm with his cat Miso, some chickens and a circus.


 Anne Rutherford

You are warmly invited to come to my new show! It’s going to be a blast –
THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY – Storytelling Cabaret by Anne Rutherford
Sun Mar 25 & Sun Apr 1 / 2:30 pm
BodyVox Dance Theater / 1201 NW 17th PDX

Including live fiddle and guitar music by Eileen & Jeff Walters of Extra Measure on 3/25 and Andy Emert on 4/1.
Check out the sneak preview!

Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door ($10 in advance for a group of 5 or more) Order tickets, get more info at my website

source:  Robin Jackson and Anne Rutherford

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