The fabulous duo of George Koller & Shar...
Performing mostly original music, Sharlene and George make a wildly interesting musical duo enjoying music written by both Sharlene and George, music by Alfredo Rolando Ortiz and even some Celtic tunes. George plays on all of Sharlene's CDs. Having played together since 1996, Sharlene and George have created a unique and stunning melding of harp and bass.
The World Harp Congress, (Vancouver, BC)
Festival of the Sound (Parry Sound, Ontario)
Gananoque Concert Association (Gananoque, Ontario)
Beyond the Waves CD launch (Ottawa, Ontario)
the rhyme & the river CD launch (Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario)
Sarnia Concert Series (Sarnia, Ontario)
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Canadian harpist SHARLENE WALLACE has never been able to choose between playing the pedal harp and the Celtic harp...so she plays both! She appears with symphony orchestras, choirs, in folk festivals and on many recordings and radio broadcasts. She’s equally at home playing as a soloist or with a variety of musicians.
After studying Classical harp with Judy Loman at the University of Toronto, Sharlene followed her interest in the Celtic harp and travelled to the USA to work with such folk harpists as Kim Robertson and South American harpist Alfredo Rolando Ortiz. The diversity in Sharlene's playing is represented in the two international competitions she has won (the Lyon & Healy International Pop & Jazz Lever Harp Competition in Tucson, Arizona and the Concours d’Improvisation de Rencontres Internationales de Harpe Celtique in Dinan, France) and in the musicians she plays with.
Sharlene has also created four independent CDs (“the rhyme & the river”, “Journey of Shadows”, “Beyond the Waves” and “Island Mountain”) highlighting her unique compositions and Latin, Celtic and contemporary influences. Most recently she and flutist/pianist Susan Piltch co-produced their first CD collaboration, “Anticipation”.
Aside from writing many pieces for harp, Sharlene has been involved in numerous commissions for the lever harp by such Canadian composers as John Beckwith, Bruce Mather, Nancy Telfer, Evelyne Datl, Loretto Reid, Kirk Elliott, Craig Noseworthy and most recently a piece for orchestra and lever harp by Rodney Sharman.
She regularly tours across North America performing on Celtic harp. As an educator Sharlene gives lever harp workshops and masterclasses across Canada and the USA and is on the Faculty of York University
Sharlene is the principal harpist with the Guelph, Kingston and Oakville Symphonies.
has accumulated hundreds of wildly diverse performing and recording credits in his expansive musical career: The Shuffle Demons, Phil Woods, Peter Gabriel, Olivia Newton-John, Loreena McKennitt, Bruce Cockburn, Holly Cole, Ian Tyson, Ian Thomas, Cindy Church, Marc Jordan, Murray Mclaughlin to name only a few. He has performance and/or producer credits on over 500 CDs. George has toured for 11 years with Holly Cole. He has also toured and recorded with Sharlene Wallace, Julie Michels, Gregory Hoskins, David Clayton-Thomas, Eliana Cuevas, Joe Sealy, Carol Welsman, Valdy, Rita Chiarelli and many others. He has produced artists such as Eliana Cuevas, Amanda Martinez, Deanna Knight, Andree Bernard, Julie Michels, Patricia O’Callaghan and The Toronto Tabla Ensemble. Most recently, he has also produced music for Yoga, and Indian Classical music artists.
Recognized primarily as a bass player, George plays a variety of instruments; many featured on his award-winning (HMV “fresh blood” grand prize) solo CD,"Music for Plants, Animals, and Humans". George is continually composing new music (guitar, voice chants). Having written dozens of songs over the years, George is now recording and preparing releases of new material featuring his guitar and vocals. His playing of Indian stringed Instruments: Sitar, Sarode, Tanpura, and the violin-like Esraj and Dilbruba are featured in the motion pictures "Such a long Journey" and "Possible Worlds" and on Loreena McKennitt, Jane Siberry and Bruce Cockburn recordings.
Recent activities include touring Canada with Joe Sealy and Cindy Church, with their recording "The Nearness of You… the Songs of Hoagy Carmichael". He continues to produce concerts and recordings in the jazz, world and Indian Classical music styles, and is composing new east-west fusion music. www.myspace.com/georgekoller