Lisa Lynne is a multi-instrumentalist and performer who has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring her Celtic Harp. She specializes in Traditional acoustic folk instruments and is widely acclaimed for composing memorable and heartwarming melodies that transcend category and genre.
From humble beginnings, Lisa has ascended the ladder of success to owning her own production company and recording studio. She has released several internationally recognized recordings on the prestigious Windham Hill and New Earth Record labels, while simultaneously running her own label Lavender Sky Music. After more than a decade of full time touring, recording and performing Lisa has surpassed one million in sales of her recordings.
Lisa has made numerous television and national radio appearances, including NBC, CNN, and Fox News Atlanta. She has been featured in multiple newspaper and magazine articles including Wall Street Journal who spotlight not only Lisa's groundbreaking work in therapeutic music programs, but her grass roots business savvy and innovative approach to life. Lisa's music is heard throughout the award winning PBS special "Alone in the Wilderness," amongst many other soundtracks for commercial television and independent films.
All of Lisa's recent CD releases have placed in the top 20 of the Billboard music charts (Hopes & Dreams reaching #6) as well as holding top spots in the Celtic, New Age and world music radio airplay charts.
Lisa's year round touring schedule keeps her busy performing at festivals around the United States as well as concert dates with the Windham Hill tours. She divides her time between traveling and her home in California. She goes back and forth from San Francisco to Los Angeles where she is founder and director of "Harps for Hearts" an innovative music program that places live music and musicians in several California hospitals, including City of Hope National Cancer Center and several Kaiser Permanente locations. Lisa has received multiple grants and media recognition for her groundbreaking interactive "Hands-on-Harps" interactive programs. Lisa was recently chosen and one of LA's 50 most inspiring women by Los Angeles Magazine.
In addition, Lisa Lynne is active on the speaking and workshop circuit. Her inspiring storytelling presentations incorporate live harp music with her unique life experiences. This combination of enchanting life wisdom with clear planning guidance for "living your dream and making a difference," proves to be an uplifting and highly inspirational event.
Aryeh Frankfurter's musical endeavors began at the age of three when he undertook classical training on the violin. His progress enabled him to study under various master violinists, including concert master of the Chicago Symphony, Harold Ayres. By the age of twelve Aryeh was already being accepted into various university level orchestras, including a Northridge College music program and accredited courses in the University of Southern California summer institutes held in Idyllwild, California. He participated both as a violinist and violist in a series of chamber music ensembles under the tutelage of internationally renown cellist, Bonnie Hampton, pianist Nathan Schwartz, teachers at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the late violinist Ann Crowden of the Crowden School of music in Berkeley, CA.
From an early age Aryeh's musical development led him to explore various ethnic and international musical genres, particularly Celtic folk music. At the age of fifteen Aryeh was introduced to the Celtic harp, an instrument which has become the focal point of his musical inspiration and expression. Over the interceding years Aryeh taught himself to play a variety of instruments including electric violin, viola, cello, guitar, cittern, mandolin, lap dulcimer and hammered dulcimer, bowed and plucked psaltry, penny whistle, baroque flute, recorder, percussion. Since 2006 his main focal instrument has been the unusual Swedish Nyckelharpa or keyed fiddle.
In 1994, after leaving a doctoral program in philosophy, Aryeh began his career as a recording and performance artist. As of 2012, he has well over 20 albums on which he has been as a soloist or a primary musician and has been a contributor in composition, arrangement, performance and production of numerous others.
He currently pursues a career as a full time free lance musician performing widely throughout the San Francisco/Bay Area region of California and abroad. While his main venues continue to be public engagements at various fairs and festivals throughout the State, his private engagements have included performing privately for Prince Charles and Camilla Bowles Parker to the CEOs of Bechtel Corporation. He has performed on major stages throughout the world and he had been tapped often by major talent agencies such as Boris Goldmund, TEC Entertainment, and Bayside Distribution among many others.
He has performed in countless concerts large and small, including a seated audience of 3400 in the outdoor amphitheater Dalhalla in Sweden where he shared the stage with the likes of Boys of the Lough and Dervish in 2001. Other notable appearances have included, Harpcon 2000 held in Monterey California as well as Montana, Sylvia Wood's Harp Center in 2006, and the Dusty Strings in 2005. He has performed internationally in Sweden's oldest and largest music festival Musik Vid Siljan and impromptu performances at the Falun Musical Festival in the summer of 1996 and performed for the Bay Area Annual Festival of Harps in 2003, 2005 and 2006. In 2006 he again returned to Norway and Sweden to take part in the HARPA tour founded by Beth Kolle of Seattle Washington. He has performed on numerous stages with such notably acclaimed musicians as Lisa Lynne, Patrick Ball and Windham Hill artists, Barbara Higbie and Liz Story. His music has been heard national and internationally, and he has been a featured artist on the PRI syndicated radio program Echoes (PRI) on which his CD made it to #4 on the radio charts. His music is distributed world-wide under the auspices of the international record label ARC International.
In addition to his career as a Celtic harper, Aryeh has explored a wide range of musical styles utilizing all his multi-instrumental capabilities. He has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians and music producers from the progressive rock and roll band with Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne, Jon Anderson of Yes fame, Jame Dunlap, Azigza, Medieval Sephardic Musician Lauren Pomerantz, modern Rai singer MC Rai, the psychedelic space-rock peformance artist Gilli Smythe, 'Tribal Trance Druidic Dance' music of Land of the Blind, the harp pop-jazz stylings of Verlene Shermer to the Hip Hop/Rap albums produced by Million Dollar Dream to name just a few.