Introduction to Mountain Dulcimer
DJ Hamouris
Saturday, June 8, 2013, 2:00pm
Music 1 - Room #108

Also known as the Appalachian Dulcimer, this 3- or 4-stringed instrument has a captivatingly sweet sound and is a joy to play. Learn a few tunes in the basic D-A-D tuning and begin to have fun with this most simple of American instruments. Dulcimers needed - a few loaners available. Bring an extra if you have one!

Deborah Hamouris (DJ to her friends) is a performer, composer/songwriter, teacher, recording artist, choral director, community organizer, and producer of musical events. She teaches mountain dulcimer classes at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley; directs a women's choral group, Women & Song; organizes and participates in twice monthly meetings of Dulcimer Jammers with her students; leads Circlesinging workshops; and teaches private voice, dulcimer, and songwriting students. Musically versatile, Deborah performs as both a jazz vocalist and (on her mountain dulcimer) as a traditionally-influenced songsmith.

In 2012, Deborah released two CDs: "Snapshots", mostly original songs (inspired by her North Oakland neighborhood and her many years as part of Jazz Camp West), recorded with jazz guitarist Mimi Fox, and "The Green Man" (as "The DulciMates", with her husband, Buffalo), a collection of holiday and other traditionally inspired songs accompanied by mountain dulcimer. This year she is organizing the first ever Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse on May 18th. In her spare time, and when her cat allows, she knits.