Violoncellist & Sound Healing/Reiki Practitioner

As a creator and manipulator of sound, violoncellist Maria Scherer Wilson dedicates her talents to music and healing in the Pacific Northwest. 

photo credit Maggie Delaney
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a mountain's pulse

Inscape Arts & Cultural Center, 815 Seattle Blvd S, Seattle, WA 98134

A free, site specific performance installation created by Paige Barnes and Mya Kerner at Inscape, can be viewed in the basement during their Fall Open Studios & Makers Market between 12-6pm. Maria will be joining the ongoing dance performance with her cello and crystal alchemy singing bowls.

This summer Paige Barnes, dancer and owner of Peony Acupuncture, was in residence at 10 degrees with visual artist Mya Kerner. Together they explored a place where dance, energetic medicine, and sculpture meet through a mountain’s pulse. The project continues Paige's dance research based off the acupuncture pulse listening method and Mya’s exploration of materiality, tradition, and mythology through depictions of the landscape. By researching the environmental landscape and the personal, internal landscape, the project illuminates connection between body and earth, linking the story of a person's pulse with that of a mountain.

Visit inscapearts.org for more information about the space.

Debbie Miller (Vinyl Release) w/Tomo Nakayama and Brenda Xu

Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave N, Seattle

“Debbie Miller gives a performance like I’ve never seen, or haven’t seen by someone other than Tony Bennett. Her shows are less like concerts and more like conversations. I laugh, get teary-eyed, and laugh some more. She has a class act of a performance.” - Kevin Sur, Artist Home

Debbie Miler will be releasing her much anticipated vinyl, Two Sides. Alex Guy, violin/viola and Maria Scherer Wilson, violoncello, will be joining Debbie on her set. One of the tracks, 'Queen of Hearts,' was recently featured on the PBS documentary series The Great American Read, hosted by Meredith Vieira. Miller has played prominent Northwest festivals like Timbrrr! and Upstream. Miller's music is like a tantalizing book of short stories. In fact, there are few musicians who work as diligently as she to be as narratively engaging. Her lyrics, like tightrope walkers, rollick on the taught wire of song, guiltlessly and pointedly inspiring listeners who crave more of their spectacle.

@ Fremont Abbey Arts Center 7:30p show, 7:00p doors $10 general advance (not including fees)

$15 Day of Show All ages, some seating available, bar w/ID

Tomo Nakayama - tomonakayama.com Named "Best Folk Act 2017" by Seattle Weekly, Tomo Nakayama has consistently created music that is complex, nuanced, and emotionally compelling. His decade of work both as a solo artist and as frontman in his chamber-pop band Grand Hallway has been praised by NPR, New York Times, and KEXP. Known for his crystalline high-tenor voice, intricate fingerpicking, cinematic production style, and simple, poetic lyrics imbued with warmth and humanity, Tomo’s songs have drawn comparisons to Paul Simon, Elliott Smith, and Jeff Buckley. He has also composed music for film and television, and starred as an actor opposite Ellen Page in Lynn Shelton’s Sundance Grand Jury nominated movie “Touchy Feely”. He has shared the stage with Cornelius, Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate), Laura Gibson, Tom Brosseau, Damien Jurado, LAKE, Mirah, Fruit Bats, Sera Cahoone, and many others. His self-produced second solo album, Pieces of Sky finds Nakayama venturing further into the digital chamber folk sound of his debut album while incorporating ambient synths, dream pop atmospherics and analog drum machines into the mix. They reflect his experiences of, among other things, touring solo across the US, Japan, and Europe, and a year spent busking and people watching at Seattle Tacoma International Airport.

Brenda Xu - brendaxu.com Brenda Xu’s music has been described as “treading the delicate line between washed-out ambient tones and carefully crafted acoustic arrangements.” Her blend of folk, orchestral, and ambient elements are reminiscent of Bon Iver and Cat Power, but has a distinctive voice which emerged on her last album, “For The Winter.” Since its release in 2014, the album has led to several cross-continental tours in the U.S. & Europe, as well as song placements on MTV & Nickelodeon. Her new album, “Overflow” was added to tastemaker radio station, KEXP‘s rotation, and has been receiving airplay and press coverage in countries all over the world. She has opened shows this year for Lisa Loeb and Josh Rouse, and will be supporting Joan Osborne in upcoming shows next year.

Earshot Jazz: Bill Frisell's Circuit Rider Trio & These Hills of Glory (string quartet & improvised clarinet)

Illsey Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, Seattle, WA 98101

The quiet genius of trumpeter/cornetist Ron Miles is gaining the long-deserved international acclaim enjoyed by his Circuit Rider band mates, drummer Brian Blade and frequent collaborator, guitarist Bill Frisell.

Opening: The distinctive classical compositions of another collaborator Wayne Horvitz, including his work for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, debuted at an earlier Earshot festival, have just been released on record. Horvitz’s concerto, “These Hills of Glory,” will be performed by a string quartet and improvising clarinetist, Beth Fleenor.

"These Hills of Glory" combines a classical string quartet, in 4 movements, with an improvising soloist. Performed by four of Seattle's finest and in demand string players (Paris Hurley, Alina To, Heather Bentley & Maria Scherer Wilson), they are joined by clarinetist Beth Fleenor, a long-time collaborator of Mr. Horvitz'. This piece will also be released on CD in October on the National Sawdust label. It will be paired on the release with Those Who Remain: Concerto for Orchestra and Improvising Soloist. This composition was commissioned and premiered by the Seattle Symphony in 2015, conducted by Ludovic Morlot, and featuring guitarist Bill Frisell.

Wayne Horvitz: Snowghost Sessions & These Hills of Glory (string quartet & improvised clarinet)

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 550 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

The second of three inspiring shows with composer and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz.

"The Snowghost Sessions" may look like a traditional jazz piano trio, but with the addition of electronics, samples, and Horvitz' signature compositions, it is as much about sonic exploration as it is about swing. The Snowghost Sessions refers to a recording studio in Whitefish Montana where the music was first created. It will be released in October on the Songlines label.

"These Hills of Glory" combines a classical string quartet, in 4 movements, with an improvising soloist. Performed by four of Seattle's finest and in demand string players (Paris Hurley, Alina To, Heather Bentley & Maria Scherer Wilson), they are joined by clarinetist Beth Fleenor, a long-time collaborator of Mr. Horvitz'. This piece will also be released on CD in October on the National Sawdust label. It will be paired on the release with Those Who Remain: Concerto for Orchestra and Improvising Soloist. This composition was commissioned and premiered by the Seattle Symphony in 2015, conducted by Ludovic Morlot, and featuring guitarist Bill Frisell.

Wayne Horvitz: Snowghost Trio & These Hills of Glory (string quartet & improvised clarinet)

The Sanctuary - Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend, WA 98368

The first of three inspiring shows with composer and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz.

"The Snowghost Sessions" may look like a traditional jazz piano trio, but with the addition of electronics, samples, and Horvitz' signature compositions, it is as much about sonic exploration as it is about swing. The Snowghost Sessions refers to a recording studio in Whitefish Montana where the music was first created. It will be released in October on the Songlines label.

"These Hills of Glory" combines a classical string quartet, in 4 movements, with an improvising soloist. Performed by four of Seattle's finest and in demand string players (Paris Hurley, Alina To, Heather Bentley & Maria Scherer Wilson), they are joined by clarinetist Beth Fleenor, a long-time collaborator of Mr. Horvitz'. This piece will also be released on CD in October on the National Sawdust label. It will be paired on the release with Those Who Remain: Concerto for Orchestra and Improvising Soloist. This composition was commissioned and premiered by the Seattle Symphony in 2015, conducted by Ludovic Morlot, and featuring guitarist Bill Frisell.

Endless Summer Soirée

Black Bottle, 2600 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Free Event & Fundraiser for Treehouse - Limited to 50 People. RSVP through Get Tickets link below. Thank you!

Please join us at Endless Summer, a party to celebrate beauty, health and pleasure with Seattle small business owners. We invite you to dress up and bring your loved ones to meet this city's growing leaders in acupuncture, yoga, beauty, GYROTONIC®, home design, and sound healing while sipping on crafted cocktails, eating delicious rustic dishes by Black Bottle, and dancing to music by DJ Mike Check. Come socialize and attend to your well being in the summer months.

The evening offers:

  • An opportunity to give through a silent auction to treehouse, a non profit organization that gives foster kids a childhood and a future by providing opportunities and support to pursue their dreams and become productive members of our community.

  • Swag bags filled with beauty products and health services.

  • Information about the small businesses with new client discounts.

The evening is hosted by Summer Smith and Paige Barnes in collaboration with Seattle entrepreneurs.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

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PARTICIPATING ENTREPRENEURS

SUMMER SMITH - Founder of Hair By Summer; Hairdresser and Color Specialist.

PAIGE BARNES - EAMP, LAc; Founder of Peony, an acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine practice.

JENNA BRODY - Founder of Brick Alley Style, a home staging, editing and consultation business and Jake & Jenna Real Estate, (a Keller Williams North Seattle team).

MARIA SCHERER WILSON - Usui Reiki Master, Sound Healer, Cellist and Founder of Earthtone Healing.

ELAINE SHEN - Director of Seattle Changing Room, a GYROTONIC® studio.

MIGUELE DE QUADROS - GYROTONIC® method practitioner, mdequadros.com

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Please RSVP. This event is 21+

East Meets West Fest

Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore, WA

East West Bookshop and Ananda Sangha of Seattle invite you to celebrate the best of East and the West in this meeting of the hearts and minds at Bastyr University! Even though the event is free, please pre-register so we have a head count.

A day of free workshops on yoga, meditation, kids activities, kirtan, healing classes, sound healing baths, book talks, sustainable living classes, interfaith speakers, and more. Keynote talk at 6pm. More information below.

United Nations Global Ambassador Peace Award Recipients, Nayaswami's Jyotish & Devi Novak will give the keynote presentation on "A New Tomorrow Today". Jyotish and Devi are the Spiritual Directors of Ananda Worldwide, and the authors of Touch of Light and Touch of Joy. They will be joined by local interfaith leaders Imam Jamal Rahman, Rabbi Ted Falcon, Rev. Michael Ingersoll, and author of American Veda and The Life of Yogananda Philip Goldberg.

SCHEDULE - Link through 'Get Tickets'

2 - 6 pm: Workshops and Vendors 2 - 4:30 pm: Children's Activities 6 - 8 pm: Keynote Presentation

3rd Anniversary Celebration Sound Sessions w/Irene & Maria & Crystal Alchemy Bowl Sale

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Seattle Sound Temple, 4300 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA

Free! The Seattle Sound Temple celebrates their 3 year anniversary this summer with a day long open-house and one day sale!! Please join us Saturday, June 23, 11am-5pm for light refreshments, music and 10% off all Crystal Tones Alchemy Singing bowls. Maria will be joining Irene, between 1:30-4:30pm, for Sound Healing collaborations of Singing Bowls and Cello.

Phyllis Young's Celebration of Life Concert

University of Texas at Austin - Bates Recital Hall, 2406 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX

Honoring my beautiful teacher, Phyllis Young, on this day. May her heart be happy and her soul reunited with her beloved Jimmy.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 12, 2017

One of the Butler School of Music's most distinguished emeritus faculty members has passed away. Phyllis Young, Professor Emerita of Cello and String Pedagogy, who was the first holder of UT's Parker C. Fielder Regents Professorship in Music, died on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, in Austin at the age of 92. She was born Phyllis Casselman on Oct. 20, 1925, to Velma Stewart and Philip James Casselman, in Milan, Kansas, and raised in Conway Springs, Kansas. Deciding to pursue a career in music, she earned B.M. and M.M. degrees in cello performance from UT Austin, where she studied under her beloved cello professor Horace Britt. She also studied at the Paris Conservatory and the Chigiano Academy in Siena, Italy. She was a UT Music faculty member from 1953 until her retirement in 2007 and was one of the first women at UT to be promoted to full professor. In addition to her private cello studio, Mrs. Young established the Texas Cello Choir and directed the renowned UT String Project for 35 years, seeing it become a world-wide model for programs that train string teachers and young string players. Her former students hold positions in major universities, schools, and orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, including the New York Philharmonic. Professor Young was President of the American String Teachers Association 1978-80 and spent additional two-year terms as President-Elect and Past President. Her first book on string pedagogy, Playing the String Game: Strategies for Teaching Cello and Strings, published in 1978, went through multiple printings and was translated into more than half a dozen foreign languages. Her second book, The String Play: The Drama of Playing and Teaching Strings, appeared in 1986, and she authored numerous articles in professional journals. She gave hundreds of invited workshops and master classes in more than 33 countries around the world and in most states of the U.S. Mrs. Young received many honors and awards for her work, including the Distinguished Service Award of the American String Teachers Association in 1984. She was honored in 2000 by Indiana University's Eva Janzen Memorial Cello Center with the title "Grande Dame du Violoncelle," and in 2002 she received the Paul Rolland Lifetime Achievement Award from ASTA and the National School Orchestra Association. She is listed in Who's Who in America and similar publications and was the subject of a doctoral dissertation done at Boston University in 2010. Beginning in 1945, for 46 years Phyllis was married to James M. Young, a World War II Air Force veteran and one of the founders of Tracor, who died in 1991 after many years of disability from multiple sclerosis. She was predeceased by her parents and a brother. She leaves a sister-in-law, Madge Casselman, and a nephew, David M. Casselman, both in Arlington, Texas, and a niece, Marsha C. Dickson, in Newark, Delaware as her primary relatives. Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home are not yet complete. There will likely be a small memorial service at Westminster, where Phyllis had a beautiful apartment for the last several years, and a future celebration of her life and career held in UT's Butler School of Music. Her inspiring work and beloved personality have touched the lives of many and had a lasting impact on thousands of musicians and music lovers around the globe, leaving the world a more beautiful and harmonious place in her wake. For those desiring, you may also access the online guest registry and obituary at www.wcfish.com.

Gyrokinesis Acupuncture Sound Bath

Seattle Changing Room, 2110 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA

Gyrokinesis class and Acupuncture by Paige Barnes - Crystal Alchemy Singing Bowl Sound Bath by Maria Scherer Wilson: The Element of Spring is Wood

Sunday, May 6: 2:00-4:30pm, $85

To Register, please RSVP to the EventBright link listed under tickets.

Come nourish your liver as we transition into the Spring season. In Chinese medicine, the spring season is represented by the element of wood, associated with the liver and gallbladder organ systems. In addition to the function of the organ and it's channel, there is an psychological expression as well. The liver's associated psyche is named the Hun, which can be described as an ethereal spirit. The Hun's nature is to provide inspiration and intuition, giving the mind capacity of self-insight and introspection as well as the ability to project outwards towards vision and purpose. The spring amplifies the essence of the Hun. It asks you to connect to your intuition and inspiration, to create your dreams through imagination, planning and collaboration.

Gyrokinesis class and Acupuncture by Paige Barnes

Gyrokinesis is a slow, fluid, exercise practice based on the natural expression of the spine. By gently working the joints and muscles through circular and rhythmic movements with corresponding breathing patterns, the exercises stimulate and calm the body's nervous system, promote circulation and opening new neuromuscular connections.

Following the class Paige will provide a group acupuncture experience to integrate flow and imagination internally through acupuncture. Yoga mats, bolsters, pillows and blankets will be provided. Paige will listen to your pulse and choose 3 to 5 acupuncture points (maximum 5 needles).

Sound Bath by Maria Scherer Wilson

The acupuncture session will be immersed in a sound bath. Using crystal alchemy Singing Bowls around the body Maria will generate sonic vibrations to relax and ground the energetic body. The vibrations promote a flow between alpha, theta and delta brain waves promoting states associated with vivid imagery, intuition, creativity and deep restorative sleep.

To learn more about Gyrokinesis, please visit www.gyrotonic.com/about/gyrokinesis-method/, and Sound Healing, please visit www.earthtonehealing.com

Quartet Evolution: Classical Crossover Concert

Garden House, 2336 15th Ave. S., Seattle, WA

Quartet Evolution is a vibrant, fun and versatile string quartet! Begin Scarseth (violin) & Lin Chen (violin/vox), Brian Hillyard (viola) and Maria Scherer Wilson (cello). We have been making music and performing in Seattle together since 2009. Our love of musical exploration has brought us to create an expansive and fun repertoire beyond the classical playlist that includes popular rock, pop, jazz tunes and even your latest TV and movie themes. Join us tonight to enjoy a Classical and a Contemporary set of music! Doors at 7:00pm, Concert at 7:30pm, Tickets sliding scale: $10-25

Sera Cahoone w/String Trio by Alex Guy (Led to Sea) and guest Zoe Muth

Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE, Olympia, WA

The world of American roots music is no stranger to Seattle songwriter Sera Cahoone. Even though her last three albums were on Sub Pop Records and she spent years at the top of the indie charts, she’s always had a streak of Americana that ran through her music, a love of the humble folk song that bolstered her art. She’s returning now to these earliest influences with her latest album, From Where I Started (2017). Growing up, Cahoone first found her voice in Colorado dive bars, backing up old blues musicians at age 12 on the drums. Her father, a Rocky Mountain dynamite salesman, took the family along to mining conferences and old honky-tonks in the state. The sounds she heard there—the twang of country crooners, cowboy boots on peanut shells—have stayed with her all the way to Seattle, where she lives now, and the seminal indie rock bands she’s been a part of in the city (Carissa’s Weird, Band of Horses).

ALEX GUY- Led to Sea Violinist, Violist, Composer and Songwriter Alex Guy is the leader and principal songwriter for Led To Sea, a magnetic chamber-pop ensemble that fuses classical, pop and experimental music. Her live show has captivated audiences all over the U.S. and Europe, and draws comparisons to St. Vincent and Andrew Byrd. As a musician Alex has performed and collaborated with a virtual whose who of bandleaders, composers, improvisers and jazz musicians in the Pacific NW and beyond. Notable collaborators include Jherek Bischoff, Laura Veirs, Sera Cahoone Ahamefule Olou, Tucker Martine, Wayne Horvitz, The Seattle Rock Orchestra, Mirah, Amanda Palmer, Xiu Xiu, Paranthetical Girls and many more.

Sera Cahoone w/ String Trio by Alex Guy (Led to Sea) and guest Zoe Muth

Benaroya Recital Hall , 200 University St, Seattle, WA 98101

The world of American roots music is no stranger to Seattle songwriter Sera Cahoone. Even though her last three albums were on Sub Pop Records and she spent years at the top of the indie charts, she’s always had a streak of Americana that ran through her music, a love of the humble folk song that bolstered her art. She’s returning now to these earliest influences with her latest album, From Where I Started (2017). Growing up, Cahoone first found her voice in Colorado dive bars, backing up old blues musicians at age 12 on the drums. Her father, a Rocky Mountain dynamite salesman, took the family along to mining conferences and old honky-tonks in the state. The sounds she heard there—the twang of country crooners, cowboy boots on peanut shells—have stayed with her all the way to Seattle, where she lives now, and the seminal indie rock bands she’s been a part of in the city (Carissa’s Weird, Band of Horses).

ALEX GUY- Led to Sea Violinist, Violist, Composer and Songwriter Alex Guy is the leader and principal songwriter for Led To Sea, a magnetic chamber-pop ensemble that fuses classical, pop and experimental music. Her live show has captivated audiences all over the U.S. and Europe, and draws comparisons to St. Vincent and Andrew Byrd. As a musician Alex has performed and collaborated with a virtual whose who of bandleaders, composers, improvisers and jazz musicians in the Pacific NW and beyond. Notable collaborators include Jherek Bischoff, Laura Veirs, Sera Cahoone Ahamefule Olou, Tucker Martine, Wayne Horvitz, The Seattle Rock Orchestra, Mirah, Amanda Palmer, Xiu Xiu, Paranthetical Girls and many more.

ZOE MUTH - Zoe Muth And The Lost High Rollers First making her name in the Pacific Northwest, where she’s been called “Seattle’s Emmylou,” and heralded as one of the best songwriters to come out of Washington State. Playing bars and cafes as a young pre-school teacher, she saved up her minimum wage earnings and beer bucket tips to pay for her 2009 debut album, Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers. That album, along with her 2011 follow up, Starlight Hotel, went on to garner praise from the international press, and landed on No Depression’s “Top 50 Albums” list in their respective years.

Sera Cahoone w/String Trio by Alex Guy (Led to Sea) and guest Lenore

The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave , Portland, OR

The world of American roots music is no stranger to Seattle songwriter Sera Cahoone. Even though her last three albums were on Sub Pop Records and she spent years at the top of the indie charts, she’s always had a streak of Americana that ran through her music, a love of the humble folk song that bolstered her art. She’s returning now to these earliest influences with her new album, From Where I Started (released March 24, 2017). Sera will be joined by Alex Guy - viola/violin/vox, Begin Scarseth - violin and Maria Scherer Wilson - cello.

Jherek Bischoff: By Land and By Sea

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 550 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island

Renowned musician, composer and Bainbridge Island native, Jherek Bischoff presents contemporary chamber works in a special evening of songs inspired by the sea with commentary on how living aboard a sailboat in Eagle Harbor shaped his career in music. Called a pop polymath by The New York Times, Jhereks recent collaborators include playwright Robert Wilson and music icon David Byrne. Joining Bischoff are Heather Bentley and Alina To on Violin, Alex Guy on Viola, and Maria Scherer Wilson on Cello.

Spring Afresh Service

St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 99 Wells Ave S. , Renton, WA

St. Luke’s Seasonal Liturgies returns in 2018 with Spring Afresh, a free event. We will gather on the Spring Equinox at 7:00 pm for an evening of poetry, story, song, and chant. These liturgies are one of St. Luke’s major ways of welcoming and engaging the wider community. Your family, friends, and guests are more than welcome.

Dancing in the Streets - A Rock Symphony Fundraising Event

Xfinity Arena at Everett, 2000 Hewitt Ave, Everett, WA

A Rock Symphony Fundraising Event Homage Senior Services (formerly Senior Services of Snohomish County) and the Snohomish County Music Project invite you to Dancing in the Streets, our 7th annual fundraising dinner show. It's a one-of-a-kind evening of food, friends, and fabulous music!

The Sound Edge Orchestra will accompany the super-groovy vocalists Jimmie Jerrod, Annie Jantzer, Tamara Power-Druits, and Andrew Vait

Led to Sea

The Royal Room , 5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA

Led to Sea is the unusual and magnetic solo project from the Seattle-based violinist, violist and singer Alex Guy, who fuses classical, pop and experimental music. She'll be joined my Maria Scherer Wilson on cello and Adam Kozie on drums. Her live shows as a string player and vocalist has captivated audiences all over the U.S. and Europe, and draws comparisons to St. Vincent and Andrew Byrd. She has opened for and shared the stage with a host of renowned artists, including Laura Veirs, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Mirah and Jherek Bischoff. She has also contributed to albums from Amanda Palmer, Xiu Xiu, Laura Veirs, Mirah and Parenthetical Girls.