Sharlene Wallace and George Koller having been performing, recording and touring together since 1996. Their performances have included concerts in Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, The 11th World Harp Congress (Vancouver, BC), Festival of Sound (Parry Sound), International Divas lll (Toronto), Music West Kingston, Mississauga Chamber Music Concert Series and Gananoque Concert Series. George plays on six of Sharlene’s albums and produced and played on her harp and bass duo CD “In Night’s Deep Silence”.
Rhythmic. Beautiful. Explorative. Playing original compositions, a flourish of Celtic tunes and music of South America, Sharlene and George create an unusual and memorable programme for harp and bass.
Canadian harpist and composer Sharlene Wallace is a diverse musician performing, recording and teaching on both Celtic and pedal harps. Winner of the Lyon & Healy International Pop & Jazz Lever Harp Competition (USA) and the Dinan Concours d’Improvisation de Rencontres International de Harp Celtique (Brittany), she has given concerts and workshops across Canada, the United States, France and Italy. Sharlene is part of the touring Christmas trio Harp & Holly. Sharlene’s seven CDs express journeys of rhythm, spaciousness, the Canadian landscape, Celtic, Classical, South American and original music. Sharlene’s most recent CD, In Night’s Deep Silence, is a spacious, tranquil album for harp and bass (George Koller). Sharlene teaches both lever and pedal harps at the University of Guelph, Wilfred Laurier University and York University. Her own harp performance degree is from the University of Toronto where she studied with the eminent Judy Loman. Sharlene has also been guest soloist on both Celtic and pedal harps with orchestras in Kingston, Belleville, Timmins, Sarnia/Port Huron, Stratford, Oakville and Guelph. Sharlene is principal harpist with Kingston, Oakville and Guelph Symphonies.
George has accumulated hundreds of wildly diverse performing, touring and recording credits in his expansive musical career including with Peter Gabriel, Holly Cole, Loreena McKennitt, Ian Tyson, David Clayton-Thomas, Phil Woods, The Shuffle Demons, Olivia Newton-John, Chaka Khan, Eddie Harris, Eartha Kitt, Laila Biali, Eliana Cuevas, Holly Cole, Bruce Cockburn, Valdy, Joe Sealy, Sharlene Wallace, John Mcdermott….just to name a few. A prolific composer, producer and bassist, George also plays a variety of instruments, many of them featured on his award winning solo CD, “Music for Plants, Animals and Humans”. He has been a performer/bassist/producer credits on over 800 cd’s! George was presented with the 2007 national jazz award for “Bassist of the Year”, he has a Toronto Star Critics award and 2 Porcupine awards. Multiple film credits include “Such a Long Journey”, “Possible Worlds”, and “Away from her” on which George plays Sitar, Sarode, Dilruba, Tanpura and bass.
August 1st Wednesday – 8pm – MISSISSAUGA, ON
Mississauga Chamber Music
Summer Concerts in Riverwood Park – MacEwan Barn
4300 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga
Sharlene, pedal & electric Celtic harps
George Koller, bass