Joy Katzen-Guthrie ... Promotional & Press Kit

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ABBREVIATED BIOGRAPHY #1

  • With more than three decades of experience as professional composer-lyricist and concert artist as well as writer, keynote speaker and educator, Joy Katzen-Guthrie is devoted to uplifting, empowering, and inspiring through the arts and cultural studies. A Memphis, Tennessee native who has made her home in the Tampa Bay area since 1981, Joy has created and served as scholar-in-residence for six Jewish heritage tours throughout China and Turkey and has developed heritage tours to Argentina, Australia/New Zealand, Cuba, and Alaska. She serves as Cantorial Leader for Congregation Beth Am of Tampa, is a member of the music team of Unity of Palm Harbor, and is a lecturer and instructor for Eckerd College and the University of South Florida Osher Institutes in the Tampa Bay Area, Eckerd College Road Scholar Programs and numerous learning series. Additionally, she melds a performance repertoire of some 4,000 songs with a vast knowledge of musical history in congregation, classroom, concert hall, and in 14 published recordings. With her husband Mark, Joy operates a professional recording studio, Tune-of-the-Century Music®, as well as sound design services for a roster of broadcast facilities, congregations, organizations, and individuals. She is a contributing writer to the Encylopedia Judaica, and her photographs of China have been published worldwide. She has also received appointments to the Florida Artist Residency Directory, funded by the State Division of Cultural Affairs, and has been awarded two arts resource fund performance arts grants from the Pinellas County Arts Council. Following studies at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri with BA and BFA degrees magna cum laude and cum laude in Broadcast Communications and Music, she served Tampa Bay's WPLP/News-Talk Radio as Executive Producer and Operations Manager. Her extensive website, www.joyfulnoise.net, is her own design and creation and she loves sharing her knowledge and appreciation of music culture and history, world faith traditions, Judaism, women's studies, and creative expression through her performances, recordings, classes, workshops, and lectures. Joy has developed her music to be both an inner retreat and an outer celebration


ABBREVIATED BIOGRAPHY #2

  • Passionate… Personal… Engaging…  Life-Affirming… Joy Katzen-Guthrie's vibrant music and one-of-a-kind performances inspire and uplift with a message of insight, life experience, and worldwide unity and harmony from generation to generation. Professional composer/lyricist, pianist, and vocalist for thirty-one years and Cantorial Soloist since 1990, Joy uniquely weaves history and storytelling with traditional, contemporary, and original songs from pop, stage, film, and world genres that celebrate the human spirit. Says Donna Klein, founder of Tampa Bay's Women Musicians Alliance: "Joy is a marvel on the keyboard, making her playing seem effortless. Her compositions, as well as her adaptations of others' songs, reflect the summation that it is her life. When she sits down at the keyboard, starts playing, smiles that warm smile of hers and sings to your heart, well it's just inspirational!” From The Tampa Tribune:  "The music here is full of personal revelation and celebratory wonder, but it is refreshingly happy in its absolutes. And groovy, too. Hold it, a happy album? When was the last time you heard one of those? Free of angst, minus preachy platitudes, Katzen-Guthrie manages what so few singers do — to make you feel hopeful without being weighed down by sickly sentiment. She sings her anthems softly, mixed in with groovy guitars, cool cellos and all sorts of other instruments, showcasing a voice that has rare sing-along quality."

    Joy has developed her music to be both an inner retreat and an outer celebration. From around the world, those who have heard her in recording and concert have described the many ways in which her music has been beneficial in their lives, a portal to healing and creativity, joy, awakening and self-realization, support and renewal. A Memphis, Tennessee native, she has made her home in the Tampa Bay area since 1981. Concerts and recordings combine skills as soloist and band leader, guest lecturer and teacher, Cantorial Leader, Unity Music Director, and contemporary new age, folk, stage, pop, and spiritual composer/lyricist. In congregation, concert hall, classroom, and in fourteen published recordings, Joy melds a repertoire of thousands of compositions with musical history, uplifting stories, insightful memories and sing-along ... touching the mind and heart and truly bringing joy. In the words of Tarpon Springs Montessori Academy Director Gail Gilmore, her programs are an "opportunity to explore culture beyond the limit of four walls."


SET LIST

  • CONCERT or LECTURE/CONCERT: Programs of 1 hour, 1.5 hours (with or without intermission) or 2 hours (with intermission) include original songs, Popular American Song Book (pop/stage/film) and Judaic/inspirational standards with commentary. Joy will provide a program length that meets your needs. ORGANIZATIONAL EVENTS (musical programs that share the bill with meeting activities or other speaker/presenters) are typically 45 minutes to 1 hour in length, and will be timed exactly to your specifications as needed.
  • Set lists are personalized for the event, audience, venue and booking request. Choices include standard concert variety, Jewish, Inspirational, New Thought, or theme-related programs. Please see program list for some possibilities. Special requests may be made for any program and Joy will tailor a concert to your length and theme.
  • CLASSES: Numerous class subjects are available from the list of programs. Music for classes is selected based on time available and is designed to enhance lecture and discussion.
  • CLUB PROGRAMS: A four-hour typical club set list includes originals with American Songbook and current/recurrent pop standards. Ten-minute breaks are typically taken approximately every hour to hour-and-a-half.
  • ENSEMBLE: Joy is available as SOLO act or DUO (in configurations of piano/guitar, piano/drums, piano/sax, piano/trumpet, piano/stand-up bass) or TRIO (in configurations of piano/drums/bass, piano/drums/guitar, piano/drums/sax or trumpet), or QUARTET, QUINTET, or SMALL ORCHESTRA. Set lists are tailored for the venue and event and can include originals, standards, Broadway, vaudeville/Tin Pan Alley, film, popular, oldies, recurrents, Israeli, Yiddish, current Jewish pop, and special requests.


BASIC REQUIREMENTS

  • One piano (acoustic or digital)
  • One boom stand (a mic stand with an extendable arm that reaches out up to 24 inches over the keyboard)
  • One professional quality sound system consisting of the vocal microphone (Shure SM-58 or best quality available) and the piano (using a microphone or a direct feed) mixed together, capable of providing adequate volume and coverage for the venue
  • Power outlet near the performance area
  • A tent or a cover over an outdoor performance area to protect electronic equipment in the event of rain.
  • A riser or stage may be provided but is not a requirement. Joy is comfortable being located in the center of or near a group on their level and prefers that programs have an intimate feel.
  • Joy is happy to provide full 88-Key Digital Keyboard, pro-quality microphone and/or sound system for small or large venues if needed.


VENUES

  • In her 31-year stage and concert career, Joy has given thousands of performances in showcases, theatres, concert halls, concert series, fine arts series, seminars, conferences, workshops, folk festivals, homes, outdoor concerts, cafés, house concerts, music festivals, classrooms, clubs, private gatherings, songwriter series, In-the-Round, clubhouses, synagogues, churches, and meeting facilities of every size and for audiences of every age. Your venue will be perfect!


CONTACT

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Joy Katzen-Guthrie
Tune-of-the-Century Music®
P. O. Box 1257
Palm Harbor, FL 34683-2806
727-785-4568 (Tampa Bay area)
727-772-0178 (FAX)
800-354-1302 (toll-free)
joyfulnoise@earthlink.net


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