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Kim Michele

Kim Michele

Greater Toronto Area and  beyond


905-420-0478

Email: songofthenightingale1@gmail.com

Website: www.songofthenightingale.com


“They would dance deftly in a ring with merry twinkling feet

There was a bard to sing to them and play his lyre

While tumblers set about performing in the midst of his tune” –Homer,590 BC


Biographical Information                                                                               

Kim Michele will blend her enchanting voice with the sounds on the ancient harp. A musical troubadour, she combines story, music and song to create a variety of programming. Kim Michele is a diverse performer and artist educator trained at the Royal Conservatory of Music for Voice, Classical Harp and for the Artist Educator program Learning through the Arts. Studying at the University of Toronto she also specialized in the early periods including Medieval, Renaissance and Celtic Studies. Kim Michele performs on the Celtic, Renaissance and the Lyon and Healy Classical Harps along with other stringed instruments.

A solo musical guest for a variety of art galleries, art exhibits and artist receptions throughout the GTA and beyond such as the Royal Ontario Museum, Markham Theatre, JD Carrier Gallery and McMichael Gallery Kleinberg. Kim Michele also performs in concert solo as well as duo with her Celtic Folk Duo A Sprig of Rosemary blending ethereal harmonies, delightful ditties, and fanciful fugues for the Toronto Early Music Centre’s Musically Speaking Series. She combines an eclectic mix of genres ranging from Celtic to Medieval/ Renaissance melodies and folk roots music accompanied with narration of historical significance.

Kim Michele has enchanted new retirement home residents along with their families at multiple retirement centers creating an ambience of elegance to events. Kim Michele entertains the residents drawing from her many themed programs of storytelling and music including, Robbie Burns Day, PJ Parties, St Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Spring Teas, Mother’s Day, Summer Events, Garden Parties, Halloween, Remembrance Day and the Festive Season, showcasing the elegance and antiquity of her music and songs on the harp while tailoring new programs for hands on participation to coincide with themes or seasons. Kim Michele invokes joy at senior’s homes by playing familiar tunes, ballads and sing along songs so the residents can participate, even supplying materials for a hands on interactive program.


Kim Michele is experienced in performing for a variety of audiences, schools, libraries, festivals and cultural events. Her programs and workshops suit the curriculum themes and seasons to reinforce educational studies and encourage language and literacy skills through the creation of story, poetry song and other mediums. She offers ancient stories of fairy/folklore, myths/legends, poetry/rhyme and original stories and songs that reflect upon summers in a cottage by the sea. Kim Michele is a featured artist at various literary festivals, storytelling festivals and renaissance festivals.

A Wedding Specialist the sound of the harp will add an unforgettable element of style and grace to your wedding or reception. For several years Kim Michele has been gracing weddings from the prestigious Toronto’s St Michael’s Cathedral and elegant banquet halls to the simplistic garden wedding. Kim Michele’s music is chosen to suit each occasion from a repertoire based on her original arrangements of traditional and Celtic music. This is augmented by selected classical, contemporary, and seasonal selections. Kim Michele will help guide you through your choices of music creating your own unique program for your special day.


Kim Michele is editor for the Canadian Storytellers for Children’s Barrel of Stories as well as a board member.  She is a member of Storytelling Toronto and the Durham Folklore Storytellers. Kim Michele is founder of the integrated arts program Legends, Lore, Music and More delivering programs in schools and throughout the community in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond.

                                                                                        

Publications

  • CD - Shining Waters (Harp) – Produced @ Towne Music Mississauga On.

  • CD - Christmas at Trafalgar Castle-16 Songs –Stories-Nursery Rhymes Produced @ Boudreau’s Studio-Toronto On-2011

  • CD – A Sprig Of Rosemary  (Harp Flute Duo)Produced @ Marc Meriläinen Music - Toronto On - 2014

  • Harp Column – Acoustic Cafe Magazine – Purple Paw Pub – Kitchener On. 1996-97

  • Poetry- Acoustic Cafe Magazine – Purple Paw Pub – Kitchener On. 1996-97

  • Harp History Articles – Ontario Folk Harp Society – Harp to Harp Newsletters – 2001

  • Barrel of Stories SFS Editor from March 2013-current and ongoing

Specific Programs

Arts Infused Storytelling for Schools, Libraries, Festivals, Theatre, Cultural and Special Events Program                                                                                                   

Children and adults alike can experience the magic of music and story encouraging their boundaries with creativity. Enriching schools JK-8, libraries and other venues through music/story and supporting participation-(sing-chant-move-dance-explore-express-create-listen-) Enhancing core curriculum areas and supporting successful learning, curiosity, self expression, social skills and cooperation.

Hands on “Workshops” Music-Storytelling –Dance-Folktales-Ballads–


Listen to timeless story ballads, harp songs, hear a harp story. Learn some harp history. Learn the Do Re Mi to play a simple song. Sing a French nursery song, sing in rounds. Experience, explore and grow musically with music story and song. Hands on Workshops


History and Heritage –Celtic-Medieval-Renaissance–


Kim writes personal/family stories promoting heritage with original music to compliment the story such as “Emma’s Garden” where she spent her childhood summers. She combines traditional world ballads with or without musical accompaniment such as songs of past generations sung in the kitchen or round the fire before technology or to compliment Celtic–Medieval-Renaissance stories. Kim partners and makes cross curriculum connections in her programs encompassing the arts and fostering creativity and innovation.


Moments in Canadian History

Longfellow’s poem had a powerful effect defining both Acadian history and identity in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Kim Michele will take listeners to her roots in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia where she grew up listening to the local stories, history and abounding heritage, to a retelling of “The Story of Evangeline” Merging a mixture of story and poetry along with a sprinkling of French songs and lullabies accompanied by voice and harp, that is fused together to recreate the tragic events that befell the Acadian community in 1755.


Special Needs Programs


Kim Michele creates Hands on collaborated workshops geared for youth with special needs 13-24 year olds focused on leadership skills through storytelling, music, dance and drama which included historical narratives celebrating the War of 1812. They developed communication skills responding to various prompts and dramatic improvisation within the narratives as the participants explore the creative process and take the lead…

Collaborative Programming


Rattlings and Rhythms

Kim Michele and Heather Whaley collaborate to create and compose original works to intersperse with traditional story and song. Performing solo as well as duo all programs are designed for Stage, Corporate Events, Schools, Art Venues and Festivals.

A few popular performances…suitable for older audiences

Summer Seas and Memories

To sweep you across and through rhythmic waves of tradition and contemporary life that will take you to your own special place of memory.

A perfect literary compliment to our festival – Your professionalism certainly came through!

Stella Ducker, Stellar Literary Festival

Love Voices in the Wind

Love is kind. Love is cruel. Love is real; A musical, poetic journey through stories and songs that transcend visual imagery in the realm of fantasy and realism.

Tales to the tune of the Celts


Irish and Scottish tales and tunes to make you laugh and cry, and join in for a good Craic!  (can be adapted to a separate Irish or Scottish theme)

Classic Tales


Kim and Heather also collaborate to create adaptations of ‘Classic Tales’ and also compose original works, which include both story and song. All programs are designed for Stage, Corporate Events, Schools, Art Venues and Festivals.


The Nutcracker ADAPTATION of author E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King 1815 (German) Performed in costume, Heather and Kim bring not the Nutcracker Ballet version to stage, but a dramatic narrative of what was originally written as a dark, frightening story of a battle between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King. They retain the music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky with compositions on Harp and through vocalize. Suitable for older children, youth, and adults –November to January


The Nightingale ADAPTATION of Danish poet and author Hans Christian Anderson’s The Nightingale 1843 The Nightingale is a fairytale about an emperor of China who hears that the most beautiful thing in his own land is the song of the nightingale bird. Performed in costume, Heather and Kim bring this wonderfully sensitive tale to a new level of understanding with Chinese and Japanese folk-songs transposed for harp, vocals, and guitar and selected due to their entrancing lyrics, which blend with the storyline. Suitable for older children, youth, and adults. - May to September


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