Sound the Deep Waters
Born in Moldova, in the former Soviet Union, Izolda has been singing since before she can remember. Her mother, a professional vocalist, sang with her (Izolda sang harmonies) and inspired in her a love of folk and traditional music. Taught by her grandfather, she started studying classical violin when she was five. Then, after her family emigrated from Moldova, she played the violin in orchestras, sang in choirs, and discovered musical theatre. In high school, singing with the likes of Andrew Lippa and Jeffrey Seller (producer of Rent), she discovered jazz, specifically a cappella jazz. After performing in various choirs at the University of Michigan, where she got her BA in English Drama, she moved to Washington, DC and quickly formed an a cappella trio called Fleur-de-Lis. Fleur-de-Lis performed in area clubs and festivals. At this time, Izolda discovered the sheer fun of playing the recorder and has serenaded the boulders at Death Valley and many other places that her travels have taken her. She then joined the percussive, upbeat, Celtic-style world beat folk ensemble, Kiva. She appears on two Kiva albums. She was also a founding member of the band Elemental, a traditional/Celtic with jazz influence band. In recent years, Izolda finally gave in to the lifelong call of the guitar and she's been thrilled with it ever since. In December 2000 she debuted on guitar at the Cerridwin's Coffeehouse in Silver Spring, MD. She sang her song about one person's experience of the longest night, 'Solstice Morn.' A comment on the guitar, 'What magic! It's time consuming, and I get lost in it and suddenly two hours have passed and my fingers hurt but it's been worth it. I really believe that this is the instrument I was born to play (outside of singing). The rich tones and the unbelievable versatility of the instrument have made me weep on more than one occasion. I perform with a Takamine LTD-99 (the one with the mountain on the Sound hole) and it's just a joy to play.' Up until December 2000, she was playing, singing, and writing with partner Gina DeSimone, and she appears on Gina's first solo release, Drifting. After this point, she began to focus on her solo performance career and began intermittent study of the guitar with guitar virtuoso, Al Petteway. She also began to concentrate on songwriting and using fiddle, guitar, drum, and flutes (often changing from one to the other in the middle of a song) she incorporates innovative instrumentation into her songs. In April 2001, she began performing solo and has been having a blast! Playing guitar, fiddle, flute, and singing she's excited to be able to share her music. She also teaches voice, violin and flute privately. She enjoys getting her audiences into the act by teaching them songs and rounds that they can all sing together. Recently, she's also begun an exciting new band, called 'Izolda and Folk Nouveau' with the Dianas - Diana McFadden and Diana Sunday - of Kiva and the Bardo Brothers. After teaching privately for over eleven years, in autumn 2001, she began teaching a series of 'Learn to Sing' workshops and classes and has incorporated an inquiry-based teaching style with traditional vocal technique, aesthetics and mechanics. These classes, held under the auspices of the Greenbelt Arts Center, are intended to help participants discover and develop their voices and find joy in singing. After the classes are over, the students then put their knowledge into practice by performing a class recital at a local cafe. This allows the students to apply the vocal techniques and to get a taste of performing. Now in it's third year, the 'Learn to Sing' class series is ever-growing and successful. She's currently spending time developing and teaching, 'Learn to Sing' workshops and she is also designing and developing, 'Life Lessons Through Music,' an innovative creativity and growth project. In August 2001, Izolda released a self-titled three-song sampler. It contains solo versions of, 'Try Again,' 'Solstice Morn,' and 'Homesick For A Memory.' And in January 2003, Izolda embarked upon the recording process for her first solo CD, titled, Sound the Deep Waters. The album was released in June 2003 to rave reviews. The album features her original music plus her oft-requested interpretation of 'Scarborough Faire.' Her musical influences include: Loreena McKennitt, Sarah Vaughan, The Nudes, Jesse Cook, Peter Gabriel, David Wilcox, Sheila Chandra, Sting, Itzhak Perlman, musical theatre of all sorts, Renaissance madrigals (and a cappella music of all sorts), Bach, Mozart, Altan, Solas, On Wings of Song, Libana, and many others.