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Havurah celebrates 20 years

Celebrating its 20th birthday the Havurah Synagogue in Ashland is sponsoring a concert entitled &

Finding the Light of the Soul in the Dark of the Year&

with its founder, Rabbi Aryeh Hirschfield. The concert will take place on Saturday, Dec. 24. at 7:30 p.m. at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 North Mount Avenue in Ashland. Tickets are $15 and $8 for all children and teens, and are available at the Havurah office. Call for information or to reserve your tickets at 488- 7716.


Rabbi Aryeh is a gifted teacher, storyteller, and composer. People from all spiritual traditions love his music and are very welcome to join us,&

Rabbi David Zaslow said.

Rabbi Hirschfield writes that, &

I'm very much looking forward to performing in Ashland and to having the opportunity to express the joy and love I feel for the people and the place. My intention is, basically, to raise the roof and get us all singing and, even, dancing. Into the mix I will weave stories and Jewish and universal spiritual teachings, especially since the concert will be on the first night of Hanukkah.&

The founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi says that &

Aryeh Hirschfield makes the kind of music that lifts the soul in prayer and turns the spirit to prophecy. In the tradition of cantor and visionary musician, he entertains the spirit as well as the mind.&

Rabbi Hirschfield will be leading services on Friday night, Dec. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday morning, Dec. 24 at 10 a.m. Free and open to the pubic. For information call 488-7716.

Ashland publisher births new local writing voice

Award-winning Ashland Publisher Births Bold, New Local Voice

Silver Light Publications, an award-winning, Ashland-based publisher, announced earlier this month that it will publish a new book by local writer, Alissa Lukara.


Riding Grace: A Triumph of the Soul&

chronicles Lukara&

s 12-year quest through new frontiers of healing to reclaim her life from a debilitating illness which has roots in childhood trauma. It&

s also her raw, no-holds-barred descent into and out of the dark night of the soul to accept the unacceptable and open herself to miracles and grace.


re excited to birth an important new voice in literary art," says David Wick, publisher for Silver Light Publications. "Riding Grace emanates power, compassion and humanity, and we are pleased it was written by an Ashland author."

The book is scheduled for release in February 2007.

"I feel blessed to bring out Riding Grace with a local publisher who offers worldwide distribution, expansive vision and personal, hands-on attention," says Lukara, the creator of Lifechallenges.org, a nonprofit website which helps people face and transcend adversity, and a columnist for Ashland Magazine with a feature on authors of Ashland.

Silver Light Publications, whose tag line is "a bold voice," was co-founded by Wick and Irene Kai. They publish literary art that advocates, provokes and inspires positive change in seeking truth and compassion. Kai&

s own memoir, The Golden Mountain, which was also published by Silver Light, won three national awards in 2005.

Mt. Shasta fiddlers mix celtic, bluegrass, jazz

National Fiddle champions Tristan and Tashina Clarridge of Mt. Shasta, Calif., will be collaborating with Banjoist Ben Krakauer of the young Charlottesville, Va.,-based group Old School Freight Train, for a series of exciting concerts exploring a dynamic mix of Oldtime, Celtic, Bluegrass and Jazz, with a stop at Ashland&

s Mojo Rising Dec 29 at 8:00 pm. For tickets or information call 541-324-7044 or see the Web site www.mojorisingstudio.com.

Ben Krakauer is a founding member of acoustic quintet Old School Freight Train. The band's most recent release, Run, was produced by the great mandolinist/composer/producer David Grisman, the founder of "Dawg music". In 2005, Old School Freight Train has appeared as David Grisman's accompanying band at venues across the United States. Tashina Clarridge, the current national fiddle champion, has been performing for the past 15 years. She has toured extensively with the contemporary bluegrass ensemble Due West, and has instructed numerous times at Mark O'Connor's strings conference. Tristan Clarridge is the youngest person ever to win the Grand National Fiddle Championships, successfully achieving that title for three years running. Recently, he has toured with Violinist/Composer/Producer Darol Anger's multi generational group the Republic of Strings.

Tristan Clarridge:

Fiddle and Cello

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Tashina and Tristan Clarridge join Banjo master — Ben Krakauer at Mojo Rising Thursday, Dec. 29.

Submitted photo

A talented multi-instrumentalist, Tristan is the youngest person ever to win the Grand National Fiddle Championships, successfully achieving that title for the past three years. Beyond his extensive contest achievements, he is a brilliant acoustic-eclectic musician, spanning many genres of music and instruments with an individual style that is clearly unique and beautifully expressive. Mark O'Connor writes "It would be very difficult to detect Tristan's youth because of his mature phrasing and old time flair. He has a lot going on in that musical mind of his and will step out in life to make wonderful contributions through his music".

An inventive cellist, Tristan is one of the few in the country to adapt rhythmic Celtic and bluegrass playing to the cello, and has worked closely with cellists Natalie Haas and Rushad Eggleston. His mandolin playing also shows amazing creativity with styles ranging from bluegrass, Celtic and jazz to complex Texas-style guitar rhythm. His mandolin influences include, Chris Thile, Mike Marshall, and Tim O'Brien.

Tristan has toured with Darol Anger's Republic of Strings, and performed with the Bill Evans String Summit. Mick Moloney writes in his notes for the Clarridge's CD My Lily,: "Tristan and his sister Tashina play an impressive mixture of bluegrass, Texas style, old-time and Cape Breton tunes in their rapidly expanding repertoire. They are sure to become nationally and internationally recognized".

Tashina Clarridge:


Tashina Clarridge is a very talented, highly inventive fiddler who has gathered her knowledge from nearly 21 years of musical experience. She started violin at the youthful age of 2, and has been performing for the past 15 years.

Raised in the mountains of northern California, Tashina studied with Megan Lynch and Rob Diggins. Her musical horizons were greatly expanded by frequent visits to Nashville for Mark O'Connor's fiddle camp where she studied with many fiddle heroes such as Darol Anger, Natalie MacMaster, Buddy Spicher, Matt Glaser and, of course, Mark O'Connor. She is the current Grand National Fiddle Champion, and a 6-time Grand National finalist. She is also a 5-time California State fiddle champion, and 2-time Western Open Grand Champion. Though her contest history clearly distinguishes her as a sparkling clean, studied player in the genre of Texas-style fiddling, she reveals great musicality in her skill of intricately arranging traditional, and not-so-traditional, tunes. Her enthusiasm for many diverse styles of music brings an unusual level of creativity to her playing.

Tashina currently travels and performs throughout the western United States with her brother Tristan. She also performs with the Bill Evans String Summit, and has toured extensively with the contemporary bluegrass outfit, Due West. Together Tashina and Tristan have taught many lessons and workshops and are currently instructors at Mark O'Connor's fiddle conference in San Diego, where they have taught for the past 4 years. In Mark O'Connor's words: "Tashina is taking her music very seriously to the point where she will make a lasting impact on the people she touches with her talent in the future. She is in music for the right reasons and we as listeners will benefit from it".

Ben Krakauer:


Ben Krakauer began studying bluegrass banjo in Williamsburg,VA. He later attended the University of Virginia to study jazz and music theory, and was a recipient of the Brander Wyatt Morrison Prize in music. During college he competed in many banjo competitions, finishing second at Merlefest 2002 and 2003, and first at Rockygrass in 2003. He currently teaches banjo at the University of Virginia.

Ben is a founding member of acoustic quintet Old School Freight Train, and has been touring and recording with the band since 2000. The band's debut self-titled CD was the 45th Grammy entry for Best Bluegrass Album in 2003, and a 2003 Independent Music Awards Finalist.

The band's most recent release, &


was released on Acoustic Disc in May 2005, and produced by the great mandolinist/

composer/producer David Grisman, the founder of "Dawg music". In 2005, Old School Freight Train has appeared as David Grisman's accompanying band at venues across the United States.

Holiday bassoon concert in Medford

Kirsten Boldt will be returning to the Music at St. Marks concert series on December 28 at 7:30 p.m. with the popular Bassoon and Friends concert. In this, her fourth annual holiday concert, bassoonist Kirsten Boldt will be performing with organist Dr. Margaret R. Evans, vocalists Barbara Evans O&

Donnell and Andrew Brock and pianist Laurie Hunter. The program will include music by J.S. Bach for bassoon, organ and alto and tenor soloists as well as pieces by Telemann, Vivaldi, Carl Maria von Weber and Edvard Elgar. A relatively new composition by Craig Phillips, Pastorale for Bassoon and Organ, will round out the program.

Sometimes called the clown of the orchestra, the bassoon is a large woodwind instrument played on a double reed with a range of three octaves, one of the widest of orchestral instruments. This concert offers a unique opportunity to hear a bassoon played as a solo instrument, utilizing its many voices and moods. Music aficionados will be anxious to hear a concert showcasing one of their favorite and seldom heard instruments.

Kirsten Boldt, an Ashland native, is working on her doctoral degree in music performance in bassoon at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she also teaches. She has performed with several professional music ensembles, including the Boulder Mahler Festival, the San Francisco Symphonietta, Berkeley Opera Company, Longmont Symphony and as an orchestra member and a guest soloist for the Steam Boat Springs Chamber Orchestra. Before moving to Boulder, Ms. Boldt was an adjunct professor of music at Southern Oregon University.

Music at St. Mark's is a series of high quality, professional musical presentations offered to the community by St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Fifth and Oakdale in Medford. This concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7:00, and is free on a first-come, first-seated basis. A reception will follow in the parish hall. For more information on this and other upcoming concerts, you may call Music at St. Marks at 858-8037.