Sunday, April 28, 2019 10:45am
The Green Sanctuary and Music Committees have collaborated on a special service to honor Unitarian Universalist’s seventh principle to maintain and develop a strong connection with mother earth and the web of life. The musical group, Something Different, will play their own nature- inspired compositions, with Pat Smith and Karen Tlusty-Rissman on Native American flute, John Rissman on guitar, and the whole trio on a variety of unique instruments. Their original performances draw from many musical cultures and genres and are enhanced with thought -provoking visuals.
In Music there is Joy and Learning
Throughout history and on every continent, people used flutes to express experiences, conduct ceremonies, tell stories and unite their people. The oldest instrument ever found is a flute. It is estimated to be 40,000 years old and was made from a bird’s bone. On this continent, Native Americans used the flute mainly for courting, personal expression and ceremonies. In recent years, the Native American style flute has evolved to be compatible to play with other instruments. It is now used by individuals and groups, with or without accompaniment. Its lovely, soulful sound has been shown to reduce stress, promote relaxation and encourage healing.
Something Different is comprised of Pat Smith and Karen Tlusty-Rissman playing NA style flutes and John Rissman, all things with strings. Together they showcase the versatility of this exquisite instrument with music of the world. Original compositions draw from blues, ballads, Latin, Middle Eastern and other musical genres. To further enhance these expressions, unique instruments such as didgeridoo, tank drum, gong, singing bowls (and more) are used. Listeners are exposed to new sounds and new cultures.
Programs have been cultivated for Celebrating Illinois History, Honoring Native American History Month, Musical Road Trip through the World of Music, Celebrate the Earth and Something Different in Concert. New songs are always being added making each performance truly Something Different.
www.cdbaby.com/c/somethingdifferent – Maiden Voyage CD © 2014.
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/somethingdifferent2 – Spirits Rising CD © 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyiu4bA42AM – Soul to Soul Interview with the band “Something Different”
Who are we?
Pat Smith – Native American flute, clarinet, saxophone. In addition to teaching Native American Flute classes and participating in two flute circles, she plays in the Big Ballroom band and the Naperville Municipal Band. She grew up in a musical home so playing in band and singing with the Purduettes during her school years was natural. In 2012, she completed the Certificate of Musicianship from Clint Goss’ Flute Haven Native American Flute School. Her soul sings with the improvisation of the wooden flute.
Adam Reviere, NAF style flute, didgeridoo, world
percussionist, recording artist and engineer
“You bring a talented group playing a variety of instruments and you deliver three different voices with two flutes and a string instrument. Your styles are everywhere from world fusion, classic rock inspired, jazz, etc. You have an awesome sound that is very welcome and enjoyable bringing a cornucopia of emotions, imagery, and color.”
Roz Topolski, Community Engagement Program Coordinator, Vernon Area Public Library
“Thank you for a wonderful performance at our library yesterday. Everyone really enjoyed learning and enjoying the music. Please pass along my sincere thanks to all of your band members for preparing and performing such a great concert.”