Warmbrand, Ted (b. 1943)
Ted is a Jew, has been singing writing and collecting songs since he was a child growing up in a multicultural center of the world, the Bronx, NY. After a university teaching stint during the 1960's in the midwest, he took to the road and collected, wrote, and shared songs of social concern as a traveling minstrel. He sang for children, for rallies, for public meetings as well as campuses, commercial establishments and the like. After settling with his family in Tucson during the 70's he participated in local efforts there as an organizer most visibly contributing original and collected music. He was asked to host a community radio show in the 80's. "Music From The Living Loom” ran for seventeen years and introduced listeners to songs of conscience they'd not hear anywhere else on any dial. As his traveling times got fewer he founded a non profit cultural organization called ITZABOUTIME productions. With that Ted's been responsible for bringing major talents form all over the world to his adopted home.
As a singer Ted has toured Japan, sponsored by Gensuikin (the prestigious anti-nuke group), Nicaragua (sponsored by the Quaker group, Pro-Nica), and most of the U.S. At home he founded the Tucson Labor Chorus in the 90's. He recently put together with some young people working on the Muslim Jewish PeaceWalk, the Band of Cousins. They perform in Arabic Hebrew and English songs for peace and international understanding. Ted has written many songs which have been performed in many places. For more information about his works, contact him at its@therivercom.
Witt, Elise (b. 1953)
Elise was born in Bern, Switzerland, moved to the United States at age three and has lived in Atlanta, GA, since 1977. She calls her music "Global, Local & Homemade Songs," and has composed music in English, Italian, German, French, and Spanish—the five languages she speaks fluently. Elise also sings in at least a dozen more languages and is a widely acknowledged teacher of community singing classes, vocal master classes, and multi-lingual programs for schools and universities. She sings often and happily for and with Unitarian Universalist congregations. For more information about Elise, visit her webpage.
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Last updated on Monday, April 9, 2012.