ON A CAREER CREATING IN 2020 – MEDIUM ARTICLE

photo by Karen Moskowitz

What role do songwriting and songcraft play in your creative process?

My creative process always begins with improvisation — little seedlings mostly sprout while walking, driving, cooking, or showering, and then they really grow when I sit down and begin improvising with them. Things usually start with the voice — I sing melodies, beats, harmonies, and then go back and figure out what they are on clarinet and piano as I begin shaping. On rare occasion something will begin with the clarinet and build from there…..read the full article by Wes Weddell here: https://medium.com/@wesweddell/on-a-career-creating-in-2020-dc7f1ee0aad

COVER FEATURE: EARSHOT JAZZ – JANUARY 2020

photo by Daniel Sheehan

 

If one defines artistry as a simple expression of ar­tistic ability, the surface is barely scratched in terms of what motivates passion for that expression. If art­istry is defined as a discipline of be­ing—as a way to find one’s pathway to self-realization and come to terms with one’s own humanity—then you’ve defined the day-to-day practice of sonic sensory clarinet­ist and vocalist Beth Fleenor…. read the full interview by Paul Rauch here: https://www.earshot.org/project/beth-fleenor-the-discipline-of-being/

NOW AVAILABLE: NEW CRYSTAL BETH RECORD “PUSH THRU”

Debut full length Crystal Beth solo record PUSH THRU is now available on 7d Media!

https://crystalbeth7d.bandcamp.com/

Available as CD, Vinyl, Download, and on all streaming platforms….order through BandCamp to ensure the artist can continue to make new music!

“Crystal Beth unleashes her first full-length studio record, PUSH THRU, a solo incarnation using wailing vocals, amplified clarinet, beat-boxing and electronics to weave a sonic universe all her own. She has been described as “world music from an imaginary planet” (Seattle Times), ”a supremely versatile and virtuosic maverick” (The Stranger), and “one of the most fearless and innovative musicians in the city…” (Earshot Jazz).” 

 

SHOW 5/31/19: CRYSTAL BETH & THE BOOM BOOM BAND AT BLUEMOON

FRIDAY, MAY 31 – 9pm
Blue Moon Tavern
712 NE 45th St, Seattle
Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band with Vardaman Ensemble and The Luna Moth

Who is ready to get loud, get down, shake it out, and re-ground? Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band gets wild at the Blue Moon this month. Prepare for catharsis and good time chills! We will be joined by special guest drummer Ruby Lucinda and she is bringing groovy freight train energy to the BOOM! Come get some!

WORKSHOP 6/1/19: SOUND CATHARSIS SLOW FLOW

Saturday, JUNE 1 
6 – 7:30pm
Twist Yoga Richmond Beach
Sign up here: https://twistyogaedmonds.com/events/sound-catharsis-slow-flow/

I began my journey into a devoted yoga practice 2 years ago and it has literally changed my life, facilitating an undulating, embodied connection to my true self as I transform, shift, change and grow – a growing level of comfort in the discomfort…AND it is a continuation and extension of what I’ve been exploring musically for the last 20 years. I am EXTREMELY EXCITED to bring my music and yoga practices together in this new workshop with one of my favorite teachers. Whether you are completely new to yoga, or a long time student, there is a place for you here – come one come all!

MORE INFO:
SOUND CATHARSIS & SLOW FLOW
https://twistyogaedmonds.com/eve…/sound-catharsis-slow-flow/
Experience slow and sweet meditative flow guided by Elizabeth and set to live improvised music by composer/clarinetist/vocalist (and Twist yogi) Beth Fleenor. This special event is designed to hold space for you to move freely and lovingly in your body as you experience the energy and healing power of live music and movement married together. We will move, meditate, chant, and soak up the sound. All levels welcome!

SHOW 5/18/19: A MULTI-SENSORY INSTALLATION STRAIGHT TO THE HEART

Some really long awaited experiences on the horizon…please join us for this installation SATURDAY 5/18!
CHAPEL PERFORMANCE SPACE / 4649 Sunnyside Ave N. / Seattle, WA

Tiny pies & delectable treats, meditation, and catharsis combine with live music, video, and light in a two hour ritual experience. Created by Beth Fleenor (voice / amplified clarinet / sound & food composition) with Scott Keva James (video art), and David Verkade (lighting), this will be an evening of taste, breath, listening, motion, and being.

For this performance experience, the Chapel will be divided into four connected spaces, filled with sound, light, video, and food. Audience members are invited to move freely about the space to experience different perspectives of the work created. Above all, the intention is to create a moment of beauty and peace – a space to just be with yourself and others – that stretches out continuously over two hours.

MORE ABOUT THE WORK:
http://www.waywardmusic.org/?p=4423
“Divided into four ventricles, the human heart rhythmically pumps blood through our circulatory system, providing the body with oxygen and nutrients, and assisting in the removal of metabolic wastes. Even though emotions are thought to be centered in the brain, a strong rush of emotion such as fear, anger, or love, pumps adrenaline to the heart – accelerating the heart beat. In conversation and thought, we often charge this tiny muscular organ with the responsibility of guiding us in the right direction, or cluing us into aspects of universal connection. Residing in the center of our chest, we use phrases like “listen to your heart,” “follow your heart” and “have a heart” to find our way to a deeper part of ourselves. We seem to seek a pathway to our own inner knowing and our ability to connect that knowing with others…heart to heart. The heart communicates to the brain and body in four ways including nervous system connections, hormones produced in the heart itself, biomechanical information via blood pressure waves, and energetic information from its strong electrical and electromagnetic fields. The heart emits an electrical field 60 times greater in amplitude than the activity in the brain and an electromagnetic field 5,000 times stronger than that of the brain. It not only can be measured anywhere on the body (using an EKG) but also for several feet outside the body. And interestingly, activity in one person’s heart can be measured in the brain waves of another person. The electromagnetic field of two individuals, touching or within a few feet of each other, can interact so that energy activity in the heart of one individual is measured in the brain waves of the other. The electrical activity of the heart and the brain can be guided into a synchronous electrical rhythm easily measured and displayed by simply focusing on positive and loving emotions emanating from the heart. This state of organ “coherence” is associated with improved higher level functioning, lower blood pressure and cortisol levels, and improved immune system function.” (Cardiologist Dr. Joel Kahn) All of which serves as inspiration for this performance experience.