Deborah J. Hamouris

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Indian Summer: Music & Reflections by Deborah J. Hamouris
a book of
Original & traditional tunes & songs with duets for standard mountain dulcimers

2019 marks 40 years since I took up the mountain dulcimer. It seems a good time to sit back, reflect on what I've learned & experienced, and share some of my arrangements of both traditional and original music.

Your support will help me fund the creation of this book! As a patron, you'll receive a first look at both the music, complete with dulcimer tablature, plus the essays & practice tips sprinkled throughout.

I'm in the process of compiling a budget; book designer, cover art, editing text, creation of music tab, recording demo cuts of each page of tab, and, ultimately, printing.

You'll share in the process, all the way! There will be videos, tab pages, first looks at completed pages of the book. Lots of sharing on the process with the occasional expression of angst familiar to most artists LOL!

It's really exciting to get this project off the ground! Honestly, as I write, I have no idea the final cost of it, but let's have fun along the way, together!

Bio: Deborah J. "DJ" Hamouris
DJ is a performer, composer and songwriter; a teacher and choral director; an event producer and community organizer. Known for her work with the mountain dulcimer, she leads the Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra, produces the annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering, and teaches at the venerable Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, California. Musically versatile, DJ performs as a jazz vocalist and a traditionally-influenced songsmith. She is also one-half of the DuciMates with husband, Buffalo.

DJ has seven recordings, the most recent being "1 in 8," songs written during her year as a breast cancer patient, in collaboration with renowned guitarist Mimi Fox. This music accompanies their theatrical show of the same name, including personal stories from a patient's perspective. A book of her music and original arrangements is planned for a 2019 release in celebration of her 40th year with the dulcimer.

In addition to proselytizing for the dulcimer, DJ gives private lessons at her Oakland studio and frequently serves as an instructor for camps, community centers, conventions and festivals. These include Redwood Dulcimer Day, Camp Winnarainbow, Dulcimer in the Wallowas, and the San Francisco Free Folk Festival. She has served on multiple spiritual and art organization boards, organizing community events such as Sing for Your Life and Musica delle Donne, an annual festival of women's compositions at alma mater CSU East Bay.

DJ lives in her Oakland craftsman cottage with Buffalo. When time and the cat permit, she knits. Learn more about DJ at
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