Edna Garte
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Edna Garte

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My mother was a piano teacher who shared her love of music with me; my father taught me to play guitar as his father had taught him, and introduced me to the mandolin. Growing up in New York City, I used to lead singing with other teenagers, belting out a variety of songs from diverse folk traditions. I also joined several folk and classical choruses, developing a desire to harmonize almost everything.

After graduating from college, I taught music and art to elementary school children. When I set off to the mid-west for my college-level position, teaching art, I found myself starting to write songs non-stop. I’ve been writing, singing and playing the guitar ever since. My love of music turned professional in 1990, when I recorded Songs of Love and War, a cassette-album and short-run CD, consisting mainly of original songs. The music was performed by a several Baltimore singers and instrumentalists. Maryland Musician Magazine called the album "a small masterpiece." More recently, Michigan Folk Notes described the songs as "generally upbeat in spirit, and reminiscent of one longstanding mission of traditional music: to spread shared values within a society."

The songs were played on "Woody's Children" and the "Oscar Brand Show," and received extensive radio airing after the song, "TV", was included in the Acoustic Rainbow Radio Sampler, Vol. 8. Songs for Free Spirits, a CD just released, is an expanded remix of Songs of Love and War with new material added.

In addition to recording, I've been performing live in coffee houses, festivals, street fairs, religious congregations and community organizations. Recent venues have included the The Happy Badger, Toledo, OH; Paint Creek Folk Music Society, Rochester, MI; the Coffee Beanery, Bloomfield, MI; Congregation Shir Tikvah, Royal Oak, MI; The Heritage Harvest Festival, Dryden, MI; New England Folk Music Festival, Natick. MA; Boston Folk Music Society Showcase at the National Folk Alliance Conference, Boston, MA. I also give workshops on folk music and songwriting, for children and adults.

Besides making music, I write poetry and prose, and create visual art in colored pencils and water-based media. My college classes explore relations between the arts in diverse cultures, and aim at spreading the joy of the creative process. I also give workshops on folk music and songwriting for children and adults.

The music in which I participate is usually upbeat, affirming human value and meaning.