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"Jayne Demakos' CD explores great songwriters, personal journals"

Without apparent worry about genre, yet all holding together, "Hush" contains songs choices that could hardly go wrong-from great songwriters like Stephen Foster and Leonard Cohen to the genius nun composer Hildegard von Bingen....In all its quietness and a refined sense of musical space-with Demakos' lovely choir girl voice, the project has, to its credit, startling, raw elements.... - Linda Stout, Ithaca Journal

"...weaving music into conferences"

“Jayne Demakos made a pivotal contribution to several weekend workshops on religion and human rights that we did together. With great skill and sensitivity, her music deepened our thinking, opened our hearts, and guided us to inspired actions.”

Victor Mansfield, Professor, Author, “Head and Heart: a Personal Exploration of Science and the Sacred”.

Victor Mansfied, Chairman of Physics and Astronomy, Hobart and Smith College.
- endorsement

"Music and Writing workshop"

“Working with Jayne Demakos to offer a weekend writing and music retreat was a profound and delightful experience. I loved Jayne’ depth and skills as a a teacher, her gifted musicality, and her flexible creativity. Besides that, she was so much fun to work with. I want to do it again!”

Patricia Lewis, Patchwork Farm Writing Retreats, Senior Partner in Amherst Writers and Artists

- endorsement

"...from the audience"

“Jayne your music is incredible. It has brought me closer to myself ...It has given my life a richness and depth that I longed for but did not know how to find. Your music has made the world seem a better place. Thank you for the gift your music has given me”

- endorsement

"Author Speaks"

“Jayne has the gift of bringing into harmony the feelings that an event evokes in a great variety of people. Chords of music are threads which pull hearts together, and Jayne is a pioneer in using these threads to weave peace.”
Brother David Steindal-Rast, author, Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer and A Listening Heart: the Spirituality of the Sacred. Founder Gratefulness.org
- Brother David Steindal-Rast

""Listen now again""

‘Come, come, whoever you are…’ Herein lies the essence of this inspired treasury of celestial/terrestrial sounds. This is nourishing food for every ear that chooses to listen keenly and obediently and promises the listener a sonic experience which is spiritual and wholesome. There is an Irish ancient ever-wise proverb or sean-fhocal which sings: Trí nithe nach féidir a fhoghlaim – guth, féile agus filíocht. Three things that can never be learned – voice (singing), celebration and poetry. Jayne Demakos is a natural genius at all three and her instinctive gifts are set in stone-circle and sound-circle around the spirit-filled four-lettered word, ‘Hush’. Ultimately, this one woman’s crie-de-coeur is ‘…a music you would never have known to listen for. Listen now again’. (Seamus Heaney) Nóirín Ní Riain Ph.D , Singer, Theologian, Author (“Celtic Soul”; “Stor Ambran”; “Vox de Nube”; “The Gregorian Chant Experience”

- Nóirín Ní Riain Ph.D

"Jayne Demakos - Harp and Voice"

Jayne Demakos
[“Hush”] from Jayne Demakos, is an album that will cause listeners to relax into a peaceful and un-anxious state. Demakos has taught and performed music for over 25 years and on this album her prowess shows in spades. Her harp work accompanies her vocal tone, which goes from soft to sonorous throughout the record.

.... very meditative...engaging harp skill...deep vocals....

Jayne Demakos’s “Harp and Voice” is filled with brooding symmetry designed to make listeners think about elemental things and relax at the same time. Her voice goes from tranquil to quite strict throughout the album, which gives each song a distinct tone which listeners will enjoy.

Reviewer: Sari N. Kent - Celebrity Cafe


Collage (1999)
Hush (Nov 2006)



Jayne Demakos lives and makes music in the Finger Lakes area of New York state. A harpist and a vocalist, she uses music as a means to heal, inform, celebrate, explore and sustain. Founder of “Move Your Heart” solo concerts, she also brings music into conferences and workshops, weaving music throughout to bring together and deepen the spoken words as well as create a sense of larger community. She is director of the Music Program in her area’s Hospice specifically using music in palliative care. Jayne’s next CD promises to be all harp music sensitive to the needs of Hospice patients.