Mirabilis

Mirabilis

BandClassicalCeltic

Katy Taylor and Amy Fradon, vocalists, composers, and musicians perform and compose together singing original and medieval chant and song that weaves celtic ornamentation with haunting, mystical chant and prayers.

Biography

Katy Taylor and Amy Fradon, vocalists, composers, and musicians perform under the name “Mirabilis” and compose together singing original and medieval chant and song that weaves celtic ornamentation with haunting, mystical chant and prayers. A capella and accompanied by medieval hurdy gurdy, flutes, and shruti box, Katy and Amy’s purity of tone and musical depth not only inspires and transports, but connects us to our deepest sense of God-Self.

Katy has been singing since she was a child, starting her career at school talent shows and singing in chorus, school musicals, and church choirs. She has a Bachelors from Alfred University (Alfred, NY) in Performing Arts with a voice emphasis, where she studied voice classically. Katy later lived in Vienna, where she immersed herself in music and studied voice and German. Singing with Anima, a medieval women’s group based in Vermont, introduced her to the music of 12th c. German mystic Hildegard von Bingen. This music made Katy feel like she had come home, into her body and voice as a channel for Spirit, and singing Hildegard’s music became her passion. A few years after this, she began composing her own devotional music, finding that when inspired spiritually, music often wells up within her. Since then, she has been composing and performing a blend of Hildegard’s music and her own celtic-inspired original pieces. Katy has participated in the recording of two medieval CDs and two Shape Note CDs, as well as one featuring her own devotional music, with a second on the way.

Amy started singing later in life, when she was in college at NYU as a dance major. She sang Neil Young songs in the stairwell and began to draw small crowds on the steps, which eventually spilled over into coffeehouses. She began teaching when she got a call from Omega Institute to lead a class in their summer program for staff. They wanted her to do sing-a-longs but Amy suggested sound and healing. Then in the late 1980's a woman called her up and asked Amy to teach her how to sing, which Amy agreed to try, and her career as a voice teacher was birthed. She finds helping others to midwife their connection to their voice, heart, and power to be one of the deepest and warmest, most inspiring journeys of her life. Since then, in addition to teaching voice, Amy has taught many workshops on singing and sound and healing, including starting a series of sacred space workshops called The Vocal Visionary Training, which include Vocal Visionary workshops, Building A Vocal Visionary Community: Sacred Performance Workshop, Finding The Voice Of The Feminine, and The Joy Of Harmony. Amy has penned and recorded numerous CDs in a wide variety of genres.

Katy and Amy are dear friends who love to spend time in each other’s company. Making music together is one of the ways in which they can express their friendship/love for each other, while at the same time finding connection to God / Spirit. Katy and Amy sing because to sing is to be alive and present and connected to Spirit. While singing can be just pure fun, it can at the same time be a vehicle for profound and deep transformation and unfolding of Spirit. They both feel it has been one of their greatest teachers and deepest spiritual practices. Their most recent collaboration is a Mass commissioned by the Foundation for Universal Sacred Music, soon to be published and recorded.

Lyrics

The Flowers Still Bloom

Written By: Katy Taylor and Amy Fradon

Oh the flowers still bloom and the leaves are all turnin’
And the air has the cold kiss of fall
And my heart sees the meeting of the live ones and the dyin’
And the odd pull of time does call

Refrain:
And I gaze o’er the mountains
Could I leap off and fly away
Shed the clothes of myself I have worn too long
Fly so freely through the colors beneath me
And vanish from earth on the sounds of this song

I am older than these leaves whose colors cry their passion
My own colors fade and die
There’s the pain of the dying and the joy of new greeting
And always the turning of time

Hail to Thee

Written By: Text--Carmina Gadelica; Setting--Katy Taylor

Hail to thee, thou new moon
Guiding jewel of gentleness!
I am bending to thee my knee
I am offering to thee my love

I am bending to thee my knee
I am giving to thee my hand
I am lifting to thee mine eye
O new moon, O new moon of the seasons.

Hail to thee, thou new moon
Joyful maiden, of my love!
Hail to thee, thou new moon
Joyful maiden, joyful maiden of the graces!

Thou art travelling in thy course
Thou art steering the full tides
Thou art illuming to us thy face
O new moon, O new moon of the seasons

Thou queen-maiden of guidance
Thou queen-maiden of good fortune
Thou queen-maiden my beloved
Thou new moon, Thou new moon of the seasons!

The Darkest Midnight

Written By: Sean Nos (traditional old style) Irish

The darkest midnight in December
No snow nor hail nor winter storm
Shall hinder us for to remember
The babe that on this night was born
With shepherds we are come to see
This lovely infant's glorious charms
Born of a maid as the prophets said
The God of love in Mary's arms.

Have you not heard the sacred story
How man was made those seats to fill
Which the fallen angels lost in glory
Thru their presumption, pride, and will
They thought us mean for to obtain
Such glorious seats and crowns in heaven
So through a cheat they go Eve to eat
The fruit to be avenged on man.

Ye blessed angels join our voices
Let your guilded wings beat fluttering o'er
While every soul set free rejoices
And every devil must adore
We'll sing and pray that God always may
Our friends and family defend
God grant us grace in all our days
A merry Christmas and a happy end.

Discography

Mirabilis: mystical & celtic chant & song

Set List

Sets are typically 45-60 minutes long. We prefer one longer hour and a half set to two sets, but can do two.

Our repertoire includes original and traditional celtic music, as well as the music of 12th c. Hildegard von Bingen. Celtic settings are often from texts found in the Carmina Gadelica.

Pieces are too numerous to list and sets can be tailored to fit various themes, all with a sacred perspective.