MARCH 1, 2017
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You may have seen them at flea markets: many-stringed, play-by-number, with decorative decals and creative playing mechanisms. The early 1900s saw a flood of musical inventions, some ridiculous, some sublime, sold door-to-door and in popular catalogs, and all marketed as the ultimate in DIY music making.
Ever-grateful for her electronic tuner, Maine musician Katherine Rhoda loves to explore the whimsical world of vintage fretless zithers. She plays several, including the Marxophone, violin-guitar, Phonoharp No. 1, and harpeleik, as well as the accordion, Lithuanian kankl?s (from the land of her mother's people), and more. She has a superb and expressive voice, and a gift for crafting memorable original music, which she blends with traditional material and off-the-beaten-path covers. Far more than just a novelty act, Katherine has a vibrant and engaging presence on stage. Unafraid to air the challenges of the human predicament, she radiates a passionate personal optimism and brings a reflective and inclusive sensibility to her work.
Katherine Rhoda, as a performer, is something very, very different.
Her latest CD is Joyful Confluence, released in August 2016. A live version of one of the tracks, Snowbound, has had over 25,000 hits on YouTube.
(photo at right by Roger L. Miller, LucidMusic.com)
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