DETAILS ABOUT SONGWRITING WORKS
Based in Port Townsend, WA, Songwriting Works™ is a non-profit organization that fulfills its mission to restore joy, hope, health and community by bringing interactive musical adventures, song composition, improvisation workshops and inclusive events to elders, youth, and families. We work in a wide variety of settings from concert halls to care and community centers and classroom spaces. We also train health, arts, education and social service providers to enhance their use of music with those they love and serve.
“The lyrics did some cathartic mending of places deep within my heart”
-Jonathan Toste, benefit concert host
“I’ve never sung before in my life and now I’m singing.”
-E.N., Participant, Age 90
“We were thrilled to welcome Songwriting Works back to Edmonds Center for the Arts for a 2-day Community Songwriting Workshop at Edmonds Senior Center. This program was a wonderful fit with ECA’s new Dementia-Inclusive Series. We consistently see music providing that “spark” that engages people with memory loss, and that creates an opportunity for these individuals and their care partners to experience joy together. I saw firsthand the impact this program made on our community, and look forward to partnering with Songwriting Works again!”
-Gillian Jones, Director of Programming, Edmonds Center for the Arts
“Your beautiful performance and songs brought alive the importance and magnitude of what friendship and personal caring attention can do for the elderly, as well as capturing the heartsong of our organization’s mission and purpose.”
-Judith Merrin, Executive Director, Love is the Answer (LITA)
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Songwriting Works' "Life’s a Song" Ensemble can best be described as a "supergroup" of award-winning singer-songwriters united in their mission to heal through music and compose songs with entire communities. On tour in July 2017 and 2018 in support of their forthcoming studio album,"Life's A Song," the Ensemble brings Songwriting Works’ internationally acclaimed songs, workshops and events to concert venues, learning centers, and communities engaging audiences and participants, age 3 to 100+. Now booking dates in the Pacific NorthWest, the Western U.S./Canada, and conference keynotes internationally.
An award-winning vocalist, producer, composer, and master teaching artist, Judith-Kate Friedman delivers a riveting blend of original folk, roots, jazz, blues, and choral improvisation in her concerts and recordings. As founder of Songwriting Works, she has composed 300+ songs with thousands of people in collaborative Oral Tradition projects that change lives, give voice to undersung communities and celebrate the power of music-making for all.
In his two decades of songwriting, The Harmonica Pocket’s Keeth Monta Apgar has created a catalog of more than 500 compositions, while developing his untraditional style of weaving acoustic wah-wah guitar, lush jazz chords, and image-evoking lyrics into intelligent, refreshing pop. His soulful songs span the genres, navigating folk, blues, reggae, and children’s music. Keeth joined SW in 2009.
Keeth Monta Apgar:
Matt Sircely is a songwriter, mandolinist and multi-instrumentalist. His songs cover a wide range of roots music territory, with a sense of literary precision paired with instrumental work on guitar, mandolin and tenor guitar. Over the years, Sircely has performed in almost every roots music style, and often winds up singing songs in far-flung places. His first recording of original songs was produced, recorded, mixed and released by Danny Barnes: Humdinger Process on Minner Bucket Records, 2015. Matt’s personal experience with family members living with memory loss inspired him to join Songwriting Works’ facilitation team and touring ensemble.
Ash Devine is an Award-winning songwriter, producer, theater artist, and humanitarian clown based in Asheville, North Carolina. Ash’s musical style spans across genres of contemporary folk, traditional Appalachian, jazz, world and experimental folk rock. Her concerts incorporate original pieces with traditional music and cleverly improvised songs. Inspired by her travels as a humanitarian musical clown with MD Patch Adams and Gesundheit! Institute, Ash Devine facilitates interactive music workshops, song circles and humanitarian clowning programs internationally at festivals, medical facilities, schools and private events.