Maine
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Katherine Rhoda

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 kanklės (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.

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.

In addition to concerts, Katherine offers informative presentations about fretless zithers. She also does musical activities in nursing homes, and has a gift and passion for sharing music with people with dementia. She is an experienced song leader as well, and often shares special music with progressive faith communities.

Her fees are negotiable.

I Have Worked With

  • Nationally touring blues artist Andy Cohen is a fellow fretless zither enthusiast and an expert on the dolceola. He facilitated my acquisition of a dolceola. I sometimes appear with him as a guest fretless zitherist.

  • as presenter of a program on fretless zithers.

  • as a repeat performer in traditional music showcases which Jack and Wepecket Island Records organized at Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conferences.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Katherine
Job Title/Position: 
Musician
Mailing Address: 
PO Box 58
Hiram, ME 04041
Physical Address: 
Hiram, ME 04041
Last Name: 
Rhoda
Phone: 
207-625-4549

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Folk
Additional Disciplines: 
Music - Ethnic / World
Music - New
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
General Public
Nonprofits
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Performance / Concert / Reading
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
100
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Maine Songwriters Association
National Rural Touring Forum (UK)
Education: 
completed 2 years at Oberlin College
Awards: 
N/A

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
If the venue requires amplification, I need two mics on boom stands. If need be, I can provide my own sound system and mics.
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
1