The Sound Artistry of Hudson Valley and Brooklyn, NY
Dwelling in the heart of Hudson Valley and Brooklyn, NY, our ensemble is led by the talented Katie Down. While her roots are in classical and jazz flute, our collective sound ventures into the dimensions of sound art, free improvisation, Americana, Jazz, and global rhythms.
Together, we perform on unique instruments like glass percussion and steel cello. Our ensemble is also recognized for its contributions to the renowned band, The Ukuladies, and the experimental vibes of Sofie Salonika.
Beyond performance, we have a forte in composition and sound design
Among our achievements is the sound score for the praised documentary, Salt in the Air, shedding light on a therapeutic Ukrainian salt mine facing decline.
Our contributions to theatre and dance have not gone unnoticed. Accolades include Drama Desk nominations and the Connecticut Critic's Circle's award for best sound design. We're honored by support from prestigious institutions such as the Mid-Atlantic
Arts Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, BAM, and more.
Our dedication to music also extends to education. Members of our team serve on the music faculty at SUNY New Paltz. Furthermore, we champion holistic well-being through SoundWell Creative Arts Therapy, a venture providing training, clinical supervision, and healing events.
LCAT, MT-BC, MMT, MM
is a licensed creative arts therapist and board-certified music therapist and with post-graduate certifications in EMDR and MBSR. She received her MA in music psychotherapy from New York University and in composition from the New England Conservatory of Music. She completed post-graduate training at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in New York and through the Parnell Institute for EMDR level III.
She is trained in both music and music psychotherapy as well as
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Sound Healing, and Reiki (level 1
and 2) and works with adults of all ages facing issues of depression,
anxiety, and symptoms of trauma. She is the lead music therapist for the
New York chapter of The Angel Band Project , which provides free music therapy services to survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence in 6-8 week sessions online and in person.
Katie is also a highly-skilled multi-instrumentalist and flutist as well as composer and sound designer and brings with her a wide range of musical talents and approaches from classical to Balkan to jazz and free improvisation. She's been a figure in the downtown music scene in New York and regularly performs with a variety of groups in NYC and the Hudson Valley.
Katie teaches at SUNY New Paltz in their music therapy program and holds her own private training and certification programs in sound therapy once a year. She has been a regular guest lecturer at NYU, Vassar College, The New School, The School for Visual Arts, Cal State Fullerton, The Jewish Theologic Seminary, Hofstra University, and many grand rounds at local hospitals including Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, Bronx Psychiatric Hospital, Kings County Hospital, and Jamaica Hospital.