Friday, November 10, 2017, 7:30pm
As a part of our first annual concert series, Hal Walker will put on a fantastic show in our Meetinghouse! Free and open to the public so bring a friend along!
Friends, please note that we will be accepting freewill donations at this concert to support the City of Akron’s benefit concert happening the same evening benefiting an elementary school in Port Arthur, Texas, that was devastated when Hurricane Harvey hit the greater Houston area. All monies donated will be paid to the city’s Greater Akron Loves Disaster Fund. Thank you in advance!
Hal Walker writes soul-searching songs that celebrate community, diversity, and the creative process. A multi-instrumentalist, composer and improvisor on the guitar, piano, harmonica, the khaen, and concertina. Hal will be joined at this concert by Blaine and Vanessa Vesely singing harmony and Kevin Martinez on Acoustic Bass.
About Hal …
Hal Walker grew up in Kent, Ohio blowing the harmonica along the banks of the Cuyahoga River. He is a singer, songwriter and musical explorer. A natural-born musician, he is truly one-of-a-kind. His creative and passionate style engages audiences of all ages. Hal’s soaring baritone voice is a Northeastern Ohio treasure. Hal has released 2 albums of his songs and one CD of instrumental music. Home in Ohio and Life Wonderful are available for purchase online and on itunes.
Hal Walker has developed a modern version of a traditional African instrument called a “Banakula.” (Ba-na-‘ku-la) Hal is the creator of www.banakula.com. Hal has a particular talent for taking an instrument associated with a particular culture, such as the khaen, the Thai mouth can, or the African banakulas, and, after learning how they are traditionally used, he then makes the instrument his own by playing them in a uniquely modern way.
Hal Walker, the teaching artist, enjoys ongoing collaborations with Ohio arts organizations. He is on the roster of artists of the Ohio Arts Council Arts Learning program and The Center for Arts Inspired Learning (CAL). For over 10 years he was a director and resident composer for the Summit Children’s Choir. He is the resident musician for the Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Department. Hal’s professional highlights include collaborations with Cleveland’s esteemed Groundworks Dance Theater and leading roles with the Mad River Theater Company of West Liberty, Ohio. Hal is an active member of the Ohio Arts Presenters Network (OAPN) and the Society for the Preservation of the Harmonica. (SPAH) Also, for over 20 years, Hal has been the Music Director of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent.