Hear a Live On Air Performance and Interview

This past Sunday, November 25, 2012, Bob and I had the opportunity to participate in a radio interview and live on-air performance at WRNR.  We were featured on the Sunday Brunch show with radio host Michael Buckley.  You can hear our interview and performance by going to the Video & Multimedia page, here:  WRNR Interview.  Thanks to Michael for featuring the new recording,Rattle Them Chains.  You can hear his show regularly from 7:00 – 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings on WRNR, 103.1 FM.

Nakashima Studios Concert – POSTPONED

Our dear friends at Nakashima Studios have had to cancel our planned concert originally set for this Sunday, November 4.  They do not have power, and they believe it is likely to remain off for another week!  We are all planning on finding a date to reschedule so stay tuned.  This was to have been a fundraiser to raise funds to send a peace table to South Africa.  You can still contribute by visiting www.nakashimafoundation.org.

Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Our family and most of our friends and neighbors were not affected significantly by the storm and we are truly grateful.  Remember, “If you’re here then I’m fine, the sun will surely shine, After the Hurricane!”

With best wishes, Pam


Wait out Frankenstorm with Us – An Open Rehearsal at the Shop – Sunday at 11

Well, with things shutting down right and left, and since our Sultana Downrigging gig was cancelled, we have decided to host an Open Rehearsal at Bob’s Shop (Robert Ortiz Studios, 207C S. Cross Street, Chestertown), tomorrow, Sunday, October 28 at 11:00 a.m.  If you decide to join us, consider bringing a chair if you want to stay.  It may be a furniture shop, but seating is limited!  We’ll hang out, play some music (sans microphones) and make the most of things.  We’ll try to have a few refreshments on hand.  So, if the rain is not to bad, maybe we’ll see a few of you.  You can even pick up a copy of the CD!  –Pam

Rattle Them Chains – CD Release

Well, after many months of traveling to the studio in Silver Spring, coordinating with other musicians, listening, mixing, remixing, working on artwork, coordinating with manufacturers, not to mention, playing, practicing, refining and re-imagining, the new album is available.  For those who love to get the physical product in their hands, you can purchase a CD at an upcoming performance, by coming by my house, or ordering online (click on “Music”).  Digital natives can download the digital version of the album from this website, or, after November 1, from a variety of online music distributors including Itunes, Amazon and CD Baby.  I hope you enjoy these tunes.

Again special thanks to the Kent County Arts Council for providing partial funding for this project.  We need to keep supporting the arts or it will be a dull world, indeed.

Thanks to the Kent County Arts Council!

I am deeply grateful to the Kent County Arts Council for a grant I received to support the release of my new forthcoming album,Rattle Them Chains.  The Kent County Arts Council and its Executive Director, Leslie Prince Raimond, have a huge impact on the creative life of the Eastern Shore.  As residents we benefit from so much live art – musical, visual, performance and otherwise.  I just want to extend my thanks to the Arts Council for this recent grant.  I am delighted to have included a number of other Eastern Shore performers on this project including: Ford Schumann, Nevin Dawson, Karen Somerville, Lester Barrett, Jr, Jerome McKinney, Mary Ashley, and of course, Bob and Sofia Ortiz.  For a small community, many of us are able to lead rich, creative lives, thanks in part to the seeds planted by our local arts council.  Thanks for all you do!

Adkins Arboretum Concert POSTPONED TO TOMORROW, Sunday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m.

The concert planned for tonight (Saturday) at Adkins Arboretum has been POSTPONED until our rain date, tomorrow, Sunday, September 9, at 6:30.  See the performance page for additional information.   The event, Living In the Trees, Speaking to the Times features a photographic installation by friend and photographer, Penny Harris, entitled “Night Walk” and our music.  We’ll do two sets, but Pam will be talking more about how she writes, and Penny will talk a bit about her work.  This will be a nice opportunity to hear more about the creative process from the perspective of two different artists.  Living In the Trees, Speaking to the Times.  This is a special event with our friend and photographer, Penny Harris.  It will feature a photographic installation entitled “Night Walk” and our music.  Check out Penny’s website at:  http://www.pennyharris.com/.  Pam will be joined by Bob Ortiz and Ford Schumann.

The Story of the Wood . . . Getting Ready for a Second Life

Next to playing live music with other musicians, there is nothing that thrills a songwriter’s heart more than knowing you have reached your audience.  One of my songs that has had the farthest reach over the years has been The Story of the Wood.  Written for my husband, Bob Ortiz, a furniture maker, it has made the round of woodworking circles.  Did you know there was a woodworking circle?!  Actually, there is a fantastic community of furniture makers, loggers, collectors and wood enthusiasts out there.  A friend of my daughter was recently in Maine and visited the Thomas Moser Furniture factory, where she took the picture of this plaque (thanks, KJ!).  The song was adopted by Moser and his team in Auburn, Maine — so much so that they carved the words to the song in a gazebo they built on the grounds for their employees.  The plaque is from the gazebo.  Bob, the kids and I had a chance to visit Moser a few years ago and saw it for ourselves.

Besides being carved in wood, the song has been used in a couple of documentaries, published in magazines, in a book for furniture collectors, and used in a variety of other contexts.

We will have another opportunity to highlight the song at a benefit concert we will be doing in November at the Nakashima Studios in New Hope, PA, to raise funds to permit them to build and send a Peace Table to the Desmond Tutu Peace Center in South Africa.  You can click here to learn more about the Nakashima Peace Foundation and the beautiful Peace Tables built to continue a project and vision of furniture maker, George Nakashima, the person who’s work inspired Bob to become a furniture maker.  We’ll provide more details about the concert soon, so keep checking back.