The Songwriting Works Team
Judith-Kate Friedman, Founder and Director
An award-winning vocalist, producer and composer, Judith-Kate Friedman started bringing her love of collaborative songwriting, improvisation, and folk, roots, jazz, blues, and choral traditions into service with older and younger people in 1990. Her passion is to create new musical contexts that maximize collective creative expression and communication especially with those who would otherwise have few such opportunities.
Keeth Monta Apgar, SongTeam Facilitator
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.
Matt Sircely, Second Year Apprentice
Matt Sircely leads the diverse roots band New Forge and is best known as a founding member of the Django-inspired leading acoustic Jazz band Hot Club Sandwich. He has performed with many of his major influences including David Grisman, David Bromberg and renowned composer, producer and banjoist Danny Barnes. Adept at styles ranging from old-timey to classic country, jazz to bluegrass, folk, blues and rock, Sircely is currently cutting his first solo recording for Barnes’ Minner Bucket Records label.
Ash Devine, First Year Apprentice
Ash Devine is an Award-winning songwriter, producer, theater artist, and humanitarian clown based in the Blue Ridge region of Asheville, North Carolina. Ash’s musical style spans across genres of contemporary folk, traditional Appalachian, jazz, world and experimental folk rock. Her concerts speak to a wide audience, incorporating 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.
Sam Robinson, Community Relations Coordinator
Hailing from the Far East (Tennessee), Sam is happy to call the Northwest his new home. Although his background is in cooking, writing, and wilderness education, he’s excited to learn more about transforming health and community through the power of song! When he’s not bringing the Songwriting Works gospel to the masses, you can find him playing mandolin, fermenting vegetables, or hiking the hills around Puget Sound.
SW’s board of directors, national advisory council and regional advisory council, composed of elder healthcare, arts and social service professionals, ensure program relevance and adherence to mission and vision.
Linda Duncan Davis
A life-long love of music, art and nature drives the basis of Linda Davis’ three decades of work with low-income elders. Having had a diverse career, she currently serves as Assistant Vice President of AHEPA Management Company, (an affordable senior housing management company serving 5,000 low-income elders in 22 states) where she is responsible for development, oversight and quality assurance of the Service Coordination Department for the firm.
Daniel Deardorff, President, Songwriter, Mythologist, Author
Daniel Deardorff is a “Singer” in the old sense of the word, which involves being a musician, a storyteller, and a maker of ritual. As a composer, performer, mythologist, author and producer he brings more than four decades of experience to his audiences and his students and mentees.
Salish Sea Elders Advisory Council
Laurence Cole, Founder/Director PT Songlines Choir • Vickie Dodd, Sound Healer • Leticia Huber, Inn Keeper • Jim “JJ” Jenkins, Musician, Photographer • William Mawhinney, Poet • Carol Meyer, Social Worker (retired) • Joannie Murayama, Emeritus Director, New Old Time Chattaqua • Martha E. “Marty” Richards, Social Worker, Author • Mari Stewart, Chamber Ambassador • Henry Werch, Consultant • Jim Valley, Rainbow Planet
National Advisory Council Members
Anne Basting, Ph.D., founder Time Slips, faculty U Wisconsin/Milwaukee • Avotcja Jiltoniro, poet, radio producer KPFA, KPOO • Barry Barkan, founder Live Oak Institute • Edie Hartshorne, author, psychotherapist • Rabbi Sheldon Marder, chaplain, Jewish Home San Francisco • Susan Perlstein, consultant, founder emerita, Elders Share the Arts, National Center for Creative Aging • Janice Rubin, photographer, singer • Mark Jude Tramo, MD, PhD, Director of The Institute for Music & Brain Science, faculty, David Geffen School of Medicine and Herb Alpert School of Music, UCLA • Wendy Lustbader, MSW, gerontologist, author