The Soundfalls Team is a multi-layered, multi-faceted collection of 60 plus individuals from the valley, region and country who have gathered in phases to create unique, live, performance experiences (see end of page). They are supported by a smaller handful of local volunteers, the Soundboard Team, who show an extra level of enthusiasm and commitment. They are described below:
Director, Founder, and Co-host: Maren Van Nostrand
Maren Van Nostrand, musician, teacher, community organizer and environmental planner, grew up in Minnesota and moved to Seattle in 1990. She and Byron made Carnation their home in 1996. For her entire career, Maren has focused on the preservation and/or creation of cultural and natural community gathering places, and the culture that brings those places to life. Through Soundfalls, Maren captured a nexus of creative talent and untapped energy with acoustically outstanding historic buildings. She seeks out talent for events, then works with the Soundboard Team to lift that talent up through encouragement, interviewing, and creative preparation. She often joins in with performers onstage by harmonizing and playing percussion. Now, over 300 people attend shows regularly throughout the year, including not just shows, but also workshops, shows and parties. Maren is the chair and organizer of the Soundboard Team.
Humorist and Co-host: Byron Ricks
Byron Ricks, nationally published writer, editor, and creative humorist, plays a key role in keeping people entertained as he combines wit and wisdom to help carry Soundfalls events from beginning to end. He develops stories, and sometimes characters, unique to each show, combined with his dulcimer, and sometimes accordion and trumpet. Byron is a member of the Soundboard Team.
Keyboard accompanist, story teller, song writer, and filmmaker: Todd Powell
Todd Powell is an award-winning writer and a published photographer and artist. He’s been a regular contributor to Soundfalls since the early days and has read stories and essays, arranged and performed songs and sound effects on the keyboard, and provided photographs for the show’s posters. Todd’s stories and songs cover a variety of subjects in the Snoqualmie River Valley—from cow philosophy to noxious weeds to strawberry-patch romances and more. His latest trek is into the realm of video shorts, which, though somewhat revealing, generally meet the Riverview School District guidelines for appropriate length. Todd is a loyal member of the Soundboard team.
Singer, song-writer, harmonizer, creative support, and design: Stacy Powell
Stacy Powell, professional designer, has been with Soundfalls since its beginning and provides support in a variety of ways, including poster creation, creative ideas, song writing, and harmonizing, to name just some of them. She is writing music prolifically now, and there’s no stopping her! Stacy is a loyal member of the Soundboard team
Audio Recording Engineer: John Coates
John Coates (podacious.com) – Born in Seattle, and then raised as a gypsy courtesy of the US military, John has had careers as writer, content publisher, and IT professional. John went to his first Soundfalls show sometime around 2008 and thought, “someone should be recording this!” – so he has been since March 2010. John does the audio recording, editing and publishing for the Soundfalls podcast on the web, as well as editing shorter ‘Soundfalls Highlights’ episodes. John is also able to provide edited recordings of live performances to Soundfalls artists per request. John doesn’t live in the valley, but he thoroughly enjoys the spirit of togetherness that Soundfalls brings in those magic moments when the sound takes hold of all present. John is a loyal member of the Soundboard Team.
Sound Board Technician and Guitar and Mandolin Accompaniment: George Seccombe
George manages the sound system at our shows, and on occasion will do our recordings. He also performs on guitar and mandolin, accompanying with ease. We are lucky to have him join us, as he has a vast array of experience as performer, recording artist, and teacher of jazz, rock, country and classical music. He has performed literally thousands of times in multiple states and Canada. George is a member of the Soundboard Team.
Photography: Janice Van Dyke
Janice Van Dyke manages to capture the best Soundfalls moments through still life photography. You will see many of her photos on this website. She has also been a loyal Soundfalls participant for many years, as vocalist and electric bass player. She is an accomplished photographer with an eye for quality and beauty. Janice is a member of the Soundboard Team.
Stage Manager: Wayne Pair
Wayne Pair is our latest addition to the Soundboard, a talent jazz pianist and composer, he has found community in both our workshops and shows. Always enthusiastic to lend a hand or contribute creatively, he’s been an irreplaceable asset to the latest Soundfalls’ efforts.
Concessionnaire: Collienne Becker
Collienne Becker arrived in the nick of time, just as Soundfalls shows were expanding and we needed help managing the increasing demands for food and drink. She helped organize her now-famous homemade chili table for the 2012 Carnation Centennial, and took on concessions at the Feb ’13 show single-handedly. We are lucky to have Collienne working with us; she is a welcomed member of the Soundboard Team.
The Team at Large
……As the creative process unfolds within this group, individually and mutually, we begin to find more meaning in the poetry and expressions of artists, of all forms, around us.
SPECIAL THANKS TO PAST SOUNDBOARDERS:
The following individuals have been very supportive in the past, but have moved on to other projects. We want to make sure they know how much they were appreciated:
Rhoda Bezdicek helped organize the creative process of a few shows featuring story tellers, and for many years she ran the table for ticket and CD sales, managed lights, and guarded the door. Thanks, Rhoda!
As manager of the Carnation Tree Farm, Denise assisted us in many ways as we set up our shows in the barn. She was also very handy with the development of our website and online mail system. Thank you, Denise!
Raleigh Wilson, singer songwriter, visionary and Carnation resident, is not shy about expressing the importance of art in the valley, and he practices what he preaches by sharing his paintings and songs with the community. He performed regularly with Soundfalls for many years, and worked with us to conceptualize our direction. He now has a band of his very own and performs throughout the region. Thanks, Raleigh!
Becky and Martin Chaney
Becky and Martin Chaney are very dedicated to supporting the arts in Snoqualmie Valley, and they directed much of that energy toward Soundfalls in our early days. Not only did they contribute their musical talent and creativity onstage and off, but their family foundation awarded us two modest grants. Thank you, Becky and Martin!