Monday, January 23, 2012

Heidi Krutzen: Music and Malambo

Two of Heidi's available CD's
Heidi Krutzen ,  co-founder of  the the wonderful  Malambo Grassroots Zambia program in Canada , is also one of Canada's leading harpists and Prinicpal Harp of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra  Heidi's glowing musical background and history are well documented. In short she has played, taught masterclasses, recorded, premiered new works and performed all over North America and many places in Europe.  The writer of this piece was fortunate enough to hear Heidi perform with cellist Ariel Barnes as their Couloir Duo playing contemporary pieces by Jocelyn Mortlock, Baljinder Sekhon, Glenn Buhr, and Niclo Muhly. This wonderful concert was also being recorded by CBC.

Heidi co founded Malambo Grassroots along with her mother Coco, and Jocelyn Baynard in 2009 to support the amazing work of Jocelyns aunt in Zambia who runs village health, education and income generation programs. Recently Heidi organized a collection of donated musical instruments and sent them by container to one of Zambia's few music schools for poor children.

Heidi's sister Erica was the first of the Krutzen to become involved with Rose Charities after she had assisted with rehabilitative art therapy for traumatized children in Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami.  She has been supporting, volunteering and assisting Rose Charities ever since.   The Krutzens are a truly amazing family, and Rose Charities is incredibly fortunate to be linked with them