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Welcome to Painted Raven

Painted Raven is the contemporary Native American and World Music duo led by Annette Abbondanza(Painted Raven) of Orlando FL, in collaboration with Holly Harris (Red Feather) of New Smyrna Beach, FL.

Painted Raven has released eight CDs to date, titled -Spirit Journey, Mirage, The Great Gallery, Season of Lights, Wildflowers, Transcendence, Kindred Spirits, and most recently Crossroads. All original, instrumental songs featuring Native flutes, guitars, keyboards, ethnic percussion instruments and drums. We are currently working on developing more material for future CDs and are planning to do some live shows and flute and guitar workshops this coming year. Be sure to check out our Newsletter for upcoming events and information, and dont forget to pick up a copy of our newest CD!!!!!

 

Annette Abbondanza(Painted Raven), a native of central Pennsylvania with Cherokee and Sioux ancestry, currently resides in Orlando, FL. Previously founder and leader of the band The Legend of Stone Soup, Annette focused her musical talents toward furthering the efforts of various charitable organizations such as Domestic Violence Services, The Food Bank, American Cancer Research, AIDS awareness, and many other urgent causes. Annette Abbondanza Expanding on the experience she gained through performing for cancer, AIDS, and other critically ill patients, Annette was inspired to seek out a new direction in musical expression and healing, which resulted in the creation of Ashes to Phoenix -healing music for the mind body and spirit- www.ashes2phoenix.com.

Songwriter, producer, recording engineer, performer, and leader/visionary of Painted Raven, Annette is self-taught on guitar, keyboards, Native American flute and many other instruments, She has released several of her own CDs, as well as many other recording projects for several other area artists and youth. She has performed at large venues such as the Apollo of Temple University (Liacouras Center) in Philadelphia, the historic Hershey Theater for the live broadcast of the WITF public radio production -The Chords are Stacked- as well as many regional arts and music festivals across the country. Her music has been aired on "Echoes" on NPR National Public Radio and various other local broadcasts and webcasts.
(Guitar, Keyboards, Native American Flute, Drums, Percussion, Bass, Mandolin, Banjo, Vocals)

 
   

 

 

Holly Harris

Holly Harris (Red Feather), who is a Native Floridian with Cherokee ancestry, first discovered the Native American flute and African drums several years ago. She states that she immediately fell in love and that it has changed her life! 
She has performed at various Flute festivals to include Green Frog Moon Festival and Native Rhythms Festival, where she accompanied Mark Wagenschnur. She has also performed with Michelle Grant. Holly credits Mark, Michelle and Annette Abbondanza (Painted Raven) for nurturing her musical journey.  Her greatest NA flute inspiration has been Mark Holland.
Often accompanying other musicians, her individual talent for playing the Native American flute gained attention after  being awarded 1st place in the 2013 Native Rhythms Festival Flute Players Competition.  This accomplishment opened more doors for her musically, including becoming a featured performer at the 2014 Native Rhythms Festival, as well as being invited to join Painted Raven.

Holly describes fluting and drumming as active meditations that sooth the body, mind and spirit.   In her own words, 'This music is also healing and allows us to feel re-connected to each other and Mother Earth, as well as to The Creator. Discovering the Native American Flute was like finding 1,000 beautiful voices finally freed to sing!" (Native American flute, hand drums, and percussion)

 

 
 

A special thank you to the musicians previously contributing their talents to Painted Raven, including David Rose, Elisa Smith, and Marsha Harris.

 

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