Ohklectic Records, Bethel, CT
OPHELIA: OHKLECTIC RECORDS Award Winning Concert Pianist, Composer and Vocalist:
Eclectic concert pianist and vocalist, Ophelia, is known for her "Outstanding keyboard artistry, interwoven melodies, rich bass lines, unique percussive touches and dreamy vocals"... Ophelia's innovation marks her as a Rare, passionate artist, well before her time!
Her music carries a stirring, modern, earthy undertone with a uniqueness that appeals to diverse audiences.
Listening to her distinct sound you embrace styles ranging from Jazz, New Age, Classical, Native fusion, African, Latin, and Jigs. Her very identifiable, "Contemporary Eclectic Sounds" or what her Fans call, "Ophelia Music", have been featured on National Public Radio- National PBS programs, and numerous national and syndicated radio stations. All of her recordings are individual projects, based on very specific themes that define her eclectic style. So far Ophelia has produced five titles to her name: April Storm, AEAAF, Native Ground.. Stand My Ground, Echoes... Under The Sun and the Rhythmic Jubilee CD. All authenticate Ophelia's eclectic ability. They have become timeless pieces and her music has garnered her successful career which continues to grow by word of mouth.
READY TO PERFORM!
"This Graceful dancing pianist plays her heart out, while her performances take you into another world."
Ophelia is respected for her integrity, authenticity and remaining true to herself. Her beauty, flare and radiance are contagious and her Headliner Shows leave you wanting more which is evident by her audience's consistently giving Standing Ovations in response to her keyboard artistry!
Ophelia has successfully managed four to six National and International tours a weekend as a solo artist!
She was the featured performer for three years with African American Women on Tour, with renowned artists such as Terry McFadden, Debbie Allen and Lorraine Toussaint.
Ophelia gives Benefit Concerts for organizations to assist the homeless, abused children and others in need!
Ophelia's Duo, Trio, Quartet or Quintet of contemporary musicians have played from Hartford to Hong Kong, in a variety of venues and setting and with audiences of all sizes.
Ophelia and her band are a professional, talented group that are: Ready to Perform!
We are currently scheduling NATIONAL and INTERNATIONAL events for the next season.
Please feel free to visit our web site at: www.opheliahandberry.com
Ophelia, a native of California, was raised in Connecticut where she studied classical piano, often adding her own improvisations to her teachers surprise. She is a Self-Taught Composer and the Executive Producer of all of her recordings, tours and concerts productions.
Although quiet and shy, this multitalented musician has always had a gifted ear for music which was very apparent at very young age of three when she was playing chords up and down the piano. She gave her first recital when she was five. By eight years of age, she had already started to develop her own style and composed her first full length orchestrated piece entitled,"Aye Yo Cha Gae Yo". Years later she re-recorded it for her Native Ground CD and it has been featured on radio stations as a Native Fusion piece. She also taught herself the drums, flute, guitar and other instruments however continued to return to her roots- the piano and her voice, which are her main instruments to this day.
In 1996 Ophelia launched her own independent record label and family business, Ohklectic Records, and released her debut CD, April Storm, to share her joy and gift of music with a variety of people. Ophelia's influences are numerous, ranging from classical masters such as Rachmaninoff, Chopin and Mendelhsohn to Jazz genius' Art Tatum, Ahmad Jamal, Ramsey Lewis and Erroll Garner. She grew up in a musical family where her parents nurtured her abilities.
"What I love is when I look out into the audience and see a child jumping up and down dancing, and at the same time I see someone who could very well be my grandparent who is smiling, tapping or clapping along to the beat. I am absolutely overjoyed to be sharing this gift of music. What a wonderful feeling to touch different generations and also to touch a cross culture of people! Creating these experiences aren't something you can just copy or fake and I am extremely grateful and even more motivated to do my best and be my best!" -Ophelia
Ophelia has been Recipient of The ASCAP Special Popular Music Awards every year since 1999! She has also been the Recipient of The State of Connecticut's Young Careerist Award.
Ophelia is a warm, modest and spiritually directed woman, as is reflected in her music.
In all that she does, she believes in a positive attitude, an open mind, working with focus and intention as well as and persistence.