When: July 5, August 5 & September 13
Location: The Downs at Santa Fe
Singer-Songwriter Karen Marrolli in Concert
The live acoustic show will feature all original songs by Marrolli, who is also the Director of Choral Ministries at the United Church of Santa Fe and the Artistic Director of the Zia Singers, the Santa Fe Men’s Camerata, and the Cantu Spiritus Chamber Choir. Described as “provocative” and “powerful” by listeners, Marrolli’s songwriting tackles issues of healing, vulnerability, and spiritual growth as well as the quest for inner strength and sense of self.
This performance will focus largely on Marrolli’s use of desert imagery in her lyrics. At times she uses the desert as an allegory for human characteristics or the human condition, such as in “Woman,” which depicts the divine feminine in the midst of the rugged individualism of the desert southwest. At other points, she is simply painting the beauty of the desert landscape, as in “Moonrise,” which recalls an evening of stargazing with friends at Ghost Ranch. In “The Garden,” she pits the grace, solitude, and strength of self that one might find alone on a desert hiking trail against images such as lush gardens and oceans, foreign to desert country, that she might find in connection with another soul.
Marrolli is still relatively new to Santa Fe, having arrived in late July of 2010. An accomplished composer of choral and classical music, she only began writing songs about a year after moving to Santa Fe. She credits the atmosphere of the desert southwest with this expansion of her creative potential. She has previously shared two performances with singer-songwriter Laurianne Fiorentino and has performed originals and covers at Vanessie’s “Fresh Face Showcase.” This will be her first full solo performance of all original songs.