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Buddy Comfort: Bio

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Buddy Comfort, is a cosmic folk singer, heart minstrel, alchemical balladeer, songwriter, composer, performer, recording artist, and singing circle leader. He sings songs from the heart about nature, life and love.

He plays piano, keyboards, guitar, hurdy gurdy, zither, tamboura, and Native American drum.

He has sung and played throughout California, as well as Canada, Glastonbury England, and Assisi Italy

He has shared the bill with such diverse musicians and artists as Kate Wolf, Utah Phillips, William Ackerman (Windham Hill Records), Steven Kindler, Daniel Kolbiaka, Steven Halpern, Joe Walsh, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Iasos, Sophia, Bruce Becvar, Susan Osborne (lead vocalist –Paul Winter Consort), Dolphin the Mime, Huzur Coughlin, and Lorraine Hunt.

He has also performed on programs with such visionaries as Margaret Mead, Carl Rogers, Ram Das, Gerald Jampolsky, Swami Satchidananda, Shakti Gawain, Michael Murphy, Buckminster Fuller, and Robert Mueller (Assistant Secretary General of the UN).

He is the singing voice on two Cleo Award winning jingles. New Age Retailer Magazine places Buddy Comfort in the Best of Vocalist category along with Enya, Loreena McKennitt, Eliza Gilkyson, and Bobby McFerrin.

His current CD release, “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” on Tellurian Records with musicians; David Darling on cello, and Alasdair Fraser on violin  - includes songs by Donovan from the 1970’S Zeffirelli film about the life of St. Francis and St. Claire.

He has provided musical support for conference, workshop and retreat leaders at Esalen, Westerbecke Ranch, Mann Ranch, and Orrs Hot Springs, and the East West Retreat Center in Assisi, Italy. He was known by many as retreat musician for the California School of Herbal Studies. He was music director at the Center for Spiritual Healing in Kentfield, Unity of the Spirit in Berkeley/Orinda and soloist at many San Francisco and Monterey Bay Area New Thought congregations.

He performed at the first Kate Wolfe Retrospective Concert at Caswell Vineyards, and was the Hurdy Gurdy Man and on stage at the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival. He was a performer for Bread and Roses at convalescent and retirement homes, children’s wards and hospitals.

Described by Ramblin’ Jack Elliott as “not just a songwriter, but a true craftsman of songs”.  Comfort has also been described by Michael and Justine Toms of New Dimensions Radio as “one of the Bay Area’s foremost practitioners of healing music”.  He is committed to the use of song as a connection with Source, a form of communion and a vehicle for individual and world peace. He provides a soothing and nurturing environment for the opening of the heart through Universal songs and chants of love and nature.

 BUDDY COMFORT / TELLURIAN RECORDS - PO BOX 66, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

 Website: www.buddycomfort.com      email: web@buddycomfort.com

 

DISCOGRAPHY:

Mythical Beauty -  Hearts of Space 1981
(temporarily out of print)

Galadriel

Any Tree (With a Bird in It)

Everybody Loves the Sky

Angels in Embryo (available as download at CD Baby)

If I Were a Bird

Spring Song

All the Seasons of Your Heart

Moon Over Hanalei

Keepers of the Garden

Swallow

 

Brother Sun Sister Moon -  Tellurian Records 1991 (features songs from the Zeffirelli film)

Brother Sun Sister Moon

On this Lovely Day

Stone by Stone

Prayer of St. Francis

What Wondrous Love is This

I Love My Life

St. Francis and the Eagle

Love is the Night

Available on iTunes, most digital download sites, and CD Baby.

 

INTERVIEW:

Considered a fusion of influences by Donovan, Justin Haywood, the Beatles, John Michael Talbot, Leonard Cohen, Corelli and others.

He walks the Beauty Way and is committed to the use of song to inspire peace within each individual and collectively the world.

His last release of "Brother Sun Sister Moon" on Tellurian Records, is receiving notable acclaim in the company of Enya and Loreena McKennitt.  it was inspired by a pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy in the provence of Umbria.
 
He is known as a performing artist in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Background and conversations:

"My whole life has been about the discovery of what sound has to offer our spirits"

He has long been described as “one of the foremost practitioners of healing music”, by some as “an alchemical balladeer”, and by others as a “cosmic folk artist”. It doesn’t seem to matter who is describing him, for they always seem to create a category that belongs to him alone.

In describing his own music: “Can you remember a time when cares and troubles dropped from you like gentle spring rain? in my music it is my hope that you can experience such a time again.” Musician, composer Julian St. George has described Buddy’s music in this way; “At times it seems his voice washes away everything but the moment in which you experience peace with the Universe and Yourself.”

Buddy remembers one of his teachers stating, “Music is a positive expression of beauty, and beauty itself is a universal medicine.”

Comfort’s music has always been known for it’s rare and rich blend of poetry and mythical images and love of nature. It truly does seem as if it carries the very echoes of the soul. It is as if it were meant to provide “wings for the spirit”. The warm and nurturing melodies are accompanied by an equally fascinating array of instruments including guitar, piano, hurdy gurdy, zither, tamboura, harmonica, Native American drum, and electronic keyboards.

He considers long contemplative walks in nature a “necessity of life”. He also enjoys photography, films, writing and gardening.

Comfort’s formal music training began at the age of six with studies in classical piano at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. “My parents were always strong supporters of my artistic talents.  They saw to it that I had music and art lessons.  I developed a deep love for music and a sense of beauty from a very early age. Music also gave me a place to go as a child, and throughout my life a place to go in troubled times.”

Buddy graduated from the University of Akron in Ohio where he majored in Psychology. He also studied at the Firestone Conservatory of Music. His explorations there in music theory, music history, classical guitar, and acapella choral singing were “one of the most beloved times of my life”.

He’s always had a love for ancient sounds from sources such as nature’s symphony, drones, overtone chanting, indigenous poly-rhythms, early sacred choral music, Celtic melodies, and music from the renaissance and baroque periods. Perhaps this is why his music seems to have its own unique niche as it has become a weaving or a rare blend of some of the richest and most exquisite music throughout all ages that transcends time.

Comfort seems a quiet and gentle man, though he has had strong feelings for many years around issues involving the environment. He expresses great delight that the early efforts of what seemed to be from only a few in the vanguard are now becoming stronger and more widespread on the planet. He grieves for the many human and environmental tragedies, but chooses to remain hopeful. He states, “As greed, shortsightedness, selfishness and duplicity run amok, we all have to keep focused and clear and stay committed to our vision. The vision of a renewed, sustainable, peaceful, harmonious, natural, sane and healed planet. To walk in the Beauty Way.”

He goes on to say “Each one of us has talents that we can use to bring about positive change. I’ve been involved in music all my life, all kinds of music - classical, folk, rock, jazz, world, experimental. I was always drawn to the ‘effects’ of music and sound. This became more and more the focus of my own work. I had always felt there was a side of man that needed food for his spirit through music. I’ve spoken out strongly for the benefit of becoming aware of the noise pollution in our environment and the need to consciously surround ourselves with sounds that soothe, nurture, and allow us to steady ourselves - to quiet our hearts and recharge our inner resources. Sometimes that means being in silence. Music can take you on many, many wonderful journeys and paths, and no one can argue against the magical effects of the sounds of delighted laughter!”

Buddy Comfort had made his home in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years. His current home is nestled in the hills of the Central California coast. He says he is fortunate to have always lived in beautiful places. “I think that for many looking outward, embracing the wonders of nature, is the first step to being able to look inward to see the wonder and beauty of ourselves.”

 “Receptivity for heart level music that addresses the human spirit and soul is increasing. There is a need to reconnect with what is real in an increasingly superficial and alienating world. People seem to be taking time to be gentle with themselves - and that seems healthy to me, balanced - very necessary in these constantly changing high stress times.”

"People are looking inward and learning to care for themselves - love themselves. That’s where it all has to start. Nature has always been there to teach us these lessons. I’d like to think my music can contribute to that.”