Winter Wind 2018-2019 opens September 30 with a concert by Amber Rubarth who, moving fluidly between genres, has performed her music far and wide, touring solo across South Africa, Europe, Japan, and throughout America. Tickets are $20 for the 7:00 pm concert.
After years of solo touring, Amber now fills her days with collaborations in both film and music. She was recently cast alongside Joe Purdy to star in the feature film, 'American Folk’, which won numerous festival awards. Suzy Lawrence, who sponsored the film at The Depot earlier this year, says “The understated beauty of the film was highlighted by Amber’s beautiful voice and heartfelt songwriting. The film was a well received new experience at The Depot and we look forward to having Amber here live.”
Rubarth co-founded The Paper Raincoat, a Brooklyn-based iTunes Indie Artist Spotlight band (featured in Disney’s 'The Last Song’ and the CW's 'One Tree Hill)’ in which she sings and plays keyboard, guitar, glockenspiel, and occasionally drums. She has written original songs and score for numerous films including Sundance festival winner 'Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work' and the super-marathon documentary 'Desert Runners.’ She has performed twice for TED Talks
In 2016 Amber recorded a live-to-tape single microphone album with her folk trio, Applewood Road, which the London Sunday Times gave 5 stars, calling it "a flawless set that has to be the most haunting release of the past year.” That led to performances at Glastonbury Music Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, a UK tour supporting Mary Chapin Carpenter, and her original arrangement and performance featured in the 'BBC Sisters in Country' documentary with Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris.
Her fluidity and curiosity has led to her being hand-picked to open for many diverse artists including Emmylou Harris, Kenny Loggins, Richie Havens, Dr. Ralph Stanley and Loudon Wainwright III. She continues to reinvent herself, most recently with her 2017 release 'Wildflowers in the Graveyard,' a cycle of songs exploring nature's graceful relationship between life, death and rebirth.
Phil Ramone in The Huffington Post describes Amber Rubarth’s style as “Part of the new old-soul generation... It flows with grace.” She tours with a 1956 Gibson ES-125 hollow body electric guitar and has a voice that ”absolutely floats on gossamer wings.”
Winter Wind Concerts are made possible in part by the City of Norman Parks and Recreation Department and by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council. Additional support comes from Contributors: Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Cindy Merrick, Therapy in Motion; Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Kindergarten; Keri and Hugh Young; Bruce and Trisha Bunce; The Montford Inn; and by Neighbors: Tom and Mary Cay Woodfin; Danna Primm; EB Dancer; and Rachel Adams, Nature’s Healing Art - Clinical Massage.