Heartwood is a world music ensemble comprising Julie & Alvin Harris and Celine Daly. Julie has been playing the Native American flute for several years and Celine recently discovered the magic of the flute after a long hiatus from music. Alvin makes Native American flutes in addition to playing them. Julie won first place in the prestigious Musical Echoes Flute Competition in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and was featured playing Native American flute on a track she wrote, Talking Leaves, on the Pete Seeger/Jeff Haynes audiobook, The Storm King. Celine and Julie have also trained in sound healing and conduct ‘sound baths’ combining Himalayan bowls, crystal bowls and the healing sounds of Native American flute.
Both Julie and Alvin are accomplished drummers and perform with Master Drummer Maxwell Kofi Donkor (from Ghana) and his West African drumming and dance band, Sankofa. Kofi also plays as the fourth person in the Heartwood Quartet. Julie, Al, Celine and Kofi are affiliated with the Music for People leadership program founded by David Darling, Grammy Award-winning cellist. Julie and Al co-facilitate the SongCatchers Flute Circle in Sugarloaf, NY. Julie and Celine conduct sound baths together as Harmonic Alchemy.