Lise Winne makes her living through a number of artistic disciplines including music and several visual art mediums.
Lise Winne is a respected award winning musician and singer/songwriter and is a member of 2 bands, Saratoga Faire (Celtic, folk, originals) and The Spirites Consort (cross-over music which includes fresh interpretations of Renaissance, classical and folk covers as well as originals which defy easy categorization). She also occasionally plays in a duo with Jim Lestrange (who plays hammered dulcimer, bass, guitar and is a songwriter). She released 5 CDs since 1996 including the newest CD with Saratoga Faire, Saratoga Romance (2009). Her CDs include Christmastime (1996), Come To Me In Dreams (1998), Wing’d With Hopes: New Interpretations of Renaissance Songs (2001) and The Goldenrod (2004). Musicians from The Spirites Consort were heavily featured on both the Wing’d with Hopes and The Goldenrod CDs. For more information about her albums, click here.
Lise Winne began playing guitar at age 10. She was also a voracious reader and prolific writer and, in the beginning, had designs on being a novelist, poet, essayist and lyricist. During the time she attended college, she entered some creative writing contests at a writer's conference and received top awards in poetry and fiction from such renowned writers as William Bronk (National Book Award winner) and Paul Auster (well-known screenwriter, novelist and poet). Afflicted with severe asthma, Lise never thought that a career as a singer would ever be a possibility, however after many years of treatment, a path became possible.
of the music of the Renaissance era. This eventually culminated after many
years with her “Wing’d With Hopes” album, a recording that sounds
very much like a folk album on some tracks and very classical on others
and somewhere in-between on most. Her latest album, “The Goldenrod”,
is even harder to categorize and has elements of jazz, folk, new age, and
Renaissance. This is the album that showcases her abilities as a lyricist
and composer and brings into play her creative writing experience.
brought together the musicians which comprise the Spirites Consort for the
“Wing’d With Hopes” CD. Each musician is classically trained and has
a background in improvisational technique which provides the group with
much of their signature sound. Members of the Spirites Consort are also
heavily featured on “The Goldenrod” CD and portray the players other
musical styles and abilities: Jeff Belding’s gifts as a rock and
bluegrass player, Joe Davoli’s Irish figures on the fiddle, and Rick
Eckberg’s talent as a jazz player. For more information about The
Spirites Consort, click here.
In 1999, Lise won a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts in the field of music.
Lise received a BS in Studio Art from
heavy use of borders arose out of a habit of using the rims on her bowls,
platters and vases to frame what the figures were doing inside or to give
a general theme or pattern to the message of the piece. To view her
web-gallery, click here.
the Future, Lise’s plans are to integrate her music with her visual art.