Elizabeth Tomboulian: “For Tomorrow”

Elizabeth Tomboulian cut her teeth on folk and blues, migrating from Arkansas to Houston in the Seventies. She lived above the iconic Sand Mountain Coffee House and performed on guitar in Montrose during its singer-songwriter heydays. She discovered avant-garde jazz at Carnaby’s Monday sessions.

Ray Sullenger, famed jazz vocal coach, heard her and launched her into the jazz style she has refined through the years. Her first standup gig at the Shell Club catalyzed jazz piano lessons and harmonic studies with Kip Galbraith, who nicknamed her Betty Bop. Romance with Al Hirt’s bassist Jim Black drew her to New Orleans, where she gigged on Bourbon Street at Lucky Pierre’s. She happened to walk in while the manager was on the phone receiving news that one of the pianists had died. She started that night. She streamlined her jazz piano style into some funky riffs with the Charles Neville House Band at NOLA Jazz and Heritage Festival.

New Orleans catapulted her to Colorado, regular opening act at the Blue Note in Boulder. After opening for Tom Scott and the LA Express, Tom took her to the next show in Fort Collins, where she beat him at his favorite dice game. With Richie Cole, he did his encore as a duet with her on guitar. Charlie Musselwhite wanted to take her with him on the road, but she didn’t want to get in the car with that much gin.

1980 began seven years in studios in Nashville, arranging and singing backup vocals for sessions, and performances at the Bluebird Café and Exit/Inn.

She journeyed back to her native Arkansas, met Lee, and dove into the music of Uruguay and Brazil. Their 6-piece group Circo Verde, played festivals and concerts regionally. She was also part of the White Album Project, a group of 12 who performed the album in concert.

Maestro Hugo Fattoruso (Grammy-winning music director for Milton Nascimento) produced her first recording, North/South Convergence with Circo, featuring her singing horn unisons with saxophonist/flutist Pete Brewer. A second CD, Return to Whenever, was released in 2006.

After a week with Bobby McFerrin and Rhiannon at the Omega Institute in 2005, she forged her path as an energy healer and Quantum Energetics Structured Therapist. She taught jazz vocals at Northwoods Jazz Camp for six years with Kim Richmond and Clay Jenkins, and continued study at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music.

She studied with Rhiannon in Madison and Hawaii, learning that the name she was given by her parents and grandparents – Elizabeth – represents who she is to be to manifest her soul’s destiny. Hawaii took her deeper into Sound Energy Healing, and launched her “Elizabethan” era. After an NYC move in 2011, she served the Board of Trustees at Edgar Cayce NY Center, offering workshops in Quantum Sound Healing, Sacred Sound, and Toning the Chakras.

She’s presently Music Director for Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palisades in Englewood, NJ. QuantumStarsong.com is her website, featuring transformational music and healing arts.

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