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THE ANGIE HAZE PROJECT
Angie is a serious multi instrumentalist, as well. On any given evening, you may see her play piano, guitar, melodica, drums, and other percussive instruments. This may occur all at once, such as in her song Asleep or Awake. But, this is not a gimmick. Angie simply needs the song to include each of these voices. On other songs, such as Hey Kid in the Corner, she may simply play a guitar as she walks up to you with her giant blue eyes and stares right into your soul. It’s then that most people begin to feel their eyes well up in reaction to her vulnerable approach, begging you to open up your heart. I have worked with her for some time, but it never ceases to amaze me when this moment happens. Almost like a switch, you can hear the crowd reacting to this shared emotional experience. Angie wants the world to know how important the arts are, and how they can even be life saving. She created an interactive artistic/ musical program called the Bigger Picture. The first production of the Bigger Picture happened late last year at the Miller South School of the Performing Arts. The program tasked these middle school children with the challenge of
taking Angie’s music and expressing it through their own art. The result was a magical evening that is scheduled to air as an hour long special on Western Reserve PBS in April, 2017. (Check your local listings for that one.) It is Angie’s goal to expand this program to more schools, and perhaps even into her own performance space. It is her belief that once people find that connection to the arts, they will begin to see its importance beyond just a diversion. That it helps people to grow, to think, and maybe even to find themselves.
First, a little background on Angie. She was born and raised right here in Northeast Ohio, and she is very proud of that fact. Angie knew as a toddler that music was going to be her vocation. At a very early age, she began writing, singing, and even producing her own music, using whatever tools she had at her disposal. If you have the pleasure of spending any time with Angie one on one, you will notice right away that she IS music. It flows from her at every turn. Many times during the course of a conversation, she will stop and focus on the subtlest of sounds that may be happening in her environment. Then you can see her begin to make something out of it. A beat. A melody. She may even write a song in full on a napkin. When inspiration strikes her, the world stops, and then, in an almost obsessive reaction, she has to let it flow out of her.
She is also in the middle of production of a 24 song video album that is being released, one video at a time on YouTube. In addition, the series May My Stories Be Worn Like My Coats is a visual album created by Angie to tell her life story, lyrically. The first three songs are already on the web and by the time of this publication, the fourth should be ready for release. This series is a ground breaking endeavor that acts as a reality series, showing the life of a musician working hard to break through to the next level. Most recently, it was announced that Angie is being added to the film screening tour of the much acclaimed documentary Blood on the Mountain. Visit bloodonthemountain.com or theangiehazeproject.com for upcoming tour dates and events, or for more information.