Our name and purpose are inspired by the life and work of Freyda Epstein. Freyda was a person of awe-inducing artistry and a down-to-earth sense of fun. She was a lead choral director for the World Harmony Chorus, which toured Cuba and South Africa. A longtime member of the seminal art-folk group Trapezoid, she later recorded the groundbreaking album Midnight at Cabell Hall with Freyda & Acoustic AttaTude, and her own deeply-researched and deeply-felt Global Lullabies.
“She had one of the most remarkable voices in folk music. Freyda will be remembered for many things-her voice, her fiddle playing, her sharp sardonic sense of humor, her teaching, and her many friendships…most of all, she will be remembered for the vibrant community she created wherever she went,” wrote Paul Reisler, Freyda’s partner in Trapezoid.
People often remember Freyda’s expressive hands when she sang, played violin, or coached. Hands are a symbol of what we have in common and what we can achieve when we reach out. The name Freyda means “joy,” and our aim is to hand on the joy that is found in musical traditions and adventures. “She was somebody who loved life, who absolutely loved her music,” said Deborah Lakin, Freyda’s sister.