MAGPIE

 

MAGPIE, the versatile duo of TERRY LEONINO & GREG ARTZNER, performs an amazingly diverse repertoire of music including folk, country, blues, jazz and swing styles, and many of their own original compositions.  Singers and musicians for most of their lives, Terry & Greg teamed up and began to play professionally in 1973.  Their music has taken them to concert stages throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Scotland, England and Europe.  Famed for their two-part harmony singing, they are also masters of the guitar, harmonica, mandolin, dulcimer and concertina.  Their many recordings include Circle of Life, a collection of some of the best songs for children on the subject of the environment.  Their work as environmental musicians, activists and teachers has won them great acclaim from children, parents and teachers, and by such notable organizations as the National Audubon Society, the National Park Service and the National Wildlife Refuge System.  In 2004 they were the recipients of the prestigious John Denver Award for environmental activism through music by the World Folk Music Association. In 2000 Terry and Greg, collaborating with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, created the first “museum musical,” Tales of the Blue Crab, filled with upbeat songs illustrating the life cycle of the Chesapeake Bay’s most famous resident species.  That same year Terry and Greg also premiered their acclaimed one-act play Sword of the Spirit, and released a companion CD of songs by the same title, telling the stories of famed abolitionist John Brown and his wife Mary, as well as many of the other players in that famous episode in history.  It was the culmination of three years of primary source research.  Greg & Terry are also famed for their extensive work researching and presenting such programs of cultural history, with more than 30 years of performances for schools, historical associations and museums, including the Smithsonian. They are also Master Artists with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, with specialties in teaching strategies for children with special needs, emergent literacy and the environment, all through the magic of music.