Diane will play two half-hour sets on Saturday and two half-hour sets on Sunday of Artwalk. Saturday times will be: 1:30 to 2 pm and 4 to 4:30 pm. Sunday times will be: 2 to 2:30 and 4 to 4:30. All sets will be in the WAV courtyard.
Diane Ippel’s professional career in musical performance featuring voice, hammered dulcimer, autoharp, and guitar began part-time in 1982 and became full-time in 1987. She is well-known in her native state of Illinois, and the surrounding states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio, Missouri, Indiana and Kentucky. Her invitation to live and work at Working Artists Ventura is the opportunity that brought her to California in 2010. She has performed at Seaside Highland Games (2011, 2012, 2013.) Human Arts Gallery, Ojai, (2013-2014)(Sunday afternoons) Art Openings at WAV Theatre Gallery, San Bueneventura Gallery at Ventura Harbor, Arts On Main, and Crowell and Wedon. She and Dan Flowers created the IMPROV concert series in the WAV Theatre Gallery in which musicians play new creations or existing works and the invited musicians improvise on the spot. You may have seen and heard Diane playing traditional music at Farmers Markets in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Ojai, Oxnard and Camarillo. She was asked to sing “What You Do With What You Got” after the keynote speaker at the 2013 Brain Injury Conference in Camarillo. Both in 2013 and 2014 she played instrumental music during registration and while folks obtained their lunches at the conference. The Brain Injury Center invited Diane to play music during their silent auction for their major fund raiser. Diane performed at the inaugural Santa Barbara Open Streets Festival in 2013. She performed as one of 10 artists selected to present as part of the Dedication of WAV in 2010. She gave five mini-concerts in her studio to Dedication attendees. In April of 2014, Diane performed three hour-long sets in the gazebo at Ventura Harbor. Last fall Diane played music in one of the houses on Ojai’s Home Look In – a fund raiser for the Ojai Summer Music Festival. She performed in two concerts directed by Toni Jerovski – fund raisers for the music programs in the Ojai schools. Her recorded music (Bank of Flowers) is available in CD format and through electronic distribution. There is a chapter about Diane in two books: Musicians From Illinois: Miles Davis, Eddie Vedder, Jimmy Chamberlin, Laurie Anderson, Alison Krauss, Grace Slick, Jeff Tweedy; and Hammered Dulcimer Players. In Illinois, Diane founded the Hammers and Noters Dulcimer Society of Illinois, Inc., (the sponsoring not-for-profit organization for the festival); Gebhard Woods Dulcimer Festival now in it’s 25th year, and Morris Old Time Dance ongoing since 1999.