Photo by Becki Senft





John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall








Ecstasy & Longing


A pictorial key to the ecstasy & longing collages

Complete Lyrics of the album, with occasional commentary

Read the ecstasy & longing cover story in the Frederick News-Post by Lauren Larocca and listen to some music!









John's Upcoming Events & Performances

John Terlazzo & Leslie Coleman in Conversation over
ANCIENT CHAINS, A new collection of original works



READ THE COMPLETE LYRICS (And occasional commentary)

BEST OF 2014!  JIM ALLEN is a New York City based songwriter & music journalist who writes for ROLLING STONE, among other major Music publications.  Jim has just included our album BARBARIAN HYMNS among his FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2014, along with such songwriting luminaries as Chris Smither, Courtney Barnett and Lydia Loveless.

Jim introduces the album: "In case you ever wondered what would have happened if Leonard Cohen came from Pennsylvania, started out a couple of decades later, and gave up smoking a long time ago".

Deep, deep gratitude, Jim Allen - I've been thinking about making a new album, and you've just pushed me over the edge... JT


THE WORD is a mystical tale of Liberation (bringing together Beatles, Bodhisattvas & Blake!) with lots of room for Music, Wonder, and plenty of comedy & social commentary. It takes place in 3 time periods - an idyllic Maxfield Parrish-like future, England in more or less the present day, & England in the 1960s - and features a main character who is led by mystical visions of the Beatles toward a future that she and her two sisters can't even begin to imagine...

GET A FREE AUDIO RECORDING of John reading the book aloud


read what people are saying about John's writing retreats ...

The Secret Work - 52 Poems and One Essay

Drunk on Light - an in-depth interview by Jeremy Barnes

Lifting The Veil, an Interview by Deborah Collins

Drinking At the Well, an Interview by Jane Juran


Selected Poems : Read John's Poetry

John's Biography

Voices in the Hall

Black Bread & Blood Oranges
John Terlazzo interviewed by Bill Myers

Perfect Chords
Concert Review (3/27/04) by Deb Mandour

The Pour House, Westminster, MD.

Review of Hand Of Mercy by Judith Gennett
The Green Man Review, Portland, Oregon

Listen to John's Music (MP3s)



OCTOBER 26 - 28!


THIS Friday, April 13th, OPEN HOUSE at the new MOKSHA ART STUDIO - Come viewJohn's paintings & new work space, eat delectable finger foods, and sink into some great conversations with others. STOP IN ANYTIME BETWEEN6:30 & 10 PM. 511 Madison Ave. York, PA. 17404

Thursday, April 19th, FREE BE-IN CONCERT AT THE CAPITOL THEATER with JOHNTERLAZZO & VOICES IN THE HALL, and THE WILD HYMNS! Concert at 7 PM. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. Please do so inadvance to avoid back up at the on-site computer on the night of the show. To pre-register for a seat...
or call 1-844-418-2281

Saturday, April 21st, ONE DAY RETREAT AT MOKSHA STUDIO - THE FLAME IN EVERY HAND:WRITING AS A CONTEMPLATIVE ACT (9am - 5 pm). Everything is coming along beautifully for the One Day Retreat at this point. We'll be doingContemplative Writing experiments, Meditation, Chanting & more, all focused around the inner human labors of the Imagination related to theact of Writing. OPEN TO BOTH EXPERIENCED AND ' FIRST TIME' WRITERS ALIKE. Still a few slots available - email ASAP ifyou'd like to join us. $50 for the day. Bring your favorite vegetarian dish to share for the communal lunch.

Sunday, April 22nd, JOHN TERLAZZO SOLO PERFORMANCE at STAND WITH THE LAND:EARTH DAY SHOWCASE. John will do a set of solo original songs, poems, and a few folktales, including some songs that he's not yet gotten towork out with the band. The entire lineup begins at 2PM, with John's performance likely at 3PM. ADDITIONAL PERFORMERS INCLUDE BobbiCarmitchell, Corty Byron, Songsmith, Classical Guitar Society of Lancaster, Sisters of Light, Gene Groeschel, and the Circus School ofLancaster.
All proceeds will go to LAP's legal fund to support those who have puttheir bodies in the way of pipeline construction. At TELLUS 360, 24 E. King St. Lancaster, PA. 17602

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! 2016 WEEKEND WRITING RETREAT SCHEDULED!  THE FLAME IN EVERY HAND: WRITING AS A CONTEMPLATIVE ACT with JOHN TERLAZZO  has been scheduled at the CATOCTIN QUAKER CAMP  (near Thurmont & Frederick, MD.) for the full weekend of AUGUST 26 - 28TH.  More info on the way soon...


Friday, March 18th, Doors open at 7 PM - JOHN TERLAZZO & VOICES IN THE HALL In Concert at the CLOVER LANE COFFEEHOUSE, at the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, 1280 Clover Lane, Harrisburg, PA. 17113 

Wednesday, March 23rd, 7 - 10 PM - JOHN TERLAZZO & VOICES IN THE HALL in the Supper club at THE PRESSROOM, 26-28 W. King St. Lancaster, PA. 17603.  Bring your friends & have dinner to the music.  Reservations, menu, etc. at

Saturday, March 26th, 1 - 5 PM - CONCERT FOR BERNIE - FUNDRAISER & VOTER REGISTRATION, with Music by JOHN TERLAZZO & VOICES IN THE HALL, MEDUSA'S DISCO, THE WILD HYMNS, and CORTY BYRON  .  Come to the show, pay any amount you wish (via credit card, directly into the Sanders Campaign account), register to vote if you've not already done so, and enjoy the show.  100% of the proceeds will go directly to Bernie Sanders' campaign. NOTE: THIS IS AN AFTERNOON SHOW.

April 9th - JOHN TERLAZZO & VOICES IN THE HALL - UUA Conference Concert, Wyndham Garden Hotel, York.

Saturday, June 11th, 7PM - JOHN TERLAZZO & VOICES IN THE HALL at FAEREWOOD.  A house concert, hosted by Leanne Johnson Pemburn & Mark Pemburn at their amazing & beautiful hand-built homestead in Bel Air, MD.

John Terlazzo coming to Eicher - Lititz Record Express

SUNDAY, JULY 12th - Amrit Floods The Tongue: Songs Poems & Tales by JOHN TERLAZZO & VOICES IN THE HALL, at the EICHER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, 409 Cocalico Street, PO Box 601, Ephrata, Pennsylvania 17522.  2:00 PM to 4:30.  (717) 738-3084

FREE ADMISSION TO THIS SUNDAY'S CONCERT! Friends, I didn't realize it until I spoke with an Eicher Ctr. rep on the phone recently, but their support of the Arts is beyond stellar. THERE IS NO CHARGE TO ATTEND THIS CONCERT. The Eicher Arts Center DOES accept donations to support their tireless labor of supporting the Arts, however - and I would encourage that. Lets support them supporting us!

So there you have it - FREE admission to a concert of completely Original Independent Song in a beautiful old building with perfect acoustics where you can connect with the musicians up close (as opposed to on a TV or computer screen), where you don't have to fight to hear the words over an espresso machine or the guys at the bar... an actual concert hall devoted to the pursuit of Art. This is something worth supporting. We'll be doing mostly songs - some new and some that have been around for awhile - and the Eicher folks have made a point of asking me to offer a few poems and a tale or two as well. If you've been wanting to come and see us again - or for the first time - this is the way to do it. This is the show... This is what it means to truly support the Arts. PLEASE INVITE YOUR FRIENDS...


Terlazzo & Voices will perform at two HUMAN BE-INS at Kiwanis Lake, May 31st & Sept. 20th - details to follow soon...


SATURDAY, MARCH 15th - JOHN TERLAZZO & VOICES IN THE HALL at the FORT HUNTER BARN, 5300 N. Front St. Harrisburg, PA. as part of the Susquehanna Folk Music Society' s Winter Coffeehouse, along with 3 Dollar Suit, Pat McCaskey, Hank Imhoff & Greg Rohrer, Joe Cooney, Jonathan Frazier, and John Waite.  6-9PM.  FREE.


SATURDAY, APRIL 11th - JOHN TERLAZZO & VOICES IN THE HALL Return to RADIANCE. We'll be making a film of this entire show, so come & bring your smile (!)  9 West Grant St. Lancaster PA. 17603. Right behind the Central Market in the center of town. 7PM. $5 - $20 at the door.

SATURDAY, APRIL 25th - JOHN TERLAZZO & VOICES IN THE HALL In Concert at Kaya in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  An Evening of Original Song in an intimate candlelit setting. 7PM.  The next day, John will also lead kirtan at a local park.  Plan on making a full weekend at the Beach with us as an awakening from your long Winter!...  KAYA is located at 43A Rehoboth Ave.  302-227-3450.  $5 - $20 at the door.



With Poet / Songwriter / Storyteller John Terlazzo
In the Catoctin Mountains near Frederick, MD.
SEPT. 12, 13 & 14th


john terlazzo & voices in the hall

free cd release concert
Celebrating their newest collection of original songs,
barbarian hymns

Saturday, march 8th, 7:30PM
(Doors open at 7)

At the UUCY, 
925 S. George St. York, PA. 17403
free admission to all !



Saturday, Feb. 1st, 2014
8:30AM - 5ish
John Terlazzo's Home - 511 Madison Ave. York, PA. 17404

The Ware Center The Ware Center  The Ware Center  The Ware Center  The Ware Center

THIS Tuesday, the 22nd, we're delighted to be singing at The Ware Center.
Info / details below from the sponsors, The Lancaster Literary Guild.
Hope to see you there!
All Love,
John, Kristina & Paul

The Ware Center  The Ware Center  The Ware Center  The Ware Center The Ware Center

Midtown Scholar Bookstore
John Terlazzo featured, reading from his poetry at Poetry Thursdays,
Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel. OPEN MIKE - BRING POEMS!
Thursday, Oct. 17th, 7-9PM
for more info

An Evening of Original Song with

John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall 
Saturday, November 9, 2013,  7:00pm to 9:00pm
$10 per person at the door

YorkArts@CityArt Gallery
118 West Philadelphia Street s York, PA 17401


Saturday, July 14th, JOHN TERLAZZO & VOICES IN THE HALL - DAVID KIN STRAW BALE HOUSE CONCERT (Details to be announced)

Saturday, Sept. 15th,
JOHN TERLAZZO & VOICES IN THE HALL IN CONCERT AT THE UUCY (A Fundraiser for York's own Liberal Religious Community, The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York, 925 S. George St. York, PA. 17403.  The Concert will be preceded by a finger-food potluck gathering & original music by several members of the UUCY's Youth groups.  As always, absolutely everyone is welcome at the UUCY.

Friday, Oct. 5th,  JOHN TERLAZZO & VOICES IN THE HALL Return In Concert to The Midtown Scholar Bookstore - 7PM, Located at
1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg PA 17102  (717) 236-1680

THE flame in every hand:


June 15, 16 & 17, in The Catoctin Mountains (click here)

Sunday, May 13th MOTHER'S PEACE DAY - WENDELL TAKES A VOW  John Terlazzo will read his short story, 
Wendell Takes a Vow,
(in lieu of a sermon), written for this occasion, during the early (9AM) service at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York, 925 S. George St. York, PA. 17403.  Some thoughts on the origins of Mother's Day, two songs and visitations from Julia Ward Howe & Bob Dylan, respectively.

Friday, May 18th, JOHN TERLAZZO - SOLO CONCERT - AN EVENING OF SONG, STORY, POEMS & CHANTS - 7:30 pm as part of the Lancaster City's Music Fridays Celebration at Radiance, 9 W. Grant St., Lancaster, PA. 17603 (directly behind the Central Market House).
We will be recording this solo concert for a future release - come, raise up your voices in song.



Thursday, Oct. 27th - JT & VOICES In Concert at Frederick, MD's Artomatic.  Performing at 7:30PM  Artomatic is a phenomenon occurring in multiple cities, wherein an entire building is dedicated to continuous arts performances & installation for a full month. Voices perform at 7:30PM at the former FCPS Central Office Building, 115 East Church St. Frederick, MD.

Friday, Nov. 18th - JT & VOICES In Concert at the Clover Lane Coffeehouse.  7:30PM.  At the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, 1280 Clover Lane, 17113

Friday, Feb. 24th - JT & VOICES  return to the Midtown Scholar Bookstore


Dances of Universal Peace

Flow Together Yoga

418 Bridge St. New Cumberland, PA. 17070


Saturday, March 26th at 7:30 pm

$10 advance / $12 at the door   -   to register, go to

Kristina, Paul & I are honored and pleased to bring a concert of our songs together
with an evening of the Dances of Universal Peace, as led by our dear friend, Yasmin.
We'll move together through images brought forth on the tongue & through the
whirling of our bodies through the ether - if you were with us at the UUCY a few
months ago, you will have had a small taste of where this evening will lead us.
The Dances grew out of the Sufi tradition & through Murshid Samuel Lewis, took
form in San Francisco in 1968 - today they are practiced all over the World.
Bring friends, participate or witness as you like...

Begins Jan. 7th Fridays@10:45AM  Meditation in Sound & Silence

Meditation practice with John Terlazzo...

In the interest of Spiritual Community, John Terlazzo will facilitate this weekly gathering, devoted to the ancient practices of Sitting Meditation and Chanting.  We will move together into deep silence as well as raise our voices in chanting the Holy Names.

All are welcome & beginners will be given Meditation Instruction. The facilitator: Poet, singer/songwriter & storyteller John Terlazzo  has been practicing daily Sitting Meditation for 38 years, and teaching Sitting Meditation & Contemplative Writing for 20 years. Fridays@10:45AM, Begins Jan. 7th


flow together yoga

418 Bridge St. New Cumberland, PA. 17070

Can't commit to all 8 weeks? Drop-in's are welcome.

$65 for 8 weeks - Drop-in's $10

(unlimited class cards and memberships are accepted)

Register HERE

the flame in every hand  :::::::::::::::   Jan. 4, 11, 18 (All Tuesdays) & Jan. 27th (Thursday)  6PM
Feb. 1, 8, 15 (All Tuesdays) & Feb. 23 (Wednesday)

the flame in every hand:
writing as a contemplative act
eight week program at martin memorial library

Time, like an arrow moves swiftly.                                                         
                                             If we fail to live deeply, we forfeit our lives.
                                                                                                                  -Anon. Zen Poet, ca. 1400

John Terlazzo returns yet again to Martin Library to lead his popular eight-week Contemplative Writing program.  Combining Contemplative Writing experiments, work with sound & silence, ancient folktales from virtually every culture on Earth, and the option of reading one's work aloud, we will move, as a Community, into deeper & deeper realms asking the question, "What does it mean to be a human being?". Specifically designed to accommodate both experienced &"first-time" writers alike, this program is both challenging and profoundly encouraging, providing a safe & welcoming place for all participants to live deeply - through writing practice -while exploring the avenues of unveiling "one's true nature".

As the Library is underwriting this class, cost to participants is only $10
Please bring cash or a check made out to Martin Library the first night of class. 
Note: This class fills up quickly, so now's the time to register.
For registration information,
click here.

Martin Library is located on the corner of Queen & Market Sts. in York, PA.

(a special Double Service, Sunday, November 28th) Sufi Dance leader Yasmin Haut  and poet John Terlazzo will co-lead this morning's special Double Service beginning at 9AM & running straight through until 11:30 AM in the Sanctuary. Hope you can join Yasmin & myself for this special event at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York (925 S. George St. York, PA 17403)

OCT. 22-24  We'll be doing the writing retreat by the Sea, with our beautiful Block Island friends off the coast of Rhode Island.  Email for details.

SEPTEMBER 24-26 (Register by Sept. 7th for the reduced fee) at Camp Happy Valley in the Gettysburg hills.
The retreat is coming together beautifully, and we still have room for you.  Email for details.

July 23-25 - The Secret Tells Its Self : Writing as a Contemplative Act - Weekend Writing Retreat at Starseed Sanctuary in Savoy Massachusetts. Now is the time to register (please) & make it official - if you register by July 1st, you'll save $25.
Also, registering now will help the organizers plan ahead (food, space, etc.) & minimize wear & tear on their vital nervous systems!

July 31st - Second Annual
Baer Ridge Concert with John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall

Potluck at 6:30 pm  Concert at 8 pm For your comfort, please bring a chair or blanket. After the potluck and concert, the evening will continue with a camp-fire and drumming circle. If you like, bring a drum or other instrument, as well as a potluck dish to share.  Swimming and primitive overnight camping will be available

Aug. 9th - John Terlazzo Poetry Reading - 7:30 PM at the Borders Store in Lancaster, PA. Open Reading inclusive.

Saturday, August 28th - John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall In Concert at the Supine Lion - John, Kristina & Paul perform to mark the opening of the new Supine Lion Yoga Retreat Center in the Brogue area of Southern York County.  Concert is at 7PM More details TBA

Saturday, June 26th - John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall In Concert at Eight Stones - JT & Voices return to one of their favorite haunts.  2805 Eastern Blvd. York, PA 17402.  Concert is at 8PM.  $8 suggested donation

Sat. June 12th - From Arms to Art - John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall perform this benefit for The Theatre of the Seventh Sister, which is purchasing Lancaster's old Stahr Armory to convert it into a center dedicated to the Arts & Sustainable Living.  Voices will be performing along with The Susquehanna String Quartet, The Reese Brothers, The Tom Witmer Trio, and more.  Concert is at 7PM, with Voices performing at 7:40.  Admission is only $10.  At the Seventh Sister / Stahr Armory, 438 N. Queen, Lancaster PA. 17602

Saturday, May 15th - John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall In Concert at Yoga Home - returning to John Protopapas's Yoga Home for another evening of original song.  As the last time, John Protopapas will join us on Indian tabla drums & other percussion instruments.  1750 S. Queen St. York, PA. 17403  The concert is at 8PM.
$8 suggested donation.

Friday, May 21st - John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall In Concert at Just Plain Yoga - 1845 Market St. Camp Hill, PA. 17011  Another in a series of concerts at Yoga centers.  Original Songs, poems & folk tales from around the world.  Performance time 8PM.  $8 suggested donation.

Saturday, May 22nd - John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall In Concert at Charm City Yoga in Baltimore - At Charm City's Midtown location - 107 E. Preston St.  Baltimore, MD. 21202 (between St. Paul & Calvert Sts.)  This is the first time for a Voices concert at Charm City, so tell your Baltimore, Washington, Annapolis friends!
The Charm City concert is at 8:30PM.  $8 suggested donation.

Saturday, March 13th - John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall In Concert at Eight Stones - Returning to Eight Stones Yoga yet again, JT on vocals, guitar & Indian harmonium with Kristina Machusick on vocals, flute & recorders, & Paul Wegmann on lead guitars & vocals.  An Evening of original songs, with an occasional folk tale or poem thrown in.  Come sing with us! Eight Stones is located at 2805 Eastern Blvd. in York, PA. 17402 $8 suggested donation.

Sunday, March 21st - Love, Lover & Beloved - Kirtan Service with JT - at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York.  This will be the first of the UUCY's Alternative Services : Poet, Singer/Songwriter & Storyteller John Terlazzo will lead this special Kirtan service of sacred chants from various traditions, including the Hindu, Sufi, Buddhist & more.  Accompanied by Indian harmonium, guitar, drums, etc., the entire service will consist of communal chanting, singing, & call & response, interspersed with silent meditation & a few folktales. Chant along (words & translations will be provided), close your eyes or open them wide, dance if you wish or listen as you like, but bring your voice & your open Heart.  No one needs to "know how to sing" - this isn't performance, this is wailing into the Mystic...
NOTE: The service officially begins at 8:45am, but you may come earlier if you like, as John will be preparing the room with music.


March 26,27 & 28 at  Camp Happy Valley  - Spring Writing Retreat

                             The Secret Tells Its Self: Writing as a Contemplative Act

For a number of years, folks have been asking for a second writing retreat in the South Central Pennsylvania area (in addition to our September Camping Retreat). Turns out we've found the perfect place to do it - we'll be gathering in a great big mountain cabin in the hills near Gettysburg. The facility is surrounded by forests & trails, fully heated with large dorms, comfortable beds, two lofts, two bathrooms / showers, two kitchens & a large spacious common room with a fireplace. And it's affordable, which means it will cost no more than our Fall Camping Retreat!

Working from a very non-academic contemplative perspective, we are sinking deep down inside & moving into experiments, archetypes, meditation, chanting, song, ancient tales & the mysteries & wonders of this moment.
As always the retreat is designed to accommodate both experienced & first time writers alike. 


Friday, Jan. 8th at 8PM @ The Blue Elephant
 4A W. 5th St. Frederick, MD. 21701

     John Terlazzo - vocals, guitars & Indian harmonium
     Kristina Machusick - vocals, flute & recorders
     & Paul Wegmann - vocals & lead guitars

Join us in dedicating the New Year in an evening of original songs, stories, poems,
chanting, singing, howling & more.  Bring some small amulet of personal value
(if you wish) to grace the Altar.
(There's lots of space in the gallery, but chairs seem to run away from the Elephant).
RSVP! (Please, let us know you're coming - it helps us in planning out the space).


Saturday, October 17th - John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall return again to Eight Stones Yoga.
Concert at 8pm, $8 at the door.  2805 Eastern Blvd.  York, PA. 17402

Oct. 10th  - John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall  at  Susquehanna Yoga
12 W. Aylesbury Rd. A, Lutherville, Maryland 21093
$8  Concert at 7pm  
Another in a series of concerts in Yoga centers. Original songs with some folk tales & poems. JT on vocals, guitar & Indian harmonium, Kristina Machusick on vocals, flute & recorders & Paul Wegmann on vocals & lead guitars.

Sept. 11th, 12th and 13th  -  2009 ANNUAL WRITING RETREAT & CAMPOUT  with John Terlazzo
THE SECRET TELLS ITSELF: WRITING AS A CONTEMPLATIVE ACT - John  leads the annual weekend Retreat at Marbrook Farm in Southern York County, PA.  Register early - fills up fast!

August 1st - RESCHEDULED Baer Ridge Concert!
John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall will perform at the rescheduled Summer Solstice Concert (which had been
rained out a few weeks ago) at Baer Ridge, followed by a campfire & drumming circle. Swimming & rustic camping available.
The concert is at 7pm.  $8  Bring a blanket or chair & drums if you like.

Saturday, August 8th - Terlazzo & Machusick  8:00 PM at Eight Stones Yoga  2805 Eastern Blvd, York, Pennsylvania 17402  Cost: $8  - John Terlazzo & Kristina Machusick will perform another in a series of concerts in Yoga centers. Original songs with some folk tales & a poem or two thrown in. Bring voices & drums for singing & chanting!

July 9th - John Terlazzo reads his poetry for the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel at Midtown Cinema.
250 Reily St. Harrisburg, PA. 17102 at 7pm. Free.  John will read poems, tell a few tales & likely sing a song or two.
Open Reading during the course of the evening for those who'd like to read

Saturday June 13th - Terlazzo & Machusick play & sing at the opening of  Positive Image Studio at 4:30pm.
323 N. Queen, Ste.120, Lancaster, PA. 17603.  Free & open to the public.

Friday, May 8th - John Terlazzo & Kristina Machusick at the Good Life Cafe - Excellent vegetarian natural meals & live music too!
7-10pm  The Good Life is at 26 N. Hanover St. in Carlisle PA 17013, on the edge of Dickinson College. THIS SHOW WILL BE RECORDED FOR THE NEW NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO SYNDICATED PROGRAM THE GOOD LIFE LIVE - COME, BE HEARD & CELEBRATE WITH US!

Monday May 4th at 7pm - Poetry Reading  by John Terlazzo  followed by an open reading -

Borders Books & Music
3000 Whiteford Rd. in York PA.

May 2, 2009 - Terlazzo & Machusick In Concert at Eight Stones Yoga, 2805 Eastern Blvd. York, PA. 17402
Concert at 8pm, $8 at the door.  Another in a series of concerts at Yoga Centers.  Lots of opportunity to sing & chant
along - bring drums if you like.

April 25 & 26, 2009 - Terlazzo & Machusick In Concert at the Block Island Poetry Project  along with renowned poets
Carolyn Forche, Richard Tillinghast & Grace Wells.
  Over the 4 day weekend (23 thru 27), entitled Poetry & the (He)art
of Healing, Archetypes, & the Glorious Call to Write. 
John & Kristina will perform two concerts as the only musical
guests alongside these featured poets.  In addition, John will lead a writing workshop during the course of the weekend.
On Block Island, Rhode Island - For further information, rates, etc. contact

April 11, 2009 - Terlazzo & Machusick In Concert at the Blue Elephant Arts Cooperative,
4a West 5th St. in Frederick, MD. 21701  Concert at 8pm (doors open at 7) $8
Feel free to bring a lawn chair or floor cushion to sit on (lots of floor space at the Elephant, but not so many chairs).

Feb. 27th -Mar. 1st - Courting Transcendence:  Story & Contemplative Writing     Gioia Timpanelli & John Terlazzo

Gioia Timpanelli may be the most respected master of the ageless art of storytelling in the world today. Poet/singer/songwriter John Terlazzo first saw Gioia in 1980 telling stories with Joseph Campbell and Robert Bly: “What she did with story blew a spark into my chest that over the years has turned into a raging bonfire.” 

We live deeply through story, song, ideas, writing, and reading aloud, and we do so to actively court transcendence. Modern consumerist culture trivializes our natural human longing to imagine and create ­– it’s a tragedy beyond words. But using the natural creative energies that we – all of us – possess is the difference between real freedom and servitude.

Gioia says, “The world is falling apart because human beings have stopped doing their real work.” Our work, now, is to nourish the seed within ourselves – and the external – that reclaims the deep mysteries of story telling and creative writing. Both, when approached with conscious intention and open hearts, are contemplative acts – they are ways to ignite one’s soul and give rise to one’s true nature. An impossibly fast pace, a lack of silence, and a media “bombardment” have begun to atrophy that part of the brain that understands metaphor and subtle thinking. When we cease creating images, we lose the ability to imagine. But when we actively pursue the deep images in story and in our psyches, subtle thinking is reborn, and we restore what it means to be a human being.

Old and ancient tales, rich with images and told from tongue to ear, psyche to psyche, raise us up to hover above the stones. Throughout the weekend, we’ll engage, together, through marvelous stories, poems, and songs, in writing experiments, reading aloud, discussion, and deep listening. This is for experienced storytellers and writers as well as those “who’ve always wanted to.”

Click if you would like to read two articles we published in our newspaper The Center Post.

To be in Gioia Timpanelli’s presence is to participate in the mystery of story. An early and central figure in the worldwide storytelling revival, she won the Maharishi International Award for “promoting world harmony wherever she goes by enlivening within the listener that field of pure consciousness that is the source of all stories.” She has taught at CUNY, Pace University, and The New School; founded Storytelling at Art Park, and co-founded the New York City Storytelling Center. Tales from the Roof of the World: Four Tibetan Folk Tales and Sometimes the Soul: Two Novellas of Sicily are beautifully written, and her new novel, What Makes a Child Lucky, was just published in the fall of 2008.

“Maybe the finest storyteller I’ve ever known.”
- Andre Gregory

John Terlazzo is a poet, painter, singer, songwriter, and storyteller who performs and records with his band, Voices in the Hall. He has led The Secret Tells Itself: Writing as a Contemplative Act for close to 20 years with people of all ages and in all walks of life. He has published four collections of poems, including, most recently, The Secret Work: 52 Poems & One Essay, and six collections of  recorded songs, including the newly released Ecstasy & Longing.


Friends, this weekend is shaping up beautifully & I'm writing to encourage you to register now, while there's still some room.  I'm guessing you know how I feel about Gioia's work; what a wonderful vessel she is - what flows through her is the kind of timeless nourishment that this culture so desperately needs, especially now in these critical days of great Hope & Wonder.
    When I think of the Old World, one ideal image that often arises is that of a society that recognizes its finest artists as Cultural Treasures.  An artist - in this case a master storyteller - is understood to be a great catalyst for growth of the collective Imagination - not just his or her own - and is deeply revered for this.  If we were a civilized country, either television wouldn't exist at all, or if it did, we'd be watching people like Gioia Timpanelli, Robert Bly & Babatunde Olatunje, instead of the perversely named American Idol.
What I mean to say, friends, is that it is a great opportunity & honor for me to be teaching beside Gioia, and for all of us to be attending the upcoming program with her.  The weekend is shaping up nicely, and I'm really hoping that you'll come & share it with us.  Please join us at Rowe for the last weekend in February.
    Gioia, of course, doesn't know that I've said these things to you.  If she did, she'd let out a long string of musical Sicilian epithets, & then kick my ass.  Please, let's keep this between us.
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Feb. 12th - JOHN TERLAZZO presents Into the Wilderness at York College.  John will tell folktales from Asia - Sufi, Hindu, Buddhist, Confucian, Sikh & more. FREE & open to the public.  11am in the William Walker Room of the Student Union Building.

Feb. 2nd - The Secret Tells Its Self: Writing as a Contemplative Act   -   Poet, Singer/Songwriter John Terlazzo returns once again to Martin Memorial Library to lead the 8 week FREE Contemplative Writing program. Terlazzo has been leading The Secret Tells Its Self for twenty plus years & this is the third year in a row that the Library is sponsoring the program FREE to the public. Participants will meet Monday nights, February 2nd through March 30th (but with no class on March 2nd) from 6:30 -8:30 pm. Martin Memorial Library is on the corner of Queen & Market Streets in the center of downtown York, PA.

"Some people spend their whole life in a cage, counting on the jailer to bring them sustenance.  Then they act surprised when no liberation comes. Only a few turn their backs on the warden, become smoke & curl effortlessly, in spires, through the bars."


CD Release Concert November 21st at 7:30 pm
Please join us for this special concert in celebration of the release of our new CD ...

Ecstasy & Longing

       After 20 months of recording & mixing with our good friend Doug Smith, Ecstasy & Longing is finished & back from duplication in Philadelphia.  This really is the album I've always wanted to make, and this particular concert will be a very special night for us - a quiet concert by candlelight, with some folktales told, a poem or two, & an opportunity for all of us to raise our voices together.  Kristina & I will offer new songs from the album, songs praising Love & the Mystery, as well as a couple of new songs not yet recorded. 
As always, we invite you to bring others from another generation. 
       If you have pre-ordered a copy of Ecstasy & Longing, you can pick it up at the concert. 
If, for some reason you can't make it, we'll mail it to you shortly thereafter. Please RSVP if you're coming - it will help us in our planning.
All the Best,

John Terlazzo & Kristina Machusick
( Original songs on guitar, vocals, flute, Indian harmonium & recorders)
In concert at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York
925 S. George St. York, PA. 17403 (Consult Mapquest for directions)

$8 donation for the musicians & the use of the hall ($5 for those under 18)
Thank you for supporting live, original music, poetry & song.


LIVE IN THE EMPIRE OF FOOLS released by John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall.

Live in the Empire of Fools is a collection of live recordings of the band from various recent public concerts at the Pour House, the UUCY and the Unitarian Church of Lancaster. Unlike most live albums, Empire of Fools consists of 16 songs that are not available on any previous recordings. While you may know some of these songs from our performances, others will be brand new to many of you - and none had been recorded before.

August, 15 2008 John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall at Just Plain Yoga
1845 Market St., Camp Hill, Pennsylvania 17011
Cost : $8
Another in a series of concerts in Yoga centers. Details to follow soon.

August, 28 2008 John Terlazzo at The Crimson Frog Coffeehouse
Cedar Cliff Mall, 1104 Carlisle Rd, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania 17011
Cost : Free 
7-9 PM John Terlazzo reading from his poems at 8pm with an open reading before & after.

Sept. 5th, 6th and 7th  -  2008 ANNUAL WRITING RETREAT & CAMPOUT  with John Terlazzo

October, 25 2008 John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall at Kin House Concert
6221 Vista Lane, Wrightsville, Pennsylvania 17368
Cost : $8 
The concert will take place in Dave Kin’s amazing hand-built straw-bale house, under the huge Buddhist Manjushri mural painted by Bulgarian icon painter Alex Rosenkreuz. The house is located next to Sam Lewis State Park. Details to follow soon.

July 20th - JOHN TERLAZZO will speak & sing during the Sunday morning service at the UNITY CHURCH OF HARRISBURG, 927 Wertzville Rd. Enola, PA. 17025.  John's topic will be Opening God's Cage, concerning the transcendence of patriotism, religion, personality & ego.  Begins at 10am.

June 29th - JOHN TERLAZZO will speak & sing during the Sunday morning service at the UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF YORK, 925 S George St. York, PA. 17403.  John's topic will be An Open Letter to the Young.  The UUCY is a liberal religious community that welcomes all people without exception & that is dedicated to the inherent worth & dignity of all.  We'll look at how our commodity - conscious culture has exploited the young, empower our young & ourselves to rise above the damage done, & wind up the morning chanting kirtan.  Begins at 10 am.

June 20th - JOHN TERLAZZO & VOICES IN THE HALL- performing at Yoga Home, 1750 S. Queen St. York, PA. 17403
John, Kristina & Todd in a beautiful, intimate, candlelit yoga studio for an evening of original song.  It's a comfortable, inviting, open studio, so bring a cushion or something similar to sit on & melt into the floor.  Doors open at 7:30, music to follow. $8

May 17th - JOHN TERLAZZO & VOICES IN THE HALL (JT - vocals, guitar, harmonium, Kristina Machusick - vocals, flute & recorders & Todd Clewell - vocals, guitar, mandolin, violin & viola) MARGIE LEWIS HOUSE CONCERT, 690 Kendale Rd. Red Lion, PA. 17356 (Consult Mapquest).  Parking in the driveway & designated across & along the road.  Music at 7pm.  $8 donation at the door.

May 12th - Into the Wilderness, An Evening of Stories, Discussion, Poems & Ideas with John Terlazzo, at MARTIN LIBRARY, corner of Queen & Market Sts. in downtown York, PA.  Spurred on by a story here, a poem or folk tale there, we will move together into that "wilderness" - that deep space within where modern culture so often forbids us to go.  Our intention here is to create the opposite of "barking head" TV antagonism - ours is a discussion of warmth & dignity where eyes are looked into & we wonder & breathe together. ONCE AGAIN WE INVITE YOU TO BRING SOMEONE OF ANOTHER GENERATION. If you are a young person, please invite an elder.  If you are an elder, please invite the young.  If that is not possible, by all means please bring yourself.  The last time we did this, it was a huge success.  All are welcome - admission is FREE.

May 3rd - JOHN TERLAZZO (Solo) in an evening of songs, poems & tales at the FREDERICK COFFEE CO. 100 N East Street, Frederick, MD 21701, 8-10PM

Potluck meal at 6pm, Music to follow.  290 Woolen Mill Rd.  New Park PA. 17352 (in the farmhouse).  Consult Mapquest for directions. Free will donation. (Our good friend, Kalyani, has a loved one in Nepal who is dealing with cancer.  Nepal has no healthcare benefits & no socialized medicine & so this woman is having to deal with the costs of chemotherapy on her own.  The very good news is that while the cost of treatment appears to be way out of her reach as a Nepali national, it is very inexpensive by our standards - it's pocket change for people like you & I.  We can raise it (having a good time) in a single night.  Please join us...)

April 26th - JOHN TERLAZZO & KRISTINA MACHUSICK, in concert to open an exhibit of John's paintings at the
BLUE ELEPHANT ART GALLERY. Doors open at 7, Music at 8.  The Blue Elephant is at 4a W. 5th St. Frederick, MD. 21701 (Consult Mapquest) $8 at the door.

Saturday, February 23rd - Rich & Deberrae's POETRY BREW present A Free Public Poetry Reading.

followed by an OPEN READING (so bring poems if you'd like to read) at Yorkarts, 10 N. Beaver St. in York, PA.
7:30Pm, doors open at 6:30, free refreshments prior to the reading.

Wednesday, February 6th - John Terlazzo will read from his new book, The Secret Work: 52 Poems & One Essay, 7PM at Martin Memorial Library, corner of Queen & Market Sts. in the center of York, PA. Sponsored by Martin Library, the evening will be hosted by Jeremy Barnes, who recently interviewed John in the one-hour program, Drunk on Light.

December 12th - John Terlazzo will read from his new book, The Secret Work: 52 Poems & One Essay , 7PM at the Frederick Coffee Company, 100 N East Street, Frederick, MD 21701

Friday, September 21st at 7pm - John Terlazzo will read from The Secret Work, along with poets Barbara DeCesare & Dana Sauers at Dickinson College, at 25 W. High St. Carlisle, PA. 17013 (across from the Carlisle Theatre).  Open Reading to follow.  Consult Mapquest for directions.

With John Terlazzo - September 7th, 8th & 9th (Friday through Sunday)
Poet & Songwriter John Terlazzo will once again lead The Secret Tells Itself: Writing as a Contemplative Act.
Bring your notebook & pen & join us as we wander, write, whisper & wail together beneath the late summer moon.
As in the past, we'll do some new writing experiments together, hike, swim, maybe practice yoga & chant, eat great food, talk & laugh & step easily off the edge into what we do not know.  There will be ample opportunity for folks to read their work aloud, or simply listen as they like.

POETRY READING - Poetry Reading Monday night Aug. 27th at 7:30pm. John Terlazzo reads from his new book of poems, The Secret Work: 52 Poems & One Essay, at the Reader's Cafe. The reading is at 7:30pm, followed by an open Mic, so bring your poems. Copies of John's book will be available on the premises that evening. The Reader's Cafe is at 125 Broadway, Hanover, Pennsylvania, 17331 (717) 630-2524. Consult Mapquest for directions.

Sunday, July 22nd at 10am - I'll be doing a talk & leading the service at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York, a liberal religious community located at 925 S. George St.17403 (just off of Rte. 83, consult for directions). Below is a description from the congregation's Beacon.

Against the harsh backdrop of a culture born of consumption, greed & violence, we find there is another kind of Madness - a deep, tender Madness wherein lies grace, Liberation & the path to a true sanity beyond words, beyond any dogma.  We'll bathe in these sweet, mad waters together & end the service with Kirtan.

Monday May 14th - Vonnegut Reading - Southern York County Library, Shrewsbury, PA at 7pm

Monday May 7th - Vonnegut Reading - Guthrie Memorial Library in Hanover, PA at 12 Noon

Monday, Apr. 30th at 7pm - Vonnegut Reading - Martin Library  - Poet John Terlazzo will read from Vonnegut’s books including:

Slaughterhouse Five,

A Man Without a Country

And more!


Free & Open to the Public.   Hi Ho!


Monday,  March 5th -   FREE WRITING WORKSHOP - The Secret Tells Itself: Writing as a Contemplative Act Martin Memorial Library in York is hosting John as he leads a special 8 week version of his Contemplative Writing class.
The workshop will take place at the Library, corner of Queen & Market Sts. in York, on 8 consecutive Monday nights at 7pm, beginning March 5th & it is free of charge to the Public. To register, phone Martin Library at (717) 846-5300 or at www.yorklibraries.orgSPACE IS LIMITED - REGISTER EARLY!

Thursday, March 8th, 7PM - Poetry Reading - John Terlazzo will read poems from his upcoming new book, The Secret Work. Poetry Thursdays at the Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg Pa 17101

Wednesday, Feb. 21st at 7pm - Poetry Reading - Frederick Coffee Company  - John Terlazzo will read poems from his upcoming new book, The Secret Work. 100 N East Street, Frederick, MD 21701

Friday, Feb. 2nd at 7:30 pm - JOHN TERLAZZO - Full Moon House Concert at the home of Bill Myers & Sandy Means, 790 Spring Lane, York, Pa. 17403. click here for more info

January 24th - JOHN TERLAZZO - solo concert - An evening of Poems, Stories & Songs at Warren Wilson College, Ashville, North Carolina

The Secret Work : 52 Poems & One Essay
So many people have been asking me about this new book of poems that I've been compiling. It's in the works with the printer right now, and I'm very pleased to say so.  Here's one of the shorter poems, called Hidden:


We think we know

Where the sheaves of wheat

Are stored away & hidden

But when

We break the seal -

Only laughter.



I know there's been talk of the book being out in time for the Holidays, but I don't think that's likely to happen.  Possible, but not likely.  We're working on it & will be in touch. Folks have also asked if they can place orders in advance - sure.  Just let me know. Hope your life rises higher & higher into Joy,
Friday, December 15th at 7pm - FOR PEACE - A WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York. 925 S. George St. in York, PA. 17403  FREE & OPEN TO ALL
Friday, November 3rd  - Art Show Opening - Woman Abiding in the Stillness - New & Recent Paintings by John Terlazzo - part of the "First Fridays" events in the city.  John's exhibit is at Zanzibar Cafe, 29 E. Princess St. in York, PA. 17403.  (717) 718-7484
November 6th, 13th & 20th (all Monday nights) - Into the Wilderness - Contemplative Tales of the East.  On three consecutive Monday nights, John Terlazzo will tell & discuss folktales from various traditions, including Hinduism, Sufism, Tibetan Buddhism, Japanese Zen Buddhism & more, as part of Martin Library's Look East, a celebration of Eastern cultures.  At Martin Memorial Library, 159 E. Market St. in York, PA. 17401  All ages, Free admission.  Each evening begins at 7pm.

From John ...  "There is sometimes, sadly, a misconception that folktales are only for kids - this is not true.  These old stories are hardwired into the cells of our bodies & our psyches.  They are simultaneously transformative & immensely entertaining.  Some of these tales are hundreds or thousands of years old & yet tell us secrets about what it means to be alive now, in this moment.  They're full of Mystery & Wonder as well as slapstick worthy of the Marx Brothers - and it all leads to Truth".


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