The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 25, 2013

Unwind with music, yoga

By Jeffrey Allen Federowicz
For The Daily Item

— SHAMOKIN DAM -- Although it has nothing to do with rain and light rays, there will be a rainbow Sunday night shining brightly and making a wonderful sound at Skeeter’s BBQ in Shamokin Dam.

This spectacle of sound will actually spring forth from the talented songstress Johanna Kodlick who will shine her music — which she describes as the multi-hued arch of light — across the Valley.

“My music is filled with color and beauty and it’s not something you experience every day but on the days that you do, you know it’s been a good day. Never is it exactly the same two times in a row but its always recognizable,” she said.

Joining Kodlick on her acoustic musical quest will be fellow musician Anthony Latt on lead guitar and vocals.

“I am an entertainer at heart — lots of soulful energy, connecting and engaging with the audience,” she said. “My original music is soul-pop genre and we also cover tons of fun songs from the ’60s to today. With both Anthony and I contributing to the vocals, we can do both male and female songs and duets and cover a lot of ground. We both are big on dynamics and rhythm too, so even with just two people, we create a big, full sound.”

Her music has taken her from performing in the middle of Long Island Sound on a rain-drenched boat to Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, yet no matter where you hear Kodlick perform, her vibrant passion for music is evident.

Kodlick and Latt have been performing together since 2001 and in that time they have covered many states and hundreds of shows that ranged from a packed house and other times to a nearly deserted venue.

“Music creates a physiological shift in our bodies, much like exercise, and we love being stewards of this positive movement for people,” she said. “After our shows, people, at least we hope, feel better than when they walked in. If they were depressed, frustrated, angry or upset beforehand, the music helps them get that out and they feel better afterward, as do we as the musicians.”

When she’s not making music, Kodlick works as a certified yoga instructor and founder of Lizard Toes Yoga where she soothes the mind and the body.

“My two passions — yoga and music — go so perfectly together. It’s a match made in heaven. Occasionally Anthony will perform live music during my yoga classes, which is a great treat for me and the students. Such an ethereal experience,” she said.

With a face meant for a CD cover and a voice that lends itself perfectly to almost any style of music, Kodlick is more than just a musician who plays the guitar and sings a few songs; music is her life and her love. And she loves to share her songs with people who appreciate all that music has to offer.

Even when they’re playing cover songs, the duo delivers them with artistic integrity and with all their hearts.

“We just play good songs. We’re not married to any one form. We both are educated, professional musicians and that allows us to open the doors to many possible styles. Anthony and I often take long road trips, whether it’s to gigs or to visit friends and family and as we listen to the radio, we write down songs we hear that would be good to cover,” she said. “It just has to be a good song. It may be a rock song or a disco song or some forgotten-about folk song from 1957. It doesn’t matter, it just has to be a well-crafted song that speaks to people.”

Free yoga, atmospheric music

In addition, The Weis Center for the Performing Arts will host yoga led by Kodlick accompanied by atmospheric music on Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Weis Center lobby.

The event is free and open to the public; pre-registration is not required. Participants are asked to come early and bring their own mat.

Rob Schwimmer will accompany on the piano and Llamano will accompany on the theremin.

Kodlick will guide a one-hour session of rejuvenating, vinyasa style yoga, suited for all experience levels. Beginners are welcome.