Care Facilities & Hospitals
Live music has been shown to relax the mind and body, to lift the spirit and enhancing the self-healing work of the immune system.
The harp has one of the most fluid and lyrical sounds of any instrument and subtly fills a room. The music taps into the body rhythms and can organize the emotional and memory regions of the brain in a way that the chaos of normal life cannot.
"Thank you for touching my heart and the hearts of many others through your kindness and compassion. One of my fondest memories of my beloved friend will always be the music you so graciously shared with us in his home before he died."
"My grandmother adored you so much. I wanted to thank you so much for playing in her home... You brought her so much joy!"
Nursing Homes & Assisted Living Facilities
Nicolas regularly visits nursing homes and assisted living facilities to brighten the day of residents.
Many assisted living homes invite Nicolas to perform on a regular-basis (monthly, quarterly or annually), which allows Nicolas to develop a relationship with residents and to know their individual preferences.
Solo harp: Nicolas performs a variety of musical styles for residents. Some residents are most moved by classical melodies such as Pachabel's Canon, while others will get up and dance when Nicolas plays an upbeat polka. Nicolas tells stories about the music and his life and the residents enjoy the personal interaction.
Harp and dance: Nicolas' wife is an accomplished folk dancer. Residents enjoy the visual appeal of the dancer in her beautiful hand-crafted dress from South America. Often residents will want to dance with her, as well... which she thoroughly enjoys!
Father-daughter duet: Residents are charmed by the fresh voice and musical talent of Nicolas' daughter Maliya. Maliya accompanies the harp with guitar, violin and her enchanting voice. Her vocal repertoire includes folk songs, romantic ballads, latin jazz (bossa nova) and old-time jazz favorites from the era of Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.
Hospitals and Care Facilities
He also plays at hospitals and makes home visits to bring cheer and comfort to people who are ill, as well as family members, caregivers and nursing staff.
It's always my preference to include caregivers, family and friends in music sessions, when possible. Not only do they benefit from the music and experience na upliftingmoment together, but they also have a new fresh, enjoyable topic for conversation that does not revolve around treatments.
It's important to remember the role of caregivers, especially in chronic situations. Their attitude has an impact on their care and on the attitude of the patient. The music can cheer and comfort them just as much as the patient. I used to play regularly in the Intensive Care unit at Children's Hospital and the music provided comfort to otherwise worried parents and lifted the spirits of nursing staff.