She has since studied with Jonathan Goldman, founder of the International Sound Healer's Association. She lectures on Sound Healing and Sacred Sound-Find Yours, last year at the International Women in Jazz Festival at St. Peter's Church in NYC.
She is active in the NYC Vocal Improv Collaborative and joined Billy Harper Voices in 2014, where she is a featured soloist. Her duo set with husband Lee Tomboulian is where she is most comfortable. They've been performing together since 1988, and the depth of their connection shines through with humor and strong harmonic variations on the Great American Songbook as well as South American highlights from Hermeto, Milton, Horta, and MPB.
She plays piano and guitar on solo sets for private engagements. Her inspirational compositions find audiences at churches such as the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palisades and Unity NY. She has a long history of church music ministry in many denominations: Methodist, A.M.E., COGIC, Presbyterian, Unity, Lutheran, and Unitarian.

She designed and published catalogs at the University of North Texas for 12 years, and still engages in book design projects.  "Special Studies for Trumpet" by John Daniel, is now distributed by Jamie Aebersold Music.
She has been practicing Quantum Energetics Structured Therapy since becoming a student in 2006, presently a sponsored practitioner at the Edgar Cayce NY Association for Research and Enlightenment, 241 W 30th St., NYC, where she also serves on the Board of Trustees. QEST is a leading-edge systematic energy healing practice she encountered while studying vocal improvisation and sound healing with Rhiannon on the Big Island of Hawaii.

She has been the Music Director at Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palisades in Englewood, NJ, since 2014. 

ELIZABETH TOMBOULIAN

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Biography

Elizabeth Tomboulian is now happily in NYC and is digging the scene! A Southerner, her roots run deep into blues, folk, and Gospel. She cut her teeth in Texas bars singing Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Phoebe Snow, and Carol King, with a turn toward jazz in Houston where she studied vocal jazz, jazz piano and jazz improv. She sang for a couple of years atop the Shell building in the Plaza Club with Kip Galbraith, who called her Betty Bop, a name she used professionally for a number of years. 

She found her way to Lucky Pierre's (piano bar) on Bourbon Street New Orleans, where she met Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers, and played piano with The Charles Neville House Band and sang with New Orleans Ladies at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

On a lark, she moved to Boulder, Colorado, where she was a local opener at The Blue Note, sharing the stage with Tom Scott and the LA Express, Charlie Musselwhite, and Richie Cole. Tom Scott dug her opening act and took her with him to Fort Collins to open his show there. She enjoyed beating him at his favorite dice game after the show. Richie Cole was so impressed by her vocal scat that for his encore, he sent the band offstage and finished the night with a duet with Betty singing and comping on guitar. Charlie Musselwhite wanted to take her on the road with him, but she was afraid to be trapped in a car with that much gin, so she held back. She's happy to see Charlie doing so well now. Way to go, Charlie!

She spent seven years in Nashville composing and recording with the Lost Renes and Whatever It Takes.

She met Lee Tomboulian, her husband, in Arkansas on a Monday Jazz gig at the AfterThought. Lee introduced her to the music of Eddie Harris, and the soloists of the cool jazz era as well as the music of South America (Brazil and Uruguay). This piqued her interest in studying the music of Milton Nascimento, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Hermeto Pascoal, Hugo Fattoruso and Toninho Horta, along with Diva Elis Regina. When she met Milton after a show in Albuquerque, he asked what her name was so he could sign her program. When she said it was Betty, he smiled a quizzical smile and asked if she had another name. He didn't want to sign it to Betty, because in Portuguese, it's slang for bitch. She learned later that Milton was pulling her leg. He has an Aunt named Betty!

She is featured singing wordless scat and horn unisons with Dallas wind master Pete Brewer on two cds by Circo - North/South Convergence and Return to Whenever. North/South Convergence is a collaboration with her husband and a six-piece group, produced by Hugo Fattoruso. She and Lee had the time of their lives visiting Hugo in Montevideo, Uruguay and gigging at Medio y Medio near Punto del Este.

While in Arkansas, she met and sang with Sheila Jordan at a concert at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. Sheila dug her sound and recognized her talent so much that she gave her some tunes from her book. When Elizabeth ran into Sheila at her 75th birthday party at the Jazz Standard in NYC, Sheila thought back and said, "Yes, I remember you! You were hanging with the piano player and I gave you my book! I don't give anybody my book! You wanna sing with me tomorrow night?" ET had to board a flight the next day for Denton, where she was working in desktop publishing at UNT. She's hoping to find producers for a "Tribute to Sheila" recording featuring interpretations by singers who have been blessed to hear and love Sheila's singing, with proceeds to benefit Sheila's projects in upstate NY where she has plans for a teaching retreat facility on her farm.

ET studied at the Omega Institute in 2005 and 2015 with Bobby McFerrin and his associates, Rhiannon, Joey Blake, Judi Donaghy, Roger Treece, and David Worm. Since then, she has studied extensively with Rhiannon, who introduced her to Sound Healing. After a vocal improv retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii, ET had a lesson with a sound energy healing master, Judith Kealehua Lynne.


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