Peaceful Means includes Leah Boyd, left, and Heather Pierson. Reinaldo Cortez photo

Peaceful Means, a new musical duo featuring Leah Boyd and Heather Pierson, is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept 16, at the First Universalist Church, 479 Main St., Norway.

Weaving together original songs and arrangements of covers with their voices and accompanying piano, acoustic strings, and percussion, they create music as an invitation to remember and to cultivate the joy, peace, and connection that are available in every moment, according to an event news release.

For both Boyd and Pierson, music has been the common thread in lives filled with diverse experience. After a career performing contemporary music, Boyd shifted her focus to performing, writing and recording her original music and now has four CDs in circulation. In recent years she has been primarily using her music to enhance her work of sharing nonviolent consciousness through training events and guiding facilitated experiences.

Pierson’s creative path began early in her teenage years, when she was in a rock band in the early 1990s with Boyd. From there, Pierson’s musical adventures took her through years of exploring and performing country to jazz to folk, all while working to support her creative life — everything from being a full-time nanny to retail management to children’s librarian. Pierson realized her full-time music-making dreams in 2010, and has so far released 14 recordings, two songbooks, and several singles of her original music.

The event is free, donations are welcome, and masks are required.

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