Kerani grew up in Sisters where she was very active in the Americana Project, a collaborative program between the visual arts, music and leadership departments of the Sisters School District that gives high school students the opportunity to study with notable folk musicians, and perform and record folk music.
Kerani was in “… one of the more pioneering classes …” in that they were the first class to publish a music CD and produce radio shows. This program is funded by the Sisters Folk Festival, which Kerani continues to be involved with.
When Kerani went on to college at Seattle University (on a full ride scholarship!) she continued to write, play and perform music. Piano, guitar and singing are her thing, and she loves all music “… unless it’s obscene, profane or violent.”
She shared that “… music and the outdoors have been the two most constant things in my life.” Her father, who made the 76th ascent of Denali in 1970, instilled in her a love of climbing.
Kerani is drawn to humanitarian work, “… fighting for justice, improving our world, and being mindful of our environment.” This awareness and drive started at a young age as she remembers at age 6, making a sign that read, “Helping Hands” and collecting cans to help kids earn scholarships for a fieldtrip.
Travel to both Mexico and India have also fueled her desire to help those in need. Kerani is currently volunteering at the Central Oregon Environmental Center, where she writes articles for their newsletter and their annual Greenspot catalog. We feel so fortunate that Kerani has found a home with us at thump!