who we are
Co-Founder & Programming
Before co-founding Flying Cat Music with Tommy Rinaldo, Janet Klugiewicz cooked amazing meals and herded cats. The former resulted in good taste in music. The latter was enabled by her experience as an environmental and political organizer and way too many years spent employed by civil service bureaucracy. She now more than likely eats peanut butter on rice cakes while the cat flies through the house with wild abandon. But . . . the musicians who are booked will be wonderful, the contracts will be completed in a timely fashion, and Tommy can try to control the wild feline.
holly george warren
Board of Directors
Holly George-Warren is a two-time Grammy nominee and the author of 16 books, including biographies of Gene Autry, Alex Chilton, and most recently Janis Joplin (Janis: Her Life & Music, Simon & Schuster, October 2019).
Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and Entertainment Weekly, among many other publications. She has also served as a producer on the documentaries Muscle Shoals, Hitmakers, and Nashville 2.0. She and her husband, Robert Burke Warren, are the proud parents of Stormy the cat and Jack the human.
Flying Cat Music co-founder Tommy Rinaldo has a professional background in community organizing, mental health, and entrepreneurial retail sales (completely legit mind you). All of which led him to believe that the devotion of hundreds of unpaid hours each year to a folk concert series makes perfect sense. Rinaldo had previously dabbled in producing live music events during the 1970s on Long Island and in the 1980s and 1990s in San Francisco. It took him settling down in Phoenicia however, and collaborating with Flying Cat Music co-founder Janet Klugiewicz in the presence of an acrobatic cat, to finally help launch a concert series that didn't succumb prematurely.
Lissa Kiernan is the founding director of The Poetry Barn, a literary arts center in West Hurley, New York, and AIM Higher, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to elevating women artists. The Whispering Wall—her third book and second poetry collection—won the 2020 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize and was a semi-finalist for Tupelo Press’ Dorset Prize. Her other books are Glass Needles & Goose Quills, (Haley’s, 2017), winner of a Gold Nautilus Award, and Two Faint Lines in the Violet (Negative Capability Press, 2014), a finalist for the Julie Suk Award for Best Book of Poetry by an Independent Press and Indiefab Book of the Year.
Audio Technician & Treasurer
David Congdon has done theatrical sound design and mixing in New York City, working for the Public Theatre (Michel Bennett’s A Chorus Line), Café La Mama (Tom O’Horgan’s Architect and the Emperor of Assyria), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Eliot Feld Ballet, various Broadway musicals, and at Radio City Music Hall. He holds a Master’s Degree in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Santa Clara University, CA. David and his wife Nancy stay busy feeding their three cats in Woodland Valley, NY, and he has been volunteering at Flying Cat Music since retiring in 2015.
Board of Directors
Stephen is retired from multiple careers and now lives in Willow with his wife, Susan where he gardens, hikes, and keeps bees. They both have been active members of the Zen Mountain Monastery community for more than 25 years. Stephen has worked in construction, run a cabinet shop in Los Angeles, and he has spent 16 years as a school business manager, where-in he was responsible for multiple construction projects, financial reporting, employee benefits, risk management, endowment, kitchen and maintenance and served for 8 years on the NYSAIS Business Affairs Council. He has served on a number of non-profit boards and is very pleased to be able to be able to contribute to the musical life in the Catskills. He is currently taking piano lessons after a 57 year hiatus.
When Apollo is not flying solo, he can be found chasing flying squirrels to the furthest reaches of his home in Phoenicia, New York. He is the proud successor to Houdini, the original flying cat.
- Dakin Morehouse: Board of Directors & Founder of Phoenicia Arts Center, Ltd. (formerly Phoenicia Forge)
- Amy Knoth: House Manager, Concession Stand Manager
- John Stobaeus: House Manager, Merchandise Sales, Technical Set Up, Lighting Technician
- Chris Abramides: Technical Set Up & Photography