- Tango Music Workshop at Emory University
Argentine Tango Music Workshop and Performance June 4, 6, and 7, 2014 Presented by the Emory Department of Music and the Atlanta Cello Project Bringing Argentina’s art form from Buenos Aires to Emory and the Atlanta Community! Study with Argentine guest artist/teachers Damián Bolotin, violinist/composer, and Sonia Possetti, pianist/composer, coming directly from Buenos Aires (see their Facebook pages; their latest CDs, Hora pico and Cayó la fiche are available for download on Amazon and iTunes) Instruments Welcomed for the Workshops and Performance · Strings: violin, viola, cello, bass · Piano · Electric guitar, electric bass · Winds: Flute, clarinet, saxophone oboe, bassoon · Brass: trumpet, trombone, horn · Bandoneón or accordion · Voice Workshop Sessions: Study two Argentine tangos and prepare for performance · Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from 7:30 – 9:00 PM: Tango phrasing and articulation · Friday, June 6, 2014 from 7:30 – 9:00 PM: Tango instrumental techniques You will receive a copy of the music by May 21 to prepare in advance for the workshops and performance. Concert: Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 8:00 PM (Workshop ensemble to perform, followed by guest performers) Concert Admission is free and open to the public Location: Emory Performing Arts Studio 1804 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30322 Fee: $50 (includes both workshop days, participation in performance and music); if registered after June 1, $60. Emory students will receive a scholarship from the Department of Music/Friends of Music Grant Online with credit card payment: http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Cello-Project-Workshops/ (Note – no charge to sign up as a Meetup member). For more information, contact Kristin Wendland, Emory University Department of Music [masked] Ann Moceyunas, Atlanta Cello Project [masked]
- Bluegrass Cello Workshop with Dave and Sharon (The Littlest Birds)
Cellist, Dave Huebner (http://www.folkncello.com) leads this workshop with backup from his musical partner, Sharon Martinson (banjo), on applying your classical training to alternative cello playing techniques for playing in smaller ensembles and playing by ear. The duo performs its old time folk music as "The Littlest Birds" ( http://www.littlestbirds.net ). This workshop will be interactive, so bring your cello. Bluegrass style will be the focus. UPDATE: The focus of the workshop will be on rhythm and melody lines in bluegrass music. We will be working on easy 3-chord songs that allow the opportunity to discuss and work on double stops, bowing patterns and rhythmic additions. One of the songs will be "Lost in this Canyon" written by Dave Huebner. You can hear a version by him and Sharon on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22fvApmfDVE. He suggests you listen to this a few times so it will sound familiar at the workshop (and make it easier for us to work on our techniques). If you have a friend who plays bluegrass guitar, banjo, bass or mandolin, please invite them to attend this workshop. They can RSVP on our meetup site that does not require membership to the Atlanta Cello Project: tell them to go to http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Cello-Project-Workshops/ For ACP members, RSVP early (by Friday, November 15, 2013) for $20.00. After that, $25 at the door. Dave and Sharon will be bringing copies of their CD's for purchase. MORE ABOUT THE LITTLEST BIRDS What began as two friends sitting down to play some music together has turned into a beautiful (and busy) musical endeavor. The warm interplay of clawhammer banjo and bowed cello, the easy blend of voices, and the inspiring original music have been thrilling audiences around the United States. 2013 has seen them step up their touring and festival appearances with five festivals, and months of steady gigging around the United States including the prestigious Vancouver Folk Music Festival in British Columbia, Canada, where they literally shared the stage with well known roots artists Elephant Revival, Pharis and Jason Romero, and Whitehorse, and were selected to perform a tweener on the main stage. They also performed at the Oregon Country Fair, Mateel Summer Arts Festival, San Francisco Free Folk Festival, and Beartrap Summer Festival. WHAT INSPIRED THIS WORKSHOP: [From a member of the Atlanta Cello Project} "My husband and I decided to learn instruments after having a difficult year. I picked the cello, and he picked the banjo. We thought, wouldn’t that be funny if a cello and a banjo played together? So I Googled it, cause you can Google anything. Right away, The Littlest Birds came up. We instantly loved their folk/bluegrass sound. I wrote them and told them we were learning the same instruments. They are from California, and to that point, had only played out West. The next thing I knew, they planned a trip to our side of the US to tour and meet their new fans! We sat around and jammed together for hours. I was amazed the variety of music the cello can play. I love playing stuff that isn’t traditional. This workshop is sure to be a blast! The Littlest Birds are so fun and down to earth. They just love playing for people, and it shows." SEE THEM PERFORM: Littlest Birds will be performing at the Red Light Cafe, Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday, November 16, 2013. Tickets: $7 in advance; $10 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to: Event Details AT http://redlightcafe.com/events/the-littlest-birds-w-julie-gribble
- Cello Workshop with Jennifer Adams (Montana Skies)
Jenn Adams, the cello half of the duo Montana Skies, will lead us through this workshop on cello techniques and becoming a more creative player. She will bring both her acoustic cello and her awesome 6-string electric cello. And you have to bring your cello! Montana Skies is the stage name for Jennifer (acoustic and electric cellos) and Jonathan Adams (steel string and spanish/nylon guitars). You can read about them here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montana_Skies . But you really need to watch their videos to get a sense of the kind of music they create: http://www.montanaskiesmusic.com . RSVP early (by Thursday, January 15, 2013) for $25.00. After that, $35 at the door.
- Cello Workshop with Break of Reality
Expand your ideas about what cello ensemble music can be. We are excited to have Patrick, Torch, Laura, and Ivan, from the band, Break of Reality, lead this hands-on workshop. The workshop will last 3 hours with 2 breaks. The Band will cover (i) small ensemble playing and (ii) getting started with improvisation. Here's the program: Hour 1: Demonstration session where the BOR members give an introduction, play a piece or two, talk about what they do as group, and discuss specific things, such as communication in music and extended techniques, and closing with a question and answer section. Hour 2: Hands-on session where we'll discuss composition and specifics about how BOR members go about composing, and lead that into an improvisation section where the attendees can do some improv with us [this will be way cool]. Hour 3: Hands-on session where we'll break into smaller groups to each work on our own piece with improv to play at the end of the hour for the rest of the group. BRING YOUR CELLO and ENDPIN REST. Fee: $25.00 prepaid; $35.00 at the door.
- Cello Vision - Workshop with Craig Hultgren
Workshop Birmingham-based cellist, Craig Hultgren, will be leading this interactive workshop on approaching music with "fresh" eyes and ears, building on the classical traditions to create inspired music for the acoustic cello and e-cello. This workshop follows his concert the night before at Church of the Redeemer (which you will not want to miss). Craig will be stepping us through how to use amplification with your acoustic cello (have you ever been petrified of having someone stick a microphone next to your cello?), effects when you have amplification . . . and (my favorite) beginning techniques for improvisation. 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm (with breaks). Bring your cello, your endpin rest, and an open mind. $25 if you register by Saturday, August 25, 2012; $35 at the door. ALSO, if you have amplification gear and want Craig's opinion on how best to use it, lug it along. Biography - Craig Hultgren For several decades, cellist Craig Hultgren has been a fixture on the scenes for new music,the newly creative arts, and the avant-garde. In recent years, he has performed solo concerts and chamber music in Rome, Boston, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Miami, Atlanta, Orlando, Denver, Memphis and San Antonio. A recipient of two Artist Fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, he was a member for many years of Thámyris, a contemporary chamber music ensemble in Atlanta. A cellist in the Alabama Symphony, he also plays in Luna Nova, a new music ensemble with a large repertoire of performances available as podcast downloads on iTunes. Hultgren is featured in three solo CD recordings including The Electro-Acoustic Cello Book on Living Artist Recordings. For ten years, he produced the Hultgren Solo Cello Works Biennial, an international competition that highlighted the best new compositions for the instrument. He teaches at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Alabama School of Fine Arts and Birmingham-Southern College where he directs the BSC New Music Ensemble. He is a founding member and former President of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance and is on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Birmingham. Hultgren is a CAMA artist (Collaborating Artists Manifesting Adventure) with the St. Louis New Music Circle and will be presenting programs there for three seasons.
- "Turn the Beat Around" Cello Workshop with Roee Harran
Have you ever had a piece that just confounded you with a tricky rhythm? Do you hate your metronome? Come on; admit it; you still have trouble even spelling "rhythm"! This interactive workshop will teach you to stop fearing tricky rhythms and start to love what your metronome can do for your practicing. Percussionists should not have all the fun. This three-hour hands-on workshop will help you turn around your attitude about learning challenging rhythms and how to get the most productivity out of your limited practice time. PROGRAM Part 1 – 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm Roee will guide us through the stumbling blocks that tricky rhythms pose as we learn new music. He will have on this journey his trusty metronome and provide us with tips and techniques for getting the most of that musical tool that deserves more honor than it gets. Part 2 – 2:15 pm to 3:00 pm In the second hour, Roee will conduct a mini-master class with students performing music from that pose interesting rhythmic challenges, as further demonstration of how to approach and learn tricky rhythms. Part 3 – 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm We all get to play a cello ensemble piece, applying what we have learned to the group setting. If you pre-register, you will get the music ahead of time to practice. --->All levels of adult cellists are welcome (and younger students with their teachers).<--- To Prepare: 1. Register for the Workshop and pay. 2. Listen to “SevenSong” by Marcia Sloane, written for 4 celli and conga drums. Available by download from iTunes and Amazon. Also available online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20wG-RPFM8o 3. When you register, you will be asked to provide your direct email address so we can send you a part of the score to SevenSong (it’s a long piece, so we will only work on a part of it). You will be ready to play at least 2 of the 4 parts, as we the part you play depends on how many participants we have in the workshop. If you want the full score and parts, you may purchase a copy directly from the composer ($14) at: http://www.navarrorivermusic.com/sevensong.php ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR This workshop will be led by Atlanta-area cellist, Roee Harran. Roee (who also goes by “Roy”) was born in Israel and began playing cello at the age of seven. After three years of military service, (during which, as “Outstanding Musician,” he played in the Israel Defense Forces Quartet) Roy earned his Bachelor of Music degree (magna cum laude) at the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University. He earned his Master of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music. Roy has played several solo recitals and appeared as soloist with various ensembles in Israel and the U.S. He has received grants from the American-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Israel Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, participated—in Israel, Europe, the USA and Canada—in several chamber ensembles and orchestras, including, among the latter, the Israel Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Army Chamber Orchestra and, as principal cellist, the Orchestre Mondial des Jeunesses Musicales. Roy has played in ensembles at Tanglewood Music Festival, Manchester Music Festival, Rochester Piano Quartet, Pacific Music Festival and others. After several years as principal cellist in the New World Symphony, he became a member of the Savannah Symphony before joining the Faculty of Radford University and the Renaissance Music Academy in Virginia where he was a member of the Avanti Trio. Currently, Roy is freelancing in Atlanta and playing regularly with the Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Opera and is a faculty member at Agnes Scott College. He teaches private students in Decatur, Georgia. To see an interview with him for a concert he played for Fringe Atlanta: http://www.youtube.co... READ AHEAD Read: “Tips for using You’ve Got Rhythm” at: http://fleap.com/tips.html TO REGISTER Fee: $25 for pre-registration by Thursday April 19, 2012; $35 for registration at the door. For Advance Registration: • Atlanta Cello Project Members can register at the ACP Meetup Page. • Not a member? Register and prepay at: http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Cello-Project-Workshops/ Location: Church of the Redeemer Commons (down around and below) 5185 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Atlanta, GA 30342
- Romancing Your Cello - Workshop with Erin Ellis
The Atlanta Cello Project Presents a Workshop With Erin Ellis Romancing Your Cello Sunday, February 26,[masked]:30 pm to 4:30 pm The 19th century: what a great time to be a cellist! Beautiful sonatas by Beethoven and Brahms, exhilarating concertos by Dvorak and Schumann, and even those nasty Popper etudes—we love them all. The Romantic period saw a sort of golden age of the cello, and it’s no coincidence that the bulk of our beloved repertoire comes from this time period. But it is even better to be a cellist in the 21st Century! This three-hour hands-on workshop will give you more reasons to love Romantic music and the lessons we can learn from it to fully embrace the instrument. PROGRAM Part 1 – 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm Erin will guide us through the Romantic period landscape including the composers and the highlights of the music they wrote for the cello. Then she will demonstrate exercises to sharpen the technical tools we need to play this music: vibrato, shifting, long phrasing, and legato bows. Part 2 – 2:15 pm to 3:00 pm In the second hour, Erin will conduct a mini-master class with students performing music from the Romantic period, as further demonstration of what to listen for in this type of music and how to make achieve that fabulous sound. Part 3 – 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm We all get to play, dividing into groups to work on applying Erin’s lessons to cello choir music from the Romantic period. As a finale, we will perform in our groups for each other. All levels of adult cellists are welcome (and younger students with their teachers). To prepare: Music will be available for downloading prior to the Workshop for Part 3. ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Erin Ellis is cello-crazy. She earned her DMA in cello performance with a minor in early music from Eastman School of Music, and her bachelor and master degrees in cello performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has played with the New Trinity Baroque and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestras, and currently serves as Prinicpal Cello for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. For more info: http://www.erincello.com/Site/Home.html READ AHEAD Check out imslp.org’s list of compositions featuring cello (all available for download—free!). http://imslp.org/wiki/List_of_Compositions_Featuring_the_Cello Of particular interest is Duport’s Essai sur le doigté du violoncelle where you’ll find that there are actually two parts to his etudes (one for student, one for the teacher). Also interesting is Romberg’s Theoretical and Practical School for the Violoncello, in particular the section on “Light and Shade” (p. 90). Don’t forget to check out original versions of etudes by Lee, Kummer, Popper, and other favorites! TO REGISTER Registration required - Fee: $25 for pre-registration by February 20. For Advance Registration: Atlanta Cello Project Members can register at the ACP Meetup Page. Not a member? Register and prepay at: http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Cello-Project-Workshops Location: Church of the Redeemer 5185 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Atlanta, GA 30342
- Bach Around the Clock - Cello Workshop with Erin Ellis
After more than 300 years, Bach still has something to teach us about the cello. This interactive workshop will feature Baroque cello expert, Erin Ellis, as we explore how to bring Bach and Baroque music to life on our "modern" cellos. PROGRAM Part 1 - 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm. Demonstration / lecture by Erin Ellis on Baroque music and how we can bring Bach back to life in 2011. Part 2 - 2:00pm to 3:00 pm. Master Class by Erin Ellis with 3 volunteers from the Atlanta Cello Project, each playing a different movement from one of the Bach Suites. (If you are interested in volunteering, see the questions that pops up when you RSVP to this Meetup). Part 3 - 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm Play-in for all participants, coached by Erin Ellis. We will play the Prelude from Suite I and another movement. Play-in for all participants, coached by Erin Ellis. We will play the Prelude from Suite I and the Menuets. To prepare for this part of the workshop: 1. Download the music with bowings by Erin Ellis for the Prelude and Menuets from the "FORM" tab on this meetup page: http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Cello-Project/files/ 2. Erin has written out a basso continuo line for the Prelude as well. Download the music from the "FORM" tab on this meetup page: http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Cello-Project/files/ . She has intentionally omitted markings such as dynamics, bowing etc; we will be talking about how to determine what those should be, so bring your ideas! ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Erin Ellis is Baroque-crazy. She earned her PhD in cello performance with a minor in early music from Eastman School of Music, and her bachelor and master degrees in cello performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She plays with the New Trinity Baroque and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestras. For more info: http://www.erincello.com/Site/Home.html READ AHEAD See the Discussion Board Posting at this Meetup site, by Judson Griffin, a baroque violinist and musicologist: http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Cello-Project/messages/boards/thread/7615631 Siblin, Eric. The Cello Suites, J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2009).