Saturday, March 21, 2015

Dady Brothers Irish and Celtic Music Workshop and Concert 3/26/15

Dady Brothers Workshop and Concert
Location: Finger Lakes Community College Main Campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Dr, Canandaigua, NY 14424 - 2nd Floor, Stage 14
Date: Thursday 26 March 2015
Time: Workshop 5pm; Concert 7pm
Concert tickets $2

They use instruments including pennywhistle and uilleann pipes.

From the FLCC Connects blog:

Celtic musicians The Dady Brothers will give a workshop and concert at Finger Lakes Community College on Thursday, March 26.

The workshop begins at 5 p.m. in Stage 14 on the second floor of the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, followed by the concert at 7 p.m. Several student performers will open the show.


The Dady Brothers are a widely acclaimed folk duo and have performed their special brand of Irish music throughout the U.S., Canada, and Ireland. They use a variety of instruments including fiddle, mandolin, guitar, pennywhistle, bodhran, harmonica, banjo, and uilleann pipes. Special musical guests are also expected to perform.


Both programs are open to the public. Entry to the 7 p.m. concert is $2 for the general public and free with an FLCC ID. The FLCC cafe will be open until 8 p.m. the day of the concert.


This program is sponsored by the FLCC Student Corporation and the FLCC Social Science Department. For additional information, contact Joshua Heller, chair of the social science department, at (585) 785-1335 or joshua.heller@flcc.edu.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

2015 Native American Flute Festivals (No Potomac)

From Rochester, New York, there are few festivals dedicated to Native American flute that are within a reasonable day's drive. To the south, in the Washington, DC area, there's the Potomac Native American Flute Festival (PNAFF) and to the west, in Dayton, OH, the SunWatch Native Flute Festival. When I first began to play Native American flute, the first flute festival I attended was Potomac in 2010, and for me it was an ideal blend of educational workshops, evening concerts, private lessons from outstanding performers and teachers, and a vendor room filled with beautiful, tempting flutes. This is a well-organized and worthwhile regional Native American flute festival experience from my perspective, and I have attended every year since, except the organizers took a break in 2012, and it seem like 2015 they are taking a break again. The beginning of this year has blown by so quickly it was only when a friend asked me last month about when PNAFF was scheduled that I realized that it wasn't happening. I'm very sad to miss a great festival, but I'm at peace knowing the hard-working organizers can get a respite from a very big project, and I'm looking forward to the next one.

SunWatch is 14-16 August 2015. Other Native American flute festivals this year that I know of are listed below. I've only attended SunWatch, but I hear from my Native American flute community friends that of the East Coast festivals, Native Rhythms is a great one.

2015 Native American Flute Festivals

Musical Echoes Native American Flute Festival, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 24-26 April 2015
SunWatch Native Flute Festival, Dayton, OH, 14-16 August 2015
Flute Quest Native American Flute Festival, Des Moines, WA, 14-16 August 2015
Medicine Park Flute Festival & Art Walk, Medicine Park, OK, 19-20 September 2015
Sweetgrass Flute & Nature Festival, Hiawatha, IA, 25-27 September 2015
Native Rhythms Festival, Melbourne, FL, 12-15 November 2015

Finger Lakes Flute Circle Meeting, Thursday 19 March 2015

How do you get a "canyon effect" out of a Native American flute? This meeting, we'll find that out and see how these effects can create the feeling of listening in a very big space.

The Finger Lakes Flute Circle will meet Thursday 19 March 2015, 6:30 pm, at the Brookside School (Brighton Parks & Recreation), 1680 S Winton Rd, Rochester, NY 14618. This entrance on Winton Rd is south of Westfall Rd. The official address, 220 Idlewood Rd, takes you through the neighborhood streets to the alternate entrance on the other side of the building. We will be meeting in the Conference room.

Beginners are encouraged! Flutes will be available to try out. We will be playing Native American flute, drums, and hand percussion. The Native American flute is an easy to play instrument that allows people of all experience levels to play beautiful, expressive music.

This year most meetings will be planned for the second Wednesday of each month.

We will have a lot of fun and make really nice music together. We look forward to seeing you!

Current meeting schedules are listed on the Blog and Meetup websites:
http://wnyflutecircle.blogspot.com/
http://www.meetup.com/FingerLakesFluteCircle/

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Finger Lakes Flute Circle Meeting, Wednesday 14 January 2015

The Finger Lakes Flute Circle will meet Wednesday 14 January 2015, 6:30 pm, at the Brookside School (Brighton Parks & Recreation), 1680 S Winton Rd, Rochester, NY 14618. This entrance on Winton Rd is south of Westfall Rd. The official address, 220 Idlewood Rd, takes you through the neighborhood streets to the alternate entrance on the other side of the building.

We will be meeting in the Conference room (rather than the previous Arts & Crafts room) due to room rental rate increases.


Beginners are encouraged! Flutes will be available to try out. We will be playing Native American flute, drums, and hand percussion. The Native American flute is an easy to play instrument that allows people of all experience levels, even complete beginners, to play beautiful music in no time! 

A $5 contribution is requested for room rental and Meetup fees.

We will have a lot of fun and make great music together. We look forward to seeing you!

Current meeting schedules are listed on the Blog and Meetup websites:

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Finger Lakes Flute Circle Meeting, the Last in 2014: Thursday 18 December 2014

The Finger Lakes Flute Circle is meeting Thursday, 18 December 2014, 6:30 pm, at the Brookside School (Brighton Parks & Recreation), 1680 S Winton Rd, Rochester, NY 14618. This entrance on Winton Rd is south of Westfall Rd. The official address, 220 Idlewood Rd, takes you through the neighborhood streets to the alternate entrance on the other side of the building.

Note that starting in 2015 we will be meeting in the Conference room (rather than the current Arts & Crafts room) due to room rental rate increases.

We will be playing Native American flute, drums, and hand percussion. Beginners are welcome and encouraged! Beginner flutes will be available to try out. The Native American flute is an easy to play instrument that allows people of all experience levels, even complete beginners, to play beautiful music in no time! 

The Native American flute is perfect for improvisation, and it is also the Christmas season, so I will bring some sheet music with tablature (pictures showing which finger holes to cover) for those who might be interested. Christopher Azzara in his improvisation workshops last month at the Eastman Community Music School, said one of the best way to know your instrument is to learn to hear the music in your head, and then try to play it on the instrument, without using sheet music. For us, there's only one thing we're serious about, and that's having fun with the Native American flute, what ever level of experience you have. One of my favorite tunes is Coventry Carol.

A $5 contribution is requested for room rental and Meetup fees.

We will have a lot of fun and make great music together. We look forward to seeing you!

Current meeting schedules are listed on the Blog and Meetup websites:
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Finger Lakes Flute Circle Meeting Wednesday 19 November 2014

The Finger Lakes Flute Circle is meeting Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 6:30 pm, at the Brookside School (Brighton Parks & Recreation), 1680 S Winton Rd, Rochester, NY 14618. This entrance on Winton Rd is south of Westfall Rd. The official address, 220 Idlewood Rd, takes you through the neighborhood streets to the alternate entrance on the other side of the building. Note that this is a Wednesday that we are meeting this month.

We will be playing Native American flute, drums, and hand percussion. Beginners are welcome and encouraged! Beginner flutes will be available to try out. The Native American flute is an easy to play instrument that allows people of all experience levels, even complete beginners, to play beautiful music in no time! 

This session, let's see if we can try some of the ideas we learned at the Eastman Community Music School improvisation session November 15, as applied to the unique characteristics of Native American flutes and their players.

A $5 contribution is requested for room rental and Meetup fees.

We will have a lot of fun and make great music together. We look forward to seeing you!

Current meeting schedules are listed on the Blog and Meetup websites:
RSVP

Monday, November 10, 2014

Improvisation Sessions - Christopher D. Azzara - Eastman Community Music School

The Eastman Community Music School is repeating its seminars of improvisation this Fall, free and open to the public, and again each semester for the next several years. Players of the Native American flute can appreciate improvisation being a core part of playing music "from the heart," and I look forward to these sessions sponsored by the amazing Eastman Community Music School. You are encouraged to "bring your instrument and join in ... hands-on, no-pressure, inspiring sessions."

The Fall series of seminars information is below, followed by further details as provided by the Eastman Community Music School.

All sessions will take place on three Saturdays, 12:30-2:00 in Messinger Hall, Room One, at the Eastman Community Music School, 10 Gibbs St, Rochester, NY 14604.
  • Session 1: Improvisation: How to Get Started 
      • Saturday, November 15, 2014, 12:30 – 2:00
  • Session 2: Familiar Repertoire as Inspiration for Improvisation: Six Elements and Seven Skills for Learning to Improvise
      • Saturday, November 22, 2014, 12:30 – 2:00 
  • Session 3: Making Connections: Listen - Improvise - Read - Compose 
      • Saturday, December 6, 2014, 12:30 – 2:00

If you wish, you may R.s.v.p. to the Finger Lakes Flute Circle Meetup group page to let us know you'll be going!

Session 1, November 15:
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Session 2, November 22:
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Session 3, December 6:
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The ECMS faculty have determined to find ways to heighten the importance of improvisation / composition in all of our teaching and ultimately in our students artistic output. To that end, the Eastman Community Music School is presenting three hands-on, accessible seminars on improvisation this semester (Fall 2014) and each semester for the next several years. Our guest artist this semester (back by popular demand) is renown pianist, arranger, author and music educator Christopher Azzara (see bio below). 
These sessions are free and open to the public. Music students of all levels and backgrounds, their parents and music educators are particularly encourage to attend. Please bring your instrument and join in - these will be hands-on, no-pressure, inspiring sessions! Please feel free to attend any session/s you are able to attend. Professional development certificates will be available to music educators. 
Improvisation Sessions - Christopher D. Azzara:
Improvisation in music is the spontaneous expression of meaningful musical ideas and is important to the music learning process. During these interactive sessions, Christopher Azzara will present key elements of improvisation including personalization, spontaneity, interaction, and being “in the moment” and he will explore the relationships among improvisation, listening, reading, and composition. To some, the very thought of improvisation invokes fear. If we learn to let go of that fear, we find that indeed we are improvisers. Azzara will discuss how improvisation enables musicians to express themselves from an internal source and is central to developing musicianship in all aspects of music education. 
Christopher Azzara will provide practical, accessible ideas for learning to improvise again this fall. Using repertoire as a foundation, these sessions will address specific improvisation techniques including learning repertoire, developing musical motives, understanding chord progressions, spontaneity, interaction, improvising melodic phrases, and Seven Skills for learning to improvise. The sessions will explore a variety of performance genres and include principles for embracing improvisation as an integral part of performance and instruction. 
Christopher Azzara – Bio http://www.esm.rochester.edu/faculty/azzara_christopher/ 
No need to register, just show up and have fun!