Grade 8 – 12 Music Students:
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Beginner's Blues Harmonica with Tom Ball
Saturday February 24 2:30pm $35
Blues Guitar Workshop with Kenny Sultan
Saturday February 24 4:00pm $35
Grade 8 – 12 Music Students:
Enter Code “Student” for $10 Tickets
Tom Ball has played harmonica on over 250 CDs and written 3 harmonica instructional books. For this workshop he will teach beginning-to-intermediate basic blues 10-hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C. How to hold it; hitting chords and single notes; simple songs, cross harp, blues patterns and how to bend notes. Tom will also demonstrate some advanced riffs and tricks.
If you don’t have a harmonica, Tom vouches for the Hohner Special 20 Harmonica, on sale at Amazon Prime for $35.
In order to insure personal instruction there will only be 6 slots available for this special workshop. Any prospective attendee who would like to ask Tom a question prior to the workshop would be welcome to email him at: email@example.com
This workshop is for all guitar players who know the basic first position chords. If you are just beginning your journey, or have been playing quite awhile, you will learn and explore what one can do with just 3 simple chords in a song. Besides just having fun, I will be concentrating on two bluesman for this workshop.
Both of these artists, are the shining examples, on how to make 3 chords (or less) sound so good!
The workshop will include tablature, along with some written notes. Please bring a recording or video device( phone) to the workshop, to be able to capture the important parts, or the end summary.
Also included in this workshop is a Warner Brother’s Kenny Sultan DVD, teaching this style of music, and includes PDF Tabs ($30 retail value). $35 for the workshop minus $30 for the DVD=$5 Workshop Net Cost! Bluestime-Partytime!
If you have questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a minimum signup of 6 to hold this class; if the minimum is not reached by noon of the day before the show, your payment will be refunded. There will be a maximum of 16.
Flying Fish / Rounder recording artists Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan have been bringing their unique blend of guitar and harmonica blues, rags and good time music to widely diverse audiences for over 35 years. Their live performances include concerts, clubs and festivals all over the world, and they were the only musical act in America to play all four venues of the 1984 Olympic Games.
Together and separately they have worked on countless film scores, TV soundtracks, commercials and sessions. They’ve appeared on television internationally, were featured on the “Levi’s 501 Blues” commercials, have played for audiences of 300 million via Voice of America and are frequent guests of National Public Radio. Their eight duo albums have garnered much critical acclaim throughout the world.
At home wherever they go, Tom and Kenny fit in at blues, folk, bluegrass and jazz festivals, and their extensive teaching backgrounds make them a natural choice for college campuses or venues that feature workshops. Because their music is a blend of American roots styles, they are regulars overseas, drawing rave reviews.
Though perhaps best known in the acoustic guitar world for his tapping and percussive skills as showcased on his popular 2001 album “Le Bleu” (which he recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in England), Oregon born Justin King has enjoyed a varied career in and outside of music. His fingerstyle acoustic guitar music was inspired by Will Ackerman and other Windham Hill guitarists – epecially Michael Hedges, the most influential of all the percussive “tappers.” He toured as a solo opening act for the likes of James Taylor, B.B. King, and Al Green.
King is also immersed in another one of his passions—photography. He was embedded as a photographer documenting the Oregon National Guard on two tours in Iraq (in 2008 and 2009), then went to Haiti in 2010 to capture that country’s struggles after its devastating earthquake that year. In between all that he found the time to cut an album called Humilitas Occidit Superbiam, on which he played guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, and even cello. He built his Vinegar Hill Sound recording studio in Brooklyn and currently resides in Oregon
Claude Bourbon weaves his songs through the audience as if on a journey through life taking in different flavors of Europe and beyond, fusing every conceivable genre of acoustic guitar music into a master-class stage performance.
Claude grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained. He has performed and studied all over the world, crafting an unbelievable fusion of classical and jazz, with ethereal Eastern influences, Spanish and Latin elements with strains of western folk and Delta Blues, and often within one seamless stream of perfection.
“A breathtaking acoustic fusion from a stunning guitar virtuoso”
Michael Lorimer, a favorite protégé of Andrés Segovia, caught the attention of American audiences in the early 1970s and his popularity soon extended beyond the shores of America. The first American guitarist invited to perform in the USSR, he also has appeared in Israel, Cuba, throughout Europe, and on most major North American recital series and stages.
At the same time that Michael is an enthusiastic exponent of new music and of traditional classics, he is also the first world-class guitarist to regularly feature the baroque guitar in recital. Forty years ago, long before the present vogue in original instruments, Michael was a pioneer bringing attention to the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century predecessor to the modern instrument, and brought to light a milestone of the guitar repertoire, the best surviving collection for any instrument of early eighteenth-century Spanish dance music, when he published a detailed study and facsimile of the Saldívar Codex No. 4, a large, hitherto anonymous manuscript from a private collection in Mexico.
In addition to concerts, Michael gives master classes at North American universities and conservatories from coast to coast. He is an engaging spokesman in demand for experimental programs in arts presentation. He lead the guitar department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and many of today’s American performers and teachers have studied with him.
“Michael Lorimer is one of the most talented young guitarists of these times and is the one I appreciate the most.” – Andres Segovia
Del Rey’s Women in American Music concert follows the development of the music from classic blues, to rural blues, to swing and rocking hillbillies, through the stories of the diverse and interesting women that played music from 1900 to 1950. The show begins in the ’20s when pianists Lovie Austin and Lil Hardin, led jazz bands and wrote songs for singers like Alberta Hunter and Blue Lu Barker. Moving on to the ’30s singers Mildred Bailey and Billie Holiday are followed by instrumentalists like pianist Mary Lou Williams and bebop guitarist Mary Osborne. The bluegrass and hillbilly women are represented by Rose Maddox and the great tradition of Tex-Mex border music by singer and 12-string guitarist Lydia Mendoza.
The diverse music of these women is tied together by new guitar arrangements that bring the songs to life for younger generations. The show is interesting both for its historical information and the innovative musicianship involved in playing these pieces on guitar. There is both humor and inspiration to be enjoyed in the lives and music of these women and it is exciting to have a woman instrumentalist playing the songs in the here and now.
Del Rey started playing guitar when she was four years old and has taught and played all over the world. She has tried to get a whole band onto her solo instrument from the beginning. This gives her music an interesting complexity, especially when applied to the ukulele. Rags, blues and tunes of the early 20th century are her specialty, even as she writes new music to add to the tradition. Del Rey also has fashion sense that would make Minnie Pearl smile.
“Del Rey, who plays a syncopated style of guitar based on prewar blues and barrelhouse piano traditions, is one of the best fingerpickers of this or any generation.”
“Whilst known for her amazing instrumental skills … it should not be overlooked that she always provides a very entertaining show, full of variety, drama and humour.”
Perfecto De Castro is the quintessential guitarist’s guitarist. Well-versed in a multitude of musical styles, his affinity with the instrument is evident in everything he does; from unleashing an emotion-laden solo with an overdriven electric guitar, to navigating complex musical counterpoint on his 10-string classical guitar.
Perf, as he is known to Filipino music fans, is best recognized as the original guitarist for 90s Pinoy Rock supergroup Rivermaya. He has produced platinum-selling albums by Wolfgang and Marc Velasco, lent his guitar wizardry to Philippine Music Icons Mike Hanopol and Francis M, and garnered awards such as NU 107’s Guitar of the Year as well as from Philippine Music organizations Awit and Katha.
Perfecto continues to pursue a diverse musical career which ranges from solo Classical and World music concerts performed on the 10-string classical and flamenco guitar, orchestral coalescence with the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra to hard hitting, down and dirty Rock N’ Roll.
Hawaiian slack key guitar (ki ho’alu) is one of the great acoustic guitar traditions of the world, dating back to the 1840’s when guitars were first brought to Hawaii and relatively unknown outside the islands until recently. “Slack Key” means that some of the strings are slacked from standard tuning, with the bass, melody, and improvisation played at the same time, and is often played to accompany traditional dance or song. Many players use their own special tunings that often remain proprietary secrets.
Ken Emerson is a San Francisco bay area born/ Hawaiian island bred slide guitarist who covers many musical genres. Having played with the great Gabby Pahinui and many of the slack key icons, he has played his special blend of Blues/Jazz Hawaiian guitar for 40 years and running. His original compositions and performances on ‘Slack Key Guitar Vol. 2’ (Palm Records) helped bring in the first ever 2005 GRAMMY award for Hawaiian music.
Jim “Kimo” West first visited Hana, Maui in 1985. As the sounds of Gabby Pahinui, the Sons of Hawai’i, Sonny Chillingworth, The Sunday Manoa, and others played on the turntable, he jammed along for fun and relaxation. Already a devotee of open tunings, he was immediately drawn to the gentle rhythms of ki ho ‘alu (slack key guitar) and soon began writing his own songs. The rich physical and cultural landscape of the Hana Coast has provided the inspiration for many of his compositions.
While always retaining the heartfelt essence of traditional slack key, Kimo brings much of his own musical heritage to his original ki ho’alu instrumentals. His style can best be described as “nahenahe”, meaning “soft, sweet or gentle voice”, a fusion of old and new but still rooted deeply in tradition.
Guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll’s masterful compositions, coupled with his versatility and unparalleled technical virtuosity, have rendered him one of today’s most admired and respected guitarists. When I asked Tommy Emmanuel who was the next great guitar player, he immediately said “Clive Carroll”.
Born in England, Clive’s breadth of musical curiosity was to become one of his strengths; even as a child Clive was as comfortable accompanying a group of folk singers as he was jamming along to Nirvana or performing standards with the Essex Youth Orchestra. He earned his 1st Class Honours Degree in Composition and Guitar from the famed Trinity College of Music in London, balancing his classical work with forays into the world of the steel string guitar with an album’s worth of solo acoustic music. A chance meeting with English guitar legend John Renbourn proved the catalyst for Clive’s debut album, “Sixth Sense”, which Renbourn deemed “a milestone in the journey of the steel-string guitar”.
Clive has established himself as one of the world’s premier acoustic guitar players. He has toured across Europe, Australia, the Middle East and North America, garnering praise for his sublime performances of everything from 16th and 17th century lute music to Jazz standards, Blues, Irish reels and his own groundbreaking compositions.
Drawing from diverse stylistic approaches and his Chilean roots, Dani Vargas brings a unique take to the acoustic sound. His seasoned artistry and technical proficiency, canorous melodies, and harmonic maturity has an introspective yet uplifting feeling by virtue of the beauty and honesty that so naturally accompany the acoustic guitar.
With his on stage collaboration of the multi talented violinist Jenna Colombet, Dani’s live performances create a beautiful, lyrical and colorful blend of modern acoustic instrumental music.