Wooden Hall Concerts
intimate, acoustic, world-class
100% volunteer & non-profit.
photo by Duane Moles
4pm 1/27/19 $20 at the Alhecama Theatre
This all-levels workshop will explore a variety of techniques that can be used to put color to black and white notes on the acoustic guitar.
We will explore right-hand techniques including hybrid fingerpicking / frailing percussive effects, tapping, various vibrato techniques and harmonies, all with the focus of using the technique for the sake of the composition and not for the sake of the technique. Included are exercises for rhythm / groove and morphing between various techniques.
Discussion will include tuning strategies, nails, live sound, questions are welcomed. The intention of the workshop is to get players inspired to using the tonal toolkit to work on finding their own voice on the guitar.
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Simply put, “The Idiomatiques” are a unique listening experience. The band draws mainly from Gypsy Jazz, but the accomplished musicians of many genres bring their own flair. They recently became the first Gypsy Jazz band in history to place in Billboard’s contemporary jazz top 30 chart, spending eleven weeks there. “The Idiomatiques” combine virtuosic instrumental abilities with some vocals and comedy, using a mixture of Gypsy Jazz, Latin, mainstream jazz and even some R’nB. Members of the band have worked with Michael Jackson, BoyzIIMen, Michael McDonald & Larry Carlton among a host of other world renowned recording artists.
Ashley Broder is an in-demand mandolinist, violinist, and cellist living in Santa Barbara, California. She tours with folk dance band, The Syncopaths, performs concerts with Fire and Grace and Ash, as well as her own trio. When she isn’t traveling, Ashley teaches music and continues work on her chamber orchestra suite.
Samantha Harvey is an award-winning accordionist, pianist, and stepdancer. Steeped in the folk and Celtic traditions, her musical mastery, impeccable timing, and driving percussive steps appeal to audiences of all ages. Sam is a TCRG with the world-renowned Claddagh School of Irish Dance, and when not performing, teaches music and dance.
“Even though this young lady is from Sweden, I’d place her at the forefront of the American vanguard. One listen will tell you why and how.” wrote PopDose’s Rob Ross about Sofia Talvik’s new album. And it’s no wonder since this Swedish singer/songwriter now toured through 47 states in her little 1989 tour RV otherwise known as Lil’Chief. She’s seen more states, and more places in the USA than the average American, and she seems to love it. Her latest album ”Big Sky Country” (named one of the 5 best Americana albums of the year by British newspaper The Telegraph) celebrates her love for the vast plains, big mountains and sandy coastlines in the states that she toured through, as well as the warm and quirky people she met on the road.
She’s played the big festivals like Lollapalooza and SxSW, but the intimate setting of a smaller stage where she can casually joke and communicate with the audience is really where her strength as a performer shines the most. After all she’s in it for the music, not the fame and fortune.
“A singer/songwriter who is able to evoke the essence of Laurel Canyon circa the ’60s.” writes Lee Zimmerman on NoDepression, and continues to compare her to giants like Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins. ”In many ways, Talvik seems destined to become their heir apparent, given that her songs are striking in an effervescent and incandescent sort of way.”
Joe Robinson is considered uniquely gifted as a virtuoso guitarist and singer/songwriter. He walks a tightrope between the instrumental music that has put him in the spotlight and a unique fusion of vocally based rock, blues, jazz, and R&B that is entirely his own.
Joe was born in the backwoods of Temagog, on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, Australia. At just 13 years old, he won the Australian National Songwriting Competition. His six-string ability and compositional insight have already earned him a worldwide following, and he tours and teaches regularly with Tommy Emmanuel.
“Australian guitarist Joe Robinson has accomplished what most musicians can only dream of.” – NPR
“Robinson’s technique is dazzling — his bluesy licks go by in a blur, and his harmonic savvy is apparent in every chord he plays.” – Nashville Scene
“It’s not hard to imagine him rivaling the popularity of, say, John Mayer in coming years.” – Washington Post
What can I say? This concert will floor you and blow the roof off the Alhecama with the force of the talent of three of the most incredible musicians on the road today.
Brit Richard Smith has been with us several times, leading the Hot Club of Nashville, teaching at the Guitar Celebration, dueting with Tim Sparks at SOhO, opening for and playing with Tommy Emmanuel, and solo at the Wooden Hall Concerts, he always entertains and thrills us.
German Joscho Stephan is known as one the top Gypsy Jazz guitarists on the planet, and Rory Hoffman is an incredible musical savant on any instrument.
I’ll let their music speak for them – check out the videos. This concert is worth the whole year all by itself. Guaranteed.
Boston-based acoustic double-neck guitarist and composer Ian Ethan Case is quickly becoming recognized as “one of the most creative and engaging fingerstyle guitarists in the world” (International Center for Creativity.) Growing up in rural area of New Hampshire with few musicians around to collaborate with, Case developed an extremely unique approach to the 18-string instrument which allows him to achieve an unmistakably rich, multi-layered sound reminiscent of a full band. In addition to giving several hundred concerts throughout the United States and Europe over the past three years, his groundbreaking original music has reached an online audience of over 12 million listeners worldwide. Fingerstyle guitar legend Don Ross described his live performance as “some of the most massively inventive musicianship I’ve ever heard/seen.” Other listeners have described his music as a cross between Michael Hedges and Pat Metheny.
His newest album Earth Suite combines this signature sound with the specialized talents of a dozen musicians from all over the globe, including four-time Grammy-winning cellist Eugene Friesen and internationally acclaimed percussionist Jamey Haddad. While the studio album features a large group and dense orchestration, Case brings much of that expansive sound to his 2019 concert performances thanks to live looping and sound specialist Stephanie Case who records, layers, and manipulates Ian’s playing on the spot for a dynamic, truly symphonic effect that defies the typical “solo musician with a loop pedal” stereotype. As one first-time listener in California exclaimed, “Ian’s music is phenomenal – watching him play is not ‘listening to music’; it’s a full mind experience. Transporting.”
“…chops, passion and warmth. Zealously recommended!” -Jazz Review.com
“HiroyaTsukamoto plays with fluid mastery, pristine tone, and great
warmth. ” -Celine Keating (author / Acoustic Guitar Magazine /
“HiroyaTsukamoto takes us to an impressionistic journey ” -Boston Herald
Kai Narezo is a flamenco guitarist who has always had one foot planted in the Old World and the other in the New. His sound reflects a deep reverence for the roots and the soul of traditional flamenco, a love for the modern flamenco landscape, and an American sensibility rooted in jazz-fusion and contemporary production techniques. His first album, Vueltas, was released in 2006, and his latest album, Contra Tiempo, in 2015. His co-authored textbook, Flamenco Explained: The Guitarist’s Survival Guide, will be the first text ever to be used to teach flamenco at Berklee College of Music, where he also studied as a recipient of the BEST Scholarship. He started playing at the age of 12 and has studied and performed with some of the most prolific names in the world of flamenco. His work has also appeared in various film and television projects. Narezo is a brilliant soloist in high demand as an accompanist and is a dedicated and proven teacher.
Internationally-acclaimed guitar virtuoso Trace Bundy must be seen, not just heard. His music is poetry in motion, using harmonics, looping, multiple capos, and his unique banter and stage presence to deliver an unforgettable live concert experience. Listening to his intricate arrangements is one thing, but seeing the fan-dubbed “Acoustic Ninja” play live confounds even the most accomplished music lovers as to how one person can do all that with just two hands and ten fingers.
Bundy’s unique career has brought him across the world, with sold-out concerts in 28 countries and counting – from high-tech performance halls in South Korea and Italy, to remote villages in Zimbabwe and Guatemala. His viral video clips circulate at astonishing speed, with over 40 million YouTube views to date.
Trace was named “Most Promising New Talent” of 2008 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, as well as winning third place in the magazine’s “Best Fingerstyle Guitarist” category the same year. Over his many years of touring, Trace has shared the stage with Brandi Carlile, Olivia Newton-John, Neko Case, Judy Collins, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Phil Keaggy, David Wilcox, David Knopfler (Dire Straits), Bill Nershi (String Cheese), Laurence Juber (Paul McCartney & Wings), Chris Hillman (the Byrds), and Stanley Jordan, among others.
Jimmy Leslie at Guitar Player Magazine blogs “It was easy to see why Bundy plays bigger venues on each tour. In his hands, the acoustic guitar is an imagination station, and there was no telling where he is going take the audience at any given turn. Thrilling stuff.”
Dave Kirby from the Boulder Weekly says “Possessing a staggering acoustic technique, on both right and left sides, Bundy has made his reputation as a next generation solo guitarist of serious repute.”
Audiocast Magazine from Austin, TX agrees: “Bundy’s live show is without a doubt an event that needs to be witnessed rather than told about. With such a jaw-dropping performance, Bundy’s live concert is a slap in the face that would leave a palm print on the memory of everyone in the audience.”
Take a minute to check him out and you’ll agree that Trace Bundy must be seen, not just heard.