Composers, improvisers and players connect during our summer sessions. We offer extremely affordable workshops in Jazz concepts, new music readings, string playing, technical approaches to improvisation and networking activities
Song of One (Northstar Family Choir)
June 11 (Sun.) 5p.
June 16 (Fri) 5p.
Guest Artist: Dana Hanchard
Song of One is a fundamental practice in grounding, unifying and resonating life force energy with increased awareness and focused intention through singing. Healthy singing belongs to no category nor style nor culture of singing. It comes from a body integrated with mind and spirit. A healthy voice, is the voice of one who can express from one’s heart freely. ‘Song of one’ encourages you to explore a meditative singing practice and will give you techniques to bring about greater freedom, ease and vitality in the body and voice. You will find improvement in your musical and rhythmic skills by learning songs and movements designed to bring you into greater harmony within yourself and the environment. This class welcomes all who wish to raise their voice in health and happiness! Wear comfortable clothing and if you have a yoga mat, bring it.
Dana Gae Hanchard- Singer, composer and educator conducts Vocal Medicine Workshops: Song of One, and the Northstar Shorakpok Choir. The Northstar Shorakapok Choir had it’s premiere at Inwood Hill Forest (Shorakapok Reserve) in 2011 at the founding of Manhatta Peace Project. This event kicked off attention in this century to the Cold Spring, a once renowned ancient fresh water source in Manhattan, whose access was inexplicably shuttered to the public decades back. Ms. Hanchard has performed internationally as a soloist in opera, chamber music and jazz. She has worked with Meredith Monk, The Mingus Big Band, Royal Danish Opera, Musica Antiqua Köln, Rufus Reid Quintet, Ryoko Moriyama, Boston Camerata and others, many with whom she has also recorded. Her debut solo recording of lullabies and love songs was the critically acclaimed ‘Once Canciones’ of Ecuadorean composer, Diego Luzuriaga on her Fertile Ground Music label (2000) This disc brought Luzuriaga special artistic distinction by the government of his native country, recognition long due this important living composer. Ms. Hanchard currently teaches privately and at New Jersey City University. She founded the vocal department at Senzoku Gakuen Jazz College in Kawasaki, Japan, a 4 year jazz course for vocalists in 2003 and served as visiting professor there until 2015, teaching voice studies and yoga. She served as the vocal instructor for the Harlem Jirani Children’s Choir, a group seeded by the Kenyan-Korean Jirani organization. A composer of many songs to date, about 1/5 of her catalogue is available on 3 releases: ‘Dana Hanchard’, ‘Fool Tale Spinning’ & ‘Kokoro’. She performs her music with The Dana Hanchard Group and the Karavan Kosmiko. And the vocal ensemble, ‘Ensemble Ningen’ have her songs in their repertory. A full discography and further information can be viewed and recordings accessed at www.danagaehanchard.com.
“How To Get Along With The Sound Guy”
June 23 (Fri.) 7p.
Guest Artist: Bill Lee, Third Nature Music & Images.
These workshops cover the technical issues and equipment you need to know in order to achieve a great sound in the studio or on stage. Feel free to bring your rig! All performing musicians welcome!
Bill Lee is a New Jersey based producer, engineer and songwriter who has worked in many different areas of music since the early 90's. While on staff as a technical engineer at legendary New York studios Right Track and The Hit Factory, he produced soulful house records that led him to be one of the first few artists signed by Hector Romero to the fledgling Definity Records label. While exploring dance music, he also landed songs placements on network TV (Melrose Place, Savannah). Later, Bill joined up with a powerful production team and co-wrote for major Pop/R&B artists (Destiny's Child, Whitney Houston). His extensive studio experience and expertise of computer-based production led him to work as a Logic Pro specialist for Apple, before teaching production, mixing and mastering at Dubspot Electronic Music School in NYC.
Jazz Classics Workshop
June 26 (Monday) 7p.
Guest Artist: Marvin Dolly
Get together with other artists and play through Bebop, Blues and the American Songbook. Gain a better understanding of jazz classics, and new techniques for approaching improvisation. All improvising musicians welcome!
Marvin Dolly- Guitarist, arranger and composer combines his love for jazz with broad influences from calypso and Brazilian music to create his signature style. Originally from the beautiful Island of Trinidad and Tobago, Marvin started playing the guitar at a young age, studying classical guitar and taking part in various music festivals in the Caribbean. Gaining popularity, Marvin began touring extensively throughout the Caribbean, United States, Canada, and Europe. He then moved to London to study at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance where he had the opportunity to study with great musicians from around the world including : Chris Newland , Dario Cortese, Amit Chatterjee (Joe Zawinul, Richard Bona, Etienne Mabappe) Gianluca Corona, Iain Scott, Phil Capone, Mike Stern (Miles Davis, Blood Sweat and Tears, Michael Brecker ) . Marvin was quickly hired by the University of the Southern Caribbean as a guitar tutor, teaching over a hundred students a week and holding master classes to help students develop their improvisation skills in a live situation. Marvin has an optimistic outlook on life and feels that every experience is charged with the capacity to transform. Working heavy on the New York scene Marvin has played with top musicians like: Lonnie Plaxico, Mcclenty Hunter, Freddie Bryant, Wess "Warndaddy" Anderson, Ben Williams, Jon Coward, Dayna Stephens, Renee Neufville, Paul Beaudry, Neal Smith, Nioka Workman, NirFelder, Luques Curtis, Mark Shim, Alvester Garnett, Willerm Delisfort, Obed Calvaire, Etienne Charles, Regina Carter and Mimi Jones just to name a few. With the attention he has already received, Marvin is pushing himself to further define his voice, both as a sideman and as a bandleader.
June 25 3-5p
Moz-Art, Bach & BBQ
Family day, music, food, open mic Free!
Early Bird Registration: $25 General Admission
Door Price: Workshops are $30 each, $25 Student/Senior
Location: Bailey’s Cafe - 324 Malcolm X Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11238 www.fireystringscompany.com