CDS Boston Centre
Harvard Square Musicians' Workshop

July 20 musicians' workshop for experienced English musicians

Announcing a July summer's eve workshop for experienced English country dance musicians!
Thursday, July 20, 2006, 7-10pm

Sponsored by Country Dance Society, Boston Centre Harvard Square English Country Dance Committee.


Objectives: This workshop by dance pianist Jacqueline Schwab is for seasoned English country dance musicians to further hone their dance music skills—to explore ways to play with more confidence and ease, squeeze more juice out of the tunes, and empower ensemble playing. Depending on the interests of the group, Jacqueline may choose to focus on creating contrapuntal lines, ensemble arrangements and triage methods for sightreading difficult tunes on the fly. Participants will play as a larger group and also divide into smaller groups to explore these ideas. Suggested experience level: Participants should be comfortable sight-reading dance tunes up to tempo.

Jacqueline has passionately played for English country and other types of dancing for over thirty years. She is a founding member of the Bare Necessities quartet, which created a signature improvisational approach to playing for English country dancing. As a dance musician and caller, she has been on staff for dance events throughout the US and abroad, including leading many weeklong workshops for dance musicians. She has also been heard as the pianist on the soundtrack of eleven of Ken Burns' PBS documentaries, including his "Civil War," "Baseball," and "Mark Twain." Jacqueline enjoys exploring new ways to play for dancers and doesn't believe there is "one right way."

Tune list (drawn from the Barnes Book, Vol. 2) (we won't get to all of them!):
Bonny Grey-Ey'd Morn
Fast Packet (play as dotted hornpipe)
Old Wife Behind the Fire
O, Susato
Stepping Stones
Yellow Stockings

Date: Thursday, July 20, 7-10 pm

Place: home of Nancy Knight, Newton (piano available). Directions sent to registered musicians.

   CDS-BC members: $20 in advance; $25 at the door
   CDS-BC nonmembers: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
   Full-time students: $15 in advance; $16 at the door

To reserve a place: contact Jacqueline, at < jaspianist at aol dot com >. Note that Jacqueline will be off-line from June 26 to July 9.

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