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Berklee Acoustic String Festival - July 15-17, 2010

By Mandolin Cafe
April 20, 2010 - 6:30 am

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Berklee Acoustic String Festival - July 15-17, 2010

Berklee Acoustic String Festival - July 15-17, 2010

Boston, Mass. — The Berklee College of Music will host their second annual Summer String Festival on July 15-17, 2010 on the Boston campus. Students can anticipate three days of world-class instruction with some of the finest string musicians and instructors in acoustic music.

The last decade has seen an explosion of talent and creativity in all the musical worlds inhabited not only by violin, viola, and cello, but also banjo, mandolin, and related instruments. Young players now view it as their goal to learn jazz and classical as well as bluegrass and various other folk styles.

This year, Berklee continues the tradition started last year with a program that will build on the core curriculum of past String Fling programs, teaching improvisation to violin, viola, and cello players, but expanding that teaching to admit other instruments traditionally found in a bluegrass band such as acoustic mandolin and guitar.

Players will have the opportunity to study with and be coached by world-renowned mandolinist John McGann, and be trained in musical elements necessary to perform at a high level in a wide range of roots music styles.

Festival instructors

John McGann - mandolinist and member of the Wayfaring Strangers, Rust Farm, and Boston Edge. He has performed with Darol Anger, Yoshihiro Arita, John Blake, the Boston Pops, Celtic Fiddle Festival, Séamus Connolly, Paddy Cronin, Séamus Egan, Bill Evans, Bruce Gertz, David Grisman, Martin Hayes, the Time Jumpers, Utah Symphony, and Stefane Wrembel.

Eugene Friesen - cellist with the Paul Winter Consort and one of the world's greatest improvising cellists.

Matt Glaser - author of four books on contemporary string styles, and well-known teacher and performer.

Rob Thomas - fantastic modern jazz violinist and bassist who has performed with the String Trio of New York and the Mahavishnu Project, among others.

Each day, your teachers will help you with topics such as harmonic development, sight-reading, rhythmic development in jazz, improvisational considerations, and string quartet coaching. At the end of the program, you will have the opportunity to perform in one of the college's recital halls, in either solo or quartet settings.

Space is limited and those wishing to secure campus housing should act now. For additional information, requirements and registration information, see the festival web site.

Additional information:
Festival web site

Click red map pin below for driving directions to Berklee College of Music, 1140 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

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