Mandolins, Bouzoukis and Beyond - ZoukFest World Music Camp
By Roger Landes
August 31, 2005 - 2:15 pm
Chipper Thompson - ZoukFest Guest Instructor
ZoukFest 2005 World Music Camp will be held November 6-12, 2005 at the beautiful and historic Ghost Ranch Conference Center near Abiquiu, New Mexico.
From its humble beginnings as "the first international gathering of Irish bouzouki players" in Weston, Missouri in 1998, ZoukFest moved to New Mexico in 2001 and has since grown into the Southwest's premier World Music Camp, featuring a diversity of instrumental and vocal traditions from around the world.
Classes at ZoukFest cover many styles - Irish, Scottish, Old Time, Bluegrass, Greek, Balkan, Middle Eastern and Early Music. Classes include: Irish Fiddle, Irish Flute and Tinwhistle, Irish Bouzouki, Irish Mandolin, Irish Tenor Banjo, Irish Guitar Accompaniment, Old-Time Appalachian Fiddle; Anglo-Celtic Song Traditions, Early English Song, Eastern European Singing, Middle & Near Eastern Music; Polyrhythms; and Getting Your Music Past the Fear.
This year's ZoukFest Staff includes fiddler and banjoist John Carty, recently named Irish television's Traditional Musician of the Year; bouzouki and mandolin phenom Luke Plumb of the Scottish group Shooglenifty; Randal Bays, one of the finest Irish fiddlers and guitarists in the United States; Celtic mandolinist extraordinaire Dan Beimborn; Middle and Near Eastern violinist Beth Bahia Cohen; internationally acclaimed singer Connie Dover; Balkan vocalist Sonja Drakulich; Middle and Near Eastern percussionist Polly Tapia Ferber; Old Time fiddler and African/Afro-Caribbean percussionist Doug Goodhart; Celtic bouzouki and guitar stylist Stanley Greenthal; Irish flute player Shannon Heaton; Irish guitarist Matt Heaton; Middle & Near Eastern string specialist Gari Hegedus; multicultural percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Paddy League; Early Music specialist and singer Angela Mariani; and multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, engineer and producer Don Richmond; in addition to the festival's director, bouzouki virtuoso Roger Landes, with special Guest Instructors mandolinist and singer Sharon Gilchrist; mandolinist and singer Steve Smith; and songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Chipper Thompson.
In addition to the week's activities during the camp at Ghost Ranch, ZoukFest will present concerts in Taos and Santa Fe featuring a number of staff members. Concerts will be November 4-5-6th at Taos Center for the Arts and at College of Santa Fe on November 11-12th.
ZoukFest is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts and educational organization.