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Klamath River MandoJam

By Mark DuPont
February 24, 2005 - 9:30 am

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On June 16 -19, Sandy Bar Ranch will host three days of acoustic workshops, jams and fun in the sun, with special guest Radim Zenkl, internationally acclaimed mandolin champion and recording artist.

Sandy Bar Ranch is located on the Klamath River, in the heart of the Klamath Mountains in Northern California, and offers access to swimming, biking, fishing, hiking, kayaking, rafting and many miles of wilderness trails.

Radim Zenkl plays and teaches a wide range of styles including Bluegrass, Swing, Flamenco, Celtic, Jazz and Eastern European. All levels of players are welcome to come learn and play in a supportive environment. All acoustic instruments are welcome, though instruction will be on the mandolin.

Where: Sandy Bar Ranch, Orleans, California
When: Thursday evening, November 11 to Sunday, November 14, 2005.
Cost: $200/person, includes hostel style lodging in cabins or camping, 1 meal/day (participants responsible for other meals) and all workshops and jam circles.

Space is limited. To register or for more information contact:

Mark DuPont
Klamath River MandoJam
Sandy Bar Ranch
PO Box 347
Orleans, California 95556

The Klamath River MandoJam will provide an opportunity for acoustic musicians of various levels and styles to come together in a beautiful mountain setting and supportive environment. Sandy Bar Ranch is very excited to be hosting Radim Zenkl as our special guest for the weekend. Radim will lead workshops each day, and the rest of the time will be open for jamming, informal workshops and rest and relaxation. Participants are encouraged to come ready to share what they know about music and technique, learn from each other, swap tunes, and play music!

Radim Zenkl fled Czechoslovakia to the United States shortly before the fall of communism and quickly became known among some of this country's best players, including David Grisman, with whom he has preformed and recorded. Radim's original music crosses the tracks of string jazz, new age, bluegrass, flamenco, gypsy, Irish, middle Eastern and classical music, combined with Czech and Eastern European traditional songs and instrumentals. Besides the standard mandolin Radim uses many instruments of the mandolin family such as mandola, Irish bouzouki and also pennywhistle, didgeridoo and a cow horn. Radim has extended the technical possibilities of the mandolin by inventing new styles of playing incorporating altered tunings, finger picking, percussion, and chord melodies. The US Mandolin Champion is at the cutting edge of mandolin's future, designing new instruments of the mandolin family and creating new playing techniques, such as the finger-picked duo style. Besides collaborating with the top musicians of the acoustic music scene, Radim has built up an extensive repertoire for solo mandolin. To learn more about Radim Zenkl's music visit his website at

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