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Special Fall MandoJam with Radim Zenkl

By Mandolin Cafe
August 25, 2010 - 1:00 pm

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Radim Zenkl

Radim Zenkl

Orleans, Calif. — Each year Sandy Bar Ranch hosts The Klamath River MandoJam, an opportunity for acoustic musicians of all levels and styles to learn, play and enjoy acoustic music in a beautiful mountain setting and supportive environment. This affordable venue features a mix of daily workshops, jam sessions, demonstrations and fun on the river.

Join us this fall for a special session with special guest, mandolin virtuoso Radim Zenkl, November 11-14, 2010.

Mandolin player, composer and instructor Radim Zenkl's style features progressive original and eastern European traditional music as well as string jazz, bluegrass, flamenco, rock, classical and other. This 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.

Radim's musical accomplishments are matched by his enthusiasm and dedication to teaching. In clear and concise language he conveys a methodical approach for developing technique and understanding theory while also imparting creativity through a discerning ear and wide-ranging musical palette. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from a contemporary mandolin virtuoso and gifted instructor in a supportive environment with an intimate student-teacher ratio.

Playing what's in his heart, free from boundaries and preconceived restrictions, Radim Zenkl stretches the limits of mandolin sound and technique. And, in so doing, he has creatively pioneered a unique, fresh, even revolutionary, mandolin music and style which has taken the instrument to a new level.

Mandolin Magazine wrote about Radim: The versatile artist uses techniques ranging from flatpicking, fingerpicking, alternate tunings, to slide work and solos with two and three moving parts. He plays everything from his native Czech music to bluegrass, classical, jazz, pop, Middle Eastern, standard American fiddle tunes—all with intensity and feeling. He writes tunes in unusual meters, and experiments with mandolin modifications... read the entire article from Mandolin Magazine.

About Radim Zenkl

Radim Zenkl fled Czechoslovakia to the United States shortly before the fall of communism and soon came to share the stage with some of this country's best players, including David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Bela Fleck, Tim O-Brien, Peter Rowan, John McCutcheon, Tuck & Patti, Dan Hicks, and others. 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 collaborating with the top musicians of the acoustic music scene, Radim has built up an extensive repertoire for solo mandolin. Radim plays an amazing array of instruments from stringed relatives of the mandolin to flutes, pennywhistle, didgeridoo and even 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. To learn more about Radim Zenkl's music visit his website.


Cost is $325 per person. Space is limited, so registration is required. To register send either the full amount or a $150 deposit to Sandy Bar Ranch at the address below. Price includes lodging, lunch, all workshops, jam sessions, and demonstrations.

Sandy Bar Ranch
PO Box 347
797 Ishi Pishi Rd.
Orleans, CA 95556

Additional information:
Sandy Bar Ranch MandoJams


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