By Mark DuPont
February 29, 2004 - 4:00 pm
June 24-27, 2004, Sandy Bar Ranch will host three days of acoustic workshops, jams and fun in the sun, with special guest Radim Zenkl, mandolin champion and recording artist. Sandy Bar Ranch is located on the Klamath River, in the heart of the Klamath Mountains 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, June 24 to Sunday June 27.
Cost: $175/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:
Klamath River MandoJam,
Sandy Bar Ranch
PO Box 347, Orleans, CA 95556
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 which sometimes allow him to sound like two instruments simultaneously. 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 www.zenkl.com.
Special thanks to the Mandolin Cafe's primary business partners.