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Seattle Mandolin Orchestra Presents Joe Craven Mandolin Workshop

By Mandolin Cafe
April 20, 2007 - 8:45 pm

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Joe Craven

Joe Craven

Seattle, Wa. — The Seattle Mandolin Orchestra will host a mandolin workshop featuring Joe Craven from 10:00 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 28, 2007.

"Rhythmic integrity is the foundation of this workshop," says Joe. "It's about groove and how to feel time better, more deeply. My goal is to get people to think differently about how to hear and organize sound, and then consider how that applies to the mandolin—thinking outside the box even while you're playing on it."

Joe will also address improvisation and the blues vernacular on the mandolin, and invite participants to explore their musical goals: "Instead of a nuts-and-bolts technical approach, I like to consider questions like, 'what are we doing? Why does it mater? What's the bigger picture of why we make music?'"

Beginning to advanced mandolinists are invited. The workshop fee is $30 and advance reservations are recommended. To reserve a spot, contact Martin Stillion at (425) 673-0263, or send the $30.00 registration fee via PayPal to

The workshop will meet in the "Den" room at Seattle First Church of the Nazarene, 4401 2nd Ave. NE in Wallingford (behind the Dick's Drive-In on 45th). Enter the church building on the 44th Avenue side.

About Joe Craven

A highly respected mandolinist, percussionist, and multi-instrumentalist, Joe Craven performed for almost 17 years with the David Grisman Quintet. He has played and/or recorded with Jerry Garcia, Stephane Grappelli, Maria Muldaur, Vassar Clements, The Persuasions, Psychograss, The Alison Brown Quartet, Darol Anger, Rob Ickes, Bob Bozman, Ramblin' Jack Elliott. He has also released three solo albums.

About the Seattle Mandolin Orchestra

Founded in 1968, the Seattle Mandolin Orchestra is dedicated to revitalizing America's mandolin ensemble tradition. The orchestra features all instruments of the mandolin family and performs several concerts annually throughout the Seattle area. Mandolin players of all skill levels are welcome to join.

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