Spring HopStops return: Saturday Genki Spark Taiko Drumming!

Join us Saturday at the free HopStop Family Show in Claremont for Genki Spark: Japanese Taiko Drumming!

HopStop: Genki Spark

March 9, 2019 @ 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Claremont Savings Bank Community Center

In Japanese, genki means “happy, healthy and full of life.” This all-female, multi-generational group with roots in Japan and other Asian countries brings all things genki to the art of Japanese taiko drumming. This energetic show gets the audience moving and drumming, inspired by a passion for creativity and culture. Programmed in conjunction with Kodo Evolution 2019 in Hanover, NH, USA performing at the Hop on Mar 5. Free, no tickets required!

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Woodworking with PBS host Tom McLaughlin

Shaker Table Workshop and Q & A with Tom McLaughlin
February 16, 2019 at 1pm
At: Claremont Maker Space

Cost: $30 in advance, $25 for members of CMS or WCCMA by the 9th. $35 after February 9th. 

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The West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts and the Claremont Maker Space are pleased to welcome master woodworker Tom McLaughlin to Claremont for this special program. Participants will learn the techniques used to build the Shaker Hall Table designed by Tom. These tips and tricks will be valuable for other projects as well. Full size, hand drawn plans will be available to purchase for an additional fee (cash or check). At the end of the program the audience will be invited to ask questions.

Beginning with a rare three-year apprenticeship alongside master craftsman P.A. “Pug” Moore in North Carolina, Tom has enjoyed designing and making commission and Custom Furniture full-time since 1990. His designs have received recognition and numerous awards during his twenty-year membership with the prestigious New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association. Since 2001 Tom has also been teaching furniture making from his shop in Canterbury New Hampshire, and currently online through his website epicwoodworking.com . Most recently he has been featured as host of the public television’s Rough Cut with Fine Woodworking. He has also written for Fine Woodworking magazine, and the Adirondack chair he designed is on the cover of the current issue.

For more information visit: our eventpage and claremontmakerspace.org/events/

Friday: Globally Inspired Music / Cultivate Your Creative Inner Musician

Dinuk Wijeratne Trio: Effortlessly Blending Classical, World, and Jazz

October 12, 2018 @ 6:30 PM at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts

@Union Episcopal Church

The Dinuk Wijeratne Trio performs globally-inspired music effortlessly blending Classical, World, and Jazz. Compositions by Dinuk Wijeratne for piano, upright bass, and percussion. This performance is a part of the Bach Tree Residency program, and is funded in part by a donation from the Byrne Foundation, and by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies. WCCMA is committed to barriers free access to great music. Admission is by donation, the suggested freewill contribution is $20 for Adults, $30 for Families, or pay what you can. For more information about WCCMA visit wcc-ma.org.

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Workshop: The Bach Tree – Cultivating Creative and Collaborative Musicians

October 12 – 14, 2018 at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts

@Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH

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Step far beyond the musical page to develop your creative and collaborative skills and amplify your craft. This program is for the spectrum of musicians: students of intermediate ability (middle school music education),

In this program you will work with internationally acclaimed and well-travelled musicians Dinuk Wijeratne and Nick Halley. An intensive workshop using the extraordinary Bach Canons as a foundation for performance, composition and improvisation, with an aim to broaden the skill set and imaginations of all participants. This program will combine group and one-on-one learning tailored to the individual’s goals and interests including styles of improvisation, composition, and performance techniques. Participants will work on elements of their project in-between meeting times, and the program will culminate in a showcase presenting work created in this weekend workshop. Questions? contact melissa@wcc-ma.org Times for this workshop will be set based on participant groups, and generally consist of 2-3 hours per day for each group.

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the NH State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and is funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.

Registration is via the Bach Tree page

Rhythm Workshop: Held at 1:30 on Saturday Oct 13th

 This is open to musicians of any level (ages 10 and up), and is an off the page exploration of types of complex rhythm; great for young musicians! You can also register for this workshop separately via the Bach Tree page.

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