A musical choose your own adventure where Bach is the root, and your creations grows far beyond! In this program you will work with internationally acclaimed and well-travelled musicians Dinuk Wijeratne and Nick Halley. An intensive workshop – and 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 multiple 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.
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.
What to bring: A melody you have written (suggested to be 8 bars or more), your instrument of choice, and an inquisitive brain
Who is this for?: Everyone from musicians with a few years of music study under their belt to professional musicians. We’ll have groups and offerings tailored to your levels. Auditors are also welcome
Showcase: Participants will be able share what they have created at the culminating Showcase for friends, family, and the public on Monday at 7pm.
How much does this cost?: Suggested fee to participate for the entire project is $145 for adults and $100 for students, $100/$50 for one day, and $10 for just the rhythm workshop. Auditor’s are suggested to make a contribution of $25 per day. In all cases this is a suggested contribution, and participants will be able offer what they can in the donation basket. We do not want this to be a barrier for those that would like to participate in this amazing opportunity to work with these gifted musicians.
Rhythm Workshop, Oct 30th, 1pm: This is open to musicians of any level, and is an off the page exploration of types of rhythm, great for young musicians!
This workshop will be offered in 2 groups:
Group A will be aimed at youth participants (students with an intermediate or higher comfort with their instrument, and are middle school age or older). This group will meet Sunday after 1pm, and Monday after 3pm, one on one times will be scheduled individually. Members of this group may ask about also participating in or auditing group B sessions.
Group B will be aimed at advanced students and adults. All participants should have a familiarity with their instrument (all types welcome), and a general understanding of basic music theory. This group will meet Sunday at 6pm, and Monday after 3pm, one on one times will be scheduled individually. Members of this group are welcome to also attend Group A sessions, which will be focusing on additional topics.