Enriching Your Environment: 2014 Spring Field Trips

Most of you know, I'll be in Leavenworth, WA for 6-weeks starting March 1st through April 15th. And yes, I'll miss my beautiful cello students... BUT there is so much to do in the Seattle/Tacoma area while I'm gone that you could blink and I'll be back in town. 

I've not only scheduled some fun group lessons and other special events for my students (more to come later) but I've also collected my favorite musical events happening in the area between now and then and put them on the calendar below.

There is no shortage of educational experiences for you to partake of. (I haven't even listed all of them!) And they will all greatly enrich your pursuit of music. So get out there!

Financial Aid Hint-Hint/Wink-Wink: Most of these events have a special discounted student rate... I'd suggest calling ahead and asking for that if you need it. 

Stage Fright meets a Bach Suite

 Do you think about performance anxiety? Do you ever get nervous? Do you like live electro-acoustic music? Do you want to hear a Bach Cello Suite played by a bassist? 

 Check out his toe!

Check out his toe!

My friend, James Vitz-Wong, will be doing all of these things. He'll be co-preaching a sermon about stage fright/anxiety/nervousness while SIMULTANEOUSLY playing electronic music this Sunday, August 11th at 10am.

It's a normal church service and all are welcome - especially strange improv bassists. ;-)

University Congregational United Church of Christ - 4515 16th Ave. N.E. Seattle, WA 98105-4201

See you there!

March 16th: NWSO performs Dvorak, Wagner

Yay! I'm back in the world of orchestra!

I didn't realize how much I've missed it until rehearsals started up last week. I'm lovin' it. And I would love it even more if some of you got to enjoy it too! So here's the concert information...

March 16th - Northwest Symphony Orchestra

 Cara Gabrielson

Cara Gabrielson

NWSO performs Dvorak's 8th Symphony, Wagner's Entry of the Gods Into Valhalla, and select arias performed by soprano, Cara Gabrielson. 

I have access to $7 tickets ($10-15 online or day-of) so email me if you'd like to get in on that deal. Oh, and the best part is that STUDENTS GET IN FREESo grab your niece/nephew/neighbor kiddo - these pieces of music are terrific for kiddos. 


February's Celloship of the Ring: Dance and Movement

Announcing the Celloship of the Ring's February Edition: Dance & Movement

with choreographers Karin Stevens (Feb 16th, 2-4p at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center) and Faith Stevens (Feb 17th, 2-4p in Tacoma, exact location TBA)

Open to the public for a small suggested donation of $10 per attendee. Send me an email to reserve your space. Of course, parents are asked to stay and observe. (Current Studio members are asked to RSVP via their online calendars.)

Karin Stevens is based in Seattle, WA with roots in the Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Orlando School of Dance, University of Washington, and Mills College. She is founder of the Oakland Dance Encounter and her own Karin Stevens Dance company which performs nationally.

Faith Stevens is the Director of Tacoma's MLK Ballet, which provides tuition-free ballet lessons to children ages 6-12. Students receive ballet uniforms and shoes, high-quality instruction, and performance opportunities throughout the year. Along with offering free children’s classes, MLKBallet also offers affordable and accessible adult classes, open to all levels.

Last month's Celloship was so awesome. See the pictures/video below to see proof!

Studio Field-Trip January 25th - Zoe Keating & Portland Cello Project

I have known about this concert for about 9 months and words cannot express how excited I am to share with you that both Zoe Keating and The Portland Cello Project are coming to Tacoma's Broadway Center. on the same night.

Any student of mine, can let me know they're attending by registering for the Field-trip on their studio calendar. We'll congregate and mingle in the foyer before and after the show. And grab some grub together after the show, too!

January 25th, 7:30pm - Rialto Theatre - Tacoma, WA

Buy your tickets here. ($19, $29, $39)

 Click here to go to  Zoe's website...

Click here to go to Zoe's website...

Zoe Keating

From the Broadway Center's website: "One-woman-orchestra, Zoe Keating, will join Portland Cello Project (PCP) to blur musical perception. Keating uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, creating a lush, beautiful and otherworldly music. No two shows are alike when Portland Cello Project takes the stage, with a repertoire now numbering over 800 pieces of music you wouldn't normally hear coming out of a cello."

SF Weekly says, "Zoe maximized the possibilities of the cello, utilizing every sound that the unwieldy instrument has ever been capable of making. Slides, plucks, percussional noises, and strums are fused with the capabilities of a laptop to create a one-woman symphony of subterranean and rustic soundscapes.”

 Click here to go to the  Portland Cello Project's website...

Click here to go to the Portland Cello Project's website...

The Portland Cello Project

From their website (and any show you see of their's) you know their 3-fold mission...

  1. To bring the cello to places you wouldn't normally hear it. (Everywhere from nightclubs to symphony halls, from sports bars to loading docks, from libraries to halftime at Portland Trailblazers games...
  2. To play music on the cello you wouldn't normally hear played on the instrument. (Everything from Bach to Kanye to Pantera...
  3. To build bridges across all musical communities by bringing a diverse assortment of musical collaborators on stage with them. (Everyone from the Dandy Warhols to Peter Yarrow to Ben Sollee to Mirah to Garrison Keillor...)

My favorite videos from Zoe Keating and The Portland Cello Project...

If you can't see the videos below, click here.

    See you at the show!

    Photos from the 2012 December Recital!

    As we embark upon the new year, let's celebrate our successes!

    Raise a glass and toast the good times tonight. Happy New Year!

    Huge thanks go to Eratosthenes Fackenthall. What a beautiful way to remember such a highlight to a wonderful 2012.

    And thank you to the Fremont Abbey Arts Center for being such a valuable resource and partner in the local music community.

    Post-Recital Huzzah!

    I'm writing this after a rather large salad (Vegan "Chickin" Thai, in case anyone's interested) and just before I do my post-recital decompression extravaganza: yoga, hot bath, and a movie.

    I wanted to convey how proud I am of each of my students today - the one's who attended, the one's who performed, the ones who smiled through their struggles, and the ones who have parents who, I'm sure, are equally proud. 

    I can't stress enough that I'm truly truly truly honored to have such beautiful humans as cello students - You all have simply beautiful hearts and I love that you've allowed me the opportunity to  teach you how to express yourself through my favorite instrument. I hope this is not the first time you've heard me say that - nor the last. You all are a great group of folks!

    Thank you. so much. 

    Now, get out there and CELEBRATE! You deserve it!


    Some Fun Goldfinch Stuff...

    Goldfinch, the band in which I sing and play cello, had a phenomenal album release concert last Friday night. (Thanks to everyone who came out to support!) As always, it was a breath of fresh air to share the stage with those guys - such a wonderful collection of artists/musicians on one stage.

    Thanks to The Art Dept., here are a couple promo videos for that evening...

    And here's the rest of the new album. Pay what you want to download it & share it with whoever you'd like!

    *Cello Notes: "Long Road" is pretty cello-heavy in a symphonic kind of way. :-)

    Video from Rehearsal: Arvo Pärt's "Speigel im Speigel"

    Benjamin Smith-Chenovik and I are performing a piece by Arvo Pärt tonight for the Opiate Mass.

    We play at 8pm and the Opiate Mass follows behind us.  (University Christian Church - 4731 15th Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98105) Bring a pillow or blanket if you like. This is progressive sacred music. Tickets at the door: $7 student/veteran/senior, $10 general

    And, to help you enjoy it all a bit more, we all think you should hear The Opiate Mass' last album. Here it is, gratis. Feel free to share this link like any good socialist would. http://tinyurl.com/9cub5bn

    Oh and this is the video Benjamin and I took this morning from our rehearsal... Enjoy!

    Beautiful NW Musicians

    Dave Bazan & The Passenger String Quartet

    I'm such a HUGE fan of Dave's. HUGE. I was honored to be an audience member the night he was backed by Andrew Joslyn's Passenger String Quartet at the Tacoma Cathedrals show. Totally cool. Here's a beautiful video from that night. (I took a video too, but it's not as great...)

    Curtains For You

    These guys are so fun to see live & obviously the kiddos at the city amphitheatre in Wenatchee, WA this weekend agree with me! Here's a taste of what we got to here in the video below...

    Ghosts I've Met

    Sam Watts and Anna-Lynne Williams had some beautiful melodies to offer at the house show Goldfinch played this last weekend in Wenatchee, WA. Here's a video for ya...

    Kris Orlowski

    He's got an album releasing at the Triple Door this October --- You should check it out. There are a lot my orchestral-pop friends from the Seattle Rock Orchestra involved in both the album and the show at the Triple Door. Here's a video to prove it...

    June 19th: Joshua Roman & 1st Official Studio Field Trip!

    photo by Tina SuYAAAAAAAY! We all know how big a crush I have on Joshua Roman. I practically stalked him backstage at an orchestral event... I was suuuper creepy. I must've blacked out because someone told me I almost got on my knees to beg him to let me be his student. I blush out of sheer mortification every time I think about that...  So I promise to put my big-girl pants on and maintain my composure during this upcoming concert he's putting on at Town Hall in Seattle on June 19th. Well, I promise to try to maintain my composure. I might swoon once or twice. ;-)

    From the Town Hall website, they describe the evening as follows: "Strings rule the Great Hall stage as TownMusic artistic director Joshua Roman, former principal cellist with the Seattle Symphony, performs with a cello ensemble he hand-picked—Julie Albers, Efe Baltacigil, Richard Belcher, Meeka DiLorenzo, Roberta Downey, Chuck Jacot, and Walter Gray—in a program featuring a newly commissioned work by musician/DJ/composer Mason Bates. The program also features La Muerte del Angel and La Resurreccion del Angel by Astor Piazzolla, Richard Strauss’ Beim Schlafengehen (one of his final completed works from Four Last Songs), the otherworldly Fratres by Arvo Pärt, Hector Villa-Lobos’ beloved Bachianas Brasileiras #1Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin (arr. Roman), and much more!"

    Advance tickets are $20/$17 Town Hall members & seniors, $10 age 25 & under at Brown Paper Tickets or 800/838-3006; $25/$22/$10 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets online.

    I've got my tickets! Do you?

    When you do get those tickets, shoot me an email/tweet me, so I can try to save some seats for all of us to sit together! (That is, if I'm allowed to save seats.)

    TedxTacoma 2012

    I'm pleased to announce that I've been asked to be part of Elaina Ellis' performance/talk on Inspiring Change Through Collaboration at tomorrow's TEDxTacoma. I'm honored to be a part and can't wait to hear all the other speakers!

    If you've followed this blog for any length of time you'll know how big a fan I am of what comes out of the TED experience!

    Be sure to download the free iPhone app, (search "TEDxTacoma" in your app store) so you can be involved, even from afar!

    Here's a little about TED: TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at www.TED.com

    Here's a little about TEDx Events: The TEDx program encompasses more than stage talks and conversations. Around the world, organizers are customizing the TEDx experience to bring ideas worth spreading to diverse audiences and cultures.

    TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

    At TEDx events, a screening of TEDTalks videos -- or a combination of live presenters and TEDTalks videos -- sparks deep conversation and connections. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.