THE WORLD OF FOLK FIDDLING
Where rhythm rules
Anne has developed her own methodfor teaching several styles of Celtic-Canadian fiddling, Irish music, Klezmer/Swing and improv from scratch through to the most advanced levels. From September to May each year, Anne is teaching over 50 people of all ages and levels on an ongoing basis, as well as running special workshops. See below.
GROUP CLASSES at RCM TOronto:
Anne offers classes at The Royal Conservatory of Music in downtown Toronto at 3 levels: Beginner, Intermediate (have played for 1-2 years) and Advanced (more than 2 years). Classes run in 14-week sessions, beginning in September and January. Advanced classes are on specific styles: Scottish, French-Canadian/Metis, Old Time Canadian, or Irish.
COST: $425 (14 90-minute sessions, ~$30 per session).
SPRING 2016: Classes start Monday, Sept. 14
Advanced: SCOTTISH/CAPE BRETON - 6:15-7:45
Advanced: FRENCH-CANADIAN/METIS - 8:00- 9:30 p.m.
Intermediate - 8:00 -9:30 p.m.
For further info consult the RCM Community School Calendar, or e-mail Anne. For Registration, please go to www.rcmusic.ca or call RCM: (416) 408 - 2824.
Beginner: Just got a fiddle? Always wanted to learn? Anne will help you zig when you should zig and zag when you should zag. Usuing her acclaimed method, Tamarack'er Down, she will get your feet and bow moving in no time.
Intermediate: For those who have played a bit, whether fiddling or classical violin, here's where the real stuff starts to kick in - double-stringing, differnet kinds of slurring, better rhythm.
Metis/Aboriginal: "The Old-time Way." Music from the old Ojibwa/Cree/Metis traditions of the Prairies. Anne was lucky enough to learn from the masters, feet and all. Grandy's Devil Tunes.mp3
French-Canadian: Music from Quebec, Acadia and French Newfoundland, with their inimitable foot rhythms. Reel_de_semeur.mp3
Old TIme Canadian: The Don Messer/Ottawa Valley/Ontario style. Bowing_the_Strings.mp3
Scottish/Cape Breton: strathpeys, Marches, hornpipes and reels - play til dawn. Cutting_Ferns/Elizabeth's_Big_Coat.mp3
Irish: Anne has lived in Toronto for over 40 years, where she has had the opportunity to learn from some of the best Irish players in the world - Seamus and Manus Maguire, Brian Tahaney, Loretto Reid, Ena O'Brien. Visiing the old country to hang out with Peter Horan and Noel Tansey completes the circle. Paddy_McNichol's/Old_Favourite.mp3
Klezmer: A member of the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band for 5 years, Anne explored the tradtiions of Eastern Europe, delvng into the Archives and playing with modern masters. That Klezmer Thing.mp3
Improv/Swing: From early explorations into swing nad jazz fiddling, to back-up of many legendary Cnaadian performers (HarryHibbs, Margret Christl, Wade Hemsworth, and many more), anne can help you release your abiliy to play along with whatever is going.
Remember, it'a all about listening, hanging out with good fiddlers, asking questions, watching, imitating and just jumping in there.
PRIVATE FIDDLE LESSONS
AT ANNE'S HOUSE (Toronto) For adults (Beginner to Advanced) and kids (intermediate to Advanced). Contact Anne for more info.
ONLINE WITH ANNE - You need Skype, a computer and a videocam. You sign up through Paypal, we test the Skype connection ahead of time, we set a lesson time, and we're away!
Adult (14 and up): I hour - $60.
Youth (11-13): 45 minutes - $45.
Children (8-10): 30 minutes - $30.
Tamarack'er Down Ensemble: For Intermediate/Advanced adults. We work on a variety of repertoire arranged in 2 and 3 parts for concert performance. Twice a year (Christmas nad Spring) we undertake a number of community concerts in Seniors Homes, shelters etc.
Anne has taught folk fiddling from many traditions to both
children and adults, at festivals, fiddle camps, classical string camps, in groups and solo. People learn to internalize tunes and rhythms through singing and playing so that the music becomes truly part of them. She specializes in the following kinds of workshops:
Metis/French Canadian Fiddling
One of the great, but little-known styles of North America, Metis fiddling is a wonderful blend of Scottish, French, Aboriginal and Old-time North American traditions developed in the early fur trade days of the Canadian Northwest. Acompanied by sit-down clogging, Metis tunes are highly irregular in form, but always rhythmic and always beautiful. The tradition overlaps with French-Canadian and Acadian music.
From Eastern Europe, klezmer music is the traditional voice of Ashkenazic Jewish culture. Unique scales, ornamentation,
rhythms and repertoire.
Canadian Fiddle Styles
Anne has learned from many wonderful Canadian musicians from several traditions: Metis and French-Canadian, Newfoundland, Cape Breton, Irish, Ukrainian, Klezmer and "Old-Time". This workshop can be given as a one-time demonstration or as an extended immersion into selected repertoire over several days.
Fiddling for String Kids
Open your ears to the possibilities of the violin. Drawing from jazz and folk traditions from many cultures--Celtic-Canadian, Metis, African, Scandinavian, Klezmer, Latin and more, students will experience some of the great musics of the world as expressed on the violin. Improvization and rhythm are at the heart of many of these traditions. This can be done as a one-time demonstration or participatory workshop, or extended over several sessions.