Berklee College of Music Hosting American Roots Weekend in June
Thu, 01 May 2014 14:52:37
Don't forget your roots. Not The Roots, but roots music. Both are amazing and integral to our culture and musical heritage, though!
Berklee College of Music will host its first American Roots Weekend, June 20 through June 22, for acoustic musicians who perform bluegrass, blues, folk, country, acoustic jazz, and swing on instruments such as violin, viola, cello, bass, mandolin, guitar, and harp. Berklee string instructor Joe Walsh, a mandolin player who has performed with Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris, Béla Fleck, The Gibson Brothers, and others, will co-direct the weekend.
The American Roots Weekend is part of Berklee's popular summer programs. To apply, please visit Berklee.edu.
Leading roots musicians and educators will teach the program, including bassist Viktor Krauss, who has worked with Bill Frisell and Lyle Lovett; Matt Munisteri, who has toured with Mark O'Connor and Madeleine Peyroux; Grammy Award-winning banjo player Alison Brown; Mark Simos, who has written songs for Alison Krauss; and renowned violinist Matt Glaser, director of Berklee's American Roots Program.
The event will also boast Darol Anger, Paul Rishell, Annie Raines, and Maeve Gilchris. Those are some of the most influential roots musicians in the world.
Students will participate in ensembles, master classes, and lectures. Participants will also choose from a host of classes including Variations on a Simple Melody as an Intro to Improvisation for Folk Musicians, Country Blues Guitar, Music Theory, and Intro to Ear Training. The evenings will feature faculty concerts and jams.
The artistic validity of a wide range of American roots styles—including blues, gospel, folk, early country music, bluegrass, old-time, cajun, western swing, polka, Tex-Mex, and others—is beyond dispute. This music is the lifeblood of America's cultural heritage. The expressive urgency and depth of these styles is supported by strong fundamental musical values. Berklee has created the American Roots Music Program in recognition of the richness of these idioms, and the ways that they fuse with contemporary elements.
Get all the details at Berklee.edu.
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