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World Strings Intensive - with Yaniel Matos, Eugene Friesen, Cafe da Silva

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Stone Spirit Farm

Pleasant Valley Road

Benson, VT 05731

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Experience a completely new model of ensemble playing.

Limited to fifteen player/creators, the WSI is an intense immersion into creating new repertoire for strings utilizing classical techniques plus folk and pop styles from around the world, improvisation, and collaboration. This year our focus will be on music from Latin America, specifically Cuba, Columbia, Venezuela, and Brazil.

Designed for players and teachers who want to expand the repertoire of their ensembles - or their composing/arranging - the WSI offers hands-on opportunities to work with other advanced players in a fun, relaxed, and creative setting -
AND the chance to play with faculty who embody the culture and styles we're studying.

Fifteen players will be selected for this weeklong intensive to include:
• Recorded group improvisations – fertile ground for compositional and arranging ideas
• Learning repertoire from the library of Berklee World Strings in Boston
• Classes in writing for strings, including a survey of notation software, sheet music preparation, etc.
• Rehearsing YOUR music with the ensemble
• Solo opportunities with the ensemble – both written and improvised
• Improv classes for enriching harmonic understanding and enhancing rhythmic interaction
• Studies of new rhythms, styles, and repertoire from across Latin America
• Concerts in local Vermont venues
• Private sessions with Eugene, Yaniel, & Café
• Rural setting on 500 acres in Western Vermont - hiking, swimming, great air and light!
• Wonderful food!

"A spa for your musicianship as well as your mind and soul."
-- Jeff O'Neil, cellist / music educator, Massachusetts

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