Watch the video below this post. You’ll see 2011 Creative Strings Workshop and Festival faculty member, Claudio Peña, conducting nearly 100 improvising cellists at the Botanical Garden in Buenos Aires. Using predetermined hand signals, Claudio leads the musicians through a beautiful and haunting musical arrangement composed in real time. His conducting can initiate or modify harmony, melody, rhythm, articulation, phrasing, or form, allowing for the composition to be collectively and spontaneously developed.
Claudio has won numerous awards in Argentina for jazz and avant-garde, as well as music for theatre and children’s shows.
You will be able to take classes from and play along side with Claudio, as well as many other noted creative string players, such as Marcelo Vieira, Billy Contreas, Jason Anick and myself, at this years Creative Strings Workshop and Festival, being held June 21-26 in Columbus, OH. Click here for more information and to register.