Conductor Markand Thakar on achieving transcendent musical performances Pt. 2 – Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 7

Join us in part two of a special two-part episode in which Dr. Markand Thakar challenges us to transcend the ordinary through music. “To absorb yourself into the sound you have to let go of your place in the world…”  Markand Thakar is a music director of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and co-director of graduate conducting at the Peabody Conservatory. Drawing from ideas Read more about Conductor Markand Thakar on achieving transcendent musical performances Pt. 2 – Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 7[…]

Summer Camps for String Players

If you’re trying to develop as a creative string player, summer camp is a great option for adults as well as kids. First let me tell you about the innovative Creative Strings Workshop, catering to adult pros/semipros, teachers, and/or serious players as young as 16.  This conference is devoted exclusively to a wide array of Read more about Summer Camps for String Players[…]

Claudio Peña, jazz cello innovator and 2011 CSW faculty

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, Read more about Claudio Peña, jazz cello innovator and 2011 CSW faculty[…]

Jason Anick – Gypsy Jazz Violin Done Right

A couple of weeks ago, gypsy jazz violinist Jason Anick released his terrific solo album Sleepless (check out the review by jazzmando.com). Jason has always been a precocious violinist, and he was among the few young players at Mark O’Connor’s Tennessee fiddle camp who always wanted to hang with the jazz guys at the jams. Even when he Read more about Jason Anick – Gypsy Jazz Violin Done Right[…]