Matt Glaser on Music Education, Improvisation, and Mindfulness/ Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 3

– The diversity of creative string players in the newest generation, and how we arrived here
– How classical string/music teachers can adapt to a changing musical world

“Inevitably the classical world has had to come to grips (with) this tsunami of young players playing fiddle tunes”

– “Micro-improvisation” and using skeletal melodies to develop comfort with improvisation…
– The “present moment” in performance..

arpeggios for jazz violin

Arpeggios for Jazz Violin, Cello, & Viola

Download the new Ebook FREE on Amazon until Dec 25th. “Arpeggios for jazz violin,cello, and viola” , shows how to internalize 7th chord arpeggios in all inversions, an important step in mastering the fundamentals of jazz harmony on bowed string instruments.

How to improvise easily, with confidence- for classical string players

Cut through the fog and learn the secrets of easy tonal improvisation!

This is a (free)video for classically trained string players who have struggled with harmony and want to begin to learn improvisation. This is one video in a series of 8 with accompanying worksheet and audio backing tracks.

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[…]

Rufus Cappadocia- World Cellist- From a Night of Creative String Music in Brooklyn

This is the first part of a series covering the Creative String Music scene in New York City. This particular evening found many of us performing together at Jalopy in Brooklyn. I hadn’t seen Rufus in a while, and it was great to capture some of his solo performance and check in to see what he’s up to these days.




Rufus Cappadocia


In a soon-to-follow blog I’ll showcase the performance which followed Rufus, by Joel Harrison‘s String Choir, performing the music of Paul Motian. It featured myself, violinist Sam Bardfeld, violist Mat Maneri, and cellist Choi Fairbanks as well as guitarist/composer Joel Harrison and guitarist Liberty Ellman. The videos below give a glimpse into the amazingly original playing of Rufus and a peek into his current activities and interests, as well as his explanation of “roots music”, a term I had heard often but never really understood.

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