The Outline for my workshop was For 6+ participants. 7 students volunteered.
Warm up – physical first, then Vocal- to phonic sounds.
I Introduced theme – Syllabic Rhythm
I Explained that you can use words from any semantic group, i.e. words that are all connected to one another.
e.g: place names, food groups, band names etc.
For this workshop I invited participants to choose Pasta types giving the example penne others proposed: macaroni, tagliatelli, ravioli, cannelloni, spagetti, linguini, lasagne, spagetti hoops!
We said them all at varying speeds, then each participant picked a single pasta type and we layered these in different rhythms. Then I asked for the addition of Sauce: I gave the example of puttanesca. Others proposed carbonara, cheese, tomato. We then mixed Pasta and Sauce all different rhythms at the same time.
Immediate feedback from Laurie was that the rhythm aspects were good but that I could have added pitch.
My own evaluation is that initially I felt a little nervous knowing this was being examined. I had planned to use pitch but forgot. Although I have led workshops before, it has previously been with primary schools or special needs groups. With this group of my college peers I felt that everyone grasped the topic quickly. Judging from the reactions, fun was had by all and there was interesting rhythmic aspects from each participant. This was a positive experience despite the nerves. Huge thanks to all the volunteers who made this so enjoyable.
I have started planning for my workshop which is this Thursday. I am planning to mix words and music on the topics of railways and food. I am going to work with a small group of about a minimum of 4 people and I will not be using any percussion. But I may use my phone to record sound clips of the workshop and I will be using a warm-up exercise consisting of voice and movements of parts of the body. I will then ask the participants to think of a favourite food and set it to a rhythm. After that I will ask the participants to think of a railway station they have been to and get them to say it to the same rhythm they used for their food choice. To end I will explain to the participants that railway porters would sing the train destinations then I will get them to sing an example. The aim of the workshop is to introduce intonation and the different rhythms used for certain words and also to explain about the history of announcements.
On Friday I was performing some background music on my harp for a fashion show in Newington Library which I am a member of. I was playing with a guitarist before the show started and during the interval and the end of the show as people were leaving. I played a mixture of Italian, Swedish and Scottish music, it was a relaxed performance, raising funds for Marie Curie. The library was packed with people who all enjoyed the show. I wore a Sari as it was a cultural fashion show.
Fiesta 2013 is now over. What a day of music, laughter and friendship. There were two new groups participating this year; Braidburn Nursery and Westerlea Early Years who both gave wonderful performances. The hold hands were: St. Crispin's School, The Royal Blind Canaan lane and, separately, Craimillar Park, Oaklands School; Braidburn Primary, Salter's Gate (2 groups) and Prospect Bank school. Also a marvellous solo performance by Magnus Turpie. The adjudicator was Pamela Day on a welcome return to this Edinburgh Perfomance Festival class. We were ably entertained in between groups by two young musicians from Live Music Now Scotland: Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller (pictured left with myself and Jill Reeves).
I also was delighted that James Ross could be present to accompany the Royal Blind cross campus performers in playing his music for the 2 songs from The Boy in the Bunnet, and author James Robertson was also there to hear us! I improvised an accompaniment on the clarsach.
My co-presenting went well in the morning. Towards the end of the afternoon I had a small slip forgetting who our last performers were momentarily but Jill was on hand to prompt. Thankfully the rest went very smoothly. I was able to do this by preparing beforehand with the running order provided by Jill. It also helped that I have been a performer in the Fiesta for many years. It is a wonderful, inc
On the 27th of February it is Fiesta time again at The Edinburgh Performance Festival at Stockbridge Parish Church. Those familiar with my blog may recall that last year grandad joined the performance with me. This year I am doing some harp accompaniment for the Royal Blind School cross campus group who are performing the Selkie song and Stag's March, James Ross's compositions for the Boy in the Bunnet. I have also been asked, by Jill Reeves the powerhouse behind the whole event, to co-compere. Members of Drake music Scotland will also be participating again this year.
I had the good fortune to do a composition workshop with James in 2011.
The Boy and the Bunnet unites the formidable talents of Booker-nominated author James Robertson, pianist/composer James Ross and Gaelic poet Aonghas MacNeacail.
Today I have been reflecting on the importance of music in evoking memories. I heard an excerpt on Youtube which was also audio described to me. I think it perfectly sums up this significant aspect of music and the effect it can have on people. I have had the privilege of performing to groups where this has been evident in the remarks given afterwards.
I recommend watching this Aiden Gibbons animation.
I found out what a One-man Band is today. I am thinking about what this would be like as an experience in a community music setting. Funny Tombow (left, from Japan) uses his skills as a street performer but I could imagine that hearing him and joining in as chorus or percussion would be great fun for participants of a community music workshop.
Last Thursday was the Here My Music inclusion final concert. All the schools performed their pieces very well and they where of good quality musically. Overall I think this has been a very successful project and there was a lot of organisation through out this project. Regular planning and executing of each of the rehearsals was necessary. I hope that we can do similar projects like this in 2013 as I found the experience of being an accompanist for different schools very enjoyable.
Yesterday I went with my employer Emily Carr of Here My Music to visit two schools Crosshouse primary school and West Mains primary school. Both of these are main stream schools with some student with special education needs. The two schools were very positive and responded well to the music and performed their pieces of music very well. I really enjoyed working with each school and I am looking forward to working with them again in a concert in Hamilton on Thursday. This concert is a showcase involving six other schools with a mix of primary and secondary school pupils. The pieces of music are all composed by the children and young people themselves with a little support from Emily and with myself providing the accompaniments on a keyboard.
Yesterday we braved the icy weather to get to Lanark Grammar School for the first in-school performance with the inspiring pupils from the SN and Mainstream wings of the school. The pieces were composed by the pupils under the direction of Emily since the start of their Autumn term. I had a relaxed time as I only had to support one of the groups with an accompaniment on the keyboard for the Music Group composition: a song about going to school drawn from their experiences and imaginations.