Concert tickets are not needed for people who sign up as participants.
New Directions Cello Festival 2019
Schedule of Events
Friday June 21
11:00 – 12:00 Registration
1:00 Stijn Kuppens – Tocai Meet Belgian cellist Stijn Kuppens and learn how to play his piece “Tocai,” a multi-layered cello orchestra piece with a Latin feel and room for improvisation. all levels
1:00 Rufus Cappadocia Polyrhythms Learn a polyrhythm based on the etude I wrote for Berkley. I would be happy to share it with people ahead of time so they could come to the workshop prepared to work on the sticking pattern.
2:10 Eric Wright – The Chop We will work on chopping from every direction, starting from the beginning. Tone, groove, and simple patterns to get you headed down the road of percussive string playing! beginning/intermediate
2:10 Rufus Cappadocia – Modal Music Workshop Based on growing modes out of the Pentatonic scale. I touch on the lineage of the pentatonic scale and its microtonal alterations and blues as modal music distinct from jazz.
3:20 Stephen Katz – Flying Pizzicato Counterpoint
Build your own multi-voice pizzicato grooves using principles of Stephen’s unique, highly rhythmic approach to strumming the cello. We’ll also incorporate left-hand pull-offs and hammer-ons to add detail and flourishes. intermediate/advanced
3:20 Stijn Kuppens – Finding your Inner Cello Belgian cellist Stijn Kuppens shares his project Inner Cello and gives you suggestions how to connect with your inner cello. Discover some compositions of Stijn Kuppens, find out where he got his inspiration and try out some new cello techniques. Get motivated to start letting out your own inner cello. intermediate/advanced
4:30 – 6:00 Cello Big Band – Rehearsal #1
The CBB is a cello choir made up of anyone associated with the festival (participants, guest artists, staff) interested in reading and performing works for many cellos featuring contemporary arrangements and compositions, many of which have sections for improvisation. Big fun! Please come to all 3 rehearsals!
6:15 – 7:15 dinner
Friday Evening Concert – Boston Conservatory Theater
7:30 Matthieu Saglio
8:30 Rufus Cappadocia
9:30 Helen Gillet
Saturday June 22
9:00 Gunther Tiedemann The Groove Cello ConneXion: “Ruching Blues” We learn to play my composition “Ruching Blues” (4 parts) containing a big-band-like theme, a trombone inspired counterpart, a walking bass and a strumming part. There will probably be some time left to take a blues solo for some of you to complete our final performance in the workshop. beginner/intermediate
9:00 Trevor Exter – Club Cello Workshop – Lay down a groove. Amplify. Lead a band. Sing. Improvise in a diverse group. Blend, but without becoming a background player. Trevor brings a technical clarity to these elusive pursuits, helping you find your authority on stage. Intermediate/advanced
10:10 Stephan Braun – How to start arranging songs for one and more string player. Playing chords, bass, grooves, percussion, chopping… all levels
10:10 Matthieu Saglio – The Cello with a Thousand Accents Discover new technical resources for a free cello. So many possibilities for the right hand to work as a guitar or bass, with rhythm and groove. We will have a look on flamenco rhythms, quarter-tone and phrases from Arabic music, discover the loop-station and the use of sampling. We will practice and improvise together. intermediate/advanced
11:20 Corbin Keep – Out of the Loop: “Electronic” Effects on Acoustic Cello
Using extended techniques, we’ll learn to emulate loopers and other FX, and in so doing, expand our concept of what a cello can do.
11:20 Mike Block – “Contemporary Cello Etudes“: an exploration of this new book, with contributions by many of your favorite New Directions cellists. We will learn one of the “singing-while-playing” etudes during the workshop, and if you have one prepared to play, we can have a mini-masterclass too!
12:20 – 1:15 LUNCH
1:20 – 2:05 Midday Concert with Vincent Courtois and the Love of Life Trio Boston Conservatory Theater
2:30 Stephen Katz Flying Pizzicato Basics
Transform your pizzicato skills with Stephen’s unique, highly rhythmic approach to strumming the cello. Learn to apply basic Flying Pizzicato principles to almost any mid-tempo groove, including new ones we’ll compose together. all levels
2:30 Helen Gillet – Surrealist Archaeology of Cello Techniques Workshop #1
Uncover a surrealist archaeology of cello techniques through looping, deep listening, improvisation and vocal accompaniment. We will explore using technology as a seamless tool of expression. I will share my own synthesis of North Indian Hindustani music, funk, rock, avant-garde Jazz and French Chansons. In this class we will improvise using Sun Ra’s Call for all Demons (G minor).
3:40 Vincent Courtois – Chant Interior (Inner singer) Experiential playing, drawing from your “inner singer.” The waters are still, but the pool is deep! (All levels)
3:40 Gunther Tiedemann – The Groove Cello ConneXion: “Pluck Party” Learn to play Gunther’s composition “Pluck Party” (3 parts) featuring the pizzicato technique hammer on and some percussion. It’s in a friendly Latin mood and we will do some solo improvisations exploring the advantages of hammer on and pull off for faster pizzicato lines. intermediate/advanced
4:50 – 6:00 Cello Big Band Rehearsal # 2 (see description on Friday)
6:15 – 7:15 dinner
Saturday Evening Concert – Boston Conservatory Theater
7:30 Stephen Katz
8:30 Eric Wright with Mairi Rankin
9:30 deep strings – Stephan Braun & Anne-Christin Schwarz
Sunday, June 23
9:00 Matthieu Saglio – The Cello with a Thousand Accents, part 2 Discover new technical resources for a free cello. So many possibilities for the right hand to work as a guitar or bass, with rhythm and groove. We will have a look on flamenco rhythms, quarter-tone and phrases from Arabic music, discover the loop-station and the use of sampling. We will practice and improvise together. intermediate/advanced
9:00 Helen Gillet – Surrealist Archaeology of Cello Techniques Workshop #2
Uncover a surrealist archaeology of cello techniques through looping, deep listening, improvisation and vocal accompaniment. We will explore using technology as a seamless tool of expression. I will share my own synthesis of North Indian Hindustani music, funk, rock, avant-garde Jazz and French Chansons. In this class we will turn into a rock band and improvise, sing and jam out on Velvet Underground’s Ride into the Sun (D Major) and a polyrhythmic singing/looping/improvising original tune.
10:10 Stephan Braun – Jam “Learning and playing jazz standards like Au Privave, Recordame, Nothing Personal…” for smaller groups – advanced
10:10 Eric Wright – Advanced Chopping Here we will dive deeper into the chop. Interesting grooves, improvisation, fills, and variations to go along with your chopping foundations. Must have intermediate/advanced knowledge of the chop, or be prepared to push yourself… intermediate/advanced
11:10 – 12:25 Cello Big Band Dress Rehearsal – Boston Conservatory Theater
12:30 – 1:15 Lunch
Farewell Concert – Boston Conservatory Theater
1:30 Open Mic by participants
2:00 Cello Big Band Performance
Eric Wright & Mairi Rankin
Eric Wright is a 2017 JUNO Award-winning cellist. Raised on pure Vermont air and inspired by his love for American Old Time and Irish music, he sets out to incorporate cello into new and traditional music in ways that haven’t been done before. Taking his innovative bowing techniques, chording styles, and ‘the chop’, to new levels, Eric has become a highly sought-after performer, accompanist, producer, session musician, and arranger for all types of folk styles.
Eric has performed and recorded with numerous bands including Ruth Moody, Trey Anastasio, Natalie MacMaster, The Fretless, John Reischman and many others.
Eric Wright joins Cape Breton fiddler Mairi Rankin in an inspired pairing. The duo has been collaborating on several music projects – the most recent being their critically acclaimed album “The Cabin Sessions,” recorded in Vermont and debuted at Celtic Colours in Cape Breton. Eric attended the Berklee College of Music where he studied folk styles, focusing on Old Time and Irish cello performance. Eric has since joined forces with the multi-award winning group, The Fretless, a contemporary traditional fusion group, and has been touring all over the world. https://ericwrightsound.com/
Mairi Rankin is one of the hugely influential Rankin Family – legends on the Canadian music scene . Born in Mabou, Nova Scotia, Mairi has been influenced by some of the best Cape Breton traditional musicians and instructors on the island. She has developed her own unique style by being immersed in such a rich musical culture. She has toured nationally and internationally as a solo artist, a sideman and is a member of the Cape Breton Celtic super group Beolach. She has performed with the Rankin Sisters, Unusual Suspects and Bruce Guthro to name but a few.
In his show “Cello Solo,” with his cello as his only means of expression, Matthieu Saglio creates a universe inhabited by an artistic vision that is rich and sensitive, as if dealing with musical northern lights. Cello Solo is the result of a long maturity; an accumulation of the multiple experiences of the musician. Matthieu Saglio combines classical tradition where Cello Solo’s roots are buried, with sounds and rhythms brought from his encounters across the world. In his compositions, you can hear resonating echoes from Western cathedrals and the souks of the Maghreb, to Latin-American tango and Iberian flamenco.
With an instantly recognizable sound and an original technique, Matthieu Saglio is one of the most exciting cellists of his generation. Classically trained (Conservatory of Rennes), Matthieu is one of the pioneers of the cello in flamenco with his trio Jerez-Texas, which has been touring around the world since 2002 (500 concerts in almost 30 countries). Saglio has many projects: solo, duo and numerous collaborations with other formations.
He has written scores for theater and television. Experimentation guides all of his projects, in a constant melding his instrument, his style and the musical traditions of other cultures. Matthieu is also an ambassador of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation. http://www.matsag.com/
Cellist and award-winning composer, Stephen Katz, has performed at Carnegie Hall and toured internationally as a soloist, and with the Paul Winter Consort and the Essex String Quartet. He has been featured on APM’s Performance Today broadcasts and is a NEA grant recipient. As co-founder of Seen & Heard with dancer/monologist BJ Goodwin, he literally danced with the cello while accompanying the dramas they played out on stage.
Katz has charted new territory for the rhythmic potential of the cello with the groundbreaking approach he calls Flying Pizzicato. The results are compositions that juggle two or three voices at a time, making music that lays grooves, weaves tunes, and lifts spirits. As a film composer, Katz has won a Jury Prize Gold Medal at the Park City Film Music Festival and scored films broadcast nationally on PBS/Independent Lens.
Stephen is also an improviser and composer in the Dance world. He plays regularly at New England dance jams, has collaborated and performed internationally with many Improvisational Dance luminaries, and has been a Visiting Artist at Amherst College Dept. of Theater & Dance. He has been a guest artist at the New Directions Cello Festival more times than anyone else. A native of San Francisco, Stephen received a Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. www.stephenkatzmusic.com