I am proud to announce that I will be teaching Intermediate/Advanced Banjo at the Nimble Fingers Bluegrass and Old-Time Workshop in Sorrento, British Columbia in August this year. Come on up, or let your friends in the Great White North know that we will be covering bluegrass banjo technique and musicianship (and maybe a bit of choro) for a week in the Northern Rockies.
Next month Corn Yeti has a triumphant return, playing a series of shows, culminating at the Pagosa Folk 'n Bluegrass Festival. And while there, the Expedition Quintet (Flinner, Gordy, Pelta-Tiller, Thorin, and me) is coming out of hibernation to play Marc Mellits's new work "Flatiron," a piece we commissioned him to write for 5-piece stringband. If you have not heard it, after the jump is the live recording of the world premiere last winter.
This Saturday (12/1) is the long awaited premiere of "Flatiron," a 25-minute work for 5-piece stringband. It is composer Marc Mellits’s view of the string band, recontextualized and reimagined as a rhythmically interlocking machine, where contemporary classical post-minimalism meets skillful technique and bluegrass drive. The concert is in the gorgeous new venue eTown Hallin downtown Boulder. The sound is amazing, the power comes from the sun, and seats are new and comfy.
As the first day of fall passes, stories of Corn Yeti sightings abound. For those that missed our first (and only) show, the band features Jordan Ramsey on mandolin, Grant Gordy on guitar, Eric Thorin on bass, and myself on banjo. It is bluegrass, so we all sing high and we all play lonesome. This weekend we are playing Fort Collins and Boulder, then in a couple weeks Gold Hill and Lyons.
The Brazilian choro book is out! Soon there will be a more dedicated section on the website, but for now here is a bit of information.
There are 21 tunes in tablature including such standards as Assanhado, Brejeiro, Cochichando, Doce de Coco, Não Me Toques, Receita de Samba. Also included is all the pieces in standard notation to play with other musicians if the need arises.
Here is a YouTube playlist of all the pieces in the book:
I love this app, and try to capture various travels, foods, cocktails, music, and more here.
In celebration of Bela Bartok's 131st birthday, An Evening in the Village: the Music of Bela Bartok will be available for free download all weekend (facebook link). Please spread the word and let any and all know that for 3 days only (March 23, 24, & 25) you can download the entire album with bonus tracks for the big fat price of $0.00. Bandcamp does offer the option to pay something if you are so inclined, and you can buy a physical copy for only $10. If you buy two Bartok CD's you get a free Ten Thousand Leaves.