da Gamba Society - New England - Fall Workshop 2013
Viola da Gamba
Fall Workshop 2013
Speaking your music
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Director: Tina Chancey
Coordinators: Martha Davidson & Ben Torrey
Viol sound is
based on shaping resonance. Unlike the violin family, once a note
begins we don't need to keep working to produce it, instead we guide
it. This workshop explores the art of allowing the resonance to
continue while using bow speed and interactive consonants and vowels to
add rhetoric and line.
Why is this important? Because if we don't have to work so hard to make
a sound, we've got more brain and more energy left to shape it. Also,
it’s an unavoidable part of what we do. Once I asked Dom
Zuchowicz to make me a less resonant viol for fast Irish tunes, but I
couldn’t figure out how to play it without depending on that
reverberant cushion of sound.
Since vocal music is such a perfect model of shaping sound with
consonants and vowels we’ll play consorts songs, lute songs
and vocal part music, as well as a variety of 16th-18th c. consort
music; each genre with its own particular use of resonance and
articulation. Some Dalcroze excersizes and improvisational games will
help us focus on particular techniques.
Coaches for the workshop will include Sarah Cunningham, Laurie Monahan,
and John Mark Rozendaal.
All levels welcome, singers also welcome. Preformed consorts may be
accepted for one class and there will be a beginners’ class
if there is enough interest.
Come hear Nota Bene
Viol Consort with guest tenor Jason McStoots in
a late-afternoon concert following the workshop;
is a Free Concert as part of the New England Renaissance
Nota Bene Viol
With guest, Jason McStoots, tenor
Little Room an Everywhere: Voyages of Discovery in a Small
A one-hour interactive program with wine and refreshment, capping a
full day of scholarly discovery;
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