April 2015 Meeting

April 8, 2015

Our April meeting will be Saturday the 18th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Eric Ginsburg, 215 Boulder Bluff Trail in Chapel Hill. Eric says that the house numbers on his street are out of order, so look for the 7 foot tall carved bear by the mailbox. Also, it’s best to park on the street.

This month, we’ll take a look at a technical topic — using a loop pedal to enhance your playing. We’ll feature the music of Burning Sky, a band featuring Kelvin Mockingbird on flute. And instead of featuring a flutemaker this month, we’re going to do something a little different. Please bring your very first flute and tell us a little about it.

As always, we’ll also make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

Coming up in a few weeks is Musical Echoes, one of the longest-running flute festivals, based in Fort Walton Beach, FL. This year, Mark Holland will be headlining the event, along with Jonny Lipford, Shelley Morningsong, Gareth Laffely, and a number of other performers. More information can be found at http://www.musicalechoes.org/. I’ve been there many, many times, so if you have any questions about it, just let me know.

Coming up on May 2 is the One Tribe Fest at the NC Fairgrounds in Raleigh. During the day, our friends Raven Wolf and Michelle Dunn will be performing, so if you get a chance, go out and show your support.

Also, in May, R.C. Nakai will be performing in Black Mountain, NC. He’ll be at LEAF, a family-friendly music festival on May 7-10, playing several times throughout the weekend. LEAF is a great event, especially if you’re up for camping. Tickets always sell out, so if you’re planning to go, get yours early. Check out www.theleaf.org for more information, and just ask if you have any questions.

I’m looking for someone to host our May meeting, so if you’re able, please let me know. And as always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 18th.

March 2015 Meeting

March 10, 2015

Our March meeting will be Saturday the 21st at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Catrrine Ponall, 2818 Bedford Avenue in Raleigh, near the NC State Campus. Bedford is a one way street, so you’ll need to come in on Dixie Trail, which runs between Wade Avenue and Hillsborough St.

This month, we’ll continue looking at ornamentation and embellishments, showing you ways you can add a little something extra to your music. We will be featuring the flutes and music of Belo Cozad, an old time Kiowa flute player. As always, we’ll also make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

Coming up in April is Musical Echoes, one of the longest-running flute festivals, based in Fort Walton Beach, FL. This year, Mark Holland will be headlining the event, along with Jonny Lipford, Shelley Morningsong, Gareth Laffely, and a number of other performers. More information can be found at http://www.musicalechoes.org/. I’ve been there many, many times, so if you have any questions about it, just let me know.

Also, in May, R.C. Nakai will be performing in Black Mountain, NC. He’ll be at LEAF, a family-friendly music festival on May 7-10, playing several times throughout the weekend. LEAF is a great event, especially if you’re up for camping. Tickets always sell out, so if you’re planning to go, get yours early. Check out www.theleaf.org for more information, and just ask if you have any questions.

If you’d like to host our next meeting, please let me know. And as always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 21st.

February 2015 Meeting

January 30, 2015

Our February meeting will be Saturday the 21st at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Barbara Pedersen, 28 Oakwood Drive in Chapel Hill.

This month, we’ll start looking at ornamentation and embellishments, showing you ways you can add a little something extra to your music. We will be featuring the flutes of Guillermo Martinez and the music of Gareth Laffely. As always, we’ll also make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

Coming up in April is Musical Echoes, one of the longest-running flute festivals, based in Fort Walton Beach, FL. This year, Mark Holland will be headlining the event, along with Jonny Lipford, Shelley Morningsong, Gareth Laffely, and a number of other performers. More information can be found at http://www.musicalechoes.org/. I’ve been there many, many times, so if you have any questions about it, just let me know.

If you’d like to host our next meeting, please let me know. And as always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 21st.

January 2015 Meeting

January 7, 2015

I hope you survived the holidays unscathed and have had a great start to the new year. To kick things off, our January meeting will be Saturday the 17th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Dawn Leith and Ed Dougherty, 359 Green Meadow Lane in Roxboro. It’s a mile or two off 15-501, way north of Durham. They have two big dogs that are in and out of the house, so if you have allergies or other issues, please be aware.

This month, we’ll be talking a bit about playing flute with rhythmic instruments. We’ll have an assortment of shakers, rattles and other percussive instruments to get everyone involved. We’ll be featuring Painted Raven’s new Wildflowers album (our very own Marsha Harris is part of that trio). Also, we’ll be featuring the flutes of yours truly. I wouldn’t normally do that, but Dawn demanded it since we’re meeting at her house, and hey, you don’t argue with the redhead. As always, we’ll make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

Coming up in April is Musical Echoes, one of the oldest flute festivals, based in Fort Walton Beach, FL. This year, Mark Holland will be headlining the event, along with a number of other performers. More information can be found at http://www.musicalechoes.org/. I’ve been there many, many times, so if you have any questions about it, just let me know.

If you’re willing and able to host one of our future meetings in your home, please let me know. And as always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 17th.

December 2014 Meeting

December 3, 2014

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now that you’ve eaten all your leftover turkey (or in some cases, Tofurkey), I wanted to pass along the details for our upcoming December gathering. On Saturday the 20th, from 2 to 6 PM, I’m hosting our 3rd Annual Epic Holiday Musical Shindig at my home. We’ll fire up the PA system, break out more instruments than you can count, and create lots of bodacious grooves and tasty jams. No discussion topics. Just music. And door prizes. And plenty of food. It wouldn’t be a holiday shindig without food. My family will provide an assortment of snacks and finger foods (definitely involving chocolate, with the possible appearance of something wrapped in bacon) as well as coffee, tea, and soft drinks. If you’d like to bring a treat to share, that’s great, but please don’t feel obligated to do so. My goal is just to get everyone together and enjoy creating music.

We’re located at 112 Oakbeech Ct. in Holly Springs, just south of the Raleigh/Cary area. You should be able to find us on Google Maps or your trusty GPS, but if not, please let me know and I’ll be happy to provide you with directions. We’re on a cul-de-sac so parking is at a premium, but we’ll manage. I look forward to seeing you there.

Just shoot me an email or RSVP to the Facebook event so we can get a headcount and plan accordingly. It would be tragic if we ran out of chocolate.

November 2014 Meeting

November 13, 2014

Our November meeting will be Saturday the 22nd at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Lloyd and Judith Jenkins, 4925 Bartwood Dr in North Raleigh.

This month, we’ll be talking about playing flute with backing tracks, and we’ll have plenty of time to practice doing that. We will be featuring the flutes of Dennis Frederiksen and the music of Tim Gomez. As always, we’ll also make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

As the 2014 festival season is coming to a close, we’ll start looking toward 2015 events. The next big festival is Musical Echoes, April 24-26 in Fort Walton Beach, FL. For more information, visit http://www.musicalechoes.org/ or feel free to ask me if you have any questions.

If you’re willing and able to host one of our future meetings in your home, please let me know. And as always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 22nd.

October 2014 Meeting

October 14, 2014

Our October meeting will be Saturday the 25th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Catrrine Ponall, 2818 Bedford Avenue in Raleigh, near the NC State Campus. Bedford is a one way street, so you’ll need to come in on Dixie Trail, which runs between Wade Avenue and Hillsborough St.

This month, we’ll be talking a bit about playing flute with piano. Catrrine and her sister have been performing recently, combining Native American style flutes with jazz piano, and they’ll be doing a short demo for us. Anyone who is interested will have the opportunity to do a bit of improv with piano as well. We will be featuring the flutes of Roger McGee and the music of Randy Motz. As always, we’ll also make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

Coming up in a few weeks, Native Rhythms Festival will be taking place once again in Melbourne, FL. It’s been an amazing festival the last few years, with outstanding performances and a great workshop schedule. This year, they’re adding a 2-day flute school before the festival. You can find the information on the festival at http://nativerhythmsfestival.com/, and details about the flute school are available at http://www.nativerhythmsfestival.com/FluteSchool.htm. If you can make the trip, this is definitely one of the best flute events around.

If you’re willing and able to host one of our future meetings in your home, please let me know. And as always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 25th.

September 2014 Meeting

August 28, 2014

Our September meeting will be Saturday the 6th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Josh Kleinstreuer (actually at his parents’ house), 1212 Castlemoor Ct. in Raleigh.

This month, we’ll be featuring the music of Randy Granger (his latest CD was just released a few weeks ago) and the flutes of David Nighteagle. As always, we’ll also make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

Coming up in November, Native Rhythms Festival will be taking place once again in Melbourne, FL. It’s been an amazing festival the last few years, with outstanding performances and a great workshop schedule. This year, they’re adding a 2-day flute school before the festival. You can find the information on the festival at http://nativerhythmsfestival.com/, and details about the flute school are available at http://www.nativerhythmsfestival.com/FluteSchool.htm. If you can make the trip, this is definitely one of the best flute events around.

If you’re interested in hosting one of our monthly meetings in your home, please shoot me a message and I’ll put you on my list. And as always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 6th.

August 2014 Meeting

July 31, 2014

Our August meeting will be Saturday the 9th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Eric Ginsburg, 215 Boulder Bluff Trail in Chapel Hill. Eric says that the house numbers on his street are out of order, so look for the 7 foot tall carved bear by the mailbox. Also, it’s best to park on the street.

This month, we’ll be featuring the music of Geri Littlejohn and the flutes of Ted Ceplina. As always, we’ll also make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

Coming up on August 15-17 is the Sunwatch Flute Festival in Dayton, OH. Performers include Jan Seiden, Steve Rushingwind, and Painted Raven (with our very own Marsha Harris). It’s a small event, but I’ve heard great things about it, and I’m looking forward to being there for the first time this year. For more information, check http://www.sunwatch.org/.

Also, coming up this September is Flute Haven (http://flutehaven.com/), a week-long flute school held in Valley Forge, PA. Then, in November, Native Rhythms Festival will be taking place once again in Melbourne, FL. It’s been an amazing festival the last few years, with outstanding performances and a great workshop schedule. This year, they’re adding a 2-day flute school before the festival. Both of these events are definitely worth checking out.

If you’re interested in hosting one of our monthly meetings in your home, please shoot me a message and I’ll put you on my list. And as always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 9th at Eric’s house.

July 2014 Meeting

July 2, 2014

Our July meeting will be Saturday the 12th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Betty Tew, 1809 Keokuk Court in Apex. It’s off Old Jenks Rd. near Highway 55. This month, we’ll be talking about drone flutes, and I’ll have a few different styles to show you. Jonny Lipford recently released 2 new CDs, so we’ll get a quick preview of those, and then we’ll take a look at the flutes of Bob Grealish. As always, we’ll also make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

Coming up quickly is the World Flute Society convention (http://worldflutesociety.org/), July 16-20 in Eau Claire, WI. The list of performers includes Mary Youngblood, Kevin Locke, Bryan Akipa, Cornell Kinderknecht, Mark Holland, Jonny Lipford, and other Native American Flute players as well as a wide variety of musicians from around the world: Bansuri master G.S. Sachdev, Shakuhachi master Ronnie Seldin, Celtic band Mithril, Hawaiian nose flute player Kalapana Kollars, fujara and overtone flute player Winne Clement, Peruvian quena player Nayo Ulloa, and Chinese multi-instrumentalist Kerry Leung. Most of the performers will be teaching workshops as well. Yes, it’s a heck of a trip from NC, but it’s well worth it. If you have any questions about the event, let me know.

Also, coming up this September is Flute Haven (http://flutehaven.com/), a week-long flute school held in Valley Forge, PA. Then, in November, Native Rhythms Festival will be taking place once again in Melbourne, FL. It’s been an amazing festival the last few years, with outstanding performances and a great workshop schedule. This year, they’re adding a 2-day flute school before the festival. Both of these events are definitely worth checking out.

If you’re interested in hosting one of our monthly meetings in your home, please shoot me a message and I’ll put you on my list. And as always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 12th at Betty’s house.