Sunday, September 9, 2007

September 8 Dojo

We practiced "tonalization;" then we played The Cries of London, Komm, süsses Kreuz, and Go From My Window. Janet Hasset, Lucine Musiaelian, Marine Musaelian, Ann Abbruzzo, Susan Daily, Sean Daily, Hugh Young, Hans Lie, and JMR attended.

I'm excited for the first Wednesday Dojo coming up this week at 7:10 pm at Studios 353!

The Dojo will not meet on Saturday, September 15.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Saturday Dojo

On Saturday, September 1 the Dojo met in Inwood. Susan Daily, Janet Hassett, Ann Abbruzzo, Dawn Cieplensky, Hugh Young, and Sean Daily played exercises, Komm, süsses Kreuz, Gibbons' Cries of London, and Goe from my Window, all in preparation for our November 2 concert. Fun.
Next week we will take a look at the Tomkins Anthem, Sing Unto God.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Schedule for September/ October Dojo Meetings

Upcoming Dojo Meetings
Saturday, September 1, 10:30 am in Inwood
Saturday, September 8, 10:30 am in Inwood
Wednesday, September 12, 7:10 pm at Studio 353, 353 West 48th Street
(no class on September 15)
(no class on Septmber 19)
Saturday, September 22, 10:30 am in Inwood
Wednesday, September 26, 7:10 pm at Studio 353
Saturday, September 29, 10:30 am in Inwood
Wednesday, October 3, 7:10 pm at Studio 353
Saturday, October 6, 10:30 am in Inwood
Wednesday, October 10, 7:10 pm at Studio 353
Saturday, October 13, 10:30 am in Inwood
Wednesday, October 17, 7:10 pm at Studio 353
Saturday, October 20, 10:30 am in Inwood
Wednesday, October 24, 7:10 pm at Studio 353
Saturday, October 27, 10:30 am in Inwood
Wednesday, October 31, 7:10 pm at Studio 353

Dojo Graduations

During the summer the Dojo celebrated two graduations. Hans Lie graduated from Dojo Book 2, and Lucine Musaelian graduated from Dojo Book 1.

In order to graduate Hans and Lucine each performed from memory all of the fifteen pieces in the respective books, a big accomplishment!

To see a list of Viola da Gamba Dojo Laureates, look at the webpage:

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Saturday Dojo

The dojo met this morning in Inwood. Lucine Musaelian, Janet Hassett, Susan Daily-Rozendaal, Hugh Young, Hans Lie, Marine Musaelian, Sean Daily, and Lisa Dowling attended. We played scales in F, B-flat, and E-flat; repertoire from Dojo Book One; and Orlando Gibbons' variations on Goe From My Window. Hans played excerpts from Book Two in preparation for his upcoming graduation; Janet played the first movement of the Abel sonata in C-major; and Sean accompanied me in the Tombeau de Lully of Marin Marais.

Next Dojo, June 23. More Gibbons!

Toot Finale

On Saturday, June 2, members of the Texas Toot's viola da gamba class performed William Byrd's Fantasy à 6 #2 in the workshop's student concert. It was beautiful, and the teacher was proud.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Toot Day Two

In Tuesday's Dojo class we worked on contact point (it can almost always go closer to the bridge!); dynamic range, using the Leopold Mozart exercise; trill drills; and the Eighth Tune of Tallis.
In other viol classes at the Toot we played John Wilbye's "I love, alas," John Baldwine's Browning; and John Coprario's Fantasy à 6 # 2. Another perfect day.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Texas Toot

Fifteen enthusiastic viol players are working with me in Dojo classes and consorts this week at the Texas Toot in Austin, TX. On Monday we stretched, practiced taking bows, learned the Folia variations by rote, and played The Honiesuckle, The Silver Swan, Gloria tibi trinitas, the Taverner In nomine, the Pickforth In nomine, Jenkins' Pavane à 6 #2 and more. With four class sessions every day we can get a LOT of work/play done!

The class members are Ferne Allan, Sarah Harriman, Dave Martinez, Natalie N. Morgan, Hazel Mosely, Kim Shrier, Nancy Ellis, Cynthia Mahlau, Paul Downs, Stephanie Stuart, Jon Walters, Gerry Priest, Wnedy Brockett, Frank Shirley, Bev Wills, and Victor Eijkhout.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Manhattan Dojo

The Dojo met on May 26. Marine and Lucine Musaelian, Martha Bixler, Janet Hassett, Dawn Cieplensky, Susan Daily-Rozendaal, Ann Abbruzzo, Hugh Young, and JMR played. After warm-ups and review songs we played Robert Parsons' 7-part In nomine #1. I played Simpson divisions (in D-minor, the last piece in the book) accompanied by Susan.