Tuesday, March 29, 2011

More from the Carolina Chocolate Drops concert

The performers signing posters at our visit

Students and parents spending time with the band
In the audience
Photos by Pam Murray

Friday, March 25, 2011

Our visit with the Carolina Chocolate Drops!

Carolina Chocolate Drops performing - the view from where we were
 Last Thursday night, Bryant University invited RI Fiddle Project students and Fiddle Lab students from Community MusicWorks to come see a performance of the grammy-award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops.  The university didn't stop there...they set up a pre-concert Q&A session for our students with "The Drops", a walk back-stage, and reserved seats right up front!  Many thanks to the gracious performers for answering our questions and to Tracie, Carol and the whole Public Relations office at Bryant.  

Lilyanna, Ashley & Maria with "The Drops"! Photo: Pamela Murray
Here were some of our students' favorite parts of the night:
  • I liked when we met them - they were funny.
  • When they played Snowden's Jig
  • The kazoo -- I want to learn to do that!
  • I especially liked when Rhiannon was singing Irish [mouth music] and Adam was beat-boxing.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mardi Gras masks, fiddling, dance & cupcakes

Mardi Gras at RI Fiddle Project was a small but spirited celebration, complete with handmade masks, sparkly decorations, and cupcakes with bright purple, green & gold frosting.
 Michelle's Magnolia band members Martin Grosswendt, Alan Bradbury performed for and with Fiddle Project students.  Then we danced some two-steps and waltzes, along with some improvisatory 'freeze dance', too!   

On April 2nd, we'll visit and perform at one of Magnolia's dances.  
And tonight, it's the trip we've all been waiting for: we're taking a bus to Bryant University to hear the Carolina Chocolate Drops!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

what if Culture Stops?

What if fiddling, community dance, sharing tunes, performance,  jamming, improvisation, and musical traditions STOPPED?

What is "Culture Stops"? (see much more at this link to the site!)

On Thursday, March 10th, 2011, Culture Stops! will ask you to imagine a world where writers put down their pens and artists put down their paints. Where architects stop designing our cities and poets, dancers and sculptors stop teaching our children. Where our national landmarks fall into decay. Where debate is no longer fostered in our universities, or on our radio dials. Where our symphony halls fall silent and our libraries go dark. Where our collective history is left unmade and unwritten.

'artsmarts': why cutting arts funding is not a good idea (article)