SFUAD Contemporary Music Program Announces Freewheel Festival of Improvised Music

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The Contemporary Music Program at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) has announced the Fall 2013 Freewheel Festival of Improvised Music, to be held in Benildus Hall on campus Sept. 5–8. The four-day festival, also open to the community, will feature mind-bending improvised music, user-friendly workshops, and clinics and demos hosted by SFUAD faculty members, alumni and other local musicians.

According to festival curator and SFUAD contributing faculty member Ross Hamlin, “‘Freewheeling’ is a great metaphor for improvising, defined as ‘when the progress of the vehicle is no longer controlled by the engine, but rather by momentum and the skill and courage of the operator.’”

The Contemporary Music Program will also host world music workshops for the Santa Fe community this Fall semester, including Javanese gamelan ensemble classes taught by Jenny DeBouzek and Sharon Eliashar and North Indian classical music workshops taught by Roshan Bhartiya.

All events will take place in the O’Shaughnessy Performance Space in Benildus Hall.

Freewheel Festival of Improvised Music

            September 5
            7:00–9:00 p.m.
The H@T: Spontaneously chosen open improv groups. Open to all instrumentalists and audiences. $10 for the public, free for students.

            September 6
5:00–6:30 p.m.
Clinic/workshop with Brendan Carn
$5 for the public, free for students.

8:00 p.m.
Concert featuring Brendan Carn and Dino J.A. Deane. $10 for the public, free for students. Moderated Q&A with the performers following the show.

            September 7
2:00–3:30 p.m.
Improvisation workshop with Brian Allen. Open to anyone who wants to play, regardless of experience or instrument. This workshop may be of interest to composers, improvisers and those looking to dig deeper into their own musical practice. $5 for the public, free for students.

            4:00–5:30 p.m.
Genresplosion performance/clinic. See how the concept of genres and clichés can explode and implode within an antenna-raised improvisational context. With Al Faaet on drums and Ross Hamlin on guitar/bass. $5 for the public, free for students.

            8:00 p.m.
Concert featuring Ink on Paper and Brian Allen. $10 for the public, free for students. Moderated Q&A with the performers following the show.

            September 8
2:00–4:00 p.m.
Conduction rehearsal with J.A. Deane’s Out Of Context Electric Guitar Choir. Free and open to the public.

            5:00–6:30 p.m.
                        Workshop with Thollem McDonas. $5 for the public, free for students.

            8:00 p.m.
Concert featuring Wind Up Birds and Thollem’s Confluence (Thollem McDonas in solo piano performance). $10 for the public, free for students. Moderated Q&A with the performers following the show.

World Music Studies: Community Opportunities

Javanese Gamelan Ensemble
Thursday evenings from Sept. 5 through Oct. 24, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
$125 for eight weekly sessions

North Indian Classical Music
Alternating Saturdays from Sept. 7 through Nov. 30, 10:00 am.–1:00 p.m.
$400 for seven sessions

For more information about the Freewheel Festival activities or the world music workshops, contact the SFUAD Contemporary Music Program at 1-505-473-6196.

About SFUAD’s Contemporary Music Department
The Contemporary Music Program at Santa Fe University of Art and Design educates students in contemporary and classical music, world music, digital technology and recording techniques, with a heavy emphasis on performing and community involvement. Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to tour, reaching different audiences and enriching not only their academic experience but also their ability to communicate through original compositions, their instrument and their voice.

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