June 28-30 | LunART Festival celebrating Women in the Arts!

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It has finally arrived!  The 2018 LunART Festival celebrating women composers, performers, visual artists, choreographers, and more!  This festival, spearheaded by Sound Out Loud flutist Iva Ugrčić, has a mission to: “… support, inspire, promote, and celebrate women in the arts through public performances, exhibitions, workshops, and interdisciplinary collaboration; thus enriching our community and creating a welcoming space for learning and experimentation.” 

Please do yourself a favor and take a scroll down LunART Fest’s official facebook page, you’ll find post after post highlighting all of the fantastic musicians participating in this festival!

DONATE TO THE CAMPAIGN – Help support this event and sustain it for future seasons!

LunART Festival write ups by: Isthmus; Madison 365; Diversity.Wisc;

More from LunART: [This] festival strives to cultivate a vibrant, safe space for women, unveiling our artistic leadership and creating the opportunity to put our hearts and souls into what we believe in.

Throughout history, artists have created and used their works as a powerful way to comment on social issues. They have raised questions, challenged norms, and encouraged people to observe controversial subjects through a different lens. Gender issues are currently at the forefront of political and social discussions, and we want to support women across the globe as they navigate the gender imbalance in artistic fields.

This three-day festival features a remarkable range of women, diverse and varied in their artistic vision, but with the shared passion and desire to make their voices heard!

Our 2018 Artist in Residence is award-winning composer Jenni Brandon. She will coach the LunART Festival “From Page to Stage: Emerging Composers Workshop,” offering master classes, lectures, and discussions about collaboration and career tools.  ”


2018 LunART Festival Dates and Featured Events

Thursday, June 28:

6pm Free | Lecture “Beyond the Muse: Women’s Musical History” presented by musicologist Andrea Fowler @ Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Lobby: 227 State Street, Madison Wisconsin 53703

“The main idea behind this talk is to highlight the varied roles that women play in the music industry. We are performers, composers, and scholars, yes. And those roles have been public for quite some time. But we are also pedagogues, consiglieri, critics, and administrators, not to mention conductors, librarians, and educators. My goal with this talk is to explore some examples of these roles and to demonstrate how women’s cultural agency is a vital part of music in the 21st century.”

7pm $20 Tickets“Moon Dances” Opening Gala Concert” @ Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Lobby: 227 State Street, Madison Wisconsin 53703

Enjoy this opening event featuring music by Composer-in-Residence Jenni Brandon; 2018 Call for Scores Winners Katy Abbott & Veronika Krausas; Valerie Coleman and Cecilia McDowall; with special guests Katrina Schaag, writer and Zhalarina Sanders, hip-hop artist.

Program

Katrina Therese Schaag
The Infinite Woman feminist writing project

Jenni Brandon Music, composer-in-residence
Meditations for piano, violin, viola and cello

Veronika Krausas, 2018 Call for Scores Winner
Hopscotch Tarot for mezzo soprano and violin

Cecilia McDowall
The Moon Dances for flute and piano

Jenni Brandon
The Dreams of Birds for alto flute and piano

Katy Abbott, 2018 Call for Scores Winner
Glisten for piano solo

Valerie Coleman-Page Flutist & Composer
Trio Toccata for oboe, bassoon and piano

Friday, June 29:

7pm $20 Tickets | “The Woman with the Unfathomable Eyes” Friday Gala Concert, Promenade Hall, Overture Center for the Arts: 201 State St, Madison, WI 53703

Program

Xinyan Li, 2018 Call for Scores Winner
Mongolian Impressions for solo bassoon, percussion, and string quartet

Katrin Talbot
poetry reading and photo exhibition

Jenni Brandon
Sun Songs for soprano, English horn, cello, and piano

​Galina Ustvolskaya
Composition No.1 “Dona Nobis Pacem” for tuba, piccolo and piano

​Fanny Mendelssohn 
Three Pieces for piano four hands

Doina Rotaru
Japanese Garden for bass flute/piccolo and electronics

​Jenni Brandon
The Woman with the Unfathomable Eyes
for small chamber ensemble, narrator, and dancer

9:30pm Free | “That’s What She Said” Anthology @ Bos Meadery: 849 East Washington, Madison, Wisconsin 53703

That’s What She Said is a story-share production in which local women share real stories about their fears, their joys, their lives. Created in 2014, it is produced by The Bricks Theatre (Madison, WI) and directed by Molly Vanderlin (Owner/Producer, The Bricks Theatre). It has received great reviews, and after fifteen shows, The Bricks Theatre has decided it might have a great idea!

Saturday, June 30:

10am Free | Panel Discussion: “Collaboration in the Arts” – with Jenni Brandon, Katrina Schaag, and Zhalarina H. Sanders, @ The Bubbler at Madison Public Library: 201 W. Mifflin St., Madison, Wisconsin 53703

Join us for a Saturday morning chat about the Collaboration is the Arts led by our fabulous guest artists: 

Jenni Brandon – composer
Kelly Parks Snider – visual artist
Katrina Therese Schaag, PhD. – writer

This engaging panel discussion is for anyone interested in arts entrepreneurship, and for those who want to learn how artists work together. Participation from attendees is encouraged.

2-3pm Free | “From Page to Stage: Emerging Composers Workshop” – Composition master class with Jenni Brandon @ Outreach Concert, Capitol Lakes Grand Hall: 333 W Main St, Madison, Wisconsin 53703

We are extremely excited to welcome 6 talented composers to LunART’s 2018 educational program “From Page to Stage: Emerging Composers!” Join us for the concert dedicated to showcasing their works!

7pm $20 Tickets | “Women’s Voices” Closing Gala Concert  @ First Unitarian Society Auditorium: 900 University Bay Dr, Madison, Wisconsin 53705

Join the LunART Festival in celebrating women in the arts! Enjoy this event featuring music by Composer-in-Residence Jenni Brandon, 2018 Call for Scores Winner Ingrid Stölzel, and Abbie Betinis, Hildegard von Bingen, Linda Kachelmeier, Elizabeth Alexander, Marilyn Bliss, Brianna Ware, Madeleine Dring, & Amy Beach. ​Featuring Festival Women’s Choir conducted by Kathy Otterson.

With special guests: visual artist Kelly Parks Snider and photographers Jennifer Bucheit & Katrin Talbot. 

9:30pm Free | “Starry Night”performance: 2014 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion and folk singer-songwriter Helen Avakian, and rock band Tiny Dinosaur @ Robinia Courtyard: 829 E Washington Ave, Madison, Wisconsin 53703

Come enjoy our fabulous guest artists, singer-songwriter Helen Avakian and Tiny Dinosaur rock band, and join us in celebrating the end of our inaugural 2018 season!

Madison singer-songwriter and guitarist Helen Avakian is the 2014 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion, and was voted Favorite Acoustic Act by Rhythm and News Magazine. She is also a recording artist, producer, and guitar instructor specializing in acoustic guitar music. 

Time for some indie pop emerging from the primordial ooze of the isthmus to weave tiny tales. It’s Mesozoic music for the masses. Tiny Dinosaur is an indie rock band of four females giving a warm embrace to folk, punk, and pop to tell you a story.


Partners

LunART Festival has partnered with area art organizations including:

  • Overture Center for the Arts
  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Arts
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Madison Public Library
  • Capitol Lakes Retirement Center and First Unitarian Society
  • Robinia Courtyard
  • Bos Meadery
  • Field Table

LunART is supported by:

  • Dane Arts and Madison Arts Commission
  • 2018 UW Arts Business Competition, 2nd place
  • finalist for 2018 National Flute Association’s C.R.E.A.T.E. Project Competition

Composer In Residence – Jenni Brandon

Call For Score Winners


Emerging Composers Participants

  • Grace Hale
  • Donna Howard
  • Meg Huskin
  • Seolhee Kim
  • Alissa Stolt
  • Amy Thomas

Performers

  • Sarah Ambrose, flute
  • ARTemis Women’s Choir
  • Helen Avakian, singer-songwriter
  • Yana Avedyan, DMA piano
  • Jennifer Bucheit, photographer
  • Melanie Cain, DMA voice
  • Matthew Coley, percussion
  • Thomas Curry, DMA tuba
  • Lara Saville Dahl, DMA oboe
  • Shannon Farley, violin
  • Andrea Fowler, musicology
  • Vincent Fuh, piano
  • Jose García-Taborda, clarinet
  • Ina Georgieva, viola
  • Brian Grimm, cello
  • Amy Harr, cello
  • Satoko Hayami, piano
  • Heartland Marimba Ensemble
  • Kyle D. Johnson, DMA piano
  • Buzz Kemper, narrator
  • Michael Koszewski, percussion
  • Jason Kutz, piano
  • Leanne League, violin
  • Sarah Leuwerke, mezzo-soprano
  • Wes Luke, violin
  • Blakeley Menghini, DMA viola
  • Juliana Mesa, bassoon
  • Kathleen Otterson, conductor
  • Marie Pauls, viola
  • Jennifer Paulson, viola
  • Breta Saganski, percussion
  • Valerie Clare Sanders, violin
  • Katie Schaag, PhD
  • Kelly Parks Snider, visual artist & activist
  • Elspeth Stalter-Clouse, violin
  • Kristina Teuschler, clarinet
  • Tiny Dinosaur, rock band
  • Liz Sexe, dancer & choreograper
  • Samantha Sinai, cello
  •  Katrin Talbot, photographer and poet
  • Lawren Brianna Ware, piano & composition
  • Jacqueline Wilson, DMA bassoon
  • Aaron Yarmel, violin
  • Iva Ugrčić, flute

 

7/23 | Aroma Yin Yoga & Live Guqin Meditation @ Monona Yoga

Aroma Yin Yoga Yoga & Guqin Mediation @ Monona Yoga 

Sunday, July 23rd     6:30-7:30 PM     Price: $25 (members $15)

Registration Deadline: Friday, July 21st

Register Here: http://bit.ly/2uAOHpd

Immerse yourself in the blissful practice of Aroma Yin Yoga with Surya, and the live meditative music of the ancient string instrument, the Guqin 古琴 with Brian Grimm

Melt into your mat in this multi-sensory experience, which includes the use of therapeutic essential oils to help you ground, calm, and relax into your poses, that will help deepen and enhance your Yin experience.

Breathe, find stillness, and release stress.

The guqin is an ancient, seven-string fretless-zither from China which has been used to cultivate the mind toward Enlightenment for thousands of years. The quiet, calming tones of this instrument always resonate strongly with those who experience it.


 

6/25 | Yoga + Guqin Meditation @ Monona Yoga

Yoga & Guqin Mediation @ Monona Yoga 

Sunday, June 25th     6:30-7:30 PM     Price: $25

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 23rd

Register Here: http://bit.ly/2oYTxtO

Monona Yoga welcomes Brian Grimm, who will accompany instructor Valerie Hesslink in a blissful yoga class with the ancient instrument. The guqin 古琴 is an ancient seven-string fretless-zither from China which has been used to cultivate the mind toward Enlightenment for thousands of years. The quiet, calming tones of this instrument always resonate strongly with those who experience it.


 

2/5 | “Seasons Of Change” Wellness Retreat @ Blue Mounds Dharma Center

**UPDATE: This event is being rescheduled to Sunday, Feb 5th, due to the weather this weekend. You can still reserve your spot by contacting Shannel at the info below!**

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Sun 2/5 |  $70  10:30a-4:00p  @  Blue Mounds Dharma Center

2979 Main St. Blue Mounds, WI 53517

Join us for a one-day Wellness Retreat at Blue Mounds Dharma Center!
Contact Shannel – ymassageyoga@gmail.com or 608-438-9903
Checks payable to Y-Massage Bodywork and Natural Fitness
5950 Seminole Centre Court, Suite 145, Fitchburg, WI 53711

I’m thrilled for the opportunity to work with LaCouir D. Yancey this Sunday in the Bluemounds!  I’ll provide introspective music accompaniment on the ancient guqin zither for LaCouir’s movement meditation instruction.  I can’t wait to see what happens out of this collaboration!  Here are some examples of my meditative style of guqin playing, perfect for contemplation, relaxation, reflection, yoga & mental wellness.

 

6/19-6/25 | SILKROAD’S GLOBAL MUSICIAN WORKSHOP @ DePauw University [Greencastle, IN]

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SILKROAD’S GLOBAL MUSICIAN WORKSHOP 2016

June 19th – 25th, 2016 | DePauw University [Greencastle, IN]

The mission of Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop (GMW) is to foster a community of globally minded musicians engaged in learning from one another’s traditions and incorporating them into their own artistic voices. An all-star artist-faculty will teach styles of music from across the world. GMW is directed by Silk Road Ensemble cellist Mike Block.

GMW will be taught by an all-star faculty representing a wide range of backgrounds and cultures, including Seamus Blake (jazz saxophone), Sandeep Das (Indian tabla), Hadi Eldebek (Arabic oud), Gamin (Korean wind instruments), Maeve Gilchrist (Celtic harp/vocals), Bruce Molsky (Old-time Appalachian fiddle), Balla Kouyate (Malian balafon), Edward Perez (Afro-Latin bass), Shane Shanahan (world percussion), Abigail Washburn (Banjo/Vocals mixing American/Chinese styles), and GMW Director Mike Block (multi-style strings). (from Silkroad GMW site)

This year’s Guest Artist is banjo virtuoso, Bela Fleck!

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Pt. Sandeep Das leads a workshop on Tehais in Indian Classical music @ 2015 GMW. (Brian Grimm w/ guqin zither, pictured on the right.)

This year, I am absolutely thrilled to participate on cello and guqin zither in chamber ensembles led by Gamin (Korean wind instruments), Edward Perez (Afro-Latin bass), & Hadi Eldebek (Arabic oud)!  I’ve always loved Korean music from afar, the treatment of space, pitch & rhythm fascinates me.  I haven’t heard much of the wind music, so Gamin’s perspective, knowledge & mastery will be a totally new experience.  Edward, or Beast-Hands as I liked to call him, brought so much dancing joy to our workshop last year.  The Afro-Peruvian layering of rhythm coupled with the concept of when to be ‘inbetween a straight rhythm & a swung rythm’ was ear-boggling.  When Edward plays the bass lines solo, the style-shift is instantly felt.  You can almost hear what the rest of the band would be playing – ’tis mark of a true groove master!  The Arabic music presence at last year’s workshop was the highlight of my year.  So soulful & passionate; ranging from pure excitement to calming microtones.  Having learned Flamenco from my brother AJ Grimm, I could immediately hear and see it’s Arabic music roots.  Arabic rhythm stuctures enthrall me, I can’t wait to learn more from Hadi this year.    It’s going to be another blissful week of cross-cultural learning and friendship making!  ~ Brian Grimm


~ 2015 Faculty Performances ~


~ 2015 Participant Performances ~


 

6/8-6/12 | Silk Road Ensemble’s ‘Global Musician Workshop’

GMW_logoI’m thrilled to be attending this upcoming week-long workshop.  After many years of admiring the passion and music of Yo-Yo Ma & Silk Road Ensemble – I can’t wait to learn, learn, learn, learn from them up close!  May the geek-out commence! ~ BCG

Yo-Yo Ma & Silk Road Ensemble presents:

SILKROAD’S GLOBAL MUSICIAN WORKSHOP 2015

directed by cellist Mike Block

June 8th-12th

A Laboratory Where Tradition Meets Innovation


Some info on the project from the Silk Road Ensemble website:

The mission of Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop (GMW) is to foster a community of globally minded musicians engaged in learning from one another’s traditions and incorporating them into their own artistic voices. In addition to Yo-Yo Ma’s participation in select activities, the artist-faculty will teach styles of music from across the world. GMW is directed by Silk Road Ensemble cellist Mike Block.

GMW will be taught by an all-star faculty representing a unique range of backgrounds, including Sarah Jarosz (American folk), Sandeep Das (Indian tabla), Kaoru Watanabe (Japanese flutes), Hadi Eldebek (Arabic oud), Shane Shanahan (world percussion), Jayme Stone(American banjo), Balla Kouyate (Malian balafon), Edward Perez (Afro-Latin bass), Hanneke Cassel (Celtic fiddle), and Mike Block (multi-style strings).

GMW is open to participants over 18 years of age, from any musical background. University/conservatory students as well as professional performers/teachers with backgrounds in Western classical, jazz, world, or folk styles will be accepted.


12/07 | Music Workshop “CONVERSATION = IMPROVISATION” @ Madison Music Foundry

Click here to sign up on the Madison Music Foundry website!

Click here to sign up on the Madison Music Foundry website!

CONVERSATION = IMPROVISATION

Music Improvisation workshop with BC Grimm

Sundays from 12-2pm

Nov 11/23 11/30  Dec *12/07 12/14  @ Madison Music Foundry 

…shifting the approach from the narrow field of ‘note/genre based’ improvisation, to the wide universe of ‘sound/conversation based’ exploration!

>> *Update!  We have lowered the price of this workshop to just $24 for each 2-hr class.  You can still sign up for the whole series ($90) – OR – sign up for a one-time class on December 7th ($24)! 


Who should sign up?

Any age. Any instrument(s). From experienced improvisers to beginners, all are welcome. I’m especially interested in reaching people who are “afraid to fail” in improvisation, so we can break down that barrier.

First and foremost, anyone, at any skill level can participate – together. This workshop will shift the participant’s perspective on what improvisation is. We’ll take it from simply being note/genre focused and transform the player’s approach to being sound/conversation focused. It will greatly broaden who the player can improvise with, how long they can play, and how creative they can be!

SESSION FOCUS
When it comes to improvisation, sometimes people freeze… “what do I play next?”, “I can’t think of any other ‘things’ to play…”, “what if it doesn’t ‘sound good’?”, etc. ad infinitum… This can easily be overcome by shifting the approach from the narrow field of ‘note/genre based’ improvisation, to the wide universe of ‘sound/conversation based’ exploration.

EVERY TIME WE HAVE A CONVERSATION, WE ARE IMPROVISING!
Every single person who uses language is an improviser… So, everyone already possesses the skills required for group-improv.  When you sit down to free-improv with a group of musicians – even if you’ve never played with them before – it should be natural, music is a language.  We’ll work on communication skills in order to have a conversation in sound.

We’ll touch on Avant Garde & Extended Techniques as a dialect of improvisation. We’ll focus on how, much to the surprise of traditional thinking, experimental sounds can be found in nature everywhere. I have heard many of my improvising collaborators play rhythms & textures that I’ve previously experienced in nature &/or surrounding environments. It is coded in our DNA & can’t be escaped, but rather must be acknowledged and embraced. There is naturalism in experimental sound that needs be explored in order to communicate & relay your meaning to the listener.

LISTENING
In each class we’ll take time to listen to examples of different approaches to improvisation that correlate to the session’s focus.

EXPERIMENT
By the very nature of the word/process, you must be open to failure. You must be willing to “play a wrong note” or “try a sound/technique you’ve never played before”. That’s what an experiment is: you have an educated guess about what outcome may happen, but you can’t know for sure until the experiment is performed & data collected. – Try a new sound or technique, listen… did it work? No? Alter the experiment & try again… still No?  Then, it’s probably safe to move on to a new sound-experiment. OR Yes? Great!! Keep exploring it, what else can you create from that experiment, and where will it lead you?”


“BCG… who in the scootin’-fruidy is this guy?!…” 

BC Grimm is active professionally as a teacher, composer, improviser, performer, sound designer, electronic musician, & multi-instrumentalist on cello, bass guitar, & Chinese String strings (古琴 guqin, 古筝 guzheng, 琵琶 pipa, 二胡 erhu, 高胡 gaohu).  A frequent collaborator in Madison’s avant-garde music scene, BCG is also passionate about exploring music traditions from around the world.  After earning a Bachelor of Music Composition with honors from Butler University, he has found a niche composing, performing, and recording scores for dance, theatre, & film.

“ … compositions are both classical and experimental, both disciplined and exploratory.”
– Isthmus, The Daily Page (June 2012, ‘Redolent Spires’ album review)

“Madison-based multi-instrumentalist Brian Grimm specializes in playing the guqin and guzheng, Chinese zithers that sometimes run as large as a small canoe. He’s also a classically trained cellist and, under the name Brain Grimmer, produces adept and twisted instrumental hip-hop. In performances with Julian Lynch’s band and various jazz and improvisational groups around town, Grimm draws on both formal music studies and avant-garde extremes.”
Arts Extract Podcast, Scott Gordon (June 2014, ‘The Ideating Knell’ album review)