We look forward to seeing you in 2018 for a new series of Around-the-World Jams, leading up to World Fiddle Day 2018. Please join us.
The “Around-the-World” Fiddle Jam takes players of bowed instruments of all ages and stages through tunes from around the world. on World Fiddle Day/Canada’s National Fiddle Day every year on the 3rd Saturday of May. The tunes span Canada, the U.S the Caribbean, South and Central America, across to Africa, Europe, Asia and back to Canada again. The tunes are arranged with rhythm, melody and harmony parts for fiddles of all levels of age and experience. In past years we’ve had from 60-95 players, including cellos, basses, violas and violins as well as an occasional guitar, accordion or concertina.
Thanks to Long&McQuade for sponsoring our 10-sesson series of Workshops in their Clinic space, 935 Bloor St. West. Admission is always by donation at these sessions. Led by professional musicians who know the traditions involved, these sessions are always a fun way to learn more about music of the world and about playing your instrument in ways that depend on aural tradition, rhythm, harmony, and improvisation.
Here’s what happens at a Workshop:
We work on 3-5 new tunes each time with a session leader, and review as many others as we have time for. Optimum results for everyone are when you’ve already worked on the tune; then we can concentrate on the rhythm and feel and get the harmony and all the parts integrated. These sessions are a relaxed and friendly night of playing and we welcome new fiddlers. We ask all who attend to make a pay-what-you-can donation, both for our fearless leaders and to help fund our World Fiddle Day Toronto activities.