Workshops / Presentations

A CAPPELLA SINGING CIRCLE  ::  Friday, 5pm-6pm   ::  At the Hart Gallery

Leave your worries and your instruments at the door, and join us in this a cappella singing circle at the Hart Gallery.  We will sing together in a room full of beautiful art created by homeless and other nontraditional artists, and we invite these artists to join us in our singing circle!  Sea chanteys, spirituals, rounds, call-and-response songs, songs of freedom, and maybe even some singalong songs in other languages will be featured.  This circle is open to everyone.


ARABIC RHYTHMS  ::  Stacey Nolan, Chattanooga TN  ::  Saturday, 10am-11am

This one hour workshop will introduce common rhythms found in Arabic music. The instructor will demonstrate how these rhythms can be played on a hand drum or finger cymbals.  There will be a few “loaner” instruments for the workshop, but please bring your own drums or finger cymbals if you have them.  The leader for this workshop, Stacey Nolan, is the belly dance director at Movement Arts Collective.


CRICKET & SNAIL :: Sewanee, TN :: Saturday, 11am-12pm

1172518_650534538303899_1894758425_oCricket & Snail is a violin-accordion duo from Tennessee that performs an eclectic mix of classical, early 20th-century popular and folk musical styles that transport their listeners to such exotic places as a French café, an opera scene, a Celtic dance or a Jewish wedding. While Czech violinist Lucie Carlson and American accordionist James Carlson are both classically trained musicians and composers, they formed their duo because they wanted to make music that was freer from the boundaries of the concert hall. Whether playing on stage, in a café or on the streets of Prague, they always impress their listeners with the expressiveness of their playing, their original compositions and the surprising beauty of sound that their instruments make when combined. Come hear Cricket & Snail, something out of the ordinary, music that is evocative, heartfelt and fun!

Jim and Lucie will perform a short concert and teach a Czeck folk song.

SACRED HARP SINGING :: Chris Ryan, Athens, AL :: Saturday 1pm-2pm

This four-part a capella harmony singing is designed for group participation. For this singing, we use the Sacred Harp, a tunebook originally published in 1844 and the second-oldest hymn book still in print in the United States. No experience necessary, and you don’t need to be able to read music to participate in this workshop. We’ll have loaner books on hand.


JAM with a SITAR  ::  Joe Ridolfo, Chattanooga TN  ::  Saturday 3pm-4pm

800px-Sitar_mogaraThe rhythms and modes of Indian music are beautiful and fascinating.  For this workshop, you are invited to bring any instrument that can play in the key of C.  We’ll be exploring the Bhoopali raag.



YOGA on the LAWN with live music from THE PRESENCE PROJECT  ::  Jessica Jollie  ::  Saturday, 4pm-5pm

Jessica Jollie from Yoga Landing will lead a one-hour community yoga class on the lawn of the Crash Pad (behind the Flying Squirrel) with live music from the Presence Project (Jeff Joyner, Danimal Pinson, and Jonathan Susman).


CRANK IT UP!  ::  Lon Eldridge, Chattanooga TN ::  Saturday, 7pm-8pm

Take a trip back through time and experience the rich musical history of Chattanooga and surrounding areas through this unique interactive seminar. Lon Eldridge will present historic recordings on wind-up gramophones from Bessie Smith, Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers, Roland Hayes, The Georgia Yellowhammers, and more from his collection of 78rpm records. This format, along with cylinders, were the first way to enjoy recorded music.