New Music (2017 Listing)

These are classes from 2017. Stay tuned for the 2018 listings.

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Rasmuson Foundation
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Composing in the Wilderness

Composing in the Wilderness

Price: $1790

Days: July 10–25


Instructor: Stephen Lias

Location: Denali Park

Now in its seventh year, the 2018 Composing in the Wilderness field course will take you to two spectacular regions of Northern Alaska: Denali National Park and Preserve and the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. Join adventurer-composer Stephen Lias for eight days exploring the stunning beauty of Denali’s wilderness and the mighty Yukon River, learning how the life of the region is reflected in the sounds you hear, interacting with scientists and interpretive rangers, and developing your creative skills through translating these ideas into original chamber music. [more]

20th and 21st Century Chamber Music

Price: $100

Days: SunWTh/ThSat, July 16–29

Times: 3:30–4:30pm

Instructors: Andie Springer, Charly Akert, Joe Bergen, Katie Cox, Mara Mayer

Location: Christ Lutheran Church

This course will explore chamber music written from 1960 to the present. Ensembles will be mixed-instrument, chamber groups and repertoire will be chosen based on instrumentation, level, and interests. Music can range from works written by ground-breaking Avant Garde composers to music written just this year; from notated music to graphic scores and structured improvisation — the sky's the limit! Open to all instruments and levels.

Balinese Kecak

Price: $25

Days: W (week 2), July 26

Times: 3:15–4:15pm

Instructor: Mara Mayer

Location: Christ Lutheran Church - Sanctuary

Mara will lead a workshop on the traditional Balinese Kecak or monkey chant. The Kecak is often learned as an introduction to Balinese Gamelan music and is an energetic interactive piece where the human voice is used as a percussion instrument. In its most common form consists of three interlocking rhythmic vocal parts. We'll learn the three parts separately and then hear how they combine synergistically to form the whole.

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