Hello, and welcome to Beyond Cello!
Register your interest here for the Autumn introductory workshop.
Beyond Cello is our new division dedicated to exploring new ways and contexts for the cello.
It is a great honour and pleasure for me to have been invited by the LCS to co-ordinate and run this division, and I am very excited about the plans we have cooked up for you!
Following on immediately a week later, we will hold an introductory meeting for all of you interested in this fascinating aspect of cello playing.
Then in Spring 2018, we will hold a bi-weekly improvisation course, aimed at developing creative skills for cellists of all ages. It will be open to those new to improvisation, and also those wishing to develop existing skills or to explore a particular tradition.
So if you are new to improvising – don’t be shy!
The course will set out a range of ideas and musical styles, including jazz, gypsy jazz, free improvisation, improvisation in classical contexts and world music traditions including North Africa, the Middle East, Balkans and Latin America.
My own journey into this area began with a fascination with jazz, and a sudden flash that popped through my mind–“That would sound awesome on the cello!” — as well as a long spell performing Middle Eastern music from various traditions in that region, which also remains an central influence for my musical activities.
I love the idea of creating one’s own synthesis of languages from the huge melting pot of sounds we encounter in life, as well as studying a particular given tradition, and for a long time it has seemed to me a shame that the cello has been less developed outside of the classical world that our little cousin, the violin- – probably down to size and expense matters rather than any actual musical considerations.
I look forward to sharing some of my favourite music with you through this course. Join me in a journey of exploring our beautiful instrument and finding your own voice through it!
Further details will be posted on our Beyond Cello Events page shortly, and a listening list is below to give you some inspirations and start you on your own explorations.