FALL 2017: Festivals and Arpeggio Meditation release

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It’s hard to leave home when you are in the thick of exciting work, but Daniel and I are heading out the door to perform and teach at some festivals.  Tomorrow (8/11) we hop a plane to Sacramento for the Auburn Festival! In the little time we have before heading to Lexington, KY Daniel plans to finish his book and get it off to the printers- sure would be fun if the books are delivered before we head to the Pacific North West! (On the dates with no link, leave a message or comment here for more info)

If you want more information on his book, email Daniel: Danielworldmusic@gmail.com.com

Here are some dates, catch us if you can- we’d love to see you!

8/11      Auburn Ukulele Festival

9/15      KYUke Fest

10/27     Port Townsend Ukulele Festival

10/2      Anacortes, WA

10/5      Bellingham, WA

10/14     Antelope Valley Ukulele Festival

Let’s MAKE MUSIC!

MAKE MUSIC DAY WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21st at the SKIRBALL CENTER

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PARTY AT THE SKIRBALL! Make Music Day is 100% good times!

Play your ukulele! (Or learn to play!) Raise your voice! Daniel Ward and I will be leading a teach-and-strum along with Ohana ukuleles to lend at this FREE event at the Skirball.  Join us at noon, stay for Drumming with Rhythm Child, and a full day of musical programs you can interact with and enjoy.

I am hoping ukulele clubs, kids, families and ALL AGES of ukulele enthusiasts or wana-be uke players come to this event! If you are experienced, you will enjoy sharing your knowledge.  If you are new to the uke you can learn in a super-charged, loving and non- judgmental environment.  We are committed to sharing joy and connection through music, and would love to see YOU there, having fun, too.

The magnificent Alissa Hunnicutt will be on hand to make everything that much more fun, and Ohana will have a table set up where you can borrow and instrument for the day of buy one to take home to keep! ( We are so glad to have Ohana’s support on this!)

Here is some information on Make Music Day from their website:

Last year, over 750 cities around the world threw citywide music celebrations on June 21.

It all started 35 years ago in France.

In 1982, Jack Lang and his staff at the Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, store fronts and mountaintops.

And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”)

Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The Fête has turned into a true national holiday: France shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Almost 8% of the country (5 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique.

Tales of The City

If you recognize this as the title from Armistead Maupin’s stories, you know The City is San francisco. Daniel and I are thrilled to be heading north for a visit this weekend.  We have a cluster of unique events, and hope you can make it to one or all of them!

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It’s a Mix-off! BYO to share and impress!

Saturday April 29th

Blackbird Ukuleles and Guitars   2180 Folsom st. San Francisco CA, 94110

Tickets for the workshops $20.00, just the concert $15.00, both $30.00

 Blackbird will host an intimate Potluck Cocktail Party at their factory space in the mission district with simultaneous workshops for beginner and advanced students from 3-4pm, followed by cocktail hour and a concert with Heidi and Daniel from 5-6 pm.

Come at 4 for the cocktail party, and show off your favorite recipe! (ice, lemons, limes, cutting boards, knives and lowball glasses will be provided). more info: DanielWorldMusic@gmail.com

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Special Guest Cindy Sanchez!

 

Sunday, April 30th

Michael DaSilva Ukueles   2547 8th street #28Berkeley CA  94710    $20.00

 Daniel will teach Flamenco strums for ukulele at Michael DaSilva’s Berkley HQ from 2-3:30. This workshop will be accessible and challenging for all levels of player, beginner to advanced, followed by a social hour.    ***SPECIAL GUEST*** Dancer Cindy Sanchez will be in attendance and will demonstrate  Flamenco dance styles

Monday, May 1  San Louis Obispo Museum of Art/SLO Strummers Workshop and Concert   $20.00

6:30 – 9 PM in SLOMA’s galleries. General admission tickets for both the workshop, “Right Hand Magic: Pro Fingerstyle Tips” and the concert are available at sloma.org or at the door (pending availability).
Presented by SLO Strummers: http://www.slostrummers.org

Wednesday, May 3   Morro Bay Wine Seller  601 Embarcadero, suite 5 93442  $10.00

Join us for this special event featuring an hour of sing alongs to your favorite Doo Wop Songs, then a concert by Heidi Swedberg and Daniel Ward.

You can pay at the door or by PayPal (you must have an account).  If you want more than one ticket, just change the amount on the link.https://www.paypal.me/HowardIgnatius/10

5:30 – meet and greet and order a class of wine

6:00 Doo Wops with the Distraction Band (Bring your Ukes!)

7:00 or so  Concert by Heidi and Daniel

 

 

Hey, Jemmy Martin!

 

I am so proud of my sister Jennifer Bohnhoff! She is a public school teacher in Albuquerque, who gives her heart and soul to her work.  Besides guiding kids who have all kinds of unique needs,struggling with a less-than-ideal educational system, and coaching track she WRITES HISTORICAL FICTION for middle grade readers!

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Jennifer in Santa fe’s Ft Marcy Overlook last year. Walking and talking, as sisters will.

Her youngest son is a West Point graduate, Ranger qualified Lieutenant in an armored division, and that personal connection to a soldier’s heart has focused her interest in military history. One of her earlier novels was set during WWII within the French Resistance, and another takes place in the midst of the battle of Gettysburg. (see her website for more)

Her latest project, VALVERDE, is the first novel in a trilogy set in New Mexico during the Civil War.  Like her earlier works, it’s a great read, for adults or young readers.  I find that once I pick her books up, I can’t put them down until I am finished.

This time around she is seeking to engage a greater readership through a KICKSTARTER campaign.  There’s about a week left, (ends 4/4/17) she has surpassed her modest first goal, and now is on to her push goals which include a large type edition for the elderly (there is a beautiful overlap between YA readers and elderly readers) and an audiobook version.

A “book on tape” version would greatly expand the novel’s reach- to those who are challenged by reading, families who enjoy listening in the car, classroom teachers eager to engage students, and the sight-challenged elderly. It also offers an opportunity to expand the experience. There are several historic songs referenced in the novel, and an audio recording would give the listeners the opportunity to not just read the lyrics, but hear them sung.

Daniel Ward and I are thrilled to have this work on our roster for the fall if the project can meet it’s goal.  Daniel will be the recording engineer, compose and perform an original theme for the novel, and I will be the reader.

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Image from “Cup of Tea”, Daniel as Johnny Martin, one of the songs on the album, which dates from the Civil War

I hope you’ll consider backing this project.  Read more about it on Jennifer’s KICKSTARTER page. Great educational materials, which entertain and engage the mind are vital to understanding the world around us. This is a great time to look to history as we try to make sense of our future.

MEDITATIONS FOR (and on) UKULELE

For the last year, Daniel has been writing “studies”.  If you are someone who has dipped their toe into classical music, you know that these can sometimes stand alone as solo performance pieces (think Villalobos) or be exercises to strengthen your playing (like Hanon for piano). Daniel’s split the difference.  They are simple pieces to play in loops, beautiful to listen to, calming and centering to play. Students and festival workshop participants have been enthusiastic about them, so he’s working on putting them together in a book.

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Daniel will be teaching a sampler of studies at U-Space this weekend, and the following weekend he will be joining me teaching ALL AGES- that means kids, adults and in-between.  And then, there’s that Sukey Jump Band show at McCabes the next day.

UKULELE MEDITATIONS WITH DANIEL WARD

This Saturday, March 11 at U-Space: TWO workshops with ukulele master Daniel Ward highlighting pieces from his forthcoming book “Arpeggio Meditations for Ukulele”.

Arpeggio Meditations are soothing, rhythmic and melodic instrumental compositions for repeated playing. They teach both right and left hand techniques, and offer a relaxing discipline for improving tone and musicality. The simplest exercises are great for all levels of player, from the novice to the professional, who is ready to focus intently on technical mastery and expression. The more difficult exercises include challenging patterns and Latin styles.

TWO one-hour workshops, $20 for one, $35 for both.         Sandwiches will be available for purchase between classes for attendee convenience.

11:30 am to 12:30 am   All-Level Arpeggio Meditation,

1:00 to 2:00pm     Montuno Arpeggio Meditation

 

Saturday, March 18th at U-Space: TWO workshops for ALL-AGES Active participation in the arts is one of the best ways to inspire creativity and confidence–and the `ukulele is fun to boot!

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Family style!

`UKULELE FOR All-Ages with HEIDI SWEDBERG and DANIEL WARD : A workshop for adults, kids, and families starting on their musical journey. Sing and strum a dozen songs in just one lesson. This class is open to all, ages 5 and up. (Participating parents MUST accompany children between the ages of 5-8. Children 8 and up may come alone, though parental participation is highly recommended)

10:30 am to 11:30 am   $25 includes “Color-Along Ukulele Method Book” and participating parent admission, (or $35 for both classes! Sandwiches will be available for purchase between classes for attendee convenience.)

CONTINUING UKE FOR ALL AGES- Kids, families, adults learn together, adding picking techniques, new chords and rhythms. Increase your skills so your musical enjoyment can grow.

12 noon to 1:00 PM $20

SUKEY JUMP BAND KID’S CONCERT at MCCABES

Sunday, March 19, 10:30 am  $10, kids under 2 FREE

Mccabes will be providing some percussion and kid-friendly instruments for the wee folk participate with.  Come play, sing and have fun with Heidi and the Sukey Jump Band at our favorite LA venue!

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Here are some other events we have scheduled:

April 8  ISLAND SOUL Daniel and I will be teaching FREE classes during the day (more details TBA)   Chapman University, Orange CA

April 29    BLACKBIRD GUITARS

April 30   DaSILVA UKULELE

May 12-14                 MIGHTY UKE DAY, LANSING MI

May 19-21                 LAS CRUCES UKEFEST 2017 Our friends in the southern NM are putting on their first full-on festival- My Mom and I are working up a piece!

June 19-July 31        MARLBOROUGH SUMMER SCHOOL I will be teaching early childhood music and ukulele on a beautiful campus in the heart of Los Angeles. If you have little ones needing some summer day care, or older kids wanting enrichment, this is a chance to breathe some rare air at a (somewhat above) ground level price.

June 21    MAKE MUSIC DAY at the SKIRBALL CENTER  we will be teaching a ukulele class at noon.  Come play!

July 30      SUKEY JUMP BAND at the   SKIRBALL CENTER  We loved our Bill Grahm show at the Skirball two years ago, and we are thrilled to return for a show during the Paul Simon exhibit.  Expect songs related to this great artist, from folk, to pop, to world beat. An amazing opportunity to really stretch and shine, teach and jam!

August 11-13           AUBURN GOLD PAN UKULELE FESTIVAL We are thrilled to join Dani Joy at this vibrant new festival in a town we have never experienced! Can’t wait to meet the lovely folks of Auburn!

September 27          PORT TOWNSEND UKULELE FESTIVAL Now that there is an OYSTER BAR on the premices, this event may be unchallengably the tastiest ever! This event sells out shortly after it is announced every year. If you are already signed up- see you there! If not, look into it, and cue up for next year.

October 14                ANTELOPE VALLEY UKULELE FESTIVAL   Honored to be returning to Lancaster to celebrate the love of ukulele and community with our desert ukulele ohana.

 

Seventeen (again)

Hello, 2017!

Today is January 17th, known in Nordic countries as the BACK OF WINTER. In France, 17 is the number one calls to get the police. It is a prime number, the ‘least random number”, and most happily, the alcolhol content of Baileys.  (Thanks, Wikipedia)

…And here we are. Seventeen Again.

2017 will be a historic year for all of us. We watch it unfold with trepidation, ehxilaration and know already that it will be a year none of us will forget. It is a call to action. A crucible. We have some private projects coming to fruition, things we are passionate about- sharing songs from other lands and languages, building bridges of music. As we roll up our sleeves and get to work we feel the courage of love and dedication.

There are also some exciting events on our schedule, a few  not ready to announce, but here are a dozen or so we may. They give us hope- something to look forward to, something to work towards.

January 19-22         NAMM   Daniel will be there the 19 and 20th. I will join him on the 21st.  If you are going- send us a message, and we’ll make a plan to meet up!

February 3-5           FLAMENCONE Dancers Jesus Munoz and Valeria Montes meet us in Kernville, CA for a festival flamenco! Classes in flamenco uke, dance and palmas, plus concerts, Spanish food and good times at the Piazza’s Pine Cone Inn.   Want info? flamencone.event@gmail.com

February 11              McCABES GUITAR SHOP 1-DAY INTRO TO UKULELE

March 19                   Sukey Jump Band (kids show) at MCCABES

May 12-14                 MIGHTY UKE DAY, LANSING MI

May 19-21                 LAS CRUCES UKEFEST 2017 Our friends in the southern NM put on their first full-on festival!

June 19-July 31        MARLBOROUGH SUMMER SCHOOL I will be teaching early childhood music and ukulele on a beautiful campus in the heart of Los Angeles. If you have little ones needing some summer day care, or older kids wanting enrichment, this is a chance to breathe some rare air at a (somewhat above) ground level price.

July 30                       SUKEY JUMP BAND AT THE SKIRBALL CENTER We loved our Bill Grahm show at the Skirball two years ago, and we are thrilled to retur for a show during the Paul Simon exibit.  Expect songs related to this great artist, from folk, to pop, to world beat. An amazing opportunity to really stretch and shine, teach and jam!

August 11-13           AUBURN GOLD PAN UKULELE FESTIVAL We are thrilled to join Dani Joy at this vibrant new festival in a town we have never experienced! Can’t wait to meet the lovely folks of Auburn!

September 20          CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AND CEDAR’S SINAI KIDS SHOWS

September 27          PORT TOWNSEND UKULELE FESTIVAL Now that there is an OYSTER BAR on the premices, this event may be unchallengably the tastiest ever! This event sells out shortly after it is announced every year. If you are already signed up- see you there! If not, look into it, and cue up for next year.

October 14                ANTELOPE VALLEY UKULELE FESTIVAL   Honored to be returning to Lancaster to celebrate the love of ukulele and community with our desert ukulele ohana.

October 20                KYUke FESTIVAL  Lexington KY is ready to POP with ukulele excitement.  More info on this festival as it filters in.

 

 

 

 

Lizzie’s Luxury Straps

I love people who make things, I love beautiful things, and I LOVE LIZ!  Elizabeth Olney makes BEAUTIFUL THINGS!    …and Christmas is just around the corner!

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Well-worn pieces from Liz- many are more than 10 years old

I have known Liz for years…nearly 30! We met, mere pups, in NYC at a time when every woman I met in Manhattan had an industrial sewing machine in their loft. It was a creative time for me and for NY, when artists could still afford to live there.  Like all the artistic women I know, Liz has done many things, but she is best known for her sought-after creations in leather.

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Lizzy(with Seji and Mika), back-in-the-day

If you know me, or have seen pictures of me performing you have seen Liz’s work.  The flowers in my hair are her leather clips.  The sparkling bracelets I wear are hers. The handbags and wallets, key chains… Liz’s amazing leathers.

She’s put purses on oscar winning shoulders and belted the best of them.  This past year I asked her to make a ukulele strap for Daniel Ward, so he could shine as literally as he does figuratively.  They are EXQUISITE.

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Dazzling Daniel teaching a workshop at St Andrew’s Church, UFGB 2016

Like extended versions of her Swarovski Sparkle Bracelets they catch the sun or stage lights and shower a million rainbows around you.  Lined with lambskin, the strap is soft as butter against the skin.  Simple, elegant and dead sexy, this is the ultimate gift (or gift to self) for any ukulele player. She will also make them without the sparkles, if you prefer.

We worked together to make a versatile length strap, that would fit both me and Daniel as we share instruments on stage.  It slips on to either two strap buttons or on an end button and around the headstock. (On his tenor sized KoAlohas, Daniel prefers the strap around the headstock, to balance the length and weight, while on concert Ohanas we like it to go button-to-button, and keep out of the way of the left hand)

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Black-on-black: subtle and sexy

Liz prefers to make things one at a time, special order, and her prices are INCREDIBLY REASONABLE.  Check out her amazing color choices for leathers and stones, check in with her about what is available now, and ORDER NOW for the holidays. (She gets mighty busy from October on)liz purse

Liz’s Travel bag… Don’t leave home without it–  I don’t!