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!

One-Day Ukulele Intro at McCabes

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Ukelele lesson by Heidi Swedberg at McCabe’s , Photo by Est Nyborer

Don’t put it off any longer! Jump on the band wagon! This one-day intro to ukulele class will get you going.  Bring your instrument or borrow one from the shop.

SATURDAY August 27 at MCCABES Guitar Shop, Santa Monica CA

Fall In!


School is starting back again- I am excited to return  to the four schools where I teach, to see how they have grown and to meet some new kids.   Although it is still 100 degrees,I need to start thinking about the Christmas show already! Before the inevitable, join us at one of these  fun shows, classes or festivals lined up for Autum 2016:

Starting again on  8/23 FAMILY SING-ALONGS  at Chevallier’s Books, every Tuesday morning, 10:15-11 am, $15

8/27. PLAY THE UKULELE IN A DAY at McCabes Guitar shop

9/17 WE ARE LA FESTIVAL Kid’s show with the Sukey JumpBand

9/23-25 ALBUQUERQUE UKULELE FESTIVAL 

10/1 UKETOBER FEST at Interlocken

10/22 ANTELOPE VALLEY UKULELE FESTIVAL

11/5-6 TAMPA BAY UKULELE FESTIVAL  

LA Ukulele EXPO 2016

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Join me next Saturday, July 9th in Little Tokyo, the heart of downtown Los Angeles, for a mass-celebration of ukulele! There will be jams, demonstrations, give aways, concerts, talks, and free lessons- Who knows, we might even break a world record!

I will be coming straight from McCabes, where I am starting a 3-week class– there is still room if you want to join- and will jump right in to leading a sing and play along, including Hawaiian songs, Japanese songs and favorites songs you can sing and strum along with- even if you have just learned your first chords!

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

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El Ukulele Goes To London

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Daniel will be playing at the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain this month, and making a mini-tour afterwards. I’ll be with him through June 24th and look forward to taking in a bit of the Brit Uke scene. Please, if you are in England, say “hi” to us at one of these events!

June 16th-19th
Ukulele Festival of Great Britain
http://www.ukulelefestival.co.uk/TheFestival.aspx

June 20th
Workshop and concert at Worchester Ukulele club 7:30pm
http://www.worcester-uke-club.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/drummondsbar

June 21st
Visit UnplugTheWood open Jam lead by Mike Krabbers
At the Lion Brewery in Ash
June 25th Workshop and Concert in Bournemouth at the
Southern Ukulele Store 2pm

June 26th Ukefest West
Fingerstyle workshop with Daniel at the Half Moon Putney –All day event with lots of activities:

Festival Date – Sunday 26th June 2016
Schedule based on start at 11:00 and end at 22:00
UFW organisers – Terry Smith, Michael Stannard, Tara Maysey, Lottie Livingstone.
With Geoff Price on the day.

Daytime events ‘Venue Room’
11:00 -12:30 Beginners workshop & Open Jam session. Run by TS, GP – Free
12:45 -13:45 Intermediate workshop. Run by TS & GP – Free
14.30 -16.00 Stage performance – West London Uke groups – Free U-Kew-Lele, Hanwell, New Malden, Teddington
16:30 –17:30 Decibelles workshop (Close Harmony singing) – £15

‘Outside area’
12:00 – 13:30 Open Mic sessions. Winners get to perform main stage at 18:00 – Free
14.30 – 15.45 Finger picking workshop – Daniel Ward – £15

Merchandise stalls in main bar.

Evening event – Main stage – £8 online adv, £10 online on day £12 cash on day
18:30 – 18.45 Stage Performance -Winners of Open Mic
18.55 – 19.15 Stage Performance – Daniel Ward
19:25 – 20.10 Stage Performance – The Half Moon Ukes
20:20 – 21.05 Stage Performance – The Decibelles
21:10 – 21:20 Joint Set / Encore –The Half Moon Ukes/ Decibelles
stage – £8 online adv, £10 online on day £12 cash on day Stage Performance – Winners of Open Mic.