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.

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MEDITATIONS FOR (and on) UKULELE

UPDATE: Daniel is now offering Pre-Orders for the Arpeggio Meditations book of studies. Print is set for mid September-Oct.

Go to www.Danielward.net to get yours.

 

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.