Daniel Ward: Arpeggio Meditations

A lovely review of Arpeggio Meditations. Go, dog, go.

I Love Classical Ukulele

Unknown.jpegArriving home after a late flight from Spain I was greeted by a large pile of envelopes on the doormat. Amongst the pile of white letters – most of them with those officious looking windows that you’d rather not receive – I spied an A4 sized yellow envelope. Dumping the rest on the kitchen table – who wants to read their bills at 4am – I opened the more interesting yellow envelope. First Class International from LA didn’t disappoint. Inside I found a signed copy of Daniel Ward’s new book Arpeggio Meditations for Ukulele.

The first thing that struck me was the title. Arpeggio Meditations for Ukulele sounded like my kind of book. It was playing simple arpeggios on the ukulele that awakened me to the beauty of the instrument and got me hooked. I was tempted to break out the ukulele and start playing through the pieces but that…

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Girl’s Voices from India

 

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I have written about Survivor Girl Ukulele Band several times here- These are girls in India, rescued from Human trafficking who are living in shelters and learning to play ukulele!  They have a very modest Kickstarter project right now.  Do not hesitate- SUPPORT THEM! A very small contribution will get you a copy or download. A larger donation will feel soooo goood! And- the music is LOVELY!!!! What are you waiting for? Click already!

FALL 2017: Festivals and Arpeggio Meditation release

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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.

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

Ciny Sanchez Dance

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.