For four days this July, Vermont will host players from all over the world for an intense celebration of non-classical styles, techniques, and contemporary practice methods. The daily schedule will include lots of good food, conversation, jam sessions, classes, and performances.
This year the emphasis is on Gypsy Jazz and Brazilian instrumental music - both GREAT repertoires for classically-trained players to begin to understand new styles and improvisational concepts.
Jason Anick, violinist and mandolinist with the acclaimed "Rhythm Future Quartet," is on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and is very active on the international concert circuit. Jason is a classically-trained player who has found his way into improvised styles and knows how to communicate this innovative pathway.
Eugene Friesen will focus on Brazilian music and ways to make your playing an indispensable creative voice in contemporary ensembles. Eugene will share his approach to playing and accompanying in a variety of jazz and Brazilian styles.
You will learn to craft bass lines, understand harmony, take a solo, and play a melody with authentic style.
"The inspiration from camp has stayed with me, and I have even discovered a new part of myself that had been suppressed for a long time. The workshop was the perfect environment for me to discover, be supported, and to explore my uninhibited musical personality. It has changed my life forever. THANK YOU!!!"
-- Cindi Kornhaus, New Jersey
"Eugene ... thank you so much for sharing your phenomenal artistry! I think all of the workshop participants came away with new and renewed spirits and affection for our instruments and for pursuing our own voices. Brilliant modeling, great practice tools, strong guidance and encouragement for personal reflection, helpful feedback ... WOW!"
-- Beth Youngblood, Montana
One of the youngest violin professors at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Jason Anick is considered “a rising star in the world of jazz violin and mandolin” (Downbeat Magazine). In addition to leading his own contemporary jazz ensemble and performing with the Rhythm Future Quartet, Anick has been touring and recording with Grammy award-winning Nashville guitar virtuoso John Jorgenson since 2008 when he was recruited while still a senior at the Hartt Conservatory.
Over the past year, Jason has been focusing on arranging and composing for the Rhythm Future Quartet, which he started with Finnish guitarist Olli Soikkeli. With performances all over the U.S. and Europe, the Rhythm Future Quartet is rapidly becoming one of the preeminent Gypsy jazz groups in the country.
A versatile musician and sought after side-man, Anick has also shared the stage with an array of artists like Stevie Wonder, Tommy Emmanuel, The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, John Sebastian, Delta Rae, and Girls, Guns and Glory. With performances all over the world from China, Europe, and Japan and renowned venues like the Montreal Jazz Festival, Blue Note, Scullers Jazz Club, Yoshi's Jazz Club, Iridium, TD Garden, Regattabar, NPR, and The Late Night Show, Jason has proven himself to be a leader in the ever-growing contemporary string world.
Four-time Grammy winner Eugene Friesen is active internationally as a cellist, composer, conductor and teacher. He has worked and recorded with such diverse artists as Dave Brubeck, Toots Thielemans, Betty Buckley, Will Ackerman, Joe Lovano and Dream Theater, and has been featured in concerts all over the world with the Paul Winter Consort, with Trio Globo (Friesen, Howard Levy and Glen Velez), and in his popular CelloMan performances for children and families.
A pioneer in the teaching of improvisation to classically trained musicians, Eugene has led workshops throughout North America and around the world. His book, Improvisation for Classically Trained Musicians (Berklee Press) was published in 2012.
Eugene’s newest CDs are: Colorful Transitions, a collection of jazz, Brazilian and originals with Lyle Lovett’s pianist Tim Ray; Trio Globo’s Steering By the Stars; and Love Songs of the Americas, a collection of songs in Spanish, Portuguese and English featuring Mexican vocalist Mili Bermejo and the Berklee World Strings.
He is an artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, and on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. More information on Eugene can be found at: www.eugenefriesenmusic.com.