Peter Maund's music classes

by Mark Middlebrook

Peter Maund is a superb percussionist who plays everything from medieval and Renaissance music to modern Celtic and other folk music. He has recorded with the early music group Ensemble Alcatraz and with Alasdair Fraser's band Skydance, among others. He's also an excellent, patient, and fun-loving teacher.

Future medieval ensemble workshops: Summer 2000?

The winter / early spring 2000 medieval ensemble workshop was a resounding success, so we might host another one. Send e-mail to Peter if you're interested in participating.

Medieval ensemble workshop: Cantigas de Santa Marķa

Sponsored by Team Rioja: "We're serious...about having fun."

The first workshop is over, as is the informal concert at Diesel bookstore on Saturday afternoon 22-Apr-2000, but we plan to do more. See the previous section.

When: Six Sunday evenings 7:00-8:30 PM:
05-Mar-2000 through 09-Apr-2000

Where: At the home of Mark Middlebrook and Cheryl Koehler (near the Rockridge BART station):
435 Clifton Street
Oakland, CA
510-547-0602 (Mark)

How much: $90 for all six classes, payable in full at the first session.

Illumination from Greg Lindahl's Cantigas Web pages.

This six-week class will focus on the Cantigas de Santa Marķa from the 13th century Spanish codex of King Alfonso X ("El Sabio"). Peter will bring a variety of cantigas, dances, and other monophonic pieces for us to play and explore. The emphasis will be on improvisation and building arrangements based on the skills, interests, and ideas of the musicians present.

All instrumentalists with an interest in medieval music are welcome. Vocalists are welcome as well, but be aware that there will be a lot of instrumental music happening. You should be able to play or sing simple melodies from modern notation and be unafraid to experiment and make mistakes. If there's sufficient interest, the class ensemble will do an informal public performance at the conclusion of the six-week session.

Refreshments will be provided at each class.

Send e-mail to Peter if you'd like more information or want to sign up for the class.

Thanks to the San Francisco Early Music Society for helping to publicize this class.

Percussion classes

Peter plays and teaches Arabic-style percussion using several kinds of hand drums, including the frame drum, dumbek, and tambourine. Arabic percussion is a centuries-old tradition involving various rhythmic "modes" and ways of striking the drum with your fingers and hands. The techniques that Peter teaches are applicable to a wide variety of music ancient and modern.

Peter doesn't currently have any percussion classes scheduled. Send e-mail to Peter if you're interested.

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