traditional music ensemble
In 2015-2016 I launched a new new regular program, the Traditional Music Ensemble, nicknamed the "Trad Ensemble" or "Trad Class", at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts. This program offers instrumentalists from age 13 to adult the opportunity to learn a wide variety of tunes from various cultures, engage in session playing, and take favourite tunes to the stage as a trad band, learning aural and arranging skills along the way. It also features many guest instructors from the Halifax trad scene. This has included Wendy MacIsaac (Cape Breton), Gina Burgess (klezmer), Anthony Rissesco (Irish, Old time, etc.), Kirsty Money (Swedish nyckelharpa), Adrianne Greenbaum (klezmer), Jeremy Finney (Irish), Ellen Gibling and Alys Howe (harp), Saeed Foroughi (Persian), Darren McMullen (of Còig) and more. We made a music video in collaboration with the Vivid Vocal Ensemble in Nov. 2017 for the CBC Music Class Challenge. We hosted exciting open workshops with Kevin Crawford and Lewis MacKinnon in the winter of 2018 and staged a full-length fundraising concert in March with Papilio.
We play at the Maritime Conservatory, the Halifax Central Library, the Halifax Public Gardens, Northwood Terrace, and other venues. Two of our members are Boxwood Festival scholarship winners: Alistair Maksym (2017) and Piper Doak-O'Neil (2018). In Sept. 2018 we welcome Anthony Rissesco on board as co-director and in-house fiddle coach, as well as a new roster of guests.
Nov. 18, 2018, 3:30pm: Performance in Senior General Recital at Maritime Conservatory.