5:30 - 7:00 PM The Art Of The Improvisor — Improvisation, the art of spontaneous composition, is the heart and soul of jazz, and understanding its core principles will allow players of any level to step up and play a solo at their next jam session. This workshop will focus on the use of scales, arpeggios, dynamics, and several other essential tenants of creative improvisation. Players will be provided with the opportunity to implement these devices on common song forms, including a 12-Bar Blues (i.e. "Kansas City" or "C Jam Blues") and a 32-Bar Standards (i.e. "I Got Rhythm" or "All Of Me").
7:30 - 9:00 PM Fingerstyle Uke, Global Rhythms — This crash-course in fingerstyle ukulele utilizes traditional rhythms from around the world to teach various right-hand fingerstyle techniques. The Congolese Rhumba, Cubans Son, and Brazilian Bossa Nova are guaranteed to lift you out of your strumming rut.
Three days of workshops, concerts, and more on the campus of Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan. Paul will be teaching four workshops: Beginning Chord Melodies, Chord Melodies for the Vocally Challenged, Uke 'N The Blues: Blues Basics, and The Music of Miles Davis. More info online at www.midwestukecamp.com.
SAT 10:45 AM – WORKSHOP – Playing The Changes (Part 1)
SAT 2:00 PM – WORKSHOP – Chord Melodies (Part 1)
SAT 4:45 PM – MASTER CLASS Q&A
SAT 8:00 PM – CONCERT
SUN 10:45 AM – WORKSHOP – Playing The Changes (Part 2)
SUN 2:00 PM – WORKSHOP – Chord Melodies (Part 2)
More info online at www.ashokan.org.
The 2016 Denver Uke Fest, presented by Swallow Hill Music. The Friday night concert (5/13) will feature Daniel Ho, Julia Nunes, and Milk Blossoms; the Saturday night concert (5/14) will feature James Hill, Del Rey, and Paul Hemmings. Music of Miles Davis workshop (5/14) will feature techniques and compositions from the album Kind of Blue arranged for ukulele.
Friday, August 14, 2015
7:30 PM: Gold Pan Ukulele Festival Concert at the State Theater in Auburn, CA
Paul Hemmings (ukulele), Buca Necak (bass), Andrew Enberg (drums)
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Workshops at the Canyon View Community Center.
10:00-11:30 AM: The Music of Miles Davis
1:15-2:45 PM: Art of the Improvisor - Playing the Changes
Tuesday, July 14 & Thursday, July 16, 2015
7:30 PM: Blues & Swing Week Instructor Concerts
Paul Hemmings (ukulele), Jason Anick (violin), Kathy Reitz (bass). Wes Crawford (drums), Robert Redd (piano)
Plus many other performers...
Monday, July 13 - Friday, July 17, 2015
Workshops at Halliehurst Hall
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Improvising on the Ukulele
3:00 - 4:30 PM: Augusta Ukulele Orchestra