Events

PhiloSonia rounds out their “Voyage” season with a musical road trip across America!

The program is as follows:

John Adams – “Road Movies” for Violin and Piano
Amy Beach – String Quartet op. 89
Jessica Meyer – “Getting Home (I  must be..)” for String Quintet
Libby Larsen – Four on the Floor for Violin, Cello, Bass, and  Piano
A. Dvorak – String Quartet Op. 96, “American”

Performers include Stanichka Dimitrova & Igor Pikayzen on violin; Chieh-Fan Yiu on viola; Michael Katz on cello; Try Rinker on bass; Nana Shi on piano

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This acoustic instrumental meet-up focuses on tunes in the following traditions: Irish, English, New England Old Time, French Canadian, American Southern, and maybe even Scandinavian. Songs are typically suitable for contra dancing or other traditional fiddle tunes. This group is intended for folks interested in playing tunes with other musicians, learning to play by ear, and overall increasing their own musical skill. It’s fun and welcoming to all ages and levels of playing. While we won’t play from sheet music, you can certainly use this as a reference on your own!

What do you mean by SLOW JAM? All acoustic instruments (e.g., fiddle, mandolin, guitar, cello, etc.) are welcome and the typical format is that we sit in a circle (or circle-ish, depending on the space) and take turns suggesting/leading a song. The songs will typically follow the AABB format (two “A” parts followed by two “B” parts) and we will simply play it over many repeats and if you know it, great (!), but if you don’t, you try to figure it out as we go along, maybe picking up a few notes here and there. We’ll play tunes at a slow to moderate speed so that they are accessible to a variety of levels.

It’s fun and can be challenging, but is a great way to improve your playing. You don’t have to be a great player, play in tune, or know the songs to give it a shot. If you want to suggest a song, you should either know the song well enough to play it on repeat or we can see if anyone else does!

Sign up here!

This acoustic instrumental meet-up focuses on tunes in the following traditions: Irish, English, New England Old Time, French Canadian, American Southern, and maybe even Scandinavian. Songs are typically suitable for contra dancing or other traditional fiddle tunes. This group is intended to provide a musical home for folks interested in playing tunes with other musicians, learning to play by ear, and overall increasing their own musical skill. It’s fun and welcoming to all ages and levels of playing. While we won’t play from sheet music, you can certainly use this as a reference on your own!

What do you mean by SLOW JAM? All acoustic instruments (e.g., fiddle, mandolin, guitar, cello, etc.) are welcome and the typical format is that we sit in a circle (or circle-ish, depending on the space) and take turns suggesting/leading a song. The songs will typically follow the AABB format (two “A” parts followed by two “B” parts) and we will simply play it over many repeats and if you know it, great (!), but if you don’t, you try to figure it out as we go along, maybe picking up a few notes here and there. We’ll play tunes at a slow to moderate speed so that they are accessible to a variety of levels.

It’s fun and can be challenging, but is a great way to improve your playing. You don’t have to be a great player, play in tune, or know the songs to give it a shot. If you want to suggest a song, you should either know the song well enough to play it on repeat or we can see if anyone else does!

Sign up here!

Jan Christensen is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist known for his maritime music. Join us on February 2 at 4 pm to hear a mix of sea shanties and original songs!

Christensen’s music celebrates the water ways of New York City, he is a member of The Hudson River Sloop Singers, The New York Packet, and leads the monthly William Main Doerflinger Memorial Sea Shanty Sessions at the Noble Maritime Collection, Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island.

Tickets are $10 at the door.