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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Willie and Lobo

“One Willie and Lobo concert in the old tent with a wild rainstorm coming down. The sound of the rain hitting the canvas became part of the concert sound and the whole musical experience was magical.”

Willie and Lobo performed at Strings Music Festival in 2007, 2000, and 1998, among others. Check out this year’s 2012 Different Tempo Series. Tickets on sale now!

Posted on May 18, 2012
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Humans are creatures of habit. So much so that many wake up at the same time every day, even without the aid of an alarm clock. This is due to the biological clock, which exists for nearly all living organisms.

Similar to humans waking with sunrise and sleeping after sunset, the biological clocks of plants determine when their flowers open or when their leaves grow. Some plants are so regular with their cycles that they were used to tell time. “According to Chinese lore, two trees grew at the Emperor’s Court. One tree produced a new leaf every day for fifteen days as the moon waxed, and then it shed one leaf every day for fifteen days, as the moon waned. In this way the months were measured. On the other side of the garden was a tree that produced leaves every month for six months, and then shed leaves every month for six months. And so, the passage of years were counted.”

Thus the notion of a flower clock was conceived. A flower clock is any arrangement of plants that have opening times associated with specific times of the day. Just as flowers can be set to time, music can also be set to time. The musical clock is a timepiece that plays a tune at set intervals throughout the day. Composers such as Beethoven even wrote pieces specifically to be played only on a musical clock.

Perhaps the most famous flower/music clock arrangement is “L’Horloge de Flore,” written by French composer Jean Françaix.” This seven movement oboe concerto pays tribute to seven different flowers that bloom at various times throughout the day – Poisonberry at 3am, Blue Catananche at 5am, Torch Thistle at 10am, Malabar Jasmine at 12pm, Deadly Nightshade at 5pm, Mourning Geranium at 7pm, and Night Flowering Catchfly at 9pm.

Today we find that some people have musical clocks that correspond with their biological clocks. In other words, certain music seems to resonate more with people at different times of day. The best example from my own life is when I was in high school. I drove to school at 6:45am every morning and most of the time I was barely awake. When the sun wasn’t even up yet, I needed something soothing to ease me into the day. Therefore I only listened to classical music on the drive to school. But in the afternoon, it was a whole different story. After school I was full of energy and wanted music that I could sing to. On the way home I always turned to the pop station to belt out the latest Britney or ‘N Sync hit. But before I shut off the car I made sure the radio was set back to the classical station so I was ready for the next morning.

What musical clock examples do you have from your life?

Posted on May 15, 2012
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My favorite memory of Strings is…
Simon Boyar – 2011
 
“Watching all of the elementary kids bursting with energy, hands flying in the air hoping they will be one of the lucky ones to get picked by Simon Boyer to ask him a question, usually what his favorite band is or if he can play the Super Mario Brothers Theme!” –Summer Johnston
 
 
Simon Boyar was the Strings School Days featured musician in 2010 and 2011. The 2012 Strings School Days program concludes tonight with a free concert by Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) at the Strings Music Pavilion. Tickets will be available starting at 6:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm and the concert starts at 7:00pm. No advanced ticket reservations.
Posted on May 11, 2012
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Strings School Days Field Trip 2011

This week, the youth music education outreach program Strings School Days returns to Northwest Colorado. Leading this two-year cycle is violinist, educator, and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR). During his time here, he will meet students from 11 schools at classroom visits and field trips.

Roumain will also work closely with music students, leading interactive sessions where students will experience music and instruments in new ways. Some of his musical experiments include manipulating tempos, walking while playing, and decomposing scores. Above all, Roumain strives to show students that they can be composers simply by making a few small changes. He empowers the students to take control of their music.

All Strings School Days events are free and open to the public. Check out the schedule below for details on when you can see DBR.

Strings School Days Schedule
Classroom Visits – Steamboat Springs, Oak Creek, Hayden, Craig
Monday, May 7
8:25-9:55am: Steamboat Springs High School (Concert Band)
10:45-11:30am: Steamboat Springs Middle School (8th Grade Band)
12:45-1:30pm: Christian Heritage School
2:45-3:30pm: Soroco High School and Middle School

Tuesday, May 8
8:25-9:55am: Steamboat Springs High School (Jazz Band)
1:50-3:20pm Steamboat Springs Middle School (7th Grade Band)

Wednesday, May 9
8:15-9:00am: Moffat County High School
10:00-10:45am: Hayden High School
1:45-2:35pm: Lowell Whiteman Primary School

Field Trips – Strings Music Pavilion
Thursday, May 10
10:15-11:00am: Strawberry Park, Soda Creek, and South Routt
1:00-1:45pm: Strawberry Park and Soda Creek Elementary Schools

Friday, May 11
10:00-10:45am: Steamboat Springs Middle and High Schools

Free Concert – Strings Music Pavilion
Friday, May 11 at 7:00pm
Tickets will be available Friday evening outside the Pavilion starting at 6:00pm and the doors open at 6:30pm. There are no advance ticket reservations.

Did you know that it costs $20 for one student to complete the two-year Strings School Days program? However, thanks to our generous supporters, all students and schools participate for absolutely no cost. To keep bringing music education programs to our youth, the Guild of Strings Music Festival is hosting the Light Up the Night Fundraiser. They will be accepting donations at DBR’s free community concert on May 11. Please consider sponsoring a student for one or two years with a $10 or $20 donation.

Posted on May 7, 2012
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My favorite memory of Strings is…

Alpin Hong – 2009

“Alpin Hong’s infectious love of music and Steamboat and Strings and his gracious manners as he visited with us.”
“Alpin Hong is a bright ray of sunshine wherever he appears!”
“Coming here when I was very young and being chosen to play on the stage with Alpin Hong. I love Steamboat.”

Alpin Hong was the Strings School Days featured musician in 2008 and 2009. Strings School Days returns next week May 7-11, 2012. Please join us for a free concert with Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) on May 11th at the Strings Music Pavilion. Tickets will be available starting at 6:00pm on May 11. Doors open at 6:30pm and the concert starts at 7:00pm. No advanced ticket reservations.

Posted on May 4, 2012
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“From rock clubs to symphony halls, the composer, musician, and performer Daniel Bernard Roumain seems unstoppable.”  -New York Sun

Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)

Before Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) was a nationally known violinist performing with Lady Gaga and Philip Glass, he started out as most of us do. Just trying to figure out who we are. While many musicians conform to set genre lines and follow the rules for their specific instrument, Roumain did the opposite. “What I set out to do was make the violin more reflective of who I am, and what I’m into,” Roumain told NPR 

Along the way he asked himself more questions: “Where does blackness come into play in the violin – and more than that, where does hip-hop come in?” The answers are in the music. So if you thought that the classical violin could never touch hip-hop, dance, and African rhythms, you’re about to be proven wrong.

Besides erasing genre lines, Roumain also challenges the inherent qualities of the violin. The violin is classified as a stringed instrument, where sound is generated from the vibration of strings across a soundboard or soundbox. But Roumain proves that the violin can also be a percussion instrument, where sound is generated by striking one object against another.

In the above video, Roumain states, “I feel it’s my responsibility and obligation to get out into the schools and talk about music.” The next schools Roumain will visit are those in Northwest Colorado. Roumain will act as Strings Music Festival’s Artist-in-Residence for the Strings School Days program through May of 2013. Next week, Roumain will visit schools in Steamboat Springs, Hayden, Oak Creek, and Craig and conduct field trips at the Strings Music Pavilion. During his time here he will meet students, introduce his unique approach to music, and guide music ensembles through a new learning process.

Live Music in Steamboat
Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) will perform a Free Concert at the Strings Music Pavilion on Friday, May 11th at 7:00pm. Tickets will be available Friday evening outside the Pavilion starting at 6:00pm and the doors open at 6:30pm. There are no advance ticket reservations.

Strings School Days Field Trips
Thurs, 5/10 – 10:15-11:00am: Strawberry Park, Soda Creek, and South Routt
Thurs, 5/10 – 1:00-1:45pm: Strawberry Park and Soda Creek Elementary Schools
Fri, 5/11 – 10:00-10:45am: Steamboat Springs Middle and High Schools

All field trips are held at the Strings Music Pavilion and are free and open to the public.

Posted on May 2, 2012
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