Creating Music Together – Seven Days of Silence, Listening, Singing, Composing

Date: January 3, 2018

Creating Music Together
Seven days of silence, listening, singing, and composing
January 3-10, 2018
St. Mary’s Retreat House
Oxford, Michigan (near Detroit)

Join artists, actors, designers, programmers, accountants, and musicians for seven days of silence, listening, writing music, and singing each other’s inspirations in private performances. No prior training necessary.

I’ll be assisting in facilitating the retreat alongside Tony Geballe, Dev Ray, Frank Sheldon, and Craig Shepard. Each of them draws from experience teaching Alexander Technique, participating in and organizing Guitar Craft and Guitar Circle Courses, and creating as part of groups in Wandelweiser, and the theater group La Compagnia de’ Colombari.

Fee: $850 includes all meals and a single room with shared bathroom.

We believe that everyone has the capacity to hear new music and bring it into this world. Through working in groups, each of us gains support and experience listening to internal inspiration, and communicating that inspiration to others. Experienced musicians challenge their own internal critics, and gain tools to work through creative blocks. Beginning musicians gain support and basic tools to write and share their own music.
UPDATE: we’ve received the minimum number of applications; this is definitely happening. We can still accept a few more participants.

“This introspective yet social workshop helped me explore the power of individuals’ intuitions of what to create and how to proceed as a driver of creativity and collaboration.” – Jonathan Marmor, Engineering Manager, Spotify

“I found the workshop to be low key but marvelously effective. Craig was successful in moving the group composition process forward without imposing any particular restrictions or directions upon it. Instead, he made it easy for the group members to bounce ideas off of each other, all the while emphasizing thoughfulness, coherence and imagination.” George Brandon, Ph.D., ISMP composer and integrative sound and music practitioner.

November 21, 2017

Popebama: Bodies as Technology – CPR Brooklyn

Date: December 10, 2017
Time: 8:00 pm

Bodies as Technology

Sunday, December 10, 8pm
CPR – Center for Performance Research
361 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

A robot improvises on bata drums and synths. A real and a ‘human’ cello play one another. Mobile colored lightbulbs choreograph a tiny electronic orchestra.

Six composer-performers present radical perspectives on the body as a form of technology. Works by Efraín Rozas / Viola Yip / Dennis Sullivan / Weston Olencki / Bethany Younge / Jenna Lyle

with Popebam (Erin Rogers/Dennis Sullivan) / Nina Dante / Laura Cocks / Eric Fernandez / Lester St. Louis

The first in a new series of curated events directed by composers Viola Yip and Julian Day. Come hang with us afterwards!
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December 3, 2017

Hypercube // Furman University // Greenville, SC

Date: December 5, 2017
Time: 8:00 pm

Hypercube will give a concert and masterclass for the students at Furman University in Greenville, SC.
Tues, Dec 5, 2017 8:00pm
Furman University
Greenville, SC

November 20, 2017

Clamor in Cleveland – Ogni Suono Sax Voce

Date: December 3, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm

Ogni Suono’s program features new works exploring the wide-ranging ways of synthesizing saxophone and voice by Christopher Dietz, Kate Soper, Erin Rogers, Zach Sheets, and Dave Reminick. From haunting whispers to nonsensical shouts, each composer uniquely integrates the human voice.

Sunday with the Friends, 2:00pm
Main Library Auditorium
Lakewood Public Library
15425 Detroit Ave. in Cleveland

The event is FREE and open to the public!

December 3, 2017

Popebama, Brandon Lopez, Nina Dante – Live Improv @Pete’s Candy Store

Date: December 1, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm

We’re playing a live drawing session, it’s open to the public!

Fri, Dec 1 @6:30pm
Pete’s Candy Store
709 Lorimer St
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Popebama joins Brandon Lopez and Nina Dante THIS FRIDAY, starting at 6/6:30p for a life drawing session curated by Amy Garapic of TIGUE. The quartet will play an improvised music set accompanied by contemporary dance superstar Fiona Lundie. At 7:45p the music continues with PRIMA.

Participation is up to you. Drawing is not required, but greatly encouraged. The music & company will be bonkers regardless.

6p- Come mingle, grab a drink, a seat, & set up
6:30-745p – Draw or just enjoy as Nina, Brandon, Dennis, Erin & Fiona mesmerize your eyes & ears.
745-845p – PRIMA will perform. Keep drawing if you like.

December 3, 2017