Thursday, February 13, 2014

Making music at the fiddle jam at Woodlawn Community Center

On a cold day in February with snow predicted, joyful music and new friends were made. It was a treat to share the RI Fiddle Project teaching style with folks from the larger fiddling community at the Woodlawn Community Center in Pawtucket, home for the RIFP. Two students, Meveline and Carl, played their fiddles in their first community jam. They had fun hearing the transformation of familiar tunes, and were able to use their skills to figure out how to jump into tunes they had never heard before.

Meveline said that the day was better than she expected. She didn't imagine that she would know the tunes that would be played, or be able to play along. When asked how she felt about the day.... she said it made her happy! She also really liked the French Roast concert, and thought that the musicians played really well. 

Thank you to George Touchstone for the photos.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Big Jam

Many thanks to graphic designer Nicky Nicktern, for her generous and awesome in-kind 
design donations (see above) to RI Fiddle Project!

We would also like to thank Joan Webb for her photography of our December Fiddling Celebration, posted here last week!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

News about generous support for Fiddle Project

RI Fiddle Project has received continuing generous support over the past few months from both individuals and foundations.

Starting with our most recent news,

1. Rhode Island Fiddle Project is the recipient of a large grant from the Jubilation Foundation, which is part of the Tides Foundation.  This is the second time RI Fiddle Project has been chosen as a recipient by this foundation with a uniquely focussed mission to bring forth joy and well-being through music and movement!

2. We are delighted to announce that RI Fiddle Project is a third time recipient of a grant from the D’Addario Music Foundation.  D'Addario Music Foundation will also be providing in-kind support to the Project of strings and music notebooks.

3. The Carter Family Charitable Trust, in its focus on cultural and educational needs for children, has continued to be a lead supporter in funding the work of Fiddlers-in-Residence at RI Fiddle Project.
Rachel got to hear Letitia Carter speak at a YWCA event where Mrs. Carter was honored for her work as a 2013 "Woman of Achievement" award winner. Her advice for young women is posted here.  

4. In the fall of 2013, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts supported RI Fiddle Project with a matching grant through Woodlawn CDC.

5.  And because RI Fiddle Project is based at Woodlawn CDC, our students are also benefitting this year from the hearty food of RI Food Bank's Kids Cafe before our weekly group fiddle classes.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Cedric Watson, Bijou Creole, and us!

After just barely getting started for the school year, we were invited by Kate Vivian and the Friends of The Towers in Narragansett, RI to a concert by Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole. Cedric is a Creole musician who has been traveling the world playing fiddle, accordion and singing with his band. I first met him when he was 17 and a scholarship student at the Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia, where I was teaching Cajun fiddle-from-scratch. It was a treat to be able to connect with him with our students.

Kate welcomed us with pizza and we were fortunate to have a beautiful view of the sunset over the bay, from the balcony on the Towers. 

That's Cedric, on the right!

The concert/dance was fabulous. We had a great time dancing, and even got to play our fiddles on stage with Cedric and Desiree.  Cedric invited us to come back and play next time he's in town. Pauline, and Cochon were the tunes that students requested to come home and learn. What a great way to start of the year!!

-Michelle Kaminsky, Fiddler-in-Residence

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The start of our 5th year!

It's registration day for the 5th year at the Fiddle Project! All of our students from last year are returning, and excited for the new things that they will be learning about music this year.
Here are a few quotes and wishes for this coming semester:

"I can't wait. FIDDLE is Great! and so are the teachers. (wants to learn "Battle of Waterloo".

"new songs; technique, and vibrato"

"would like to learn some Christmas songs like "Silent Night" and "O Come All Ye Faithful"

"Jingle Bells, Felice Navidad"

"Joshua Fought the Battle" 

"higher notes"

"Pachelbel's  Canon"

"reading music"

Meveline couldn't wait to get her fiddle out, and remember her tunes from last year!

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Ash Grove...with harmonies!

Three RI Fiddle Project fiddlers playing together on The Ash Grove - a lovely waltz - at our June 6th, 2013 Fiddling Celebration.