Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Admission: $20

  • Saskia Tomkins - nyckelharpa, viola, violin
  • Brandon Scott Besharah - acoustic fingerstyle guitar, hurdy gurdy, saxophone, clarinet, banjo

This Combined Workshop begins with an example of ensemble playing and advice on how to support melody, create space using dynamics, improvisation and understanding how to get the most out of your ensemble playing.

Saskia's Workshop: Violinists often find it hard to leave the written music behind. This workshop will focus on trusting your ears and using your knowledge to open the door to improvisation. Irish fiddle – Irish ornamentation, bowing, lilt, and how to make a tune sound more Irish will be addressed. Saskia will also spend some time as a fiddle technique doctor. Bring your woes and struggles and she will look at how to solve them with you.

Brandon's Workshop: This workshop will focus on the guitar tuned in DADGAD and it’s application in traditional, and non traditional music. Right hand fingerstyle technique, rhythmic concepts and Harmonic substitution will be discussed. A basic understanding of guitar is essential. Gear-talk and advice, of course, is a must.

Brandon has studied advanced acoustic guitar technique in France under Pierre Bensusan, and with Canadian guitarist Don Ross for two years. He also studied jazz saxophone privately under Kirk MacDonald and jazz theory under New York based musician Barry Harris.

Saskia was born in the United Kingdom and has 15 years of classical training from top UK teachers. She is a UK and Mid Atlantic Irish fiddle champion and has a B.A.Hons in jazz and popular music.

2ish will also be performing a concert on Saturday, September 22, 2012.

For tickets, call 613-729-0693 or drop into GigSpace Monday through Thursday between 3 and 9 p.m. Tickets also available at the door one hour before the concert.

GigSpace (in Alcorn Music Studios)
953 Gladstone Ave. @ Loretta (Little Italy area, one block west of Preston Street)