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Maggie Sansone & Marya Katz presents…
For All Maggie's Music Artists Performance Schedules, click on the Calendar Link below.
Join Jody on the last Sunday of each month as she plays for the Celtic Communion service at Trinity United Methodist Church in McLean, Va. This meditative service is a relaxing way to end the busy weekend and get in a peaceful state of mind for the coming week. Service starts at 6:00 p.m. and is held in the chapel at Trinity Methodist, located at 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd. in McLean. All are welcome!
Upcoming services are on April 26 and May 31. Information: http://www.umtrinity.org/#/services-events/celtic-service
On April 19, Jody and fiddler Andrea Hoag will provide music for the "Of the Land and Seasons" services at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church, Va. Music for these services is based on traditional Appalachian melodies. Services are at 8:45 and 11:15 a.m.
May 16 ( Saturday)..M&M 3rd Annual Destination Dulcimer: A hammered dulcimer workshop in Annapolis, Maryland! Join hammered dulcimer musicians Maggie & Marya for an afternoon of hammered dulcimer workshops and M&M Mini-concert. This is the 3rd annual M&M Destination Dulcimer event and the first time hosted in Maryland. Maggie Sansone is well known for her hammered dulcimer recordings, concert performances and Maggie’s Music record label; Marya Katz performs with "Simple Gifts of the Blue Ridge" based in Blacksburg, VA. Both Maggie and Marya have been featured teachers and performers at numerous hammered dulcimer workshops and events. About the musicians: www.maggiesmusic.com orwww.dulcimations.com
TIME: 11:30 – 3:30 ( includes 3 hours of workshop and mini concert. Arrival time: 11:00 am: drop off instrument. Equipment and park, then tune, meet and greet.
Level: This workshop is open to advanced- beginners to intermediate levels. Handouts will include a variety of levels from basic melody and back up chords to arrangement and variations ideas. Music stand and recording device is recommended.( please, no video). Upon request, the basic tune can be emailed in advance as a PDF.
Location: West Annapolis, 5 minutes from Downtown Annapolis, MD. Workshop will be in large living room of a private house.( address, directions, parking information will be sent at time of registration). Space is limited to 12-15 participants.
11: 00: load in/ tune up/ meet and greet.. (pull up to the house and drop off your instrument and equipment, then park ( free parking in the neighborhood).
11:30-1:00- workshop #1
1:00- 1:30- little snack n’ stretch break. (brown bag your lunch )or 5 min. walk to local deli.
1:30-3:00- workshop #2
Workshop registration: Maggie’s Music Office: 10-3 ( mon, tue, thurs) or leave message. (if needed: cell phone: 410-703-8968).
Question: For any questions about the workshops, music that will be taught, your level of playing for this workshop. Etc.., contact:email@example.com
PAYMENT: $45, pay in advance (Check payable to: Maggie’s Music, Inc., PO BOX 490, Shady Side, MD 20764; credit card (MasterCard and Visa) accepted- do email office or mail payment. $50 at door
Spring has sprung and I am finally getting back to group classes - although only for April and May.
Workshops cost $55 for the day in advance, $60 the day of, $30 for half a day.
Advanced Registration required. Contact Karen by email or phone.
Sat, April 18 - Springtime in Paris!
We will feel like we are sitting in a Parisian Cafe while playing Sous le Ciel de Paris (Under Paris Skies) -- our serious Chordal Spring Cleaning - reviewing most of the common major and minor chords we use (Am, A, Dm, D, Em, E, C) plus a few major 7th and minor 7th chords for good measure! The tune itself is quite simple, with notes held for a couple measures, giving us time to nice 2 octave arpeggio fills.
Here's a link of me playing it solo at the World Cimbalom Conference in Taipei, Taiwan, October 2013.
Registrants should learn (or be able to read) the basic melody in advance. Recommended: review their basic minor and minor chords.
*10 am-noon starting with serious chord drills and accompaniment patterns
vegetarian potluck lunch break
*1:00-2:30 pm covering arrangement
Sat, May 9th Irish Dance tunes - ornamentation and accompaniment
No need to learn the tunes in advance. I'll teach them at the workshop! I will post sound and pdf files of the music in advance though.
*10 am-noon The Night Poor Larry Was Stretched, a lively slip jig (9/8) in Em.
vegetarian potluck lunch break
*1:00-2:30 pm Peacock's Feather - a pretty hornpipe in D
May 23, Sat, 7:30 pm, I am having a special preview/presentation of the music for my upcoming solo hammered dulcimer recording of music for relaxation, "Starry, Starry". This will be an informal evening with refreshments. I will play through the music (about 50 minutes) for the new recording and encourage feedback after the performance. the music is primarily international lullabies, designed to help you slow down and focus. This is one performance where it is OK to fall asleep! I'll have a printed program but will not talk once I start the playing. I record in July and I am looking for feedback. This is a chance to get in your 2¢! Donations are optional but for every $20 you will receive a free CD with shipping when the recording comes out late autumn. Reserve a spot by emailing me. It will be at my house, so space is limited.
I will have classes in my home in Silver Spring, MD.
Saturdays April 18 and May 9.
Topics TBA, although one of those will be a serious chord work out with the classic French cafe waltz "Sous le Ciel de Paris" (Under Paris Skies) on my new CD "KA/PO in Concert."
No group class in June. July and August we'll see if anyone is around!
So you will be hearing again from me with details for April and May classes.
On Sunday, April 12, my son Brad and I will join with Alex LacQuement and Genticorum in an intimate concert of old-time and Quebecois music at the Stony Run Friends Meeting House. Genticorum is a fantastic trio from Canada featuring fiddler Pascal Gemme, flutist Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand, and guitar Yann Falquet. These folks are among the best performers of traditional French-Canadian music. I had a chance to play with the group a few years back. We will no doubt play all together! Click HERE for tickets and more info. See Genticorum here Genticorum on youtube. See Genticorum with Ken, Laura Risk and Keiran Ken playing with Genticorum, Laura Risk, Keiran Jordan
Sat, May 16, 2015: Bethesda,
Fri, Aug 28, 2015: Alexandria,
Ken & Brad with Alex Lacquement in Concert, Grist Mill Park, 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Highway, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Hello dulcimer players,
I wanted to let you know about a couple of festivals and workshops that I am doing in the coming year. I am doing quite a bit less teaching festivals than usual but I hope to see you out there!
In April, I again will hold The Fourth Annual Watkins Glen Hammered Dulcimer Retreat geared to intermediate players (but all levels welcome). For the 11th year in late May, I return to Monee, IL for an all-day workshop for intermediate/advanced players. I will be teaching fiddle and hammered dulcimer for a full week at Common Ground on the Hill in Westminster, MD (July 5-11). My son and a large staff will be joining me. I will be teaching/performing at The Gateway Dulcimer Festival in IL early August. And once again, I will hold my Sandbridge weeks. We had 54 players from 23 states (plus Canada and Russia) attend last year. The 11th Annual Sandbridge Dulcimer Retreats will run consecutively in late September and early October. Contact me now if you are interested – the weeks do fill up.
See www.kenkolodner.com for more concerts etc.
Sep 20-26, 2015: Sandbridge, VA
WEEK #1 The 11th Annual Sandbridge Hammered
Dulcimer Retreat. A private weeklong workshop primarily for intermediate
level players in Sandbridge Beach, VA. Maximum of 18 players per week. Last
year, we had 54 players from 23 states (and Canada, Russia) attend over the
three weeks. The environment is super relaxed and supportive. The workshops are
held in a very large 12 bedroom beach house overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in
the very quiet town of Sandbridge, which is a few miles south of Virginia Beach,
VA. Participants stay either in very nice private or shared rooms (mostly
private) in either the main house or in a nearby five bedroom house. Lots of
seafood, instruction, jamming, dolphins, hot-tub, pool, beach and fun! Ken
approves all participants. Spouses/guests welcome. Contact Ken at 410-746-8387,
firstname.lastname@example.org For full details,
From: Karen Ashbrook <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, Aug 10, 2014 at 9:59 PM
Subject: Hammered Dulcimer in Ireland 2015!
To: Hdlist@hammered-dulcimers.org, Karen Ashbrook <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I am organising another hammered dulcimer and plein air painting camp in Ireland with Jeanean Martin, June 11-20, 2015
We have an optional 3 days of siteseeing and painting in Doolin June 11-14 and then we'll go to Carna, County Galway on the Connemara Coast where we will have classes from June 14-20. (the classes are June 15-19). The hammered dulcimer class will of course be in Irish music! We'll be staying in the Carna Bay hotel, an elegant family run business with gourmet meals. There is a pub in the hotel plus a few more in town. Carna is the center of great sean nos singing, dancing and music in the Gaelic speaking part of Ireland.
Visit my website for more details at
or you can write me and I'll email you a flyer.