2014 PLU Guitar Festival
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA
Elizabeth Brown & Stephen Howland, Directors
Pacific Lutheran University is pleased to announce their fourth annual Guitar Festival, featuring PLU guitar faculty members Elizabeth CD Brown and Dr. Stephen Howland alongside guest faculty Eric Jaeger “El Comanche,” Matthew Anderson and Bill Clements. Designed for guitar enthusiasts of all levels, the PLU Guitar Festival will feature a full day of hands on workshops, concerts and a Guitar Listening Session. Festival participants will have the opportunity to perform with the Festival Guitar Orchestra, with music available in advance. All events take place at Pacific Lutheran University, in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center, with concerts held in the exquisite Lagerquist Concert Hall.
All-inclusive price: $60 (General), $40 (Senior) and $30 (Students, Grade 6+)
Thanks to the D’Addario Music Foundation festival participants will receive a set of guitar strings—first come, first served! Preferred registration deadline is February 21, 2014.
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Elizabeth CD Brown
A specialist in standard classical guitar as well as various early guitars and lutes, Elizabeth C. D. Brown is a very active performer throughout the Pacific Northwest, giving an average of 50 concerts a year. Highlights from recent seasons included solo lute and baroque guitar recitals at Early Music Festivals in Berkeley and Cleveland, performing as the soloist in Vivaldi's "Concerto in D," and a 10 performance run of Monteverdi's Ulysses in Seattle and San Francisco. She has performed in operas by Purcell, Blow, Paisiello, Rossini and Verdi, as well as all of Monteverdi's surviving operatic works. Elizabeth's first solo recording, La Folia de España: Dances for Guitar, features works for baroque, 19th century, and modern guitars, and has been praised for its "...apparently effortless ease." (Lute News, UK) She is also featured in the recording Dolce Desio as a member of the early music trio Le Nuove Musiche, and in the recording Navidad: Christmas in the New World with Seattle Pro Musica. She has just released her second solo recording, In Her Honor, which includes music from the Princess [Queen] Anne Guitarbook and the Elisabeth of Hesse Lutebook, as well as her own arrangements of works by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. An enthusiastic advocate for the guitar and lute, Elizabeth has given numerous outreach performances at schools, senior centers, and community centers for the Seattle Classic Guitar Society and the Early Music Guild, as well as by arrangement while on tour. She is head of the Guitar and Lute program at Pacific Lutheran University, has taught at Seattle Pacific University, and is on the faculty of the Accademia d'Amore (baroque opera workshop, Seattle). See her on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/ElizabethCDBrown or for more information visit: www.elizabethcdbrown.com
Stephen Howland is a native of Walla Walla, Washington. He has a diverse professional background, playing solo classical and flamenco guitar and performing in nightclub bands; jazz trios, combos, and big bands; and a wide variety of classical and early music ensembles. He has been a featured guitarist-composer in new music festivals and a visiting concert artist and clinician at universities, colleges, and guitar societies throughout the West. He has been featured on recordings as a jazz soloist with big band, classical and early music chamber musician, solo guitarist in various styles, and writer and studio guitarist for independent artists and bands, including the Seattle based band Motopony. Howland earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance from Arizona State University, Master of Music from ASU, and Bachelor of Music from the University of Idaho. He received the highest marks and many academic honors and awards, including a teaching assistantship at ASU, the Presser Award, and the Eleanor Mader Memorial String Award. Howland currently teaches both jazz and classical guitar at Pacific Lutheran University and the Rosewood Guitar in Seattle. He Performs Classical, solo Flamenco, and original Jazz with some of the best Jazz talent in the Seattle area, including Nate Omdal, Adam Kessler, Jason Parker, Courtney Fortune, among others. www.stephenhowland.com
Eric Jaeger "El Comanche"
A NW native, Eric has been a professional musician and teacher all his adult life. He lived and studied flamenco extensively in Andalucía, Spain. His education went much beyond the guitar as his most influential teacher Martín Chico of the famous gypsy flamenco family los Revuelos opened him to the world and life of a Gipsy flamenco artist, and studied intensively the accompaniment of dance and voice. Other teachers include Manuel de la Luz (Eva La Yerbabuena), Jesús Alvarez, Jose Manuel Tudela, and Antonio Rey. His hands on teaching style gives students the chance to learn the true essence of flamenco, while breaking down the technique and rhythm in a way that is easy to assimilate.
Eric works with his wife, the Barcelona born dancer/vocalist/guitarist, Encarnación; both as a duet and with their highly successfull ensemble “Flamenco de Raiz”, bringing top level flamenco artists directly from Spain such as Rafael de Utrera(of Paco de Lucia fame), Sergio Martinez, and many others. FDR released a live CD in 2010 from their sold out concerts at Kirkland Performance Center featuring Rafael.
Eric was the lead guitarist and co-founder/producer of the world music super group "Children of the Revolution", who fused flamenco, latin, middle-eastern and rock influences. COTR has produced 6 CDs to date, is featured on Putumayo's "Greece" and "Swing around the World" CDs. COTR packed theaters all over the Seattle area, including Meany Hall, the Paramount Theater, and Benaroya Hall, and The Triple Door as well as touring around the world in major festivals and theater series including headlining Quebec's prestigious "World Guitar festival" with Manuel Barrueco.
Eric returns to Spain every year with Encarnación to stay immersed in the art of flamenco, and more importantly, to live and breathe the flamenco culture with their friends and family in Sevilla and Barcelona.
Eric is proud to endorse D'Addario strings and Shubb capos.
Northwest native Matthew Anderson is a graduate from the Guitar Performance Program at Cornish College of the Arts. Matthew's concert experience includes solo, duo and ensemble performances. Soloist at St. James Cathedral 1997-2007, guitarist in the rock band The Endeavors 2007-2010, Matthew is currently combining his love of brazilian music and percussion in the group Cathedral of Trees which performs works by Egberto Gismonti, Paulo Bellinati, and Seattle composer Kevin Callahan. He premiered Callahan's The Fourth Stream in 2011. Since 1990, Matthew has enjoyed teaching at the Rosewood Guitar, where he pretty much lives, when he's not at home gardening, or, as you guessed it, practicing guitar!
Bill Clements is the owner of Seattle’s Rosewood Guitar store specializing in classical and flamenco guitars. He has served on the board of the Seattle Classic Guitar Society for over 20 years and is the founder of the Seattle Classic Guitar Society’s International Concert Series. As a dealer in fine classical and flamenco guitars, Bill has bought, sold and collected hundreds of fine instruments from luthiers around the world.
Register ASAP to get your first choice of complimentary D'Addario guitar strings!
All-inclusive price: $60 (General), $40 (Senior) and $30 (Students, Grade 6+)
Thanks to the D’Addario Music Foundation festival participants will receive a set of guitar strings—first come, first served! We have nylon (classical) strings, acoustic steel strings and electric guitar strings, please indicate your choice on your registration form.
Advance payment via check or credit card is required for registration. To register call the PLU Music Office at 253-535-7602 or Click HERE for a registration form to mail in. Preferred registration deadline is February 21, 2014. Space permitting, registrations will be accepted up until the day of the Festival.
The following was our schedule at the 2013 PLU Guitar Festival, the 2014 PLU Guitar Festival Schedule is coming soon!
All events take place in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center
9:30 am – Registration Opens (Lobby)
10:00 am – Brief Welcome and Introduction (Room 306)
10:15 am – Small Ensemble Workshop, Elizabeth CD Brown (Room 306)
Small ensemble playing is all about watching and listening, but what exactly does one watch or listen for, and how do you actually use that information? In this hands on workshop we will explore practical ways to use and improve these important skills.
10:15 am - Flamenco Guitar Workshop, Stephen Howland (Room 322)
This workshop will examine the popular flamenco form of Bulerías with musical examples from Paco De Lucía’s Cepa Andaluza. Students will have a chance to learn and practice a few highlighted passages and distinctive flamenco techniques, including rasgueados, golpes, and alzapúa.
11:00 am – Right Hand Technique Workshop, Gary Burgess (Room 306)
Have you ever wondered how to get an indefinitely sustained note on the guitar or felt like the tune you are working on would benefit from a less legato and more articulate trill? In this workshop you will learn how to remedy both of those problems while exploring how the tremolo and the cross-string trill work.
11:00 am – Jazz Guitar Workshop, Stephen Howland (Room 322)
This workshop will examine the popular jazz form of “Rhythm Changes,” one of the staple categories of chord progressions used by countless jazz musicians. Students will have a chance to learn and practice key concepts for playing chords, single-note lines, and walking-bass lines in the form.
11:45 am – Intermediate/Advanced Guitar Orchestra Rehearsal, Elizabeth CD Brown (Lagerquist Concert Hall)
See the Perform page for more information.
11:45 am – Beginning/Intermediate Guitar Orchestra Rehearsal, Derrick Robinson (Room 322)
See the Perform page for more information.
12:45 pm – Lunch Break
2:00 pm – Guitar Listening Session, Stephen Howland (moderator) & Gary Burgess (performer) (Room 306)
Guitar listening session, featuring instruments from the evening Guitar Builders Exhibit.
3:00 pm – Guitar Ensemble & Orchestra Concert, Elizabeth CD Brown & Derrick Robinson, Festival Participants (Lagerquist Concert Hall)
See the Perform page for more information. This event is free and open to public and will be streamed live by the PLU School of Arts and Communications.
4:15 pm – Technique & Fretboard Theory Workshop, Kevin Callahan (Room 306)
There are lots of ways to understand the fretboard including sight-reading and rote memorization. However, in this workshop, Kevin Callahan will guide you towards mastering the fretboard through the mastery of harmony. You will gain insights on how to grow your musicianship on a much deeper level, improving your abilities in any style of music you choose to play.
5:15 pm – Dinner Break
6:30 pm – Guitar Builder Exhibit (Room 322)
See the Guitar Builder Exhibit page for more information. This event is free and open to public.
8:00 pm – Elizabeth CD Brown, Stephen Howland & Friends Faculty Concert (Lagerquist Concert Hall)
Elizabeth CD Brown, Stephen Howland, and guest jazz performers Courtney Fortune (vocals) and Nate Omdal (bass) present a three-part performance featuring classical solos, duos, and original works for jazz guitar and small group. Featuring the world premiere of a new work written by Kathryn Smith Derksen for Elizabeth Brown, as well as works by Howland, Albeniz, Almeida and Duarte. Admission is included in the Festival Registration, or tickets may be purchased separately. Mary Baker Russell Music Center: Lagerquist Concert Hall. Tickets: $8-general, $5-senior, $3-alumni, complimentary-18 and under. This event is open to the public and will be streamed live by the PLU School of Arts and Communications.
Perform at the PLU Guitar Festival
All festival participants will have the opportunity to perform in the Festival Guitar Orchestra, which will rehearse at the festival and perform in the afternoon concert, which is free and open to the public. Sheet music will be available as a pdf in late-January on this site.
New in 2014 – Ensembles Also Invited to Perform!
Pre-existing guitar ensembles/orchestras that have a prepared piece are also invited to perform in the afternoon guitar ensemble concert. All performers should be registered participants in the PLU Guitar Festival. Please contact festival director Elizabeth CD Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a group interested in performing.
These were our guest artists at the 2013 PLU Guitar Festival. 2014 guest artists to be announced soon!
“The proof is in her music,” One wrote of American singer/songwriter Courtney Fortune, “[She] delves into the bitterness of heartbreak with a distinctly nostalgic flair, a smooth homage to timeless jazz greats embellished with Fortune’s distinctive pop fusion.” Born into a family of visual artists, the Seattle native began cultivating her crossover style at an early age while performing at cabaret clubs and rock venues around town. She played shows across Japan and the UK, before moving to Los Angeles where she began her collaboration with four-time Grammy nominated producer/arranger Chris Walden. Together they released Courtney’s debut jazz album “Speak Love” in 2009, driven by her original work and those co-written with the celebrated composer. She also performed as the featured vocalist of the Grammy nominated Chris Walden Big Band. Then in 2010 she joined forces with internationally acclaimed DJ/producer Alex Nahai to create Two Tribes, an electro synthpop duo that combines innovative style and genre-blending talents. Two Tribes is currently at work on their debut studio album and their single “Madly” will be featured as an exclusive game on Rock Band 3 for Microsoft XBox Live this year, as well as part of an upcoming Rock Band Relief campaign. Courtney has been recognized by MTV, The John Lennon Foundation, as a Brian Wilson Award honoree and recipient of GLAMOUR Magazine’s “Top Ten College Women of the Year”.
“She is a steady warm presence, and she handles adeptly the balance of grace and appeal to sensuousness that is an earmark of many jazz-vocal greats. That’s quite an accomplishment for a young performer of unquestionable beauty…Courtney has developed a textured, sultry, arrestingly mature torchsinger’s delivery to which experience may eventually lend depth and credence.” -Peter Monaghan, Earshot Jazz Magazine
Nate Omdal is one of the most in-demand bassists in the Seattle area. He studied jazz performance and composition at Cornish College of the Arts. After Cornish Nate has continued to live and work in Seattle, performing in various groups for many of Seattle’s fine public and private events. In 2007 he co-founded an independent record label to support new and emerging northwest artists. In February of 2010, Nate as awarded a smART Ventures grant from the Seattle Mayors Office of Film and Music to produce a concert featuring the music of film composer Ennio Morricone. (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Untouchables) Most recently Nate co-founded a non-profit (501-C3) with the Seattle-based arts management company Shunpike, to help commission new jazz compositions and collaborations.
Brandt Parke is a senior Bachelor of Musical Arts student with concentrations in jazz guitar and studio production work with a minor in Business Administration. He has been playing the guitar for nine years and is heavily rooted in the blues, jazz, funk, and rock genres. He is currently a member of the PLU Jazz Ensemble, the Steel Pan Ensemble, and plays in a rock band outside of school. Brandt recently performed as the guitarist in fall production of "Our Town," and as the guitarist and bassist for the theater production of "Falling Slowly." For the past two years he has performed with the Jazz Ensemble at the PLU Christmas Jam, and has shared the stage with greats such as Pearl Django. Last year he participated in PLU's first annual Guitar Festival with Dr. Stephen Howland and Dr. Elizabeth Brown, and is thrilled to be a part again this year. This is his third year of studying guitar under Dr. Howland, and his second year of composition lessons with Jeff Leisawitz. After graduation in May, Brandt is traveling with the Jazz Ensemble to Australia to perform and experience the trip of a lifetime before entering the real world.
Henry Claassen, originally from Boise, Idaho, is a first year student here at Pacific Lutheran University. He has studied guitar for eight years, during which time he played in his high school jazz band and performed in various solo and ensemble competitions and festivals. He is currently a member of the University Jazz Ensemble and studies with Dr. Stephen Howland.