The summer's here and the time is right for cellin' in the streets!
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Those of you who have been with us for many years know I've never asked for contributions. But in order to take the next step in my grandiose (some would say crazy) design of bringing strings into popular music and popular music into classical, I want to make a series of videos that will teach string players how to play rock and other modern styles, and how to improvise, through the use of my etudes and encores plus well known rock and pop songs, as well as classical and jazz standards. My last Kickstarter Campaign did not reach its goal. All the money raised was returned. So I am going to try this one more time... and your help would be appreciated!
If everyone on this email list gave just $1 it would fund the video. So if you feel like joining me in this quest, please contribute today. The deadline is just a few weeks away! Those in the U.K. or elsewhere can contribute in your country's currency and Kickstarter will make the conversion. Thank you one and all for your support!
The campaign is called: If You Like Rockin' Strings... this one's for you! Whether you want to contribute or not, I think you'll find it interesting. Here is the link:
When we last spoke I had just finished giving masterclasses and workshops in some of London's top schools, and had taken a trip up to Oxford where I made a video for Oxford University Press and gave a masterclass for the Oxfordshire Music Service.
The next day I went to the Royal Academy of Music (below) where I gave masterclasses to some very advanced students. Pieces included the Bach's Suite in C minor, Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata, and Minsky's American Cello Etude #9 - The Crack of Dawn!
Then on Saturday came the grand finale: I gave workshops and a recital for the London Cello Society's Cello Day extravaganza at the Royal Academy.
The recital was scheduled for just 20 minutes in the middle of a jam packed day of classes with some of London's leading cellists. I didn't expect much of a turn out. Boy, was I mistaken! They actually had to turn people away! I played some of my originals and also played and improvised on Truckin' from my Dead Cello suite (based on the music of the Grateful Dead, published by Latham) to much audience appreciation:
That evening, at The Forge, I gave my final concert of the trip. There I played the world premieres of my Beatles suite: Fab 4 Cello, and my English (rock) Concert Suite. I also played five encores as the crowd would not let me go! I have thus far posted just one video from this concert - the 1st movement of English (rock) Concert Suite - Handel's Fireworks into Honky Tonk Women!
(The endpin is the metal piece attached to the bottom of the cello, so in this final section I will pin some final thoughts)
I am very excited about the prospect of making educational videos. Even in the last few days I've received emails from students in England, Australia... actually... let me leave you with a video made by a 12 year old Korean cellist living in Dubai who just posted his version of Truckin' Through the South. Can you imagine? Minsky in Dubai? Music is truly the international language!