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Fiddle Fun Day! 8-adult

Fiddle Fun class_webJoin us for an afternoon of fiddle music! Ari and Mia Friedman, Boston’s Americana Sister Act, will be joined by Founder of the Rhode Island Fiddle Project Rachel Panitch to guide participants through an afternoon of music in the fiddle tradition. Watch Ari, Mia and Rachel share some tunes, then break into workshop groups to play with fellow fiddlers and get some tips from our experts. We’ll come together again after the group sessions for a final fiddle style playoff.


Date: Saturday, July 26, 2014
Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Cost: $75

Meet the Instructors: Ariel and Mia Friedman, Rachel Panitch

Ariel and Mia Friedman

Ari & Mia, Boston’s Americana sister act, reference the traditions of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American songbook to create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Their stylish and sophisticated music honors the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors, and urban concert halls. Combine this with their innovative approach to song and tune-writing and the result is a fresh and contemporary sound.

Ari & Mia “blend a traditional rootsy grounding with a clear background of classical training. Their own works are soothing and fresh, tasteful and accomplished. This duo is taking the classical study of a conservatory program and bringing it alive in folk touring circles,’ says SingOut! Magazine. Both sisters studied at Boston’s New England Conservatory in its cutting edge Contemporary Improvisation department. Their album, Unruly Heart, ranked high on the national folk radio charts for 2011 and Mia’s song “Across the Water,” won the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category. Land on Shore, their newest album, was released in May 2013 to critical acclaim.

Ariel FriedmanAriel Friedman is a multi-genre trailblazing cellist, and one of few musicians to be challenging the boundaries of cello-playing. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2008 where she studied cello performance with Hans Jorgen Jensen, and received a Masters of Music in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory in 2011. A winner of ASTA’s 2009 Alternative Styles Award, Ariel is steeped in the music of American roots traditions, early jazz and a broad range of classical repertoire. She is also a composer and vocalist, and is especially interested in writing works for cello and voice as a single performer. She has toured internationally with Scottish National Fiddle champion Hanneke Cassel, performed with the Boston Symphony based group “Classical Tangent,” and maintains a solid footing in the classical world by exploring standard repertoire with her string quartet and studying and performing many great works for solo cello. She is a sought after educator and has taught at music camps and programs from New England to New Zealand.

 Mia FriedmanMia Friedman is a virtuosic fiddler and singer. She is largely influenced by American roots music and old-time Appalachian traditions, and blends this with contemporary experimental music in her compositions. She graduated from New England Conservatory in 2012 where she studied with Anthony Coleman, Carla Kihlstedt, and Hankus Netsky, and is an active composer, performer, and educator. Her song “Across the Water” won the 2011 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category, and she was the 2006 New Hampshire Highland Games Scottish Fiddle Champion. Aside from touring with Ari, she maintains her own solo act and is in high demand as a fiddle teacher.

Rachel PanitchRachel Panitch

Rachel Panitch is a fiddler, teacher and improviser living in the Boston area. In 2009, she founded Rhode Island Fiddle Project, a free music program based in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Pawtucket, RI, teaching traditional fiddle and dance music to students ages 7-17. Rachel completed a two-year Urban Musical Fellowship at Community MusicWorks in Providence, RI, which inspired and incubated RI Fiddle Project. She continues to direct Community MusicWorks’ Summer Program.  Rachel loves teaching music from a variety of aural traditions, enabling students to question their assumptions about what music is and its purposes. As a performer, she is equally happy playing for people actively dancing to French Canadian tunes as she is with audience members sitting and listening intently to a North Indian Raga.

A graduate of Vassar College, Rachel completed work in Anthropology and Music focusing on aural learning in folk music communities and the documentation of early American fiddle music. Rachel received her Masters of Music in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory in 2013. She has studied with Carla Kihlstedt, Hankus Netsky, Nicholas Kitchen and Tanya Kalmanovitch.


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July 26 Fiddle Fun Day! 8-adult 1:30-4:30pm Sa $75