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Carrie Dlutkowski Visits Bemidji

Headwaters Music & Arts hosts Michigan fiddler and step dancer Carrie Dlutkowski for a concert and a series of workshops providing an overview of the history, style and repertoire of one of three styles of fiddle music: Scottish, French-Canadian, and Metis. With one workshop for ages 5-11, the rest of the workshops are for beginner to advanced fiddle players ages 12 to adult. Participants can choose to attend one workshop or all four sessions. Participants will gain an appreciation of the rich cultural histories behind these musical styles and begin building a repertoire of tunes while exploring the stylistic nuances that make different kinds of fiddle music unique. Sunday's Step Dance workshop is open to all; it complements the fiddle workshops but does not require fiddle playing experience.

Thursday, October 24th
• 6-7 pm – Fiddlin’ Around is a free opportunity for students age 5-11 with any level of playing experience. On Thursday October 24th, 6-7pm, students can bring their violin or fiddle and join fiddler and step dancer Carrie Dlutkowski as the group explores tunes that are adaptable and creative. Students will be able to take the tunes with them as they can be played alone or in a group, by people of any level of experience, and are meant to be crafted by the musicians themselves. Students will develop the confidence to take the tunes home and “play with” them! Students should be accompanied by a guardian. Adults are encouraged to bring a device for recordings which will be useful in future practice.

Friday, October 25
• 6-9 pm Scottish Fiddle Music $25

Saturday, October 26
• 9 am-noon French-Canadian Fiddle Music $25

• 1-4 pm Métis Fiddle Music $25

• 7-9 pm – Carrie Dlutkowski in concert. Carrie will be joined by Minnesota performers Brian Miller and Norah Rendell, musicians and singers with strong backgrounds in Canadian music. Free will donation.

Sunday, October 27
• 1-3 pm Introduction to Ottawa Valley Step Dancing, Students will develop an understanding of the basics of Ottawa Valley step dancing, and of the history that influenced its evolution as a dance form. No fiddle playing experience required. $10 fee

As a classical musician, Dlutkowski has performed in various solo, symphony orchestra and opera orchestra, music theater, and chamber ensemble settings. An accomplished folk musician, she has played in concerts, festivals, interpretive programs, for dances, and on the air. Dlutkowski is also a National Park Interpretive Ranger at Grand Portage National Monument, managing one of the park’s main interpretive locations, the re-created Ojibwe Village.


Carrie Dlutkowski's enthusiasm for the fiddle music of Canada led her to explore its history, with a focus on the development of Scottish, French-Canadian and Métis (Native/French/Scottish) fiddle styles in the 18th century. Each of these cultural groups claims a strong musical tradition. Carrie offers musical and historical presentations, workshops and performances that take listeners on an exploration of how these styles of music blended and developed through cross-cultural interaction. Dlutkowski is a step dancer in the Ottawa Valley style. As a classical musician, Carrie Dlutkowski has performed in various solo, symphony orchestra and opera orchestra, music theater, and chamber ensemble settings. As a folk musician, she has played in concerts, festivals, interpretive programs, for dances, and on the air.

Brian Miller fell in love with Irish traditional music 25 years ago in the crowd at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, moved from his northern Minnesota hometown of Bemidji to St. Paul and has since become one of the most sought-after musicians in North America’s Irish music scene. Brian has toured widely throughout the US and Canada with bands including Bua and The Lost Forty.

Norah Rendell is a singer, flute player and whistle player that specializes in the traditional folk songs and dance music of Ireland and Canada. For the past 15 years, she has toured internationally with several ensembles including seven years as lead singer and flute player for the award-winning group, The Outside Track. She has also performed with the Two Tap Trio (St. Paul), the Máirtín de Cógáin Project, the Canadian folk string quartet called the Fretless and Paddy O’Brien’s Doon Ceili band in Minnesota. In the past five years years, Norah has built a reputation for herself as a solo artist.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Bemidji Sings winners at Minnesota Sings Statewide Competition

April Aylesworth, Susannah Carter, Charlotte Saxton, and Kari Grace represented Bemidji at Minnesota SIngs this past weekend as they competed against 60 vocalists representing 37 different cities from around the state.

Charlotte and Susannah's poster showcasing their home town was selected as the best one on display, winning them a cool $100 bill.

Only 8 contestants from each category made it into Sunday's finals, and amazingly, Charlotte, Kari and April each made it to the final round. We are delighted to announce that Kari placed third in Division 2, receiving $1000 along with $500 for her town's sponsor, and a 3 hour recording session. Congratulations, Kari! Plus, April took first place in Division 2, winning $3,000 along with $1,000 for her hometown charity, Support Within Reach, $1,000 for her town's sponsor, and a 5 hour professional recording session with studio musicians and a producer.

We at Headwaters Music & Arts sponsored Bemidji Sings because we wanted to encourage

and celebrate our area's amateur vocalists. It is a delightful bonus to be the recipient of some of the great cash prizes given away at Minnesota Sings' big show. We are grateful for this support - as well as for the generous funding we received from Region 2 Arts Council and Bemidji Area Arts Endowment. Our hearts are, well, singing.

The tentative date for Bemidji Sings! 2020 is Thursday, August 6, with David Eichholz of Deuces Wild returning to emcee our third year of singing, laughter and fun. See you then!

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Make a Splash Fall Kick Off & Instructor Showcase

It has become a tradition here at Headwaters Music & Arts to kick off our fall season with an open house - this year's theme was Make a Splash. Most years this means a free event with popcorn, cotton candy, games, prizes and face painting, along with a chance to meet our music and art instructors, try out an assortment of musical instruments, and sign up for music lessons, art classes, workshops or events. I like how quickly the performance hall goes from ready, tidy and calm to a cacophony of conversation, movement and exploration.

What I especially love about our open house is the sense of possibility. It starts when they pick up a guitar, violin or cello, and learn from Sabbastian, Amanda or Dan how to even hold the instrument. How does it feel? What sounds does it make? Can you imagine the songs you could play? One boy arrived with his mom and siblings with the general idea that he would sign up for piano lessons, After trying out a variety of instruments, he fell in love with the sound and feel of a guitar, and made an instant connection with one of our instructors. I opened the door for him as he left our building, and caught the promise he murmured to the guitar cradled in his arms: "I am never going to let you go."

Our mission at Headwaters Music & Arts is to provide opportunities for creativity through instruction and inspire the community through music and the arts. We feel we accomplish this is all kinds of ways, and we are proud of what we are able to offer the Bemidji area. We do indeed make a splash!

Trica Andrews, Headwaters Executive Director


The Fall Kick Off was followed by an Instructor Showcase. Below are some photos from that event posted in order of the evenings set list. If you put on some amazing music as you scroll through them you can almost imagine you are there:) As you take your virtual tour imagine the photos coming alive and hearing the following performances:

Elizabeth & Jessica Westlund & Valerie Porter - Hymn Medley (Ken Wold)

Michael Lyons - Home (Michael Lyons)

Annalise Aakhus - Prison Walls (Annalise Aakhus)

John Konecne - Six Metamorphoses After Ovid (Benjamin Britten)

Caleb Erickson & John Konecne - Have You Met Miss Miss Jones?

Caleb Erickson - Mario Theme Anthology 

Julie Kaiser - O Mio Babbino Caro (Puccini), Anyone Can Whistle (Sondheim)

Angelica Novinger, Mazurka Op. 7 No.1 in B flat Major (Chopin)

Steven Radley, Tuba Study No. 1 (Vladislav Blazhevich)

Carolyn Towler, Menuet 1  from Partita No. 1 in B flat (Bach)

Sabbastian Wilson-Webb, Prelude in D flat (Sabbastian Wilson-Webb), Sonatine I. Modere (Maurice Ravel)

Mattea Elhard & Dan Will, Aniron (Theme form Aargorn & Arwen), Grow (Lianne la Havas)

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Make A Splash Fall Kick Off!


Join us to kick off the fall 2019 semester at Headwaters Music & Arts! On September 14th the public is invited to stop by to meet our music, art and chess teachers, try out our musical instruments, and register for our music program, art clubs, pottery, chess club, or parent-child music & art classes. The fun, water themed, event will be held 10 am – 2pm. Children will have a blast with our instrument petting zoo, water themed carnival games, cotton candy and popcorn, and drawings for t-shirts, lessons, and prizes. The Fall Kick Off will be followed by an instructor showcase at 4pm featuring performances by Headwaters Music Instructors.

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Headwaters prepares for school year with after school Art Clubs

Grades K - 2nd | Young Artist Club

This year-long club is an introduction to formal art instruction for children in kindergarten – 2nd grade. Participants will explore basic art concepts through crafty art projects using various art forms. The group will get a feel for how to do art with a large group in an art room setting. Small snack and art supplies provided. Held Tuesdays, 4-5 pm, October 1st – May 5th. Space is limited to the first 12 participants.

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Grades 3rd - 6th | Headwaters Art Club

Explore art in the Headwaters Art Studio. Enjoy fun and supportive environment while gaining mad art skills. Participants will learn from guest artists, explore local art on field trips, and prepare art exhibits. Our goal is to provide an informal, safe and supportive atmosphere while offering high quality art instruction and mentorship Early arrival supervised open studio time 3:30 -3:55 available for additional fee. Snack and art supplies provided. Held Thursdays, 4-5:30 pm, September 19th – May 7th. Space is limited to first 15 participants.

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Grades 7th - 12th | Teen Art Club

Join us for the launch of our year-long after school art club for teens! Teen Art Club is an opportunity for participants, grades 7-12 to explore art in a fun and supportive studio setting. Participants will start with the basics and create work at their own pace, exploring concepts and skills through different projects. The group will work with watercolor, acrylic, clay, drawing, and more. Participants will prepare exhibits, meet local artists and learn from guest instructors. This fun and informal setting is perfect for students looking for mentorship to grow as an artist. Snack and art supplies provided. Held Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm, October 1st – May 5th. Space is limited to first 15 participants.

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Pottery & Pints Thursday, August 15th

Join us at Headwaters Music & Arts for Pottery & Pints, on August 15th. Enjoy a relaxing Thursday afternoon glazing pottery and drinking good brew, from 3 – 5:30pm. Headwaters Resident Potter, Tom Daly, will walk you through the process of glazing two pottery pieces created by Daly, such as a beer mug or bowl. In between pieces you can try your hand at basic pottery techniques. There will be plenty of breaks for socializing and enjoying beer. There will be a cash bar on campus courtesy of Brigid’s Pub. Absolutely no art experience is required. Come learn in a fun and supportive environment surrounded by your friends. 21+. Advance registration required. The cost to attend is $45 ($40 for Headwaters members)

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Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition to happen August 1st

Be a part of the audience as local singers compete for cash and prizes at the Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition 7 pm, Thursday, August 1st at Bemidji State University's Bangsberg Hall.

Bemidji Sings! is an event of Minnesota Sings, a competition between cities throughout Minnesota that is designed for amateur vocalists in two age categories, 15-25 and 26 and over. Emceed by David Eichholz of Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos, The first place winner from each age division will go on to represent Bemidji at the state level for Minnesota Sings Statewide Finals.

Finalists who have been chosen to perform August 1st are: April Aylesworth, Darolyn Erickson, Brooke Donaghue, Traci Djonne Schanke, Ronelva Gustafson, Susannah Roed, Charlotte Saxton, McKayla Syverson, Kari Ekhoff, Christa Drake, Maya Lindquist, Carson Carter, Skilah Hurd, and Britta Aas.

Finalists will be judged based on their vocal skills, presentation skills, audience response, and judge's overall impression. Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition will be judged by Zachary Swank, Karen Bradley, Linda Wagner, Kitty O'Connor, and Peter McKenzie.

Admission for the evening is $5 per person. Purchase your tickets here or at the door.

Sponsored by Headwaters Music & Arts with support from Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce and Supple Studios. Special thanks to David Eichholz of Deuces Wild.

This activity is funded in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s General Fund.

This activity is make possible, in part, by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

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Kelley Hunt and Her Touring Band to perform at Headwaters Music & Arts Community Appreciation Concert

Singer-songwriter Kelley Hunt will take the stage with her touring band July 14 at Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji. Join Headwaters for an outdoor Sunday community appreciation concert from 4-6 pm. The concert is free will-donation with any proceeds going to Headwaters scholarship program for youth music and art activities. In case of rain, concert will take place in Headwaters performance hall. Beverages will be available for purchase courtesy of Brigid’s Pub.

Singer, songwriter, piano player and guitarist Kelley Hunt is a rarity and a challenge to the music industry's penchant for easy artist definitions -- a woman who muscled her way onto the scene on her own terms with an identity steeped in blues, roots and gospel traditions. She makes music with its righteous roots intact that also crosses boundaries, has an open-minded, exploratory attitude and takes on social and political issues. Together with a commanding, passionate stage presence and superior vocal, keyboard and songwriting skills she has earned the respect of critics and fans across North America and Europe.

Born in Kansas City, Hunt’s love for her craft was ignited listening to early blues, R&B, roots rock, jazz and Gospel influences. Before that came the sound of her mother singing jazz and blues – her first musical memories – and the influence of her New Orleans Gospel singer grandmother. Reminders of these very traditional influences are evident in Hunt’s live performances and recordings but the lyrics, soul and passion are all her own. Her career path so far has been a story of fierce independence, incredible will, unassailable cred as a blistering live performer and hard-won accomplishment. Hunt is at work on her seventh album expected to be released later this year.

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Read more about Kelley Hunt at her websiteFacebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
For interviews contact: Al Berman, Blue Key Artists | al@bluekeyartists.com | 785.741.6000
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Musical Theater Camp coming up July 22-26

Alien space travel. Singing. Dancing. Silliness and humor. Headwaters Music & Arts week-long Musical Theater Camp prepares participants to take part in community theater or school productions while giving participants an opportunity to have fun and be creative with friends. This year Kari Ekhoff directs The Quantianius Connection, where aliens travel through space and time to discover the secret of the performance talents of Purple Floyd.

Participants, ages 8- 15, will spend the week exploring the entire process of musical theater, from character development and set construction to costuming and working off-script for a final public performance. This Musical Theater Camp provides a gentle, inclusive and successful environment for children from most basic to advanced levels to shine. The camp runs from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 22-26 with breaks built in for lunch, board games, art activities, and team building challenges.

Supplies are provided but participants should plan to bring a bagged lunch each day.

9-3pm | Ages 8-15 | $150 | Min 12 Max 22 | Register now.

This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.
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A Note About David Greenberg

Below is a letter submitted by Jim Johnston after attending David Greenberg's live performance at Bemidji State University on May 19th.

 

A 350-year old violin came to life Sunday in its first public exposure since being restored by Minneapolis luthier Andrew Dipper.

Some 100 lucky Bemidjians (courtesy of Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, and for a paltry five bucks) cozied into the lower tier of BSU's Bangsberg concert hall to hear Halifax's masterful fiddler/violinist David Greenberg play the old instrument – and his regular violin, and an unusual “octave” fiddle.

Greenberg brought the house down with wild number after number. During one mad reel, as the fiddler's fingers flew over the strings, the enthusiastic audience could almost see plaid-skirted dancers come flying out of the wings.

Although Greenberg plays all kinds of music – Baroque, Cape Breton, and was that a little New Orleans jazz? – he specializes in 18th century Scottish folk.

So why did this fugitive from Maryland and Indiana University move to Nova Scotia? 'Cause that's where the Scots are … forced off their farms during Scotland's infamous 18th and 19th century “clearances”.

During the “conversation” (Greenberg's preferred label for his concert), the delightfully engaging musician paused to answer questions. He noted that the old violin was crafted in Scotland, about 100 years after the violin itself was invented in Italy.

Greenberg explained that the octave fiddle, or baritone violin, plays an octave lower than the violin – down in cello range. (In the mid-1800’s, a New Yorker invented an instrument that Greenberg’s octave fiddle was based on, called the “Cradle of Harmony”.)

To Greenberg, all his violins are alive. At the end of one piece, he communes for a moment with the restored model; he is getting to know it. Between numbers he places the violins carefully on protective cloth. Tenderly.

David Greenberg is now living in Corvallis Oregon.
(To enjoy more Greenbergs, you can support Headwaters.)

- Jim Johnston, Audience Member