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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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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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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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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

 

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Bemidji Sings! Call for Vocalists

Headwaters Music & Arts invites amateur singers who live, work or attend school in Bemidji to take part in Bemidji Sings! to determine who will represent Bemidji at the Minnesota Sings State Finals in September. Amateur singers interested in taking part will need to register by May 30th.

Auditions will take place noon-7 pm Sunday, June 2nd, 9-noon and 3-6 pm Monday, June 3rd at Headwaters Music & Arts. Participants will sing one song during the preliminary auditions. Up to 7 singers from each age division will be chosen to perform at the August 1st Bemidji Sings! show.

Winners of the preliminary auditions will perform for cash and prizes during the Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition at 7 pm Thursday, August 1st, 2019 at Bemidji State University. The first place winner from each age division will move on to Minnesota Sings Statewide Finals, Saturday-Sunday Sept. 28th – 29th, in Woodbury.

Singers will be judged based on their vocal skills, presentation skills, audience response, and judge's overall impression. Read more.

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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Monroe Crossing at the Historic Chief Theater May 4th

World-class bluegrass entertainers Monroe Crossing will appear in concert at the Historic Chief Theater in Bemidji 7:30 pm Saturday, May 4th, with a 7 pm opening performance opening performance by Headwaters & Friends.

Named in honor of Bill Monroe, Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their airtight harmonies, razor sharp arrangements, and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the United States and Canada. The concert will highlight their most recent CD, “Monroe Crossing Plays Classic Country” honoring country legends such as Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams.

Doors open at 6:30 pm. $25 general admission tickets are available at Brigid's Pub, Greater Midwest Insurance or Headwaters Music & Arts, 218.444.5606, online or by stopping in at 519 Minnesota Ave NW. Advance purchase is recommended, tickets sell out fast.

Hosted by Headwaters Music & Arts, proceeds support Headwaters Music Program Scholarships.

“Everyone who came had the time of their life that evening. Your show was just incredible....one of the freshest and original groups I have experienced....I was just blown away.” — Bill Adams, Habitat For Humanity, Waldorf MD

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We ❤ Headwaters

We are gearing up for our annual instructor showcase, the time of year when we show our music program instructors the love they deserve for being so awesome! This years theme is We ❤ Headwaters. The evening will celebrate the diverse talents of our music instructors with a dynamic evening of tunes, varying in style and instrumentation. We need your help though! 

Prior to the showcase we will be posting a giant black heart in the Recital Hall that we want you to cover with all your writings and reflections about why you ❤ Headwaters.  Next time you are in the lobby look for our table of Hearts & Crafts and take a moment to jot down one reason you ❤ Headwaters. We will showcase all the hearts at our annual showcase.

Another way you can take part? #weheartheadwaters
Take a selfie with your heart, or with your instructor, you could even take a photo making art or practicing your instrument, and post it to social media with the #weheartheadwaters. Lets share the love!

Do you want to attend the showcase? We would love to have you there! You can find out more and purchase your tickets here.

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Headwaters Holiday Cheer!

It is that time of year when all of us are seeking holiday cheer (and some holiday deals). We have been really cheery this season and we are happy to share!

Our December 1st CD release really sent us off this December with the feeling of gratitude. Gratitude towards our supporters and community that came out to raise funds, and gratitude to artists who donated their time and talent to help us with our largest fundraiser of the year. We feel as though all that joy and gratitude comes forth in the tunes. You can check it out yourself by purchasing your own CD, or ordering a digital download. Keep the tunes on circulation through this holiday season (we certainly are!), and if you are looking for even more great tunes imbued with gratitude and joy we have a limited number of copies of Christmas in Bemidji Vol. II, that you can add to your playlist.

It is a great time of year to enjoy local talent over a cup of hot cocoa and we hope you get the chance! ☕