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Main Week Faculty (July 4 – July 9, 2016)
   
Extension Week and FBI Faculty (July 11 – July 15, 2016)
 
 
  Mike Block – Hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the "ideal musician of the 21st Century", Mike Block is a pioneering multi-style cellist, composer, and educator living in Boston. While still studying at the Juilliard School, Mike joined Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, and shortly thereafter also joined Mark O'Connor's Appalachia Waltz Trio, which he played in for over three years. Mike has also toured extensively with Darol Anger's Republic of Strings and The Knights orchestra. Mike is Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

His most recent album of original songs, Brick by Brick, features music he wrote and recorded while missing nine teeth, as the result of a traffic accident. In 2011, Mike released Naive Melody, an instrumental folk album with The Triborough Trio, and in 2009 and 2010, released two albums of original music with The Mike Block Band: Words R Words (songs), and After the Factory Closes (instrumental). Mike is also the Artistic Director and Host of GALA Brooklyn: "Global Art = Local Art", a Music Festival held at the Brooklyn Lyceum featuring a diverse array of world-class musicians in unique collaborations.
www.BlockBlockBlockBlock.com
 
 
Zach Brock – One of the most virtuosic and emotive voices of contemporary jazz violin, Zach Brock has followed a path which embraces not only jazz, but also classical, world, and popular music. From critical acclaim as a bandleader to international exposure in collaborations with Stanley Clarke, Grazyna Auguscik, and Frank Vignola, Zach continues to gain admiration from both jazz purists and music enthusiasts alike.

Zach’s repertoire includes re-workings of songs by Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Phil Markowitz, and Zbigniew Seifert, in addition to an evolving catalogue of his own compositions.  His latest CD The Magic Number, with bassist Matt Wigton and drummer Fred Kennedy, offers a telling glimpse of why Zach is being heralded as “the great bright hope for jazz violin.” (Chicago Tribune)
www.ZachBrock.com
 
Hanneke Cassel – "Exuberant and rhythmic, somehow both wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness," says The Boston Globe about Hanneke Cassels playing. Such charismatic fiddling has brought Hanneke Cassel many honors and awards. She is the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, she holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music, and she has performed and taught across the U.S., Scotland, Canada, Sweden, New Zealand, Italy, China, and Austria.

Native of Port Orford, Oregon, Hanneke started playing classical violin when she was 8-years old. She met Portland-based fiddler Carol Ann Wheeler when she was 10 at a Texas-style fiddle contest. She soon quit classical, started taking fiddle lessons with Carol Ann, and began competing in contests throughout the Northwest. In 1991, Hanneke entered the Columbia-Pacific Scottish Fiddle Contest in Portland. She won the Jr. contest and went on a year later to capture the U.S. National Scottish Jr. Championship in New Hampshire. With this honor came a scholarship to study on the Isle of Skye, Scotland with the renowned Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and Cape Breton master Buddy MacMaster.
www.HannekeCassel.com
 
Colin Cotter - Colin is a multi-instrumentalist who began fiddling at an early age as part of his family tradition in Finnish fiddle music, and eventually dove into Scottish fiddling. He is a self-taught guitarist, mixing influences from around the world, and his emotive songwriting bridges the gaps between American and Celtic folk, and rock.
www.ColinCotter.com
 
Joe Craven – Creativity educator, former museum curator, visual artist, actor/storyteller, festival emcee and recipient of the 2009 Folk Alliance Far-West Performer of the Year, Joe Craven has made music with many folks ranging from jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli to Grateful Dead Guitarist Jerry Garcia. Always looking for the next expression and object to make music with, he is a musical madman with anything that has strings attached; violin, mandolin, tin can, bedpan, cookie tin, tenor guitar/banjo, mouth bow, canjoe, cuatro, berimbau, balalaika, boot ‘n lace and double-necked whatever. Joe has created music and sound effects for commercials, soundtracks, computer games and contributions to several Grammy nominated projects. 'Everything Joe touches turns to music,' says mandolinist David Grisman, who Joe played with for almost 17 years.
www.JoeCraven.com
 
Brittany Haas – Brittany Haas plays fiddle in the world-renowned band, Crooked Still, one of the most popular and innovative Alternative-Bluegrass bands in the country. Previously, Brittany was a member of Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings. Her first self-titled CD was released on Ook records in 2004 and includes guest musicians Bruce Molsky, Darol Anger, Todd Sickafoose, Mike Marshall and Natalie Haas. Her repertoire focuses on Appalachian mountain music played on the 5 string fiddle. She studied with Darol Anger for several years.  Brittany graduated Princeton University in 2009, where she was a member of the marching band.
www.brittanyhaas.com
 
Natalie Haas – Vibrant young cellist Natalie Haas is a seasoned performer, artist, and teacher. She plays regularly with master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser throughout Europe and North America. Their first duo release, Fire & Grace, was awarded the Best Album of the Year in the Scots Trad Music Awards 2004. A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York and a California native, Natalie has also toured extensively with fiddling legends Mark O'Connor, Natalie MacMaster and Hanneke Cassel. Natalie has appeared on over 50 albums, and teaches periodically at fiddle camps and workshops around the globe.
www.nataliehaas.com
 
Taylor Morris – Hailed by a class of 2nd graders as "wreely nice and kind" and "the coolest man on erth," Arizona native Taylor Morris enjoys blurring the line between violin and fiddle. After studying classical violin at Arizona State University with Dr. Katie McLin, he spent four years touring the world as one of five fiddlers with Barrage, a world-music violin troupe based out of Canada. His travels, both with Barrage and personally, have led to performances in 47 states and 13 countries with musicians from a multitude of backgrounds. Strongly believing we can learn more about the world through collaboration with others, Taylor actively pursues musical projects in different genres. Currently, he is part of Tricia & Taylor, a genre-bending violin/fiddle duo with concert violinist Tricia Park, and a member of The Sound Accord, a string sextet that creates vibrant arrangements of folk music. Other performers with whom Taylor has recently collaborated include: multi-style cellists Mike Block & Rushad Eggleston; fiddlers Hanneke Cassel, Casey Driessen, Jeremy Kittel, & Lauren Rioux; arts educator Steve Seidel; and the Tetra String Quartet.
www.taylormorrismusic.com
 
Lauren Rioux – is a proud Maine-iac, born in Portland and raised in East Machias, and graduating from University of Southern Maine with degrees in Violin Performance and Music Education on full-scholarship. She has toured the US of A and parts of Europe and the UK with string luminary Darol Anger and his Republic of Strings, as a duo with fiddle prodigy Brittany Haas, and as a trio with Scott Nygaard and Portland's own Joe Walsh in Crow Molly. Lauren is enthusiastically sought out for her teaching expertise and leads classes and workshops across the country. She maintains a very active private studio at her home in Scarborough, through which she teaches a delightfully rowdy group of over thirty violinists, violists, and fiddlers ranging in age from 5 to 70.
www.LaurenRioux.com
 
Heather Robb – Indie-Rock Vocalist. Heather Robb is an actress, musician, writer and educator. She is a member of folk/rock trio The Spring Standards, with whom she has released 4 albums and a feature-length concert film, toured nationally, and made appearances on Conan O'Brien, NPR's Mountain Stage, Etown, Daytrotter, South by Southwest and more. She recently appeared as a featured vocalist on Rhett Miller's The Dreamer, alongside Roseanne Cash and Rachel Yamagata. She is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony and has been an artist in residence at Escape 2 Create in Florida, the Goodspeed Theater in Connecticut, TheatreWorks in Palo Alto and the Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project at Northwestern University. She has taught songwriting, singing, piano, acting and writing at camps and festivals throughout the US and Canada. When at home in New York City, she works as a teaching artists with the Story Pirates. BFA - Syracuse University.
www.thespringstandards.com
 
Clay Ross – A guitarist, vocalist, composer, and songwriter based in NYC, Clay's music covers a wide range of styles including rock, pop, jazz, funk, folk, world, blues, and bluegrass. After receiving a BFA in composition from the University of Charleston, Ross became an integral part of the South Carolina jazz scene and relocated to NYC in 2002. In 2005 he became a member of Cyro Baptista's world-renowned percussion ensemble "Beat the Donkey," with whom he toured regularly until 2009. In 2006 he was honored as a U.S. Jazz Ambassador and has completed four tours abroad for the U.S. State Department.

He has released 4 albums as a leader, and can be found performing at concert halls and music festivals around the world with rising folk star April Verch, as a solo artist, and leading his cross-cultural band, "Matuto."
www.ClayRoss.com
 
Kai Welch (Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Trumpet) – Pure rocker, pure folkie, pure punk, pure street. I am not a pure anything. I'm an American and that doesn't mean anything either. But it is in Nashville that I found my indispensable musical comrades – people who inspire me and with whom I get to collaborate, like Abigail Washburn, Brittany Haas, Bela Fleck, and so many more. It's a music party all of the time, and as much as I long for the days of high-seas and high-mountain adventuring, I love being in a place where everyone speaks the language. It's our headquarters, and from here we launch global missions of goodwill and music-making. For the past two years, Kai has toured a collaborative record he created with Abigail Washburn called "City of Refuge". He has recently released his debut solo record, entitled "Send It Down".
www.KaiWelch.com
 
 
  Darol Anger – Fiddler, composer, producer and educator, Darol Anger is at home in a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent. Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, his Duo with Mike Marshall, and others.

He has performed and taught all over the world with musicians such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Bela Fleck, Bill Evans, Edgar Meyer, Bill Frisell, David Grisman, Tony Rice, Tim O'Brien, The Anonymous 4, Marin Alsop and the Cabrillo Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, Mark O'Connor, and Stephane Grappelli. He is an Associate Professor at the Berklee School of music. He recently began an ambitious online Fiddle School at ArtistWorks.com.
www.darolanger.com
 
 
Mike Block – Hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the "ideal musician of the 21st Century", Mike Block is a pioneering multi-style cellist, composer, and educator living in Boston. While still studying at the Juilliard School, Mike joined Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, and shortly thereafter also joined Mark O'Connor's Appalachia Waltz Trio, which he played in for over three years. Mike has also toured extensively with Darol Anger's Republic of Strings and The Knights orchestra. Mike is Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

His most recent album of original songs, Brick by Brick, features music he wrote and recorded while missing nine teeth, as the result of a traffic accident. In 2011, Mike released Naive Melody, an instrumental folk album with The Triborough Trio, and in 2009 and 2010, released two albums of original music with The Mike Block Band: Words R Words (songs), and After the Factory Closes (instrumental). Mike is also the Artistic Director and Host of GALA Brooklyn: "Global Art = Local Art", a Music Festival held at the Brooklyn Lyceum featuring a diverse array of world-class musicians in unique collaborations.
www.BlockBlockBlockBlock.com
 
Hanneke Cassel – "Exuberant and rhythmic, somehow both wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness," says The Boston Globe about Hanneke Cassels playing. Such charismatic fiddling has brought Hanneke Cassel many honors and awards. She is the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, she holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music, and she has performed and taught across the U.S., Scotland, Canada, Sweden, New Zealand, Italy, China, and Austria.

Native of Port Orford, Oregon, Hanneke started playing classical violin when she was 8-years old. She met Portland-based fiddler Carol Ann Wheeler when she was 10 at a Texas-style fiddle contest. She soon quit classical, started taking fiddle lessons with Carol Ann, and began competing in contests throughout the Northwest. In 1991, Hanneke entered the Columbia-Pacific Scottish Fiddle Contest in Portland. She won the Jr. contest and went on a year later to capture the U.S. National Scottish Jr. Championship in New Hampshire. With this honor came a scholarship to study on the Isle of Skye, Scotland with the renowned Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and Cape Breton master Buddy MacMaster.
www.HannekeCassel.com
 
Alex Hargreaves – Violinist Alex Hargreaves is an active performer, touring extensively with Sarah Jarosz, appearing on her two critically acclaimed albums, Song Up In Her Head, Follow Me Down and Build Me Up From Bones (Sugar Hill Records), as well as being featured on her Grammy-nominated instrumental, Mansinneedof. He^apos;s also toured with Jerry Douglas, David Grisman, Bela Fleck, Danilo Perez, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Noam Pikelny and has shared the stage with many others including Mark O’Connor, Chris Thile, Brian Blade, Joe Lovano, Mumford & Sons, Tim O’Brien and Sam Bush.

He is the youngest ever (age 15) to win the Grand Champion division at the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest in Weiser, Idaho, and in 2009, won the Grand Masters Fiddle Championship in Nashville. He is a member of world-renowned mandolinist Mike Marshall's Big Trio, along with bassist Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers). Matt Glaser, artistic director of Berklee College of Music, American Roots Program, states simply, "Truly, Alex Hargreaves is the best young jazz violinist in America". David Grisman comments, "[Alex] plays with wit, authority and soulfulness belying his years. In my opinion, he's destined to be one of the fiddle giants of the 21st century." For Mike Marshall, Alex is "arguably one of the greatest improvising violinists in America today."
www.AlexHargreaves.net
 
Jeremy Kittel – Jeremy Kittel has earned a reputation as one of the most exceptional violinists and fiddlers of his generation. With a rare mastery of styles as diverse as jazz, Scottish and Irish fiddle, bluegrass, and classical music, Kittel inspires listeners and fans worldwide with his Jeremy Kittel Band (quartet). He is also frequently called upon by some of today's most influential artists, including Bela Fleck, My Morning Jacket, Mark O'Connor, Abigail Washburn, Paquito D'Rivera, and he recently completed a five-year full time position in the Grammy-winning Turtle Island String Quartet. His most recent solo recording, Chasing Sparks (Compass), features original compositions with a stellar cast of musicians including Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, and Mike Marshall, and has garnered rave reviews among acoustic music circles worldwide.
www.JeremyKittel.com
 
Kimber Ludiker – Two-time Grand National Fiddle Champion (2009 and 2010), Kimber was born of fiddle-playing parents--who met competing with each other at a fiddle contest! This Washington state native excelled from an early age at Texas-style fiddling and went on to win multiple fiddle championships including the Washington State Championship, Colorado State Championship and the aforementioned Grand National Fiddle Championship in Weiser, Idaho. She has performed with Mark O'Connor, Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Laurie Lewis, Hanneke Cassel, and her brother Dennis, a well-known fiddle/mandolin player from Austin, TX.

As a founding member of the all-"girl" Bluegrass super-group Della Mae, she is widely regarded as a pillar of the new-generation fiddle scene, and can be found performing at every major festival across the country.
www.DellaMae.com
 
Jayme Stone – Two-time Juno-winning banjoist, composer and instigator Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world, bridging folk, jazz and chamber music. His award-winning albums both defy and honor the banjo's long role in the world's music, turning historical connections into compelling music. The Other Side of the Air (2013) is a travelogue of imaginary landscapes and faraway lands. The album traverses the Cinnamon Route through Persia and India, revisits and reinvents melodies Stone collected in West Africa and includes a Concerto for Banjo and Chamber Symphony. Room of Wonders (2010) explores music from Norway, Sweden, Bulgaria, Brazil, Italy and North America. Africa to Appalachia (2008) is a boundary-crossing musical collaboration with griot singer Mansa Sissoko that explores the banjo's African roots and Stone's adventures in Mali.

Jayme is leader of the Lomax Project, which brings together some of North America's most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle and re-imagine traditional songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax. Collaborators include Grammy- winning songwriter Tim O'Brien, Bruce Molsky, Margaret Glaspy, Moira Smiley, Brittany Haas, Julian Lage, Eli West, and more.
www.JaymeStone.com
 
Joe Walsh – is a Bluegrass mandolin player known internationally as an exceptionally tasteful player from his work with the legendary Gibson Brothers band, which the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has named winner of awards for Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, and Song of the Year. Joe has also released two recordings under his own name, featuring original compositions and vocals, as well as friend and legendary fiddler Darol Anger, with whom Joe regularly tours. After being the first mandolinist to graduate from the Berklee College of Music on that instrument, Joe returned to Berklee in 2011 as both a mandolin instructor and as Managing Director of the American Roots Music Program.
www.skinnyelephantmusic.com
 
Loren Weisman – is the author of multiple books, including "The Artist's Guide to Success", and "Music Business for Dummies". With deep experience in all aspects of the music industry, Loren has worked on hundreds of albums as a drummer, producer, and production consultant. Loren will offer private consultations to bands in our FBI program, as well as seminars for Main Week and Extension participants on topics ranging from 1. Optimizing Online Marketing, 2. Creating and Breaking down your Music Business Plan, 3. Making Everything Easier with your brand, 4. Realistic Sustainable Careers in today&apso;s Music Industry, and more. "Music Business For Dummies" explains the ins and outs of the music industry for artists and business people just starting out. Coverage includes rehearsing, performing, recording, publishing, copyrights, royalties, and much more, giving you the information you need to start your career off smart
http://musicbusinessfordummies.com/

"The Artist's Guide to Success" in the Music Business, a detailed analysis of the subjects that all musicians should understand and apply in order to pursue a successful and sustainable career in music today. Full of practical advice, this music industry guide provides comprehensive details on how to achieve self-empowerment and optimize your success in today’s music business.
http://artistsguide.net/
 
 
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