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Monday, May 1st, 2017

Freight & Salvage Coffee House

Mountain Dulcimer 2 - 7-8:45pm

2020 Allston Street
Berkeley California US
Price: $130/$140 after 4/25

Mountain Dulcimer II w/ DJ Hamouris

6 Mondays, 5:30-6:45 pm, beginning May 1
$130.00 advance / $140.00 after April 25

Mountain Dulcimer II is designed for those with some familiarity on their instrument. We will explore scales, finger-dexterity exercises, chords and at least two tunings. New tunes will be presented each week in the chord-melody and cross-string techniques.

*Pre-requisites: comfort with tuning and tablature, some melody tune experience, understanding of fretting and basic strums, and a nodding acquaintance with chords.

Teacher, Deborah Hamouris, has played mountain dulcimer since 1979 and taught it for over a decade. She has a BA in Music and gets excited about teaching music both privately & in classes. Deborah currently directs two singing groups and plays in a folk duo, The DulciMates, with husband Buffalo. In 2013 she created the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering at the Freight & Salvage, which takes place in 2017 on 6/10 @the Freight.


Monday, May 1st, 2017

Freight & Salvage Coffee House

Introduction to Mountain Dulcimer - 5:30-6:45pm

2020 Allston Street
Berkeley California US
Price: $130/$140 after 4/25

6 Mondays, 5:30-6:45 pm, beginning May 1

$130/ $140 after April 25

Mountain Dulcimer is one of the easiest & most fulfilling instruments to play. Once it's tuned you can hardly make a mistake. And though it's beautiful with "high piney" tunes from the Appalachian Mountains, it also lends itself to more contemporary music like The Beatles & Leonard Cohen.

In these 6 classes you learn 2 tunings, a couple of tunes each meeting, how to follow dulcimer tablature, some chords and strums to help you out with your musical pursuits. Once you've done that, you can join in on jams & ensemble classes Deborah offers.

NOTE: You will need a dulcimer for this class. If you need to borrow one, I have 3 loaners which must be reserved prior to the first class. To purchase one yourself, I recommend looking for the following brands, new or used: Sweetwwods, Folkcraft, Folk Roots, Capritaurus, McSpadden, Blue Lion. Sweetwoods offers a student model for $125.00, new, which you can trade in on another model. Write me at deborahj@djhamouris.com for more info on this important choice.

Teacher, Deborah Hamouris, has played mountain dulcimer since 1979 and taught it for over a decade. She has a BA in Music and gets excited about teaching music both privately & in classes. Deborah currently directs two singing groups and plays in a folk duo, The DulciMates, with husband Buffalo. In 2013 she created the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering at the Freight & Salvage, which takes place again on 6/10/17.


Sunday, May 7th, 2017

BFUU, Connie Barbour Room

Monthly Jazz Workshop - 2:30-5pm

1606 Bonita Ave.
Berkeley California 94709
Uni 5109102574
Price: $5-$25, sliding scale

$5-$25 donation to defray costs*
BFUU Connie Barbour Room
1606 Bonita Ave., 2nd floor
Berkeley, CA

Benny Watson, piano
Huy Nguyen, acoustic bass
Jack Castillo, drums

Ongoing event 1st Sunday of each month.
~Next one June 4th.

A great place to jam or work out your newest tune with a rhythm section! For both instrumentalists & vocalists.
Bring a chart and/or know your key to call a tune.
Rhythm section rotates monthly - request your favorite players.
Listeners & potluck snacks welcome!
Hosted by Deborah Hamouris & Huy Nguyen, Jazz Camp West Campers

*Our costs include room rent and payment for our professional rhythm section. Any money collected over costs will be held for months when there isn't enough to cover them.

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Angelica's Bistro

Deborah Hamouris with Denny Berthiume Trio - 7:15pm

863 Main Street
Redwood City California 94063
US 650-365-3226
Price: $10 advance/$15 door

I'm honored to be invited to sing with Denny Berthiume and his trio. Please join us for jazz standards and some of my original tunes from "1 in 8" during the early set.

Angelica's has a good reputation for wonderful food & delicious cocktails.

Tickets: $10 advance/$15 at the door

Purchase tickets: http://angelicaswm.tunestub.com/event.cfm?cart&id=258292

DENNY BERTHIAUME,
piano, grew up outside Washington D.C. and Chicago.  He is the only non-California native in the group although San Francisco is his home.  He has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Diane Schuur, Joe Williams, Ed Thigpen, Stan Getz, k.d.lang, and Joan Rivers. He recorded 4 albums as co-leader of the successful fusion group Solar Plexus.  He has appeared at jazz festivals in Monterey, the Russian River, San Jose, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  He was professor in literature and music at Foothill College in Los Altos, California (1970-2004) and a published playwright.


Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

The Marsh Cabaret

Tell it on Tuesday/Music - 7-7:30pm

2120 Allston Way
Berkeley California 94704
USA Highlights info row image (510) 551-3442
Price: $8-$15, sliding scale

I'll be doing a short set of songs with Ellen Hoffman accompanying me on the piano. We're both delighted to be returning to the old home of Anna's Jazz Island, now turned Cabaret for Berkeley Marsh.

Ticket price gets you the stories of 4 practiced storytellers after the music.


Friday, June 9th, 2017

The Back Room

Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering Faculty Concert - 7:30-10pm

1984 Bonita Ave.
Berkeley California 94704
US (510) 381-1997
Price: $10 advance/$15 at the door

The 5th Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering presents our Annual
Faculty Concert

Featuring:

Larry Conger

Steve Eulberg

Deborah "DJ Hamouris

Holly Tannen

Dusty Thorburn

Ticket link to come. Watch this space!


Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Freight & Salvage Coffee House

5th Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering - 9AM-6PM

2020 Allston Street
Berkeley California US
Price: $85/$75

The 5th Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering

Featuring
Larry Conger
Steve Eulberg
Holly Tannen
Deborah Hamouris
Dusty Thorburn
Mark Ungar

Saturday, 6/10, 9-4: workshops at the Freight & Salvage
Friday, 6/9, 7:30pm: faculty concert at The Back Room (downtown Berkeley)

Registration opens March 2017. Watch this space for more details.


Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Freight & Salvage Coffee House

Post-Gathering Workshop with Larry Conger - 1-4pm

2020 Allston Street
Berkeley California US 510/644-2020
Price: $40

Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering Post-Gathering Workshop w/ Larry Conger

Sunday, June 11, 1:00-4:00 pm

$40.00

Register Online

 

Advancing beginner and beyond. Limit 20 students.

 

This workshop will present various arrangements that will focus on economy of movement and consistency of fingering while addressing various embellishments that should make your playing smoother and more comfortable. Come prepared to learn major and minor chords in DAD tuning and discuss their most efficient fingering. Several tunes will be used to reinforce these concepts.

 

All instructional materials will be provided, including tab for the visual learner and MP3 audio tracks for the auditory learner. Some tunes will be challenging for the advancing beginner but should help to facilitate your advancement to the intermediate level and beyond.

 

Handy items to bring include a music stand, pencil, eraser, highlighter, capo, picks and extra strings.

 

Larry Conger is a full time, professional musician. He operates a private music studio, along with his wife Elaine, teaching piano, guitar and drums as well as the mountain dulcimer at their home in Paris, Tennessee. Some of Larrys instruction includes numerous dulcimer festivals, long distance learning via Skype and his Tune of the Month.

 

A graduate of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) Larry has been involved with music as a vocation for almost 40 years. Besides being a popular instructor at various dulcimer workshops around the country, Larry also served as a church music director for several churches during the late 1970s through the 1990s. He has been a participating artist for the Tennessee Arts Commission's Arts in Education program as well as the Kentucky Arts Council's Teacher Incentive Program, bringing dulcimer music into the public schools.

 

In 1995, Larry won the Southern Regional Mountain Dulcimer Championship in Mountain View, Arkansas. Three years later in 1998, he won the prestigious National Mountain Dulcimer Championship in Winfield, Kansas. Larry has authored fifteen dulcimer books and has three recordings to his credit.


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