SFRS favorite Peter Maund will conduct our March 20 chapter meeting, bringing us lively music that he assures us is percussion friendly, he invites us to learn more about basic drum strokes to accompany the repertoire and will inspire us to add percussion to music we play in our ensembles.

Peter Maund with zarb (Persian goblet drum)

A native of San Francisco, Peter Maund studied percussion at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and music, folklore and ethnomusicology at the University of California, Berkeley. A founding member of Ensemble Alcatraz and Alasdair Fraser’s Skyedance, he has performed with  early and contemporary ensembles including American Bach Soloists, Anonymous 4, Chanticleer, Hesperion XX, Musica Pacifica, Pacific Music Works, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Texas Early Music Project, and Voices of Music, among others. He is the author of “Percussion” in A Performers Guide to Medieval Music, Indiana University Press, 2000.He has served on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley as well as in workshops in the U.S., Canada, Israel, and Great Britain.  Described by the Glasgow Herald as “the most considerate and imaginative of percussionists” he can be heard on over 50 recordings.

To see and hear Peter play in a Voices of Music performance of Dances from Terpsichore by Michael Praetorius click HERE. Recorder and riq are featured prominently on the Volta (5:20) and la Bouree (7:40) segments.

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Record attendance at the 2019 SFRS workshop. Participants get ready to enjoy a day of instruction and beautiful music. Photo courtesy of Jack O'Neill
Thank You!
Our 2019 workshop "Love is in the Air," held on Monday, February 18 was a great success! We had record attendance for this unusual Monday workshop. 60 participants came from far and near - from Arcata to Santa Cruz; from Bodega Bay and Russian River to Elk Grove, as well as the greater Bay Area (north south, and east).

Rotem and Hanneke provided us with beautiful repertoire, all fitting the topic of love in its various manifestations, that we are sure to use with our ensembles and call to mind the excellent instruction we received.

THANK YOU to everyone who helped the workshop flow smoothly! Guests from all corners helped with the task of setting up and later putting away the 80 chairs needed for the playing areas. Others pitched right in to wash cups and glasses - we never use paper cups - clean up the kitchen, and return the church to "normal." The San Francisco Recorder Society provided sumptuous refreshments: gourmet treats and home-made delights that received many expressions of appreciation. Thank you all for your special efforts and culinary talents. 

Special thanks to our hosts at Christ Church Lutheran, who graciously allow our use of the church and who place such trust in us to care for their building and sacred space. We love our relationship with this community! There is great promise that the sanctuary will have heat next year, and we again apologize for the chilly space due to the faulty boiler (which will soon be repaired).

We look forward with eager anticipation to next year's workshop!