June and August meetings are directed by chapter members here at SFRS. Any member is welcome to try their hand at it, we would love to have you bring your favorite selections to conduct. Contact Greta to volunteer!
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Our Conductor for April: Peter Maund!
Our in-person meetings continue to be suspended due to personal distancing mandate during the CoViD-19 pandemic (see our News & Eventspage). After a full YEAR of quarantine keeping us from meeting at Christ Church Lutheran, we are itching to play music in person! But we are still "playing it safe" and we've held virtual meetings since May via the Zoom Conferencing platform. Since June, players from other chapters have been invited to join our meetings, and in September we joined forces with the Sacramento Recorder Society to present excellent online meetings. We've have had an average of between 40 and 50 recorder enthusiasts in attendance, resulting in an SFRS record 48 paid memberships!
Bay Area early music professional Peter Maund and perennial chapter favorite will conduct our meeting on Wednesday, April 21 at 7:30 PM Pacific time. He is looking forward to (virtually) seeing everyone and working together on percussion-friendly music. As he usually does, he will begin the evening with a quick introduction to basic technique for hand drums, i.e., the syllables and strokes we use to create percussion parts. Everyone is welcome to try their hand at drumming. If you don't have a drum you can use a cardboard box, a pot or wastebasket (all preferably empty). Those of you who only wish to play recorders will also benefit by knowing how percussion parts can inform and impact the pieces. We'll then play medieval and renaissance music from the Iberian peninsula before taking a detour to Egypt to finish the evening.
NOTE: Be sure to keep your Zoom account up to date (now at version 5.5.5) for the best online musical experience. Click HERE for a PDF sheet of tips to help you with settings for the best results for playing of and listening to recorders on Zoom.
Percussionist Peter Maund (seen here with a few of his frame drums) will conduct our April meeting
PETER MAUND is a percussionist who specializes in early music. He has performed with the American Bach Soloists, Anonymous 4, Chanticleer, Ensemble Alcatraz, Hesperion XX, Musica Pacifica, Pacific MusicWorks, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and Voices of Music, among others. He is the author of “Percussion” in A Performers Guide to Medieval Music, Indiana University Press, 2000. He teaches privately in the Bay Area as well as in workshops throughout the US and Europe. Described by the Glasgow Herald as “the most considerate and imaginative of percussionists” he can be heard on over 60 recordings.
Although we really miss playing together in person, most of us are almost getting used to attending online music playing events. As we near the last quarter of our season, we've enjoyed experiencing each conductor's unique approach to the art of online presentation.
We look forward to next season when we hope to play together again in person and have a brilliant slate of professional musicians direct us. Meanwhile, we will do our very best to stay well and keep up our enthusiasm for playing our beloved recorders while staying well ... and getting vaccinated as soon as possible!
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Pied Piper illustration - the top of an old model Mollenhauer recorder box
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