Friday, June 22, 2012

concert on Saturday - Musekiwa Chingodza - legendary Zimbabwean mbira (thumb piano) player

You’re invited to a unique house concert at the home of Nancy and Rick Steele, 2821 Cody Ave., Bellingham, on Saturday, June 23 from 7-9pm featuring special guest Musekiwa Chingodza, a legendary Zimbabwean mbira (thumb piano) player/teacher who is currently touring the U.S, and will teach and perform at the Zimbabwean Music Festival in Moscow, Idaho Aug. 2-5.

This year, Musekiwa has participated in university presentations (lectures and demonstrations) at such prestigious colleges as the University of Cincinnati (Ohio); Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY); Pomona College (Los Angeles, CA) and the University of Oregon (Eugene).
Julie Ishihara—a long-time member of the Bellingham Zimbabwean music community—will accompany Musekiwa on hosho (dried gourd shakers). A minimum $5 donation is requested. Info: or 920-6494.

Musekiwa Chingodza was born into a family of great mbira players in Mwangara village, Murewa, Zimbabwe, in 1970. Surrounded by gwenyambira, or great mbira players, he began playing mbira at the age of five and is self-taught. In 1991 Musekiwa was a key member of the band Panjea, founded by Chris Berry. He composed the hit song “Ganda” on Panjea’s Zimbabwean album. He formerly taught mbira at Prince Edward School in Harare for many years, and continues to be in demand to play mbira at ceremonies in Zimbabwe. He is an excellent singer, dancer and ngoma drummer in the Shona tradition and plays both mbira dzavadzimu and nyunga nyunga. Following up on his widely acclaimed CD with Jennifer Kyker, entitled Tsunga, Musekiwa released his CD VaChingodza Budai Pachena, his solo CD, Kutema Musasa, a second collaboration with Jennifer Kyker, Muronda Tsimba, and his latest with Bud Cohen, Tomutenda Mambo.

Friday, June 15, 2012

details about this Sunday's service

Some reminders about the what, when, and where for this Sunday.
  • dress: black pants or skirt, white top with choir stoles
  • 9:10: arrive a little early for Doug's brunch if you want a chance to have a bite to eat and visit with Doug before the choir gathers for a quick rehearsal
  • 9:45: meet in sanctuary for choir rehearsal - other musical groups will be meeting and rehearsing, too. Men - grab a gray stole, women - grab a shimmery stole
  • 10:30: take a deep breath and remember we will be the voices expressing what the congregation is feeling as Doug leaves. A lot of emotions will be filling the room and we can let that help us make something beautiful and powerful.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Wednesday Choir rehearsals this week and next!

Just a quick reminder that there will be choir rehearsal on Wednesday the 6th and Wednesday the 13th at 7:00. We will be practicing a piece to sing for his final service on June 17th. Anyone who can make it please's our last chance to sing for Doug - let's make it beautiful and memorable.

reminder about June 10 workshop with Fabiana Katz

"Come Explore your Natural Voice," a workshop for male and female adult singers featuring Fabiana Katz, a renowned vocal coach and soloist from Vancouver, B.C., will be offered Sunday, June 10 from 2-5 p.m. at Jerns Funeral Chapel.

"My approach is holistic and organic," Ms. Katz wrote in her website. "Singing is not for a 'lucky few. It's our privilege and and right as human beings..."

The workshop will cover breath control, posture, use of resonance, voice placement, vowel matching and muscular control.

It is sponsored by the Bellingham Threshold Singers, a non-profit, a cappella women's group which sings at bedsides of chronically ill or dying persons, and the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship Choir.
Jerns Funeral Chapel is at 800 E. Sunset Dr., at James Street.  A suggested donation of $8-12 will be asked for at the door.

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