JOIN US for an afternoon’s immersion in diverse fiddling techniques, led by some of the Driftless region’s finest musicians and teachers.
- 1:00-2:00: “Putting the Blues in Bluegrass” with Chris Wagoner. Explore the merger of blues and gospel via old time string band music. Participants will learn “how to sound bluesy” using a simple pentatonic scale and slides. Audio samples played on portable turntable will help us to understand the historic birth of bluegrass.
- 2:15-3:30: Performance: Hear each of our guests perform a solo set based on their workshop topic.
- 3:45-4:45: “Effectively Electric” with Biff Blumfumgagnge. Biff will focus on using loops, synths and effects with electric violin.
COST: $20 per workshop (includes performance); $10 cover just for performance.
CHRIS WAGONER has been an in-demand private instructor, multi-instrumental session musician and performer based in the Madison area for almost three decades. Founding member of several of Wisconsin’s favorite musical groups: Harmonious Wail, The Common Faces, The Bob Westfall Band, The Moon Gypsies, The Stellanovas and Graminy, his work with other ensembles and artists includes: Randy Sabien’s “Fiddlehead” Band, Salt Creek (progressive Bluegrass band based in Milwaukee), The North Country Drifters (Western Swing), The Best Westerns, Honor Among Thieves, and singer-songwriters: Carrie Newcomer, L.J. Booth, Whitney Mann, Josh Harty and Blake Thomas. Wagoner is also the author of “The Hal Leonard Fiddle Method” published by Hal Leonard.
Biff Blumfumgagnge (say it three times real fast) is a touring technician and lighting director with King Crimson, Biff is an oft-MAMA, Isthmus and WAMI awarded vocalist and string player who has mastered dozens of albums and modified tons of audio effects and systems, most notably for Adrian Belew, Billy Corgan and Robert Fripp. Biff has worked, played with or appeared on albums by Les Paul, Pat MACdonald, Lee Scratch Perry, Eugene Chadbourne, Al Jewer, Siggi Baldursson (Bjork, Sugarcubes), Marques Bovre & the Evil Twins, King Crimson, Natty Nation, Steve Miller, Boiled In Lead, Robert Fripp, Willy Porter, Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown), Freedy Johnston, Adrian Belew, Kicksville, John Kruth, Marshall Crenshaw, Billy Bragg, Robyn Hitchcock, Jimmy Carl Black (Mothers Of Invention), Hanah Jon Taylor, The Zombeatles, Jay Moran, The Kissers, Yid Vicious, Headpump, V05, Emmetville, CattleProd, Michael Massey, Appliances-SFB and many more. Biff has a degree in Music and Entertainment Business from Madison Media Institute and currently rocks with “Madison’s House Band” that he created called The Gomers as well as Reptile Palace Orchestra, Steely Dane, Ken Lonquist and anyone that needs a fiddler. His “Creative Improv Fiddle Method” is available online at Musicnotes.com.
Date(s) - 03/19/2016
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Rumpus Room