Date: July 11, 2020
10 am – 11:30 am; 12:30 – 2:00 pm Central Time
Skill Level: Students should have at least an intermediate level of proficiency on fiddle, accordion, banjo, guitar, or a comparable instrument.
Class Registration Fee: $35
The farms, lumber camps, small towns, and urban centers of Wisconsin and the surrounding region have long been a meeting places for cultures and their musics, from Norwegians, Irish, and Germans to Finns, Ojibwe, and Poles. Taught by fiddler and ethnomusicologist Jason Busniewski, this class introduces the region’s multi-ethnic old-time music. Student musicians will learn to play dance tunes from this unique style of music, as well as learning about its cultural and historical context. Music will be taught primarily by ear, but sheet music will also be made available. Students will come away with a basic repertoire of regional tunes and ways of learning they can use as a basis to continue their journey into deeper engagement with the musical and cultural environment around them.
Materials fee: (Paid directly to instructor during class): none
Students need to bring the following supplies: Instrument of choice, recording device (and music stand if desired)
Jason Busniewski is an experienced fiddler, teacher, and ethnomusicologist with over a decade of experience researching and playing Upper Midwestern old-time music. He currently performs this music with his Milwaukee-based trio, The Lakeside Ramblers, and teaches it at a monthly jam sponsored by a grant from the Minnesota State Fiddlers Association. As a recent recipient of the American-Scandinavian Foundation Folk Arts and Cultural Traditions Fellowship, Jason is currently working on a book and recording of the music of Wisconsin old-time fiddler and accordionist, Otto Rindlisbacher. Music samples and future performance dates can be found at jasonbusniewski.com .