Players of all levels and styles are welcome at the Global Fiddle Retreat in sunny California, USA. Whether you’ve been playing for years, or you just know a couple of tunes, you'll be able to immerse yourself in learning fiddle at this three day fiddle retreat with two of the world's leading fiddle players:
Darol Anger and Annie Staninec.
From bluegrass to swing playing to Americana and old-time, Darol and Annie will give you insight into the techniques, styles, and tips to inspire and improve your playing. The retreat is designed to gather fiddlers of all levels from around the globe with a common goal - learning, playing, eating and sleeping music.
This is the first time a Global Fiddle Retreat has been held in California. Don’t miss this chance to spend a week-end in the Golden State of California, home of some of the world's best music. What could be better than a musical holiday where you really learn something and have a great time with like-minded people?
The Global Fiddle Retreat will take place in Benicia in Northern California, just outside San Francisco on October 5th, 6th, 7th, 2018.
During the day you'll learn directly with Darol and Annie as well as from singer and guitarist Emy Phelps, and then every evening you can sit back with a Californian wine or local handcrafted beer and take part in intimate, once-in-a-lifetime jam sessions. Just bring your fiddle and get ready to learn, jam, make friends and have fun!
One of the most influential fiddlers alive, Darol Anger is an innovative and popular clinician who works with music teachers and students of all ages in universities, camps and festivals across the United States, helping grow interest in contemporary improvising and vernacular strings.
He helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous pathbreaking ensembles such as Mr Sun with fellow virtuosos Grant Gordy and Joe K. Walsh, his Republic Of Strings, The Turtle Island String Quartet, The David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, The Duo and other ensembles. Today Darol can be heard on the Sim City soundtracks and on NPR's "Car Talk" theme every week, along with Earl Scruggs, David Grisman and Tony Rice. In addition to performing all over the world since 1977, he has recorded and produced scores of important recordings, is a MacDowell and UCross Fellow, and has received numerous composers’ residencies and grants. He has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings and motion picture soundtracks.
As an Associate Professor at Berklee College Of Music, through his online Fiddle School at ArtistWorks.com or his work with the American String Teachers Association, he brings over 30 years of experience to teaching and residencies in jazz, blues, fiddle, chamber and orchestra settings.
Darol Anger has a passion for intergenerational education and performance as a way to bridge imaginary borders of age and culture. His group The Republic of Strings: a floating intergenerational orchestra that plays music scooped from backyards, garages and kitchens in every continent, has ignited his vision to create a great nation of string players. Darol is committed to promoting an appreciation of musical diversity and helping others evolve their own personal musical styles that are based on strong cultural roots and influences from around the world.
"Darol is a genius, both musically and in general. He's a great teacher because he can communicate things in such a way that they at first seem very specific and then turn out to apply to a great many things. And he's really fun and hilarious to boot! It's not often that you find a teacher who can make you laugh so much while not even straying from the course of study. He's endlessly creative, which makes learning from him feel like a joint exploration."
"Darol is one of my greatest mentors. His teaching over the years has not only been through our wonderful fiddle lessons, which have continuously opened up my mind to new musical territory, but also through living by example as an endlessly creative artist and compassionate friend. He is this person for countless young musicians."
"Darol Anger changed my life as a teacher and performer. As a VERY classically trained cellist, I was bowled over by his playing and teaching over twenty five years ago. He is a very kind but thorough teacher in a variety of musical forums - clinics, camps, workshops and on the stage. Because of Darol, my musical world has expanded to include all sorts of music. I have advocated for teaching all styles of music ever since I had the fortune to hear Darol Anger while I was a graduate student in music at UCSD."
Friday 5th October 2018
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Students Arrive
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Opening Session: Welcome & Introductions
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Workshop 1
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Workshop 2
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm Dinner
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm Faculty Concert/Open Mic
Saturday 6th October 2018
9:30 am – 10:30 am Workshop 3
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Workshop 4
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm Lunch
2:00 pm – 3:45 pm Workshop 5
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Coffee Break
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Workshop 6
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Dinner
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm Open Mic
Sunday 7th October 2018
9:30 am – 12:00 pm Workshop 7
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Workshop 8
3:30pm - 4:30 pm Workshop 9
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Wrap Up/Review/Q&A
Q. When does the retreat take place?
A. The retreat classes run from the Friday afternoon until Sunday evening.
Q. Where does the retreat take place?
A. The retreat classes will take place at Upstairs at First Street Cafe in downtown Benicia or The Guard House, a nearby venue. Upon registration you will receive a Fact Sheet with location information. Six weeks before the retreat you will receive the final retreat schedule.
Q. What is the cost?
A. The cost per participant is $1399 and $199 for non-participating partners.
Q. Can my partner attend even though they won't participate in the classes.
Absolutely, non-participating partners are very welcome and the price per non-participating partner is $199. Partners may also sit in on a workshop session or two as long as there is adequate space in the room. You'll find the Partner registration button on this page.
Q. What is your cancellation policy?
A. You can receive a full refund minus any credit card fees within the first 30 days of booking. Please consider getting travel insurance to cover unexpected occurrences.
Q. What about accommodation?
A. Accommodations are not included in the price of your retreat ticket. Upon registration you will receive a Fact Sheet with links to nearby accommodation options. These include the Shorelight Inn , Inn at Benicia Bay, Union Hotel, Holiday Inn Express (all in the center of the small downtown area of Benicia and a five minute walk from each other) and the Heritage Inn which is about a mile away. You can also consider using AirBnB. Call the hotels or make your reservations online for accommodations as soon as possible - there is limited availability at each location. It is your responsibility to make and attend to your lodging reservation.
Q. Who can I contact if I have other questions related to the retreat?
A. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Can you accommodate those with dietary issues?
A. We are happy to cater for people with diet issues. Vegetarian, vegans and basic diet requirements are included in the price - just let us know at email@example.com
Q. Are the retreat venues suitable for those with mobility issues?
A. We are not able to accommodate anyone with severe mobility problems. Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your particular needs.
Q. How do I get there?
A. You can travel to Benicia either by air or road.
By air: Benicia is usually 45minutes from Oakland International Airport and an hour from San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
Public transportation to Benicia from the airports include: BART (to Pleasant Hill) - www.bart.gov - and Evans Airporter to Vallejo - www.evanstransportation.com. From BART taxi or Rideshare to Benicia.