Friday May 31 + Saturday June 1

Arts Incubator at Washington Park
The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

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FRIDAY MAY 31

7pm
Summit Opening Performance
Arts Incubator, Second Floor

Performer(s): Musique Noire, Jessica Pavone and Mary Halvorson, Tomeka Reid
Trio, James Sanders "Blue Violin" Quartet


SATURDAY JUNE 1

10-11am
Beginning String Improv with Edgar Gabriel Section 1
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Rooms 801 and 802

Using his own String Groove® method for teaching improvisation to string students, violinist Edgar Gabriel will work with string players on how to improvise in a variety of styles. Gabriel is a highly sought after teacher of jazz and alternative string playing styles. Students should be at the playing level equivalent to Suzuki books level 3 or 4. No prior experience with improvising required.
Visit: stringroove.com for more information.
Participants: Edgar Gabriel, Tomeka Reid

10-11am
Beginning String Improv with Tomeka Reid, Section 1
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Rooms 801 and 802

This workshop is for cellists only. Students will learn basic tools for improvisation including bass line construction and improvising with the blues scale. Cello players must be at the level equivalent to Suzuki books 3/4.
Participants: Tomeka Reid

11am-Noon
Beginning String Improv with Edgar Gabriel, Section 2
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Rooms 801 and 802

This workshop will use violinist Edgar Gabriel’s String Groove® method to teach string players at the playing level equivalent to Suzuki books level 5 or 6 to improvise in a variety of styles. Gabriel is a highly sought after teacher of jazz and alternative string playing styles. No prior experience with improvising required.
Visit: stringroove.com for more information.
Participants: Edgar Gabriel
Cost: Free

4:30-5:30pm
Beginning String Improv with Tomeka Reid, Section 2
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Rooms 801 and 802

This workshop is for cellists only. Students will learn basic tools for improvisation including bass line construction and improvising with the blues scale. Cello players must be at the level equivalent to Suzuki books 5/6.
Participants: Tomeka Reid

11am-Noon
Exploring Improvisation for College Level and Professional String Players
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Rooms 801 and 802

This workshop will work with acclaimed jazz violinist James Sanders. Equally adept in classical and jazz, Sanders will explore jazz and creative improvisation with string players at the college level as well as string professionals curious about the world of improvisation. Sanders is active as both a teacher and performer throughout the Chicagoland area. Visit JamesSandersViolin.com for more information.
Participants: James Sanders

2:30-4pm
Jazz Improv for Violin and Viola Players High School Aged and Up
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Rooms 801 and 802

Mazz Swift, violin/vox/freestyle composition artist, will work with string players high school aged and up. Swift has been a resident artist and has worked with many string players on improvisation.
Participants: Mazz Swift

1:30-2:30pm
Loop Tech with Mazz Swift
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Rooms 801 and 802

Mazz Swift’s Loop Tech class will explore how to work with various pedals and how they function. Swift, a violin/vox/freestyle composition artist often performs solo accompanying herself with pedals and voice and will demonstrate some of her tricks of the trade.
Participants: Mazz Swift

Noon-1pm
Panel Discussion: Changing World of Strings: What Does it Mean to be a String Player in the 21st Century?
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Rooms 801 and 802

A conversation about what type of skills a string player may need today to become successful and versatile in their careers.

7-9:30pm
Summit Closing Performance
MazzMuse and Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Strings
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall

Violin/vox/freestyle Composition artist Mazz Swift, performing under the name MazzMuse, combines elements of classical, folk, rock, jazz, free improvisational music and electronica to create a rich, unique and diverse musical experience. At the forefront of jazz, new music and creative improvisation, Black Earth Strings brings African rhythms, contemporary sounds and swinging improvisation to a chamber music setting. An acoustic ensemble of four members, Black Earth Strings includes flute, piccolo, alto flute, vocals, violin viola, cello, string bass and percussion to create a wide range of textures and colors.
Participants: Mazz Swift, Nicole Mitchell, Renee Baker, Josh Abrams, Tomeka Reid