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News Flash re: MassACDA 2014 Summer Conference: Jim Papoulis & Mary Goetze lead a “multicultural” jam session.

Location: Massachusetts, USA
The MassACDA 2014 Summer Conference in Northampton, MA (July 20-23) will definitely not end with a whimper! New Boston resident and MassACDA Board member Jim Papoulis will join headliner clinician Dr. Mary Goetze to present the final session on Wednesday afternoon, July 23.
 
Co-author of Global Voices, a series of interactive CD‐ROMs and DVDs to make music of diverse cultures accessible for classrooms and choirs, Mary will recap some of her main strategies for approaching the multiple vocal techniques employed around the world. A group of African musicians—including Namory Keita from Guinea, West Africa—will accompany her. Then Jim will lead everyone in reading some of his compositions and also “improvise some grooves. He says: “Seeing how these wonderful musicians groove together is what I want to show—how important the groove is. the proper how to play a djembe the right way (and the wrong way.) The djembe is often used in the US to create a ‘world’ sound, but is so often played incorrectly. I’ll ask for volunteers and teach them the right way. We’ll also demonstrate how to play shakers, and then how to groove together, ending with a short concert.” Guest Sophia Miller, Associate Director of the Young People’s Chorus of New York, will be available to speak a bit on working with younger choirs in world music repertoire. 
 
An extraordinary finale to a Conference filled with highlights: Clinician Betsy Cook Weber, a collaborative performance of James Whitbourn’s oratorio Anneliese, 60 pieces of recommended repertoire in the Conference packet!  Free PDPs and affordable grad credit through UMass Amherst. For more information and to register—it’s not too late—see www.massacda.org.
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