ITHACA NY – Notes Inégales (notes in-a-gall) contra groove band is performing for a Contra Dance on Fri Aug 30 2013. Notes Inégales [pronounced “notes in-a-gall”] is Andrea Katz on fiddle/viola and Michael Ludgate on mandolin/banjo. For this dance featuring special musical guests: Lindsey Clark (Ithaca College) on fiddle/viola and Phil Robinson (O’Shanigans, CMEMME) on Guitar with local callers. Location: Bethel Grove Community Center 1825 Slaterville Rd Ithaca NY. 8-11 pm $6- TCCD sponsored event. Band: http://www.notesinegales.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/420907094695932/
New musician – This Friday’s dance will be Lindsey Clark’s Ithaca contra debut, twin violas!! Woo hoo! From our website: “Lindsey (fiddle and viola) is a junior music education major at Ithaca College. She discovered fiddling at a public school summer arts camp when she was in sixth grade. From then until her Lindsey (fiddle and viola)senior year of high school, her adventures with the Cheshire Fiddle Club took her all over her home state of Connecticut, throughout New England, and occasionally beyond, where she played alongside many inspiring fiddlers including Bruce Molsky, Dudley Laufman, Julie Lyonn-Liebermann, Ben Dean (of Caravan of Thieves-check them out!), Mark Wood, and Richard Greene. Eventually, Lindsey also began to seriously study classical violin and viola. While in Ithaca, she has studied with viola with Debra Moree and taken occasional fiddle lessons with Laurie Hart. Lindsey ran a summer string studio out of her home in Connecticut for six years before deciding to stay in Ithaca for a summer (where she met Mike and Andrea). Passionate that world music, folk traditions, and creativity are part of the modern musician’s complete breakfast, Lindsey is always seeking experience that she can apply to her performing and teaching. At Ithaca College, she has performed in the Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, Steel Drum Band, chamber ensembles, and a fiddle-intensive sophomore solo recital. She has been enjoying getting to know Ithaca’s local music scene this summer.” http://www.notesinegales.org/
More about the band …
Andrea Katz (fiddle, viola) – Andrea Katz (from Texas playing fiddle and viola) is a PhD candidate in applied physics at Cornell University. Andrea played in a variety of contra dance bands in the San Antonio area and has studied with Jay Ungar and David Kaynor. Andrea is joined by Michael Ludgate (mandolin, fiddle, tenor banjo), joined by occasional special guests. This will be an exceptionally fun dance! Musician’s bios here http://www.notesinegales.org/
Lindsey Clark – Lindsey (fiddle and viola) is a junior music education major at Ithaca College. She has fiddled alongside many inspiring fiddlers including Bruce Molsky, Dudley Laufman, Julie Lyonn-Liebermann, Ben Dean (of Caravan of Thieves-check them out!), Mark Wood, and Richard Greene. At Ithaca College, she has performed in the Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, Steel Drum Band, chamber ensembles, and a fiddle-intensive sophomore solo recital. MORE http://www.notesinegales.org/
Phil Robinson – (Guitar, also mandolin, fiddle, sitar and 5-string banjo) Phil plays Old-Time, bluegrass, Celtic, Cajun, zydeco, and contra dance music. And since everyone and his/her canine plays the guitar in Ithaca, Phil decided to branch out and teach himself fiddle, mandolin, 5-string banjo, and sitar (out of an appreciation for classical Indian music). Phil helped start a local bluegrass jam and he sometimes attends Jay Ungar and Molly Mason’s Ashokan Fiddle and Dance camps (Southern Week). Phil makes regular appearances with Your Friends and Neighbors. Latest news: Phil has joined the Cornell Middle Eastern Music Ensemble where he and Mike are studying oud under the direction of Harold Hagopian. MORE http://www.notesinegales.org/
Notes Inégales (pronounced notes in-a-gall) contra dance band performs Celtic, American and world fiddle tunes suitable for contra dancing, general entertainment and weddings. Fiddle and dance tunes from: New England, Southern Appalachia, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Finland, Sweden and the Middle East! We currently combine the skills of two of Ithaca’s most talented contra dance musicians: Andrea Katz (fiddle, viola) with local contra session leader and acoustic music promoter, Michael Ludgate (mandolin, fiddle, tenor banjo), joined by occasional special guests.
From the dancers and callers — “Notes Inégales, what a fantastic band! You guys rock! True to it’s name, the band infused some interesting rhythmic swing-like patterns (rock step-1-2-3??) into regular square steps. Thanks guys for a fun evening!” “A wall of dance sound” “Wow! What was that Horse Flies tune you played?” “The music was fantastic!” “That was a delightful contra dance last night … I truly enjoyed the many subtleties of your musical arrangements.”, ” … such a fun group of people, and the band was awesome … ” , “The band was absolutely wonderful last night!”
About the band NAME: “Notes Inégales” (pronounced notes inagall) contra dance band http://www.notesinegales.org/ — “In music, notes inégales (French: unequal notes) refers to a performance practice, mainly from the Baroque and Classical music eras, in which some notes with equal written time values are performed with unequal durations, usually as alternating long and short. The practice was especially prevalent in France in the 17th and 18th centuries, with appearances in other European countries at the same time; and it reappeared as the standard performance practice in the 20th century in jazz.” source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notes_in%C3%A9gales
More about the musicians here: Bios and Photos http://www.notesinegales.org/
More about Contra Dancing:
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST DANCE Contra dancing is easy to learn. It’s so easy to learn that you don’t take lessons. Just show up at a dance and by the end of the first night you’ll have learned Danceers at an O’Shanigans’ contra dance in Ithaca NYall the dance moves and you will be able to enjoy the next dance even more. People are friendly and welcoming to beginners. The age range is from kids to folks that have been around for a while. Both singles and doubles come to contra dances and women as well as men ask people to dance. It is usual that you change partners after every dance. You will meet people in a relaxed, pleasant, smoke and alcohol free atmosphere. The patterns of the dance can be a tad confusing at first but remember everyone had a first time and that other dancers will help you. Listen to the caller and the music and go with the flow of the dance. Some people find they get dizzy at first. Looking directly at the person you are dancing with eliminates this sensation. For many, the music is what keeps them coming back as it is exciting and lively. People come to dance, hear the music, socialize and have a good time.
WHAT TO WEAR? Wear smooth soled shoes and comfortable light weight clothing. Some halls require non-street shoes so make sure the soles of shoes aren’t bringing grit onto the dance floor. Most people bring a bottle of drinking water. Contra dancing is joyous so it’s important that you bring a smile. Adapted from http://www.greatmeadowmusic.com/music.html
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