Notes Inégales visiting Pine Lake Campus March 9th

Fri Mar 9th — PINE LAKE Campus Hartwick College — Come hear Ithaca NY’s hottest new trio “Notes Inégales” (pronounced “notes inagall”) This band is awesome! Notes Inégales will be playing high energy dance tunes with Peter Blue calling the dances from 8-11 pm at 1894 Charlotte Creek Road in Davenport NY in the Vaudevillian Building. Don’t miss this celebration of the roots of New England folk dance! This is an authentic Old New England style venue! Bring clean shoes, a water bottle (optional) and YOUR FRIENDS! All dances taught, No partner needed. Admission: This event is FREE for Hartwick students, all others a donation of from $5-10 dollars would be terrific to support future events like this. PARKING: Please park in the parking lot by Robertson Lodge, The Vaudevillian is down the hill towards the lake. This will be a fun DANCE PARTY featuring “Notes Inégales”; Ethan Jodziewicz (guitar, bass, banjo and feet) and Andrea Katz (fiddle) along with Mike Ludgate (mandolin).

Central NY dancers are lucky to have two new contra dance musicians now living in the ITHACA area, both are students starting their second semesters here. Ethan Jodziewicz (bass, guitar, banjo, mandolin and feet) is studying double bass performance at Ithaca College. Ethan is from Washington state, where he often plays with his band The Retrospectacles. Andrea Katz (from Texas on playing fiddle) 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. Both are fantastic contra dance musicians and are playing a dance with Ithaca contra musician and music promoter Michael Ludgate under the new band name Notes Inégales. This will be an exceptionally fun dance!

About the band name: “Notes Inégales” (pronounced notes inagall) contra dance band — “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

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GPS UNITS: On most GPS systems the correct location is found using ONEONTA (the zip code for the address is 13820 ) Use the link to the google address or “1894 Charlotte Creek Road Oneonta: 2 miles east of West Davenport”

PARKING — TONS OF EASY PARKING! Please park in the parking lot by Robertson Lodge, which you will come to first. The Vaudevillian is down the hill towards the lake.

MORE INFORMATION 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 all 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

NPR: Youth Flock To Contra Dancing — Contra dancing has been around since the 1700s. If you don’t know it — it’s kind of like square dancing but with long lines of dancers. The dance is having a renaissance around the country thanks to a thriving youth scene and incredibly lively acoustic music. Article by Marika Partridge on All Things Considered NPR July 2nd 2010

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