2 Foot Yard to offer classes, concerts

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Foot YardCarla Kihlstedt and 2 Foot Yard will discuss creating music, provide master classes and produce an evening performance during the trio’s residency at SUNY Oswego beginning March 20.

The headline event will be a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre. The group will present its blend of chamber tones and rock edginess as the next installment of SUNY Oswego’s Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series.

Kihlstedt was dubbed “an indie goddess, making the unlikely combination of violin, cello, and drums rock out, sound mournful blues, or play appealingly quirky, dissonant numbers,” by SanDiego.com reviewer Christian Hertzog, who added that “her alternately sweet and raw vocals would be at home in any alternative rock radio format.”

The trio consists of Kihlstedt on violin and vocals, Marika Hughes on cello and vocals, and Shahzad Ismaili on percussion, guitar and electronics. On Monday, March 20, they each will lead sessions on their instruments as part of their residencies.

Kihlstedt will present a violin master class, touching on her background that includes classical training and art rock, at 7:30 p.m. Hughes will host a “Cello Playshop” asking cellists of all skill levels to come and, in her words, “rock the low end” at 7:30 p.m. Spaces will be determined at the time of reservation. These two groups will come together at the end of the session to perform and talk.

Earlier that day, Ismaily will lead a percussion master class, with an emphasis on non-Western musical traditions, at 2 p.m. in Room 40 of Tyler Hall.

For information or reservations for any of these sessions, contact Elizabeth La Manna at elamanna@oswego.edu or 564-6527. Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome to attend.

All three members of 2 Foot Yard will provide an informance at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, in Room 41 of Tyler Hall. They will perform selections, discuss the role of group improvisation in song writing and field audience questions.

All of the above sessions will be free and open to the public.

In addition, the three visiting musicians will speak to SUNY Oswego music classes, work with local high schools and collaborate with the college’s Concert Band.

The Artswego Performing Arts Series and SUNY Oswego music department sponsor the group’s performance and residency.

A grant from the Rosamond Gifford Foundation supports this year’s Ke-Nekt series and the residency work of 2 Foot Yard. WCNY Classic FM provides media support.

Tickets for the evening performance on March 22 cost $15 ($10 for seniors and students, $5 for SUNY Oswego students).

For more information or to make reservations, call Tyler box office at 312-2141 or e-mail tickets@oswego.edu.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Sharing skills—Members of 2 Foot Yard—from left, percussionist/guitarist Shahzad Ismaili, vocalist/violinist Carla Kihlstedt and cellist/vocalist Marika Hughes—will lead classes and perform during their upcoming residency at SUNY Oswego.

CONTACT: Mary Avrakotos, 312-4581 or artswego@oswego.edu

(Posted: Mar 01, 2006)