Day 1 Wednesday 14|02
Day 2 Thursday 15|02
Day 3 Friday 16|02
Alasdair gives workshops for fiddle players on the linguistic nature and rhythmic drive of traditional Scottish music. Several different themes are possible, including: finding your own voice on your instrument, becoming ‘groove’ aware, ensemble playing, arrangement, creativity & improvisation. The focus is on inclusivity and building community through music-making. He creates a safe, non-judgmental and non-competitive place to learn. All teaching is done by ear.
Alasdair Fraser is one of the greatest carriers of the Scottish fiddle music tradition, a fiddler whose warmly expressive playing, mastery of his instrument and deep understanding of his native music as a venerable and continually evolving art is an inspiration to generations of musicians on both sides of the Atlantic.
As a fiddler equally capable of playing haunting Gaelic airs and rumbustious dance tunes and improvising endless variations on traditional themes, Alasdair has worked in a variety of successful partnerships. He has also guested
with The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Itzhak Perlman and Los Angeles Master Chorale. Since 2003 Alasdair features in a duo with cellist
Natalie Haas, restoring the wee fiddle and big fiddle partnership that flourished in eighteenth century Scotland to contemporary prominence at the cutting edge of tradition-rooted creativity.
Fraser has a concert and recording career spanning over 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, radio and television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic, etc.).
In 2011, he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. He’s the founder of several summer fiddling programs, including the well-known
Valley of the Moon camp in California.
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