Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Fall Voice of the Circle Newsletter and Annual Survey

The Fall NCFC Voice of the Circle Newsletter has been mailed to members. If you opted out of receiving the paper version of the newsletter, or would like to read the latest edition, you can also download an electronic version which is now posted on the NCFC website:

Link: Fall Voice of the Circle Newsletter

Also, it's time for the annual membership survey. If you haven't sent in the paper version of the survey (which was included in the newsletter mailing), you can take the online version of the survey. This should take about 5 minutes to complete. If you submit a survey response, you'll be entered into a drawing for prized which includes a one (1) year membership and an NCFC T-Shirt.

Link: 2008 NCFC Membership Survey

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Help Support Randy Stenzel

Two flutes have been donated to raise funds for flutemaker Randy Stenzel of Feather Wood Flutes. Randy is battling cancer and all proceeds will go to Randy Stenzel and his family.

ANDREW BEGAY Em - Mary Munrain has graciously donated a beautiful Andrew Begay Em Flute. Andrew is one of the premiere flute makers.
eBay Item number: 260323102386
Ebay auction link

BUTCH HALL Low Cm - Jan Rice donated a new Butch Hall Low Cm Concert Flute. This is a wonderful flute made of Spanish Cedar. It has a low, warm voice and an easy reach.
eBay Item number: 260323110328
Ebay auction link

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Musical Echos, April 24-26, 2009

Musical Echos is happening again in 2009.

WHAT: Musical Echoes
WHEN: April 24-26, 2009.
WHERE: Ft. Walton Beach, FL
WEBSITE:
www.musicalechoes.org

PLAYERS who might be interested in entering the playing competition need to submit a preliminary recording by January 15, 2009. All the specifics, including rules and applications can be found on the website:

Flute players info:
http://www.musicalechoes.org/players.html

FLUTE MAKERS and ARTS entrants do not need to submit anything ahead of time. But should take a look at the rules and applications for both of these, so you can make sure your designs fit the criteria.

Flute makers info:
http://www.musicalechoes.org/makers.html

Arts Competition info:
http://www.musicalechoes.org/art.html

The totem this year is the PANTHER.

For further information, please feel free to contact Rob Thorne at either:

competition@musicalecheos.org

or

robhorne@cybertron.com




Musical Echoes 2009
April 24, 25, 26

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Want to learn to play flute with the cello?

Ann Licater has 7 spots left for this unique and powerful class. Many have found it especially wonderful because Ann will be presenting along with cellist, Suellen Primost! In the first half of the class Ann will run through technique brush-up on the native American flute (scales, embellishments) and then work with playing improvisational duets. Suellen Primost is a cellist, coming from Oakland, and will play improvisations with the students. There will be a mic/amp with reverb for the flute and the experience is really transformational.

Class fee is $49 payable to Moonfyre Metaphysical:

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov 25th 7:15 PM- 10 PM
WHAT: Technique and Improvisation- Native American Flute w/ Cello
LEVEL: Beginning - Intermediate
TEACHER: Ann Licater- Native American and World Flutes
GUEST: Suellen Primost, Cello
Location:
Moonfyre Metaphysical
401 E. Campbell, Ave.
Campbell, CA 95008
Call to Reserve a spot- 408-370-0333 OR email annlicater@sbcglobal.net Fee Policy: Non-refundable Class fee is due to hold a space

About Ann Licater
Ann Licater: Native American and World Flutist. Fresh from her first performance at Carnegie Hall, and a former student of R. Carlos Nakai, at the Renaissance of the Native American Flute, Ann is a recording artist, featured performer at the World Flute Fest, and a San Jose Chamber Orchestra soloist. She facilitates healing workshops for Kaiser Permanente Wellness Centers and holds an M.L.A. in Spirituality. Her CD "Following the Call," solo wood and clay flute music was nominated "Best Native American Album" and "Top Twelve Best Contemporary Instrumental Album" of 2007 in the NAR Lifestyle Music Awards. It Ann's music is heard on NPR stations on the "Hearts of Space" syndicated show as well as on cable and radio stations world-wide. Ann resides in the San Francisco Bay area in Northern California.


About Suellen Primost
Suellen Primost is a seasoned cellist, sound healer and performance artist, known for her versatility and expressiveness. She has spent her long musical career engaged in orchestral work, recording, chamber music and interdisciplinary collaborations. While living in Santa Fe, NM, Suellen worked with adolescent patients at St. Vincent Hospital and with Navajo Youth in rural and intercity programs. She also founded her own school. After moving to the Bay Area in 2002, Suellen joined Artship Ensemble as its Music Director. She currently performs with the Espiritu Ensembles, Native and world flutist Ann Licater and “Kiss the Joy as it Flies” Ensemble. She resides in Oakland, CA.


www.fluteforthesoul.com

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Clint Goss Jam Tracks in G Minor



Clint Goss is busy doing the final mastering of his the second in his series of Jam Track CD's designed to enable you to play along with (jam) the tracks. This latest album is due out in January, and you can download two of the tracks now from his website, to give you a taste of the type of music which will be available in the final production.

The first title released was "Jam Tracks in A minor".

This new releases extends that to tunes written for a G minor flute. I applaud Clint for pulling together a compilation of tracks written for a specific flute key. This makes it a better investment for new players who may only have a single flute to chose the appropriate CD.

To download the two free tracks, click here:

Friday, October 10, 2008

Weekend Events: Oct 10-12, 2008



NOTE: We now have the new calendar online, you can check out the calendar here: Northern California Flute Circle Calendar to see what's happening further out, but I encourage you to login every week to review what's coming up for the weekend events!
Native American Flute related events and other World music events happening in Northern California are posted on the Naflute calendar.

NOTE: If I missed an event for the weekend, please add a comment with event info so that others can know!

Friday, Oct 10, 2008

Saturday, Oct 11, 2008

Saturday, Oct 12, 2008

Monday, Oct 13, 2008

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Mary Youngblood Workshop Oct 18, 2008

LOPING WOLF Presents the Musical Retreat for 2008 with Two-time Grammy Winner Mary Youngblood - First Lady of the Flute

WHEN: October 18, 2008
WHERE: LOPING WOLF Ranch, Auburn CA
COST: Each workshop is $45.  $5 donation from attendees not taking a workshop to help defray expenses.

Please come and share NAF techniques, attend Mary’s workshops, jam with Mary and attend the closing open mic session to practice what you've learned with the "First Lady of the Flute". Non-workshop attendees will be able to cavort, try out other flutes ‘n’ drums and practice jamming.

There are some who were not able to make the previous five retreats held this past summer (“Tempest Fugit!”), so we hope this will give you a chance to attend. Space is limited, so we encourage you to sign up now!

Call to reserve a spot and obtain directions.

Bring ALL your flutes (“A” minor for the workshop), drums and percussion instruments.
Mary Youngblood books, CDs and other merchandise will be available for purchase.
Check out Mike Ely’s video of the first retreat at
http://www.maryyoungblood.com/videos/Clips%20Rev%20b.wmv 

MUSICAL RETREAT - DAY’S ACTIVITIES
11:00am to 1:00pm Arrival and Lunch (Bring your favorite potluck item)
12:00pm [ ] LOPING WOLF ~Welcome and Introduction
[ ] Theme Song ~ “The LOPING WOLF Lope”
[ ] Mary Youngblood ~ Welcome Performance

1:00pm to 2:00pm Beginning Workshop ~ Work on beginning skills: breath control, embellishments and techniques. (Mary will collect any written questions before the workshop.)
Break
2:30pm to 4:00pm Intermediate / Advanced Workshop ~ vibrato, improvisation, embellishment details, how to duet with another player, composition, phrasing, timing, plus performance and recording readiness will be shared
Break
4:30pm to 5:30pm OPEN MIC hour will be your opportunity to duet with Mary and learn how Mary takes a player to the “next level”. Sign up to have your duet with Mary recorded on DVD with you for an additional fee as a keepsake of this unforgettable day! Autographed pictures of you playing with Mary at this special NAF musical retreat will be available for purchase before you leave!

HOSTS - LOPING WOLF - Lake of the Pines Wood Flute 'n' Drum Circle - www.lopingwolf.com
Sheree 'n' Dan DiCicco / 10492 Gautier Drive / Auburn CA 95602 / (530) 613-4197 Dan's cell / flutecircle@lopingwolf.com

Monday, October 06, 2008

Indigenous Peoples Days are coming!

If you are in the Grass Valley / Nevada City area, you don't want to miss the Indigenous Peoples Days event happening this weekend! This event runs all weekend with special events happening each day. Note that members from LOPINGWOLF will be playing on stage on Sunday, so please come and join the fun and support this wonderful event!

Here's a rundown of the events:

FRIDAY
OPENING CEREMONY
6 PM, Union and Broad Sts, Nevada City, CA. Downtown Nevada City.

SATURDAY
SUNRISE CEREMONY
at the South Yuba River below Parks Bar at Route 20, outside Nevada City, CA

CALLING BACK THE SALMON CEREMONY
mid-day at the South Yuba River at Bridgeport, outside Nevada City
(see map) click here

SUNDAY
CELEBRATION
All day at MACC, the Maidu Active Cultural Center
Lake Vera Purdon Road, Nevada City
(see map)

From Grass Valley:
Take Hwy 49 North
Turn left at CA-49 0.3 mi
Turn right at N Bloomfield Rd 0.2 mi
Turn left to stay on N Bloomfield Rd 0.3 mi
Turn left at Lake Vera Purdon Rd 0.9 mi

16200 Lake Vera Purdon Rd
Nevada City, CA 95959

MONDAY
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY
9:30 AM-5 PM, Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St., Nevada City

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

My Apologies

I promised to 'live blog' from the Yosemite Flute Festival, and although I was able to post a couple entries, I just was too busy running around to take pictures and submit posts. I regret that I didn't capture more of the experience for those who couldn't attend.

HOWEVER - if you attended, and have pictures, I'd be happy to post the best of them as memories from the event. You know how to get a hold of me...

Can you say "Flutie Hangover"?

Wow, it's been three days now, since I returned from the Yosemite Flute Festival, and I am still suffering from a "flutie hangover".

First of all, huge kudo's and thanks go to Rick and Linda Dunlop & Steven DeRuby, for all of their hard work to make this event a reality.

Second, thanks to all of the flute makers who attended (many who traveled a long way), and showed off their individual crafts. It was so fun to see all of the different style flutes.

Third, thanks to all of the performers who entertained us with their talents: Mary Youngblood, Vince Chafin (and friends), Scott August, Mark Holland and Jeff Ball (and his band). The concerts were (in my opinion) the highlight of the weekend. Having all of these talented folks showcasing their music side by side was an inspiration. We had the chance to hear five different styles of music, all featuring the Native American Flute. The NAF was definitely the star.

Finally, thanks to everyone who attended the festival and spent their precious dollars (in this economy) on flutes, art, food and fun.

The best news is that the Yosemite Flute Festival will happen again next year. I don't have the exact dates handy, but it'll be the same weekend in the fall in 2009.

If you attended, I appreciate your comments to this post, about those things that are most memorable to you.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Dryad flutes

Jon Sherman plays his dual branch flutes.

Tim Blueflint plays 'old school' music

Tim Blueflint played open mic this morning with his "warbling flute". Tim is one of the few flutemakers who intentionally make a warbling flute in the style of the traditional flutes.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Help Save Pandora Music

If you enjoy Pandora Music (www.pandora.com) as much I do, then your help is needed to help save internet radio. I recieved the following message from Tim Westergreen, founder of Pandora:

"Hi, it's Tim from Pandora;
Today, thanks to the extraordinary support of many Pandora listeners, we took a giant step forward when the House of Representatives supported Pandora and Internet radio and passed the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008. Now we need your help so that the Senate will pass it also - and quickly... The finish line is in sight!
After a yearlong negotiation, Pandora, SoundExchange and the RIAA are finally optimistic about reaching an agreement on royalties that would save Pandora and Internet radio. The legislation would give us the extra time we need to finalize the deal.
Please call your Senators Monday morning starting at 9:00 (Eastern) and ask them to support the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008.
The person who answers the phone in your Senator's office may ask for the bill number - it's H.R. 7084 (if they ask for a Senate bill number, you can assure them that in this unusual case, the Senate is actually voting on the House bill number).

If the phone is busy, please try again until you get through. These calls really do make a difference.
Thanks so much for you ongoing support.
Tim

Friday, September 26, 2008

Geoffrey Ellis at Yosemite

Here's a picture of Geoffret Ellis all setup and ready to sell his flutes. Geoffrey has a collection of anasazi flutes ready to go. There's still time to join us!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Blogging LIVE from the Yosemite Flute Festival

If you can't make it to the Yosemite Flute Festival this year, then stay tuned to this blog later this week and weekend. If I can get a strong enough ATT signal at the event, then I'll be blogging live from the events from my cell phone (amazing that they can do that now...?!).
I'll try to capture events as they unfold.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Don't Forget to Volunteer at the Yosemite Flute Festival

The Yosemite Flute Festival is fast approaching, and we need your help to make it a success. If you are planning on attending, please consider volunteering an hour or more to help make this event a success. In fact, it's a great way to rest your feet for an hour!

Please check out the Volunteer page on the festival site for more information:

Link: http://www.yosemiteflutefest.com/volunteers.html

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Michelle Carlino Workshops at Yosemite Flute Festival

"Yoga for Flute Playing: The Balance of Body and Breath"

Join Michelle Carlino for a wonderful way to embrace the morning or a rejuvenating afternoon break as you support learning through this ancient opening of the body and the breath.

This class will include gentle stretching and asana(posture) to open the body; breath work to build lung capacity and control; and relaxation to place one in the most optimal alignment for learning and play.

Hatha Yoga is a more than 6,000 year old system which supports and builds health in the dimensions of body, mind, and spirit. This practice supportsthe necessary qualities for flute playing of a steady breath moving from a balanced and relaxed body and focused mind.

Open to all ages
Appropriate for all levels
Please bring a towel or mat
Cost: $10


For more workshops happening at the Yosemite Flute Festival:
http://www.yosemiteflutefest.com/flutefestworkshops.html

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Jeff Ball Workshops at Yosemite Flute Festival

Jeff Ball will be providing a variety of opportunities to learn at the Yosemite Flute Festival.

15 Minute Tutorials With Jeff Ball
Get your questions answered, professional feedback, and tips from ISMA and NAMMY winning NAF recording artist Jeff Ball. Bring your flute and the desire to learn.
Cost: $20.00.

Template for Success with Jeff Ball

This seminar covers everything you've wanted to know about getting your music heard.
Minimize false starts and money pits...start building your fan base today!
Learn what you must have to get bookings now. Should you try to get signed
with a record company or go it alone? Does Myspace work? Which distribution
company is best and should you sign with more than one? Should you accept 90 net?
Does your album really need to be mastered? All these questions and more will be addressed.

Cost: $50.00

For more workshops happening at the Yosemite Flute Festival:
http://www.yosemiteflutefest.com/flutefestworkshops.html

Monday, September 08, 2008

Mark Holland Workshop at the Yosemite Flute Festival

An Open Forum with Mark Holland!

Here is an opportunity to ask a series of questions about flute playing and techniques,how to approach to creating music, the creative side of things, the business side of things, all things performance related, all things studio related, and whatever you would like topick Mark's brain about! You present questions and we use those for the class dialog.

Saturday, Sept 28, 2008, 9:30-11:30
Cost: $40
Length: 2 hours

For more workshops happening at the Yosemite Flute Festival:
http://www.yosemiteflutefest.com/flutefestworkshops.html

Sunday, September 07, 2008

"Circle of Circles" Invitation

To all Flute Circle Leaders:

The growth and success that all of our circles have enjoyed over the past several years have reached a point that to advanced to the next plateau, we would like to combine our thoughts, talents, efforts and energy to strengthen our missions. We all share common problems and opportunities such as attrition, growth, non-profit efforts, event overlaps and the list goes on and on.
Mike Oitzman of Northern California Flute Circles and myself Bill Timothy of the Central Coast Flute Circles, are interested in creating a “Circle of Circles” forum that would be a central online spot for all circle leaders and emerging circle leaders to discuss, suggest, create, and incorporate ideas to better serve our collective circle members.

We invite your participation, your ideas, your thoughts and your experiences by:

FIRST- joining the online Flute Portal (our online forum)

  • Goto www.fluteportal.com
  • If you are already a Flute Portal member, send a message to Geoffrey Ellis requesting admission to the “Circle of Circles” area (it’s a private forum).
  • If you are not a member, create a new membership and then send a message to Geoffrey Ellis requesting admission to ‘Circle of Circles”.
  • Post or respond to any message on the online forum. This will be our virtual meeting area and a place where all flute leaders can share ideas and information.

SECOND – we wanted to create a special “Face to Face” event to encourage relationships building between flute circle leaders.

  • We have organized an inaugural no-host breakfast at the Yosemite Flute Festival. You are invited to this event and we expect that this will be the catalyst for similar events at subsequent flute festivals throughout the coming years.

If you are interested in attending the ‘Circle of Circles” inaugural no-host breakfast meeting to be held at Yosemite Flute Festival on Sunday morning at 8:00, please respond to Bill Timothy at wjt@charter.net by Friday 9/12/2008 with the number in your party. Your response and reservation is necessary so as to give an accurate head count to our CafĂ© owner. Upon receiving your response, further details of the location etc. will be forthcoming.

We await your thoughts, ideas and suggestion to this startup endeavor.
Blessings,
Mike & Bill

Vince Chafin Workshops at the Yosemite Flute Festival

Vince Chafin will be offering the following workshops at the Yosemite Flute Festival:

Sacred Breath, our connection to all life...The first step on the flute journey
Friday, Sept 26, 2008, 12:30-2:30

In our hurried lives, we often forget to do the one thing that can have the greatest benefit to our physical, emotional and spiritual health: Breathing........

Breathing with Intention helps you to relax and reduces stress, improves your skin tone and helps you sleep better. Some studies have even shown that improved breathing helps in losing weight!

By playing the flute, we breath through our instrument bringing healing to the world, and in turn, health and healing to ourselves. Join us as we begin this Sacred Journey.....

Cost: $40

Beyond Solo-Learning to play with other instruments
Saturday, Sept 27, 2008, 9:30-11:30

The Native American Flute can be a journey of Self Discovery. Join us in discovering the magic of playing with other instruments in a safe, loving and supportive environment. We’ll share our journey with guitars, percussion and drums, Didgeridu, the magical “Hang drum” and more. Come join the band!

Cost: $40

Sound Healing Ceremony with the NAF
Saturday, Sept 28, 2008, 12:30-2:30

We know how this magical instrument makes us feel when we play it, with intention and direction, we can use the power our heart and the sound of the flute to bring that magical healing to others. Tapping in to our own intuitive knowing, stepping out of our ego, trusting and allowing our soul to be played, we can call forth the healing power of the universe and offer it to the world....

Cost: $40

The Delicate Dance: Musicianship skills for the NAF Player
Sunday, Sept 29, 2008, 9:30-11:30

In this class we will learn dynamic phrasing, song development and interpretation, when to play and, more importantly, when not to play! The power of Silence, expression, stage fright and the 3 rules of successful public performance will all be explored.

Cost: $40

Drumming for Flute Circles
Sunday, Sept 29, 2008, 12:30-2:30

Have you ever been to a circle when a beat started and folks started to follow along, then slowly, mysteriously, things went slowly awry? So why is this such a challenge? Who’s in charge here? Why can’t we keep a beat? Can it really be that hard?

I say, “Not at all!!” Explore the mystery of simple beats, tempo, meter, and what the heck IS a metronome? Bring a drum, any drum!

Cost: $40

Private Lessons

Cost: $50 per half hour.

For more workshops happening at the Yosemite Flute Festival: http://www.yosemiteflutefest.com/flutefestworkshops.html



Saturday, September 06, 2008

Mike Oitzman Workshops at the Yosemite Flute Festival

Mike Oitzman will be offering Native American Flute for the Absolute Beginner!
So you just bought a flute! Now what do you do?

Join Mike Oitzman as he helps you get started on your flute path. In this 2 hour workshop, you'll learn proper breath control, the basic fingering techniques and you'll learn valuable advice on how to begin practicing playing the flute. This is a hands on workshop, and you'll be making music by the end of the class.
Instructor Mike Oitzman, author, blogger and musician, has lead the Northern California Flute Circle for 5 years and has been a music instructor since 2001. He has taught hundreds of beginning, intermediate and advanced flute players how to get most from their instrument. Mike's down-to-earth teaching style and well thought out flute exercises will enable you to learn in no time.

Experience Required: None
Time required for the workshop: 2 hours
Days: Saturday, Sept 27, 2008, 2:30-4:30 and Sunday, Sept 28, 2008 9:30-11:30
Maximum workshop capacity: 15 people each day.
Workshop fee (to include cost of materials if required): $45 ($35 for NCFC members), includes Mike's Beginning Native American Flute book and CD (a $25 value)


For more workshops happening at the Yosemite Flute Festival: http://www.yosemiteflutefest.com/flutefestworkshops.html

Friday, September 05, 2008

Mary Youngblood Workshops at Yosemite Flute Festival

Mary Youngblood is offering private lessons & advanced classes for NAF flute players. You'll need to bring an A minor flute for these classes/workshops.

Advanced Performance Readiness
Saturday, September 27, 2008 2:30 to 4:00

Advanced Performance Readiness
Sunday, September 28, 2008 12:30 to 2:00

Mary will focus on mics, PA systems, performance anxiety, making CD's, recording, recording equipment, accompaniment, & improvisation. She will also touch on major embellishments and performance readiness.

Experience Required: All Levels
Time required for each workshop: 1.5 hours
Maximum workshop capacity: None
Workshop fee $65 ($55 for NCFC members)

Limited Private Lessons
Mary will offer One-On-One Lessons:
Sunday September 28, 2008
$75 per ½ hour (NCFC discount $65)
Pre-register with Mary on Saturday!

For more workshops happening at the Yosemite Flute Festival:
http://www.yosemiteflutefest.com/flutefestworkshops.html

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Weekend Events: Sept 5 - 7, 2008



NOTE: We now have the new calendar online, you can check out the calendar here: Northern California Flute Circle Calendar to see what's happening further out, but I encourage you to login every week to review what's coming up for the weekend events!
Native American Flute related events and other World music events happening in Northern California are posted on the Naflute calendar.

NOTE: If I missed an event for the weekend, please add a comment with event info so that others can know!

Saturday, Sept 6, 2008

Scott August Workshops at the Yosemite Flute Festival

Scott August will be presenting two workshops at the upcoming Yosemite Flute Festival.

Intermediate/Advanced NAF workshop
Cost: $40
Friday, Sept 26, 2008, 2:30-4:30

Click here to sign up!

This workshop will cover advanced ornamentation: trills, turns, and arpeggios; how to make your flute “chirp”; advanced breathing techniques; tonguing effect styles and techniques; advanced improvisation techniques and beginning song writing.

Anasazi workshop

Cost: $50
Saturday, Sept 27, 2008, 12:30-2:30


Click here to sign up!

Purchase both Scott’s Anasazi Class and a Scott August Signature or standard series Anasazi flute and save 10% off the flute and 10% off the class! Offer good through August 31st, 2008.

It is advised you pre-order the flute. Click here to pre-order!
While not included with the class, you might wish to consider Scott's new book, The Complete Guide to the Anasazi Flute for a deeper study.


The workshop will cover beginning Anasazi flute techniques.


For more workshops happening at the Yosemite Flute Festival: http://www.yosemiteflutefest.com/flutefestworkshops.html

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Still room left in Retreat with Mary Youngblood

I hear from Dan DiCicco that there is still room left in the last retreat of the year with Mary Youngblood. Sign up now before the last couple seats are taken!

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008
TIME: 11 AM - 5 PM

Details in the last post: http://naflute.blogspot.com/2008/08/loping-wolf-retreat-with-mary.html

Or on the LOPING WOLF website: http://www.lopingwolf.com

Monday, September 01, 2008

Auburn Pow Wow - October 25, 2008

The upcoming Auburn Pow Wow will honor Family and Children of Yesterday and Today

WHEN: Saturday, October 25, 2008
TIME: 9 am – 9 pm
WHERE: Gold Country Fairgrounds – Auburn, CA
COST: FREE ADMISSION

DETAILS: Camping (under your vendor canopy) will be allowed Friday night, October 24, after set-up. Bathrooms will be on-site within the Gold Country Fairgrounds, no showers. No fire pits allowed, no RV hook-ups. Check-in is required by 6 pm, Friday, October 24.
Motel, restaurant, and other visitor information: Placer County Visitors Bureau
530.887.2111, or www.VisitPlacer.com

Thursday, August 28, 2008

First Nations Films

FIRST NATIONS FILMS are now available to the public on important subjects from Spirituality to Land Claims to Traditional Music to Politics. These award-winning pro-fessional broadcast TV programs are some of the best in North America! Very suit-able for groups, libraries, classroom or individual.

For a complete catalog of their offerings: www.firstnationsfilms.com

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Volunteers needed for the Yosemite Flute Festival

The Yosemite Flute Festival is approaching fast. We need your help to make this event a spectacular success. With Mary Youngblood playing on Friday night and many other talented artists, including Jeff Ball, Mark Holland, Scott August and Vince Chafin. This is the premier west coast Native American Flute event!

WHEN: September 26, 27, 28 - 2008
WHERE: Oakhurst, CA (outside of Yosemite Park)

The Northern California Flute Circle is co-sponsoring this event and this is an all volunteer organization. We know what great smiling faces and passion for the flute all of you have, therefore we are asking for all NCFC members to volunteer at least an hour or more at the event, if you are planning to attend. If you volunteer 6 or more hours you'll get a free event T-shirt, and we'll throw in an NCFC T-shirt as well to current NCFC members who reach the 6 hr mark!
There are many, many different tasks to do. In fact, it's a great way to rest your feet and help the event at the same time! Choose a volunteer task like selling concert tickets, working the silent auction or selling concert t-shirts!

We can't do this without your help, hurry and sign up now before the best slots are taken.

For complete details, and to sign, up goto: http://www.yosemiteflutefest.com/volunteers.html

Indigenous Peoples Day 2008

Indigenous Peoples Day is happening again this year! Bigger and better in 2008. If you live near the foothills, then this is an event not to be missed.

WHEN: Friday, October 10, 2008 - Monday, October 13, 2008
WHERE: Various Sites around Nevada City, CA

Sunday and Monday's events will be live on KVMR Radio 89.5 RM and www.KVMR.org


Hosted by the Tsi-Akim Maidu Tribe

For more information: 530.274.7497
http://www.indigenouspeoplesdays.org/

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Northern California Flute Circle Online Calendar

Be sure to check out the new Northern California Flute Circle calendar online at: http://ncfc.collectivex.com/calendar

All Northern California Flute Circle events, regional Pow Wows, festivals, workshops, retreats and other indigenous music events are posted there. It's the best place to discovery what's happening each week.

LOPING WOLF Retreat with Mary Youngblood

L O P I N G W O L F presents the Last Planned Musical Retreat for 2008 with Two-time Grammy Winner: Mary Youngblood - First Lady of the Flute

WHEN: September 6, 2008
WHERE: LOPING WOLF Ranch, Auburn CA
COST: Each workshop is $45. We are asking for a $5 donation from attendees not taking a workshop to help defray expenses.

DETAILS: Please come and share NAF techniques, attend Mary’s workshops, jam with Mary and attend the closing open mic session to practice what you've learned with the "First Lady of the Flute". Non-workshop attendees will be able to cavort, try out other flutes ‘n’ drums and practice jamming.

We know there are some who were not able to make the previous four retreats held this past summer (“Tempest Fugit!”), so we hope this will give you a chance to attend. Space is limited, so we encourage you to sign up now!

Call to reserve a spot and obtain directions.

Bring ALL your flutes (“A” minor for the workshop), drums and percussion instruments.

Mary Youngblood books, CDs and other merchandise will be available for purchase.

Check out Mike Ely’s video of the first retreat at
http://www.maryyoungblood.com/videos/Clips%20Rev%20b.wmv


11:00am to 12:30pm -Arrival and Lunch (Bring your favorite potluck item)
12:00pm - Welcome and Introduction, Mary Youngblood ~ Welcome Performance
12:30pm to 2:00pm - Beginning Workshop ~ Work on beginning skills: breath control, embellishments and techniques. (Mary will collect any written questions before the workshop.)

Break
2:30pm to 4:00pm - Intermediate / Advanced Workshop ~ vibrato, improvisation, embellishment details, how to duet with another player, composition, phrasing, timing, plus performance and recording readiness will be shared

Break
4:15pm to 5:00pm - This OPEN MIC hour will be your opportunity to duet with Mary and learn how Mary takes a player to the “next level”. Sign up to have your duet with Mary recorded on DVD with you for an additional fee as a keepsake of this unforgettable day! Autographed pictures of you playing with Mary at this special NAF musical retreat will be available for purchase before you leave!

HOSTS - LOPING WOLF - Lake of the Pines Wood Flute 'n' Drum Circle -
http://www.lopingwolf.com/
Sheree 'n' Dan DiCicco / 10492 Gautier Drive / Auburn CA 95602 / (530) 613-4197 Dan's cell /
flutecircle@lopingwolf.com

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

In Remembrance: Sharon Downer

I just learned this morning that a great friend, and fellow flutie, Sharon Downer lost her battle with brain cancer on Monday morning, August 18. My heart aches with her passing, but I know that Sharon's spirit is in a better place.
And what an amazing spirit and huge heart Sharon had. I first met Sharon Downer at one of the Northern California Flute Circles events at Mary Youngbloods house many years ago. She greeted everyone she met with a smile and a hug. I'll always remember her smile, her laugh and especially her eyes, which were always smiling.
She adored the Native American flute and was big fan and student of Mary Youngblood. I know that I'll miss Sharon, and I encourage you to play a song in her memory this week.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 am this Saturday, Aug 23, in Grass Valley and Mary is playing at the memorial service.

Chapel of the Angels
250 Race St
Grass Valley, CA 95945
(530) 273-2446
www.chapeloftheangels.com

Monday, August 04, 2008

Youtube Video of Mary Youngblood at Moaning Caverns

Here's a video from the event this weekend featuring Mary Youngblood at Moaning Caverns. I couldn't go this time, but I'll post more links, pic's and videos from those who did attend.


Friday, July 11, 2008

Weekend Events: July 12 - 13, 2008



NOTE: We now have the new calendar online, you can check out the calendar here: Northern California Flute Circle Calendar to see what's happening further out, but I encourage you to login every week to review what's coming up for the weekend events!
Native American Flute related events and other World music events happening in Northern California are posted on the Naflute calendar.

NOTE: If I missed an event for the weekend, please add a comment with event info so that others can know!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Saturday, July 13, 2008

Saturday, July 05, 2008

NEW NCFC Membership Features

We are excited to announce the launch of the Northern California Flute Circle interactive calendar and NCFC discussion groups powered by CollectiveX. These new online features will enable our regional flute circle leaders to manage their own calendar events, making the NCFC calendar more accurate and timely for you.

The online discussion groups will be your place to ask questions/get answers, learn more about the NAF, find unique places to play in Northern California, find others in your area to jam with, and interact across the miles (especially with gas prices where they are).

NCFC Calendar

Anyone can view the new NCFC calendar, you do not need to have an online membership to view events. Here's the link for the calendar: http://ncfc.collectivex.com/calendar
The calendar is now maintained by the regional flute circle leaders, so please contact your regional flute circle leader to inquire about local events.

Online Membership

You will need an online membership to participate in the discussion groups. This online membership is optional, and electronic invites will go out to existing NCFC members after the July 4th holiday weekend. Or you can login and request a membership before then. We hope that you'll join the online NCFC Community and help make this a thriving part of our organization. Here's the link: http://ncfc.collectivex.com/

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy July 4th

I wish everyone a happy and healthy July 4th. Where ever you are today, take a moment, grab a flute, and play a little music to send some positive energy to all of the men and women who are serving our country and unable to be home with their families today.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Voice of the Circle Summer 2008 Newsletter

The NCFC Voice of the Circle Summer 2008 newsletter is now online in electronic form (PDF).

This edition includes a special interview with Mary Youngblood (part 1), plus other news and events coming up this summer and fall.




We will be mailing the newsletter to current members after the July 4th holiday weekend.





Here's a link to the newsletter: http://www.naflute.com/newsletter_archives/VOCSummer08.pdf

The Montana Flute Listserv celebrates 10 years

It was 10 years ago today, July 2, 1998, that Wolf Spirit (Dave) created the Montana Flute Circle's listserv. In the early days this listserv the first and then one of the most popular listserv's which enabled communication between fluties far and wide.

Kudo's to Dave for moderating this list over the last 10 years.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Happy About Being a Baby Boomer?

I know that this topic is off-topic for the flute but I have to put a plug in for one of my favorite graduate school instructors, who's also an awesome author. I guess the tie in here is that since you're all gonna be living longer and playing the flute longer, you better make sure that you're financially stable into those later years!!

I wanted to tell you about the release of the latest book by Cathy Kitcho titled: "Happy About Being a Baby Boomer - Facing our Newfound Longevity."
This is a unique book that focuses on the impact of longevity on lifestyle and cost of living. This book will kick-start Baby Boomers into facing longevity NOW to create a realistic plan for the future, using an expense-based approach to retirement planning.
This is a very practical workbook to use for planning and decision-making, with up-to-date information and examples.
Cathy has a website and blog setup so that you can continue to learn more about this topic as things change over time. Here's her website: http://www.boomerlongevitybook.com/

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Make your camping reservations for Yosemite Flute Festival NOW

I just made my reservations for the the Yosemite Flute Festival, and you're going and planning to camp, I encourage you to call and make your reservations NOW! The campground is a short walk from the festival site and we want to fill it up with fluties!

Here are the details:

High Sierra RV & Mobile Park
40389 Highway 41
Oakhurst, California, 93644
Phone: 559-683-7662
Fax: 559-683-3056
e-mail: camping@highsierrarv.com

Friday, June 27, 2008

More pictures from Mary's Birthday party


Jarret (left) and Andre (right), two of our youngest flute players, met for the first time at Mary's Birthday and were immediate friends. I hardly saw them a part all day. In the evening, they got together for a duet in tribute to Mary.




Sharmange, Alex and Dan play a tribute to Mary.



Sharmange invited Mary to play while she read three of her favorite poems. I was touche by Sharmange's word. You can read more of her poetry here: http://www.quillandparchment.com/

Thursday, June 26, 2008

More from Mary's Birthday Party


Mary accepted her birthday present from drum maker Don Shultz. The 24" hoop drum was a group gift from donations from everyone who attended the event.




Mignon Geli played a heartfelt song, in tribute to Mary and the "Gathering of the One" which we celebrated with a moment of silence at 7:22 PM.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Valley Clan / NCFC Rafting Trip

Dear River Rafters of all persuasions -

Lynn Peck has chosen the weekend of Aug 9 and 10 for a river excursion. We'll do a one day raft trip on the American River on Sunday Aug 10. This means arrival by 8am at the OARS sight. For those with more time, we can do a wine tasting on Saturday afternoon, dinner at a place in Coloma and sleep at the OARS sight with a campfire and music. If you'd rather sleep in a bed, Coloma may have accommodations and Placerville or Auburn aren't too far away. Sunday evening you can return home or stay another night for more camping and music.


Price for a one day trip is $144 (134 for youth). This includes incredible guides (namely Lynn's daughter!) a delicious deli style lunch, all gear and a full day of rafting.

Camping is $14 per person per night.

What you need to do to go:

1. RSVP to Lynn Peck so she can do the planning. Tell her how much of the weekend you want to do - wine tasting, camping, rafting, Sunday camping.
LPeck35938@aol.com
2. Email Deryn with your height, weight, gender, and age. Let her know if you are paying by check or credit card. And phone number so she or office staff can follow up with any questions they might have.
derynpeck@gmail.com

Check the OARS sight for more info
http://oars.com/california/southforkamericanriverrafting.html
Check Sierra Nevada House for accommodations in Coloma
http://www.sierranevadahouse.com/lodging.html
Check Eldorado Wineries for possible wine tasting. Possibly, Gold Hill and David Girard as they are the closest. Lynn will take care of calling for a group visit if you want to go.
http://www.eldoradowines.org/

Memories from Mary's Birthday Party


We had an awesome time on Saturday with Mary Youngblood and one hundred of her friends. Sure it was hot and muggy, but I didn't notice the heat until I felt my exhaustion on Sunday. The workshops were great, the open mic music was fun to listen to and there was a ton of time to just sit and chat with Mary and everyone else who attended.



After the flute circle events, we had a potluck dinner with so much food, that I think we could have fed another hundred people. We sang Happy Birthday to Mary and then she cut the cake for everyone to enjoy.




After the cake, Dan DiCicco kicked off the evening by reading a special memory from Lew Price which was submitted to the memory book which Dan compiled from the contributions of various friends and flute circle members. Mary was clearly touched by everyone's contributions, and to me this was the best part of the evening.

[to be continued]

Friday, June 20, 2008

Weekend Events: June 20 - 22, 2008



You can alway check out the Northern California Flute Circle Calendar to see what's happening further out, but I encourage you to login every week to review what's coming up for the weekend events!
Native American Flute related events and other World music events happening in Northern California are posted on the Naflute calendar.

NOTE: If I missed an event for the weekend, please add a comment with event info so that others can know!

Saturday, June 21

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Full Moon at Stonehenge with Mary Youngblood and Michael Bayard

“Full Moon at Stonehenge” at Christ Unity Church

Don’t Miss this evening of magic, mystery, and the experience of Celtic Spirituality– featuring world class musicians and captivating narrative.

When: Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Where: Christ Unity Church (9249 Folsom Blvd.) at La Riviera Drive; Sacramento, CA

Info: 916-368-3950

Cost: $10 Suggested Love Offering

Featuring:

  • Music of Enya
  • Music of Enigma
  • Improvisations by Mary Youngblood and Michael Bayard
Performers include:
  • Ann Sabra Roach: Gregorian Latin vocal, French vocal, other vocals and improvisation
  • Michael Bayard: Ethereal Soundscapes, Triton Strings, Vibraphone, Ancient Celtic Zither (Psaltery), percussion, skins
  • Mary Youngblood: Irish Flute, cedar flutes
  • Doug Matson: Acoustic Piano, Triton strings
  • Gail Vinson: Narrator, poetry, guided visualization, meditation
  • Steve Walker: Sound Design and Audio Engineering
  • Ed Vinson: Technical support
  • Mia Vinson: Stage support
  • Jared Brech: Lighting and technical support; energy clearing
  • Cindy “Neuro-Electric” Farris: Room smudging, clearing, Celtic Crystal configuration


Monday, June 16, 2008

Looking forward to meeting all of you.

I will be at the upcoming NCFC Summer Gathering where we'll be celebrating Mary Youngbloods Birthday this Saturday, June 21, 2008. I hope that I get a chance to met each of you in person. Please find some time to chat or play flutes while we're at the event!

I'll be teaching a Beginners Workshop in the morning. This is a great workshop to learn the basics. Also, if you are starting to teach others to play, I welcome anyone to sit in as a teaching assistant.

Lisa Halpin will be teaching a workshop on how to play Duets. Lisa is an awesome teacher and she's great at improvising. If you've always wanted to play a duet with another flute player, this is a great way to start. The workshop will be packed with tips and techniques.

Don Shultz is presenting a all-day workshop on drum building. Anyone can build a drum, and if you've ever wanted to build your own hoop drum, this is a great opportunity. Although the workshop starts early, there will be breaks during the process where you'll have the chance to socialize and play flutes throughout the day.

Mary Youngblood will be presenting a very special workshop on performance techniques. How often do you get the chance to learn how to become a better performer by learning from the experiences of a two-time Grammy winner?

WHEN: Saturday, June 21, 2008
TIME: 10 AM p 6 PM
WHERE: Sacramento Area (RSVP for exact details)
RSVP: send an email to: rsvp AT naflute DOT com
WEB: http://www.naflute.com/mybday2008.html

Friday, June 13, 2008

Weekend Events: June 13 -15, 2008



You can alway check out the Northern California Flute Circle Calendar to see what's happening further out, but I encourage you to login every week to review what's coming up for the weekend events!
Native American Flute related events and other World music events happening in Northern California are posted on the Naflute calendar.

NOTE: If I missed an event for the weekend, please add a comment with event info so that others can know!

Saturday, June 14

Sunday, June 15

Upcoming Events

Don't forget to RSVP for the big event next weekend:

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Mary Youngblood video on iTunes performing at Smithsonian Folklife Festival

I discovered a video of Mary Youngblood in the Educational section on iTunes. The video is free, it was taken when Mary performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 1998, with Voices of First American Women. She plays Tears for Keintepoos on the video.

You don't need an iPod to view the video, but you do need to have iTunes and quicktime installed.
To find the video, open iTunes, search for "Mary Youngblood"
Under the search results, look for the entry: "Mary Youngblood performs the plains style flute" This is also found under:"Smithsonian Global Sound" - iTunes U <>

Monday, June 09, 2008

Zion Flute Festival starts this week

I hope everyone traveling to Zion this week has a safe trip. Looks like it will be a fun filled week/weekend of Native American Flute music.

There's still time to make it for the weekend events: http://www.zioncanyonartandflutefestival.com/

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Mary Youngblood and Michael Bayard in Concert, June 18, 2008

Join Mary Youngblood and percussionist Michael Bayard for a special performance at the Christ Unity Church in Sacramento, CA

WHAT: Live performance with Native American Flute and percussion
WHERE: Christ Unit Church, Sacramento, CA
WHEN: Wednesday, June 18, 2008
TIME: 7 PM

Link: http://www.maryyoungblood.com/events.asp?e=68

Friday, June 06, 2008

Weekend Events: June 6 - 8, 2008



You can alway check out the Northern California Flute Circle Calendar to see what's happening further out, but I encourage you to login every week to review what's coming up for the weekend events!
Native American Flute related events and other World music events happening in Northern California are posted on the Naflute calendar.

NOTE: If I missed an event for the weekend, please add a comment with event info so that others can know!

Saturday, June 7

Sunday, June 8

Upcoming Events

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Reminder: RVSP Today for Mary Youngbloods Birthday Party

The RSVP's are starting to roll in. But I wanted to remind everyone that you must RSVP for this event. We're expecting a lot of folks this year and we need to know how many are coming. If you haven't RSVP'd yet, do so today. Details are online at the NCFC website: http://www.naflute.com/mybday2008.html

WHAT: NCFC Spring Gathering and Mary Youngblood Birthday Party
WHEN: Saturday, June 21, 2008
TIME: 10 AM - ??
WHERE: Sacramento area, detailed provided after you RSVP

RSVP by sending an email to: rsvp AT naflute DOT com

There will be workshops, open mic, vendors and lot's of time to share your music.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Scott August Radio Interview

Native American Flute recording artist, Scott August is being interviewed on Seattle Radio station KKNW tonight at 7:30 PM (Pacific).

You can catch the interview online at Contact Talk Radio
Look for "Listen LIVE to the current show on Contact Talk Radio!" on the left hand side of the page

TIME: 7:30 PM PDT

Help create an ISHI Stamp


Ishi was the last indigenous person in Northern California to have lived completely outside of the European American culture. A petition drive spearheaded by author, Richard Burrill, seeks the U.S. Postal Service's official endorsement for an ISHI STAMP to be issued to commemorate Ishi (born about 1854, died 1916) for sale August 23, 2011. Ishi’s family and tribe, whose traditional homeland was in northeastern California, had been victims of decades of genocide initiated by European settlers. He alone was left to face the world. On that date 100 years previously, Ishi walked out of the "aboriginal world" into the Twentieth Century. Ishi has become the most written about California Indian in U.S. history.

VISIT THIS SITE TO SIGN THE PETITION:
http://www.ishifacts.com/stamp.html

What other historical figures do you think deserve a stamp?

Monday, June 02, 2008

You're invited to a Special Birthday Party

Pssst. You're invited to a special birthday for a special lady: Mary Youngblood!
Details are finally up on the NCFC website.

WHEN: June 21, 2008
TIME: 10 AM - ??
WHERE: Sacramento Area


Details: Workshops, open mic, birthday cake and more.

You must RSVP for this event to receive details on event location.

Vendors - please check out the event info site on how to register.

For complete details check out the NCFC Website: http://www.naflute.com/mybday2008.html

Saturday, May 31, 2008

NAMA to be broadcast on Satellite TV

On Sunday, June 1st, at 2:00PM, the highly esteemed Native American Music Awards will be broadcast in over 18 million households as a featured two-hour televised special on CoLours TV. CoLours TV can be found in all 50 states in the top 100 TV markets through the EchoStar/Dish Network channel 9407 and on local cable affiliates, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A rebroadcast of the Awards program is scheduled for Sunday, June 8th from 2:00 to 4:00PM. The Awards program can also be viewed live through CoLours' online presence at www.colourstv.org.

CoLours TV was created by Black Star Communications (BSC), a non-profit corporation organized to operate exclusively for civic, charitable, and educational purposes. The CoLours TV network has set out to be a voice of authority for America's multicultural community. Today, they are in over 18 million television households which accounts for more than 40 million viewers. CoLours' technical information is Satellite Intelsat Americas 13, Transponder 6.

The Ninth Annual Native American Music Awards show was recently held at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls, New York, and taped in front of a live audience. This two hour broadcast program features award presentations, special guest appearances and live performances in all genres of music by leading artists of Native American heritage from North America. Featured performers include; Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Joanne Shenandoah and Bill Miller, South Dakota's Brule' & AIRO (Group of the Year), Buffalo's own Tonemah (Best Folk Recording), Upstate New York's Corn Bred (Best Blues Recording) Lumbee pop artist Jana (Best Pop Recording), Gary Small & the Coyote Bros (Best Rock Recording), Drum group Pipestone (Record of the Year), Nightshield with Maniac the Siouxpernatural (Best Rap Recording), the traditional Iroquois Dancers, nominees Digging Roots, and Jan Michael Looking Wolf with renowned Latin music producer, George Noriega. Other special guest presenters include; Beth Wray Webb (Daughter of the late Link Wray), Keith Secola, and Wayquay among others.

Founded a decade ago in May of 1998, the critically acclaimed Native American Music Awards is the country's leading membership based association consisting of music industry professionals directly involved in the recording and distribution of traditional and contemporary Native American music initiatives.

Support for the Ninth Annual Native American Music Awards' broadcast was received by the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, the Seneca Nation of Indians (SNI), the Shokopee Mdewankaton Sioux Community and The Seminole Tribe of Florida. The Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel is a premiere entertainment destination and features the largest hotel in Western New York with breathtaking views of one of the most incredible natural sites in the world, Niagara Falls.

A DVD of the Ninth Annual Native American Music Awards is available for purchase on the Music Store Page at
www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com .

Friday, May 23, 2008

Weekend Events: May 23 - 25



You can alway check out the Northern California Flute Circle Calendar to see what's happening further out, but I encourage you to login every week to review what's coming up for the weekend events!
Native American Flute related events and other World music events happening in Northern California are posted on the Naflute calendar.

NOTE: If I missed an event for the weekend, please add a comment with event info so that others can know!

Saturday, May 24

Sunday, May 25

Friday, May 16, 2008

Weekend Events: May 16 - 18



You can alway check out the Northern California Flute Circle Calendar to see what's happening further out, but I encourage you to login every week to review what's coming up for the weekend events!
Native American Flute related events and other World music events happening in Northern California are posted on the Naflute calendar.

NOTE: If I missed an event for the weekend, please add a comment with event info so that others can know!

Sunday, May 18

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Microsoft Worldwide Telescope Launches today


This is a software telescope, but it might just as well be the most powerful telescope in the world. If you love looking at the stars, like I do, then you'll appreciate this project. It's a new technology out of the Microsoft labs and this is the first time it's been made available to the public.

The software provides an interface which shows you the night time sky. You are able to navigate around the universe and see all of the stars, constellations and planets as they would appear in the sky. You can fly light years across the universe to see far away objects. All of the stars and galaxies are in the appropriate configuration relative to each other. It's like being on a spaceship that you can fly anywhere in the universe!

The interface is intuitive to use and takes little time to get the hang of navigating around. All of the images displayed are public images taken from the most powerful telescopes (Hubble, Spitzer, Chandra). The key differences between looking at the image on the various telescope sights is that you get an appreciation for how detailed the images are and how far away the objects are, as you fly out to view the various objects.

The installation of the software is not for the timid. Unfortunately this is still a 'lab product' so you'll need to install several additional components on your computer to make it all work. (e.g. Microsoft .NET Framework plus other stuff) I was fortunate that my computer already had all of the prerequisite software installed for work. But if you have a powerful enough computer (check the requirements) and a few PC skills, it should be easy enough. You won't be disappointed!

You'll also need a fast internet connection as it downloads the high quality images of the various objects.

If you're not up to downloading and installed this first version (I am sure it'll get easier with each release...) then at least check out the videos that they have posted which show the software in action.

Link to download: http://www.worldwidetelescope.org

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Valley Clan Flute Circle this weekend

Just a quick note to remind the wine country folks that there will be a Valley Clan Flute Circle this weekend.

What: Valley Clan Flute Circle
When: May 24, 2008
Time: 3-5 PM
Location: 1388 Mt. Veeder Rd., Napa Valley, CA

We'll break for dinner at 5, so bring a dish to share and continue jamming for those who want to stay

Complete details here: http://www.naflute.com/Valley_location.html

Bay Clan Flute Circle this weekend

Just a quick note to remind bay area folks that there will be a Bay Clan Flute Circle this weekend.

EVENT: May Bay Clan Flute Circle
DATE: Sunday, May 18th, 2008
TIME: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Trinity Lutheran Church 1500 Leigh Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125
HOST: Julie Ryan
ORGANIZER: Frankie Sierra, f dot sierra at comcast dot net

SCHEDULE:
2:00 PM: Arrival, setup and social
2:15 PM: Talk about recording the flute
2:30 PM: Open Mic Playing
3:00 PM: Snacks and social
3:15 PM: Open Mic Playing
3:50 PM: Wrap up and Cleanup

More details here: http://www.naflute.com/bayclan_location.html

New Online Guitar, Keyboard and Drum lessons from iVideosong.com


I just discovered this very cool, online music lesson site. They offer guitar, keyboard and drum (drumkit) lessons. It's all pop music, but I love the concept. They are compiling a catalog of video lessons for songs, where you learn the song by watching how the chords are played. It's ingenious, and it looks like its got some really good backing. If you've every struggled to learn to play a song by listening to the CD, this will be a huge help. The lessons are well thought out and presented.


Here's a like to their Acoustic Guitar lessons feed: http://stream.ivideosongs.com/podcasts/itunes/ivs_acousticguitartechniques.xml
If you have iTunes and listen to podcasts, then you can subscribe here: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewArtist?id=278942067
Please let me know what you think about this idea by posting a comment.