Wednesday, June 22, 2011

NCFC Calendar is Updated

Just a reminder that you can always find information about the regional flute circles and workshops in Northern California, along with information about other regional and national Native American Flute related (and world music related) events on the NCFC calendar.
If you are an artist, flute/drum circle leader or if you would like to post your event on the NCFC calendar, you simply need to join the NCFC GroupSite and you'll have the rights to update the calendar with your event.

All of regional Northern California Flute Circle (NCFC) clan leaders have access to, and regularly update this calendar with their events.

Mary Youngblood's Birthday Party, 2011

The Northern California Flute Circle and LOPING WOLF – the Lake of the Pines Wood Flute ‘n’ Drum Circle Present a Very Special Annual Event

2011 Birthday Bash
Honoring Two-time GRAMMY Winner and Emmy Nominee MARY YOUNGBLOOD
First Lady of the Flute

WHEN: June 25 2011
TIME: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Set-up at 9:00 am)
WHERE: Fair Oaks CA

Summer is here, and it's time once again to come together to celebrate Mary Youngblood's birthday! There will be plenty of open-mic, jamming, food and Mary will be presenting an “Embellishments” workshop. This is a great opportunity to spend some time with Mary and fellow fluties in celebration of the Native American Flute.

RSVP to Dan DiCicco at (530) 613-4197 or , and he will give you the event address.

  • Please bring some Potluck food to share with everybody.
  • Water will be provided, so juice, tea, soda will be on you - no alcohol, please.
  • Don’t forget to bring your flutes, drumming stuff, and other instruments….
  • A sound system will hopefully be available, as will some outlets.
  • Remember sunscreen and maybe bug spray. Please no 4-leggeds.
  • Please bring a lawn chair, a blanket or mat and a shade canopy if you have one.
  • Mary’s yard is not huge, but you can follow the shade around as the day progresses.

If you want to be a vendor, please let Mary know at (916) 536-1331.

Of course a gift is not required. But if you’d like to gift Mary something, LOPING WOLF will have a Donations jar on their table if you want to contribute, or bring a gift. Thank you.

If you would like to offer Mary a sentiment (see Mary Youngblood Fan Page ), there will be paper at the LOPING WOLF table, or you can bring something with you or e-mail one to Sheree DiCicco at . Thank you.

9:00 am Quiet Arrival and set up
10:00 Welcome and Opening
10:30 Open Mic all day (sign-ups encouraged at LOPING WOLF table)
1:30 “The Song” & Cake
2:00 pm Mary’s workshop “Embellishments” - $45 or 2 for $80 (checks accepted)
5:00 Wrap-up, clean-up and Close

Detail about Mary's Workshop:

In this special workshop, Mary will demonstrate basic Native American flute embellishments and techniques - such as how to pick out the right flute, breath control, and beginning embellishment exercises which will encourage new players to become familiar and comfortable with their flutes.

Mary will also demonstrate more advanced embellishments and techniques such as playing with accompaniment, letting the notes ‘fall’, bending notes, tonguing, scales and vibrato. Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to ask Mary questions and see up close and personal, the techniques that she uses in her performances and recordings.

Mary will further discuss how she uses visualization to obtain her musical goals.

As a wrap-up, workshop attendees will have an opportunity to ‘pick Mary’s brain’ about how to further advance their own flute journey.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Flute Haven Native Flute School 2011 Announced

Just a quick note that full information and dates for this year's Flute Haven
Native Flute School are set. The program has been expanded this year, with
six hours of instruction per day and concerts every evening.

All the info, including registrations forms, is on the Flute Haven web site

Clint and Vera Goss are joined by music facilitation pros Eric and Lynn Miller and world percussionist Ron Kravitz.

When: September 13-18, 2011 (Tue eve through Sunday noon)
Where: Phoenixville, PA (near Philadelphia)

Major topics this year include:

  • Performance Techniques: Being comfortable performing; using the mic; effects.
  • Playing with Others: Techniques for playing with a guitar, piano, and percussion.
  • Song Composition: How to structure your song and take your audience on a musical journey.
  • Special Situations: Approaches for memorial services, stage performing, classroom settings, poetry readings, small venues, and many other settings.
  • Flute Circle Activities: Learn a set of activities you can use in your flute circle.
  • Recording Your Sound: From self-contained digital sound recorders to creating your own CD.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Yosemite World Music Camp Sept 23-25, 2011

If you're planning to attend this years Yosemite Flute Festival (or even if you can't make it to festival), be sure to check out the the first annual Yosemite World Music Camp taking place the three days prior to the festival.

The event features the following instructors:

Scott August: world flutes and musicianship

Randy Granger: flute, percussion and drumming

Annie Mathias: didgeridoo, Moyo drums, creative play

There will be classes offered each day and a special event each evening.

Cost: $325 for the three days (plus lodging)
Location: Sierra Sky Ranch, Oakhurst CA
To register: or call (559) 641-5980