Village Harmony

New England Teen Traveling Camp III – July 28 – Aug.16 (20 days) – $1375

Date: July 30-August 18, 2015
Venue: Stump Sprouts Retreat Center
Leaders: Patty Cuyler – Corsica, South Africa & Georgia Weeks, Bongani Magatyana – South Africa Week, Lysander Jaffe – Repertoire Mashup Weekend
Price: $1375

This will be a great session for singers who want to stretch their musical boundaries as learn and perform music from some of the most profound polyphonic music traditions in the world.

Village Harmony co-director Patty Cuyler will bring an eclectic selection of folk songs selected from her vast repertoire of Corsican, Georgian and American traditional music.

Cape Town, South Africa composer-director Bongani Magatyana will lead the group in a brilliant set of South African folk and church songs with authentic dance movements, drawn both from traditional repertoire and his own compositions.

And Village Harmony alumnus Lysander Jaffe will teach a brilliant set of traditional songs from Albania and Kosovo, and will lead our instrumentalists in a set of exciting Balkan band pieces.

Rehearsal week will be at Stump Sprouts Retreat Center, W. Hawley, MA. The ensuing 12-day tour will include some of our favorite stops in rural New England.

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Leaders

Patty Cuyler – Corsica, South Africa & Georgia Weeks

Patty Cuyler photoPATTY CUYLER, born in California, educated at Princeton University, long-time resident of Vermont and currently living in Chicago, IL, is an energetic, dynamic workshop leader and choral director and is internationally-renowned for her expertise in teaching Corsican, Georgian and South African music. She has been co-director of Village Harmony since 1995 and over the years spear-headed the expansion of the organization’s reach into the four corners of the globe.

Patty has co-led Village Harmony’s community world music choir Boston Harmony (which she founded) since 2005 as well as the Chicago World Music Chorus (2013) closer to home.

 

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Bongani Magatyana – South Africa Week

BONGANI MAGATYANA is a professional singer /music director /composer /theatrical producer living in Gugulethu Township in Cape Town, South Africa.

He was born in Cape Town in a township called Old Crossroads; his father was a self-taught choir conductor in the Old Apostolic Church. Bongani’s father taught him how to read and write tonic solfa music notation at a young age, and young Bongani dreamt of becoming a church choir conductor, too. Today he conducts a 120-voice OAC choir himself, as well as a community male choir.

Bongani’s folk-inspired choral compositions—popular pieces for South Africa’s major choral competitions—are sung by choirs around South Africa and internationally. Currently Bongani teaches at the Zolani Centre in Langa Township, leads an educational musical theatre company, and continues to compose music in a variety of genres, bringing vibrant performances to communities across Cape Town.

Bongani has been teaching with Village Harmony since 2012, co-leading annual study-performance camps and workshops in South Africa, the US and the EU.  A dancer as well as singer, and he is particularly adept at communicating the elusive rhythms of South African songs.

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Lysander Jaffe – Repertoire Mashup Weekend

imagesLYSANDER JAFFE is a singer, violist and co-artistic Director of Palaver Strings, a chamber orchestra and nonprofit based in Portland, ME. He is also a founding member of Culomba, a genre-defying new vocal ensemble based in Boston. A devoted student of traditional music, he has studied with master musicians in Bulgaria, Kosovo, Greece, Corsica, and Georgia. In 2017, he appeared as a soloist with the Cambridge Revels in Sanders Theatre. In 2018, he was awarded an Apprenticeship Grant in Traditional Arts from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to support his studies of the unique violin tradition of Epirus, Greece.

As a teacher, Lysander is passionate about broadening the cultural horizons of students of all backgrounds. He has taught world polyphony styles for Village Harmony since 2013 and has toured Europe several times with its professional ensemble, Northern Harmony. In 2020, he will graduate New England Conservatory with a Masters in Contemporary Improvisation. Read more about Lysander’s work.

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Venue

Stump Sprouts Retreat Center

stumpsproutsSituated in rural northwest Massachusetts, Stump Sprouts Retreat Center is a rustic multi-season resort—founded as a cross-country ski resort—and retreat facility. The center of activity is the hand-crafted three-level guest lodge with bedrooms and lounge on the top two floors and kitchen and dining area on the lower level. Our rehearsals take place in the center’s converted dairy barn. And additional bedrooms are just across the lane in the 200 year-old farmhouse. Stump Sprouts is located on 450 acres of woods and meadows, with splendid vistas and hiking trails. The center’s organic gardens that often provide vegetables for our kitchen. These unspoiled lands set the stage for three Village Harmony teen retreats this year.

http://www.stumpsprouts.com/

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