2018 Intensive – Listening, Awareness, Rhythmic Integrity with Tristan & Tashina Clarridge


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Thursday, February 22, 2018,  9 am – noon

A World of Music – Listening, Awareness, Rhythmic Integrity

Tristan & Tashina Clarridge with Simon Chrisman (The Bee Eaters)

All ages and instruments are welcome and encouraged.

All skill levels welcome.

Bands are encouraged to attend together.

6-time Grand National Fiddle Champions and renowned acoustic educators Tristan & Tashina Clarridge and have spent the past three decades immersed in a rich musical life, since picking up the fiddle at age two. They grew up at music camps, where they studied with acoustic luminaries such as Darol Anger, Mark O’Connor, Alasdair Fraser, Bruce Molsky, Natalie MacMaster and dozens of others. In 2006 they joined with hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman to form The Bee Eaters. An influential cellist at the forefront of a folk-cello revolution, Tristan Clarridge toured the world as a member of Crooked Still, and Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings, Tashina toured with Tony Trischka, Mark O’Connor, and performed with Edgar Meyer’s Young Artists’ program at Carnegie Hall. Simon Chrisman’s inventive virtuosic touch and sophisticated rhythmic sensibilities are redefining his instrument and earning the attention of musicians and fans all over the world. He will be featured at the festival with the Jeremy Kittel Band.

Together and individually, they have been longtime featured instructors at Mark O’Connor’s Fiddle Conferences, Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon Fiddling School, Berklee College of Music, and led hundreds of lessons and workshops at many notable schools, universities, and festivals.

Tristan and Tashina co-founded the Shasta Music Summit, now in its 14th year, uniting acoustic masters from around the globe with the next generation of acoustic innovators for a series of workshops and all-star concerts, driven by a bold vision of strengthening the interwoven connectedness of music, community, and culture.

The Intensive will include (but not be limited to):

  • A focus on rhythmic integrity, strength, and flexibility: how to effectively practice groove
  • Tools for grooving with bows (fiddle and cello in particular).
  • Singing with your instrument
  • exercises to improve listening and awareness skills in any jam session or ensemble
  • The application of those listening and rhythmic skills to several tunes/songs; playing all together and in small ensembles
  • Making the most effective use of your practice time


  • An understanding of music at it’s fundamental level of resonance and harmony
  • Listening to recorded examples new and old: the roots and branches of bluegrass, old-time, Irish, etc, and how to find musical focus in today’s world
  • How to relate music to everyday life
  • The power of music to connect people in all ways

Participants can expect a thorough workout in the realms of listening, rhythmic strength, and ensemble playing… as well as tools to practice and improve those aspects of their musicality on their own.