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Karen Tweed Day Workshop, November 2011

Karen is an inspiring collaborator, established accordion teacher and has produced inspiring work with Timo Alakotila, The Poozies and Ian Carr (amongst many others). She loves working with mixed instrumental groups in workshops to produce and encourage ideas that take simple melodies into unusual and innovative arrangements, while gently nurturing musicians to try dynamic ideas and ultimately feel confident to create their own wonderful arrangements.  

This was the second day we had spent with her exploring melodies from Europe and the British Isles, and we again had a great time.  At the end of the day we put everything together - you can listen to the result!

Here's some of the feedback, and you can view some photos here:
  • Really enjoyable, challenging workshop, presented lots of ideas about arrangement of tunes in an accessible way – what I had hoped for.  
  • Karen is breathtakingly clever and musical in her arrangements.  The fact that I found it hard to follow at times is more to do with my short concentration span than any fault in her teaching!  Very good, musical, can we have her again soon?
  • Good stuff – thanks for the experience
  • Excellent – wonderful sound achieved in so short a time
  • Excellent, just what is required to get me out of a comfort zone.  For me, I could do with a couple of run throughs of tune before arrangements
  • Well organised and good preparation
  • Lovely inspiring day.  Please organise some more soon!  
  • Wonderful day.  Enjoyed every minute of it.  
  • Great workshop.  Will be practising these and hope to play in folk club some time
  • Really enjoyed the challenge – it was challenging for me but worth it.  Would have liked a bit more time to play the melody before trying new harmony lines, cha cha etc!  
  • Very good – stretched us all!
  • Very stimulating workshop.  Thanks Karen, come again please
  • Excellent workshop from the point of exploring harmonies to single melody lines to make tunes so much more interesting