ONLINE BODY PERCUSSION/MUSIC WORKSHOPS


JUNE 25 2020 7 PM – 7:45 PM EST (GMT-4 hrs) on Zoom

PWYC for underemployed, suggested $10-15 for employed

Sign up with using our PAY PAL link or use our Contact Us Page for more info.
There’s also more info on registering at the bottom of this page. 


Drawing on her wealth of experience from running innovative music programs at MusiCamp, Andrea Kuzmich will introduce participants in this workshop to cool rhythms that can be performed with the body and voice. This is a physically active music workshop, where layers and layers of rhythm are overlapped to make some serious groove. The singing component involves vocalizing rhythms as well as singing songs and riffs, sometimes in harmony. Participants will come out with a stronger sense of rhythm and the exceptional experience of creating music together. The material will be presented to accommodate varying skill levels.

Starting with simple patterns and building, the workshops present material to accommodate varying skills. Those who are more adept can be given more challenging rhythms to layer on top of a basic rhythm. Alternatively, those challenged with the more demanding rhythms can practice holding the simpler rhythmic pattern. Vocals, like singing or vocalizing rhythms, are another layer that can be added. A component of drilling certain movements/rhythms will allow some room for individual variation, giving the student more of a chance to express individuality, which in turn may make it more interesting and musically alive!

About 5 years ago, MusiCamp’s director and founder, Andrea Kuzmich, started exploring ways to use body percussion in our kid’s summer camps. It not only functioned as a pedagogical tool to help with rhythm and arranging, but also heightened the excitement of any song – and really was inspired by Andrea’s interest to instantaneously make a party-like atmosphere, any where, any time, without instruments, but through the body alone!

In June 2019 Andrea was honoured to lead workshops on body percussion at the Ontario Womyn’s Drum Camp. Due to Covid-19, the 2020 camp was turned into a Zoom camp, and Andrea lead a Zoom body percussion workshop for over 60 participants.

TO REGISTER
With an interest to share and develop these skills more, Andrea will be hosting more Zoom body percussion workshops. Thursday June 27 is just the first of many. You can use our Contact Us Page for more info or to arrange payment, or click this PAY PAL link (all sorts of credit cards accepted) to sign up now (make sure you enter your email address) and we’ll send you the zoom link and instructions. 

Body Percussion Festival 2018

COVID 19 and MusiCamp

Protect yourself: wash your spirit with music, often…

It is without doubt that the performing arts are charting untrodden territory in the COVID-era. Compared to many arts organizations and innovative artists, MusiCamp has been a bit slow in response to the epidemic. Clearly, we can no longer offer our singing workshops. And it was a sad day for us when the Dundas West Festival was postponed and we wouldn’t be able to present the incredibly diverse musical youth in our community at the MusiCamp Youth Stage. It was particularly sad because I, as an artist in residence at Dewson Public School, had been working with a group of rather talented grade 5 and 6 youth, and was inadvertently mobilizing a body percussion troupe that were creative, energized and excited to be part of the Dundas West Fest. But while we at MusiCamp were slow and careful to react, we soon found ourselves involved in different musical activities and are happy to share some updates with you.

But most importantly we want to reach out and encourage you to process all the changes of the COVID-era in your own time and space, and, if you feel like it, to be creative. Music and the other arts have such powerful healing qualities and are essential to any and all social groupings. But in this time in particular, creative work can help slow down the busy and stressed brain, help refocus on the moment, and empower you in unspeakable ways. So please, stay healthy and safe… and wash your spirit often with music, dance, drawing, film making, painting, body percussion, cooking, baking, writing, or whatever else your heart implores.

   

UPDATES

 

ORI SHALVA PERFORMS in URGNT’s ONLINE FESTIVAL
Ori Shalva, our family ensemble, will be a part of this incredibly diverse and exciting online festival of musician from across Ontario! With Juno award winning names like the Gryphon Trio, Lila Biali and too many others to name. Visit our post to learn more.

 

ONLINE SINGING WORKSHOPS?!?
We believe we have made it work. Follow this link to see videos and understand how we teach harmonized singing online.

   

SUMMER CAMPS
May MusiCamp be offering an on-line option? We are looking into it, possibly in cooperation with another organization. We’ll update our home page as soon as we know more, so stay tuned.

 

PERFORMANCE & MUSICAL EVENTS
While we haven’t ventured into hosting live streams of musical performances – we’re leaving that to the experts who help ensure great audio and visual quality and excellent connectivity – we have joined Virtual Private Concerts online. So if you have a special event coming up – an anniversary, birthday, or simply a need to connect – you can hire a musician for a private virtual event. Check it out at Virtual Concerts Online.

Georgian Singing Workshop Online?!?


WEEKLY ONLINE WORKSHOPS via ZOOM
WEDNESDAYS 7 PM – 9 PM EST (GMT – 4 hrs)
$20-30 for employed; pwyc for underemployed.

message for links/more info or scroll to the bottom of this page.

MusiCamp’s most popular activity is running Georgian singing workshops. We usually run singing workshops in the fall, winter and spring. Our last one started late February – and after only 2 sessions, the workshop got hijacked by COVID 19 and the new social-distancing measures. So, in consultation with our workshop participants, we waited it out a bit, not sure how it would play out. While we all hoped this would pass quickly, we finally resigned to try it online. Of course, ZOOM isn’t the same thing, but as you can see from the image posted above or the videos below, we were all singing together and, in some inexplicable way, everyone felt so much happier after the session!! 


VIDEO OF ONLINE GROUP SINGING

 

HOW DOES SINGING HARMONIES WORK ONLINE?!


The short answer: it doesn’t. There will always be some kind of latency, even with the fastest internet speeds and the most advanced technology.

What makes it work for us is the fact that we are a singing family and have enough people in our household to sing all the harmonies – all three voices are covered on our end. The ZOOM participants actually sing along with us but they mute their mics so that their voices don’t lag and upset the musical form, as you can see in the videos.


VIDEOS OF TEACHING

 

WORKING ONE-ON-ONE


Like in our studio, we teach the parts individually (see the video above). Participants’ mics still need to be muted for this. But there are times when mics are turned on, so we can have conversations, make a toast (once in a while only), or work one-on-one with individuals to ensure the vocal line is correct, or even work on technique. We actually had a great session a few weeks back working on some distinctive timbral issues and inflections with krimanchuli, a yodelling style in Georgian polyphony.
VIDEO WORKING ONE ON ONE

TEACHING KRIMANCHULI  (Note: audio quality is poor due to the wrong mic settings).

 

SING-ALONG FEATURE


We even offer the play-along or sing-along feature (trio minus one voice) so that participants can test themselves, make sure they can sing their part alone, and sort of feel what it’s like to fit their voice into the trio. In the video below, the participants can practice the top voice independence with the bass and middle being sung by the workshop leaders.

SING ALONG: TRIO MINUS ONE

 

FUTURE ONLINE WORKSHOPS 


WEDNESDAYS 7 PM – 9 PM EST (GMT – 4 hrs)
Suggested $20-30 for employed; PWYC for under employed

Let us know you are interested through our Contact Us Page or click on the PAY PAL button (make sure to enter you email address) and we’ll send you instructions for installing and running ZOOM and setting up your microphone up to work with musical content (rather than verbal content).

In the meantime, stay safe and healthy and wash your spirit often with music ;) !!

URGNT LIVE: MAY 8

SAVE THE DATE!! FRIDAY MAY 8th 7:00 PM.


We were so honoured to get the invitation from our good friend and incredible musician Mark Marczyk (of Lemon Bucket Orkestra). When he first asked us, I don’t think we realized what sort of company we would be associated with or the reach it would have. But looking at the lineup and the list of co-presenters now, we are in awe!

Ori Shalva, our family ensemble, will be streaming at 7:45 PM on May 8. But have a look at the incredibly diverse and exciting lineup of musicians below, many of whom are internationally acclaimed and Juno award winning!  And plan a great evening of great music with URGNT.

And remember, it’s possible and important to support this meaningful cultural work via URGNT’s gofundme campaign.

LIVE STREAM ON MAY 8th 7:00-11:00 PM from:
MusiCamp’s FB page , URGNT or MacCleans.


A bit about URGNT: 

Starting as a livestream series in empty venues created in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, URGNT LIVE, in partnership with Music Together ON and news magazine Maclean’s, quickly adapted to promote social distancing and create a curated platform to present and support the best of TO’s music online. We’re also grateful to the lovely folk at Folk Camp for choosing to cosponsor Ori Shalva!
Past shows can be seen here https://www.urgnt.ca/past

MAY 8: SCHEDULE, ARTISTS and CO-PRESENTERS

(Also brought to you by Shopify, Arts & Crafts, and Ontario Live via Ontario Creates)

7pm – Gryphon Trio Chamberfest
7:20pm – Kobo TownNorthern Lights Festival Boréal
7:45pm – Ori ShalvaFolk Camp
8:20pm – Laila BialiTD Sunfest
8:40pm – Stewart GoodyearThe Royal Conservatory of Music
9:00pm – Scott MerrittHillside Festival
9:20pm- Britta BUnity
9:45pm – OKANSunfest
10:10 – Meesha ShafiSmall World Music
10:30 – Skratch BastidURGNT

FLAVOURS of LOVE

Flavours of Love: An Alternative Multi-Sensory Valentine’s Celebration

Saturday February 15 2020 7-10 PM

Location (close to King and Jameson) revealed through Artery https://artery.is/showcases/flavoursoflove.

With the idea that we are all labourers of love, comes an alternative Valentine’s celebration through Artery https://artery.is/showcases/flavoursoflove. Join us for FLAVOURS OF LOVE and imbibe on the sounds, the tastes and the ideas of love, community and friendship.

The evening features:

  • live music that grooves and moves by Andrea Kuzmich;
  • stories and samplings of savoury and sweet cheesecakes by Meris Cherian;
  • all framed through a series of thoughtful toasts that Artery attendees are welcome to contribute to and find expression within.

Bring your own drinks and some friends, savour the sounds and flavours, and make a meaningful and memorable evening in the intimate setting of our hosts’ home, a lovely old house that overlooks Lake Ontario. Exact location only known via Artery and visit our Facebook event for updates on the menu.

Some nibblies will provided by the host, and cheescakses, or course, by Meris. Don’t forget to bring your own drinks. Cost is $15.
(NOTE: there may be cats around)

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

MERIS will be giving a multi-sensorial presentation on the history of cheesecake and how it’s travelled around the world. This evening, expect to taste a few ancient flavours, and some newer interpretations of cheesecakes, including a savoury cheese pie. While you savour the flavours of these cheesecakes, you will also learn about the culinary history behind them, and nuances of the cheese used. Learn more about Meris by checking out her Midnight Cheesecake blog. PS: The cakes are not dairy-free, nut-free, or gluten-free.

ANDREA KUZMICH is an award winning singer, a teacher, an ethnomusicologist and music facilitator. She has performed in and/or recorded with numerous ensembles and choirs throughout Toronto, from mainstream big band jazz to church choirs to contemporary improvised music and village-styled folk music. This Artery performance will feature hip arrangements of jazz tunes with a sprinkling of originals for solo guitar and voice.

Andrea draws her listeners into a world of sensuality and inner city blues, Rudy Blair 680 News

Holiday Events 2019

Tis the season! and MusiCamp’s artistic director and founder, Andrea Kuzmich, will be performing in numerous events around town.

 

November 29 2019 3-6 PM – solo guitar and voice
Festive Fridays at The Candy Bar

849 College Street, Toronto, Ontario M6H 1A1

Join us for an afternoon of Festive tunes! Starting at 3pm and going till 6pm, this week we feature Andrea Kuzmich. Jazzing up the Holidays with an acoustic set of songs in our intimate space, Andrea kicks off the season for us. Stop by, shop, listen and enjoy in store savings and prizes! Bring a friend. The event is free but tips are always welcome for the musicians entertaining us. facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/593921004677673/

 

Sunday December 8 11 AM -2 PM – solo guitar and voice
The Holiday Pop Up Market at the Barns

Artscape Wychwood Barns 601 Christie Street, Toronto, Ontario M6G 4C7

Join us for a fun, family oriented, community Holiday Market on Sunday December 8 at Artscape Wychwood Barns! We’ll have a wonderful line up of terrific local artisans to shop from, a kids craft & hot chocolate area, live musical performances, and a holiday bar too!!  Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/431336750903862/

 

Monday December 9 5-8 PM
Andrea Kuzmich in a Festive Mode featuring Ernie Tollar and Travis Knights

at Drom Taberna 458 Queen Street West

Enjoy an early evening of cool tunes and festive groove. Andrea Kuzmich (voice and guitar) will be performing hip arrangements of jazz, pop and HoLiDAy tunes(with a sprinkling of originals). Joining her will be the musical feet of Travis Knights (tap dancing!!) and the brilliant horn of Ernie Tollar.  The facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/507351313186901/

 

December 15 5-8ish PM – FEATURED EVENT!!
HOLIDAY SPIRIT CABARET with singer Lieke van der Voort, Jackson Welchner, Shalva Makharashvili and others!

at Hirut Cafe 2050 Danforth Ave

Get your fix of classic, traditional, obscure and wacked-up Christmas carols, winter tunes, and seasonal blessings. Hirut Cafe is a great place for fresh fresh coffee and tibs…. and other amazingly savoury Ethiopian cuisine.  A PWYC event! (suggested $15). Visit our FB event https://www.facebook.com/events/2391600377618138/

 

6-week Georgian Singing Workshop

A 6 Week Workshop led by Shalva Makharashvili and Andrea Kuzmich
WEDNESDAY 7-9 PM October 9 to November 13 2019.
at the MusiCamp studio
$250 for new participants; $200 for repeat students
More info or register by email through our contact page

Have a quick peek at workshop leader, Shalva and his children singing with Basiani, a traditional Georgian choir. (Click on the photo.)

 

IMG_1558Take part in a Georgian singing workshop and join the thousands of voices before you that have contributed to this millennia-old folk tradition. Georgia, is located in the mountainous region of the Caucasus, the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Its ancient singing tradition, known for its distinctive and haunting harmonies, was recognized by UNESCO as an intangible masterpiece of humanity in 2001. The 3-part form defies Western conventions and comes in a plethora of musical dialects, reflecting the diverse geographical and cultural makeup of the land.
Canada’s foremost experts in Georgian polyphony, Georgian-born singer/multi-instrumentalist Shalva Makharashvili and his Toronto-born partner, Andrea Kuzmich, will be leading the workshop. Andrea is an academic (PhD ABD) who has presented and published papers on Georgian music to international audiences. Both Shalva and Andrea were featured soloists in Darbazi; founded the award-winning trio ZARI; perform with their family ensemble Ori Shalva; led Georgian workshops and/or have collaborated with many groups in Canada, including VIVA Youth Singers, Aradia Ensemble, UofT Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Young Voices of Toronto and Folk Camp; and have exposed many in Toronto (enthusiastic amateur singers to professional musicians and composers) to the intricacies of Georgian polyphony through regular workshops they lead out MusiCamp.

In this series, we’ll take a look a variety of regional styles and song-types (harvest/work/travel/table/love songs and chants). At the end of the 6 weeks we’ll have a little performance for friends and family… and a little toast – to keep it in the Georgian tradition…

To register for the workshop send us an email through the contact us page.

For some samples of Georgian songs have a listen to Shalva’s and Andrea’s trio soundcloud playlist or visit their website ZARI

 

BODY PERCUSSION/ MUSIC WORKSHOPS


WE JUST DID OUR FIRST ONLINE BODY PERCUSSION WORKSHOP
WITH ONTARIO WOMYN’S CAMP…
… AND WE’RE PLANNING ON DOING SOME MORE!!!
We’ll post times soon…

About 5 years ago, MusiCamp’s director and founder, Andrea Kuzmich, started exploring ways to use body percussion in our kid’s summer camps. It not only functioned as a pedagogical tool to help with rhythm and arranging, but also heightened the excitement of any song – and really was inspired by Andrea’s interest to instantaneously make a party-like atmosphere, any where, any time, without instruments, but through the body alone!

This past spring (June 2019) she was honoured to lead workshops on body percussion at the Ontario Womyn’s Drum Camp. In prep to do so, she started hosting informal body percussion sessions with adults at the MusiCamp studio.


With an interest to share and develop these skills more, Andrea will be hosting some Zoom body percussion workshops starting in the last week of June. Let us know if you are interested – and feel free to have a look at our videos below.

Body Percussion Festival 2018

Body Percussion from our summer camps

2019 MusiCamp Themes & Fees

2019 DATES!

15% EARLY BIRD registration discount before May 30!
$25 discount for additional weeks, siblings and referrals!
No additional fees or taxes charged!

July 15-19 ~ COMPOSITION & SONG ~ $285  more info

July 22-26 ~ WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING (guest artist!) ~ $350 … more info

  • Class sizes are small.
  • All-day (9am-4pm) programming with extended care available from 8:30am-6pm.
  • No formal training is required. No instrument required – just an enjoyment of music
  • Our intuitive approach to exploring sound, music, composition, the voice, and the weekly themes also functions as a great supplement to conventional music lessons
  • We also integrate crafts (instrument and mask making), backyard games, Pizza-making Wednesdays in Dufferin Grove park and other outdoor fun
  • Limited financial assistance is available on a per person basis. (Contact MusiCamp for more info)
  • 2019 Registration can be accessed here
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THE GEORGIANS ARE COMING!

Don’t miss this very rare & exceptional opportunity to witness a millenia-old singing tradition from one of the world’s smallest & oldest surviving cultures.

People who are in the know are super excited. This sort of visit by 6 Georgians singers from the Didgori Folk Ensemble has never happened before in Canada. According to the long-time World Music Columnist for The Wholenote magazine, Andrew Timar,

It will be a huge moment for Georgian music in Canada, an opportunity that happens perhaps once in a lifetime (Andrew Timar, The Wholenote).

Didgori’s tour starts in Edmonton as part of a classical choral music festival and makes its way eastward. Thanks to co-presenters MusiCamp, Clay & Paper Theatre and Folk Camp Canada, Didgori will have their featured concert in Toronto on June 7 2019, 8 pm at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity St Paul’s Centre (427 Bloor St West). If you’re in Kingston, you also have the opportunity to see them on June 10 12:15 pm, as part of the Choir Festival Series at St George’s Cathedral (270 King St E).

JUST AS IT IS OLD, IT IS HARD TO DEFINE…

No, we are not talking about Georgia in the states. We are talking about the country that is situated in the Caucasian mountains, that borders the Black Sea and shares borders with Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkey. It is situated on the cusp of Asia and Europe, and it’s likeness to either is often debated.

Interestingly, there are no migratory myths for the Georgians (whose population is approximately 3.7 million). They are indigenous to the Caucasus. They call themselves Kartveli and their land Sakartvelo. Compared to neighbouring countries (and perhaps due to its mountainous terrain) Georgia is known to have 17 distinct sub-ethnic groups, each boasting its own musical dialect. (More academic info on Georgian Polyphony can be found here.)

Perhaps this is why Georgian traditional music is also hard to define. It is certainly vocal heavy but it seems to meld together all sorts of appealing sonic qualities that makes it amenable to fit into festivals featuring a variety of styles – from classical and early music to middle eastern, to folk, world music and even improvised and contemporary new music! Truth is, the best way to understand the various appeal and the uniqueness of the music is to experience it live, so check out their tour info (Didgori in Canada, Didgori in Toronto) and see if they are performing near you! (You can also follow that link for some sound bites and videos of the ensemble.)

A CHANCE TO SING WITH THEM …

To further the exceptional nature of their visit, they are also hosting workshops where you have the chance to join in on the thousands of voices before you that have contributed to this millennia-old folk tradition. In Toronto, they are hosting 2 workshops:

  • Saturday June 8 5-7 pm at St Vladimir Institute ( 620 Spadina Ave, just S of Harbord)
  • Sunday June 9 11-4pm at MusiCamp Studio (11 Cobourg Ave, near Dufferin Mall)

But there are also workshops being held in Edmonton, Winnipeg and parts of Quebec. For more info, please visit the Didgori in Canada page. And don’t forget to tell everyone:

“THE GEORGIANS ARE COMING”

#TheGeorgiansAreComing

#DidgoriFolkinCanada