Fiddling Master Class with Jamie Laval and Ciompi Quartet
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 7:00pm
This is a participatory event open to all violinists and fiddlers. Please bring your instrument. Nationally acclaimed performer, composer, arranger, and educator, Jamie Laval is hailed as One of North America's finest practitioners of traditional Scottish music" (San Jose Mercury News). Laval's unique approach to traditional Celtic music blends the simplicity of an ancient art form with stunning virtuosity and contemporary flair that resonates with families, youth, seniors, and devotees of ethnic, jazz, and classical music. Currently making his home in Tryon, NC (near Asheville), Laval has been a member of the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, the Seattle Opera, and the Victoria Symphony. In 2002, Laval won the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship which launched his career throughout the U.S. and Scotland as a devoted performer of Celtic music. Laval sustains a schedule of over 100 solo engagements per year on community concert series, large festival stages, as a soloist with symphonies, and in chamber music performances with other top string players. He teaches master classes and seminars for string players in summer music camps such as The Swannanoa Gathering and is a frequent lecturer at California State University and other similar institutions. "Murmurs and Drones," Laval's third and most recent album, won the popular vote for "Best World Traditional Album" in the 2012 Independent Music Awards.