The Luongo Ukulele Experience Ensemble
Free workshop and concert with Peter Luongo and his Ukulele Experience Ensemble.
Thursday, June 13th from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
45-minute workshop at noon. Concert at 1 p.m.
St. David’s of Wales, 2800 SE Harrison St. 97214 (where PUA meets).
Peter Luongo, the founder and esteemed former director of the Internationally renown Langley Ukulele Ensemble will be coming to the Portland. He was featured in the award winning documentary, The Mighty Uke and is now teaching clinics and presenting at festivals in North America and Europe.
He will be offering a free 45-minute ukulele workshop followed by a concert featuring an adult ensemble which he formed in Reno, Nevada. Now in their 3rd year, the current ensemble is made up of 16 performers who come from the western United States, Nevada, and even Washington D.C. They meet and rehearse each month throughout the year and are striving to be a group that models life-long learning, embraces challenges, and who continues to evolve as musicians and performers.
The ensemble has performed on the main stages of the Reno and Palm Springs Ukulele Festivals, appeared at the 48th Annual Hawaiian International Ukulele Festival as part of a 7-day, 10 concert tour to Honolulu last July. They were honored and grateful to have been invited to the 2019 NAMM Show where they presented at the show’s Community Forum. The ensemble looks forward to performing shows in Oregon and Washington states this June.
Here are some video clips:1. LUE @ 10th Annual Reno Ukulele Festival opener – 1: https://youtu.be/Ncf2vdXDG0Y
In The Mood, Tico Tico
Also in Tigard: The Luongo Ukulele Experience will also be in Tigard on Friday, June 14th. There will be a workshop at 5 p.m., then a potluck and socializing, then a concert at 7:30 p.m. Details and Register here: https://luongointualatin.brownpapertickets.com
Portland Ukestra Weekend with Nancy Piver
A Portland Ukestra Weekend with Nancy Piver
July 19, 20, and 21
Ukulele ensemble workshops for all skill levels
°°°Friday, July 19 7:00 to 9PM Play Well With Others
— How is an ensemble different from a song circle or a sing & strum performance group?
We’ll play a variety of music in 3 or more parts. Nancy’s fun, easy arrangements will include both music notation and tab, plus chords.
°°°Saturday, July 20 12:30 to 2:30 We’ve Got Rhythm
— Play popular rhythm patterns used in old and new music alike. Learn how parts fit together for a lively toe-tapping experience
°°°Sunday, July 21 12:30 to 2:30 Make Your Own Party
— Create your own three- or four-part arrangement of your favorite melody. We’ll explore three simple methods.
Where? Artichoke Music, 2007 SE Powell Blvd, Portland
Cost? $30 per session, or $80 for all three workshops.
Who? Ukuleles from soprano to baritone, confident beginners to advanced
Register in advance: https://app.mainstreetsites.com/dmn4074/classes.ht…
Bonus! A new sprightly ragtime ensemble arrangement will be emailed to you in advance that we’ll polish over all three sessions.
Nancy Piver (rhymes with “diver”) is a life-long ukulele player with a passion for arranging music. As music director of San Luis Obispo’s SLO Strummers, she adapts the pieces they perform to fit the group’s skills and voices. She arranged all the songs in the book “Flower Power for Ukulele, 30 Groovy Hits from the Sixties,” published by Hal Leonard. She is part of the James Hill Ukulele Institute teacher certification program.
Nancy has directed small and large ukulele ensembles playing her ragtime—and swing, classical, and Latin arrangements—at the West Coast Ukulele Retreats and Menucha Ukulele Band Camp. She includes music notation, tab, and chord parts in the pieces she arranges so players at all levels enjoy playing music together.
See you in July!