In this two part workshop, dive deep into the craft behind conceiving a string arrangement. Part one, Nahuel Bronzini (Airship Laboratories) will converse with songwriter/bassist Aaron Gibson and discuss the thoughts and intentions behind one of the songs from his upcoming album (name of the album). Nahuel and Aaron collaborated to come up with a string quartet arrangement that would complement and embrace the identity of the song. Nahuel will demonstrate examples from the demo and we will breakdown the compositional ideas behind the different sections of the song. Part two, Nahuel and Aaron will be joined by The String Quartet Experience ensemble (Kashi Elliot Christina J. Simpson, Joanne de Mars), for an immersive tracking session. to record the arrangement and discuss the dynamics and interactions between artists, string players and engineer. Specific micking techniques will be discussed and choice of placement and organization of the session in order to achieve the desired musical and sonic results for the production. We will finish with a Q&A with the participants involved to hear the different perspectives and past experiences in this type of setting.
Bass Guitarist & Singer
Aaron Gibson is best known for his music video performances, usually incorporating solo bass guitar and vocals. Simple songs delivered with a conversational vocal style and advanced bass techniques comprise most of his work. Aaron is an Oregonian who was raised in the San Fransisco bay area, and has performed as a soloist around the US and in China. aarongibson.me
Cellist, The String Quartet Experience
Bay area cellist Joanne de Mars is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Jennifer Culp. Originally from Seattle, Joanne graduated from the University of Washington with her BA, BM, and BS. She has been a member of contemporary ensemble Wild Rumpus since 2012, and an active solo and chamber music performer since coming to the bay area. Joanne has a wide variety of interest in all styles of music, and has performed with jazz, pop, classical, and contemporary groups, including Butch Morris's conduction ensemble, Kanye West, Vertigo Quartet, and Maestro Shajarian, Iranian singer and icon. Joanne has more than ten years of private cello and piano instruction, and is the co-founder of Mountains, Meadows, and Music camp for young string players. Although cello has been her focus since college, Joanne began playing piano at the age of 5 and has worked as a piano accompanist both privately and with the Northwest Girls Chorus. Her teaching works to cultivate a deep connection to and love for music. A descendent of the Leonard Rose school of teaching, her lessons focus on simultaneous development of technique and musicality, through emphasis of their relationship. Joanne has studied cello and chamber music with Philadelphia String Quartet founders Alan Iglitzin and Irv Eisenberg. She has also studied uner Jean-Michelle Fonteneau, Axel Strauss, Jodi Levitz, and Mack McCray. Her music has taken her world-wide, with performances throughout Canada, Italy, Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.
Violinist, The String Quartet Experience
An avid musician, New Hampshire born violinist Kashi Elliott has performed in a wide range of venues, from Boston’s Symphony Hall to Austria’s Schloss Esterházy. She has also appeared as a soloist with the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra and has been recorded and interviewed by Pittsburgh's premier classical music station, WQED. Ms. Elliott served as the concertmaster of the Choate Rosemary Hall Orchestra for four years. Throughout those four years she was selected to solo a number of works with the orchestra such as Saint-Saens’ Violin Concerto in B minor and Bartok’s Romanian Dances. Ms. Elliott also spent two summers at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute working under conductors such as Paul Haas and performing at Tanglewood on Parade. Ms. Elliott has additionally been broadcast on Boston’s WGBH when she acted as the principal second violinist for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Summer Philharmonic. As a child Ms. Elliott provided musical accompaniment from the Suzuki books for her mother’s art shows at the Bread and Puppet Theater in Glover, Vermont. She has also busked on the streets of Venice and San Francisco and enjoys playing at Classical Revolution in San Francisco. Recently Ms. Elliott has performed with Elevate Ensemble, Opera Parallel, San Francisco Academy Orchestra and One Found Sound. Kashi Elliott completed her graduate degree in Violin Performance with Wei He at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in May of 2015. She has studied privately with Janet Packer in Boston, Massachusetts and Cyrus Forough at Carnegie Mellon University. She has also performed in masterclasses for David Kim, James Buswell and Michael Appleman.
Arranger & Music Producer
Nahuel Bronzini is an Argentinean arranger and music producer living in the Bay Area and working with his production company, Studio Burgundio, since 2010. He is a member of the Producers and Engineers Committee for the SF Grammy Chapter and member at large for the AES SF Chapter. Nahuel’s work focuses in the blending of acoustic instrumentation into pop and folk productions, making use of chamber type ensembles such as string quartets and horn sections as a complement to the work of solo artists and bands. Nahuel is a graduate from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and from Escuela de Música Contemporánea (Argentina), and studied audio and acoustics at Universidad de Tres de Febrero (Argentina). His most recent work is an album titled “The String Quartet Experience”, a collaboration with 8 solo artists from the Bay Area, East Coast, Argentina and Mexico, which joins together the sounds of singer-songwriting and the the string quartet. The album features local artists Diana Gameros, Kendra McKinley and the Amaranth Quartet.
Violinist, The String Quartet Experience
Christina began playing violin at the age of 6 in Sonoma, California. At eight years old, her family moved to Santa Rosa where she started with Linda Ghidossi-Deluca and switched to viola. Within three years she had been appointed principal viola of the local youth orchestra and had been accepted as the youngest member and the youngest violist ever to the San Francisco Youth Orchestra. She traveled with them on three European tours over the course of the next eight years and achieved the position of Co-Principal Viola. As a middle school and high school student she attended Boston University's Tanglewood Institute, Encore School for Strings, and Music@Menlo for many summers and had the privilege of studying with Jeffrey Irvine of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Geraldine Walther of the Takasc String Quartet. During these years she was mentored and had intensive coaching with members of the St. Lawrence, Emerson, and Orion String Quartets as well as Gilbert Kalish, Carol Wincenc, Woo Han, Ara Guzman, Michael Steinburg, Georgia Fleezanus, and many others. She was awarded a full scholarship to the San Domenico School Virtuoso Program, where she studied with Geraldine Walther and then Jay Liu, Associate Principal of the San Francisco Symphony. She was a member of the National Honor Society, editor of the high school's literary journal, and started a picnic club based on her love of Jane Austen novels. She attended San Francisco Conservatory's Preparatory Program, and in her senior year her quartet won gold in the regional ASTA competition.In her senior year she auditioned and was accepted on probation to The Colburn Conservatory, pending a jury at the end of her first semester. She failed this and returned home to Sonoma County. Christina enrolled in Sonoma State University and took up the sport of rowing. By the end of her first year she had broken the school's record in her event and was recruited to row for UC Berkeley's top-ranked D1 Women's team. They won Pac-12's and came in 2nd at NCAA's with very little help from her. While at UC Berkeley she discovered a love for history, and graduated with honors from the History Department in 2013, with a thesis on housing in Richmond, CA after WWII. She served as the Co-Principal Violist for the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra for four years and founded the Elden String Quartet, which was mentored by members of the Left Coast Ensemble and was featured on the San Francisco Chamber Music Society's Up-And-Coming Artists Series. She started a company with her father and sister to help women find mentors in their field, that lost funding in the spring of 2014. She served as creative director and shot video, created graphics and content for the website. That summer she traveled with the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra to Austria, the Czech Republic, and Bratislava. Upon returning she started working as a music teacher's aide at the School of the Madeleine in North Berkeley and started a strings program there. She has been an active freelancer in the Bay Area for two years now, performing with the Modesto and Merced Symphonies, the Berkeley Community Chamber Orchestra, and the Divisa Ensemble. She is the violist for the acclaimed Elevate Ensemble, in residence at San Francisco State University, and has performed extensively as a chamber musician around the Bay Area. Christina is the Orchestra Manager for Napa Valley Youth Symphony and the Music Librarian for Young People's Symphony Orchestra in Berkeley.