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Meet Howard Bass

by November 30, 2011 » Add the first comment.
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Howard plays lute and guitar and is part of Trio Sefardi–one of our specialist groups for this year’s Christmas Revels.  Howard has studied guitar in Cleveland, Ohio, Washington, DC and Alicante, Spain!  (he even played for the King and Queen of Spain at the Smithsonian Institute in 1976 and at Read more »

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A Little Bit of Help on the Program

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I’ve spent a lot of time in the last few days helping to finish the Christmas Revels program. Our program is really elaborate. It has about eight articles, some about Revels activities and some about aspects of this year’s show. There’s a section of program notes that list every song, Read more »

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You Know It’s Tech Week When…

by November 29, 2011 » Add more comments.
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The Top Ten Reasons You Know It’s Tech Week: 1. There is a rehearsal every night 2. You spend a lot of time ascending and descending stairs 3. Lisner Auditorium starts to feel like home 4. The second full day (of your day) begins at 5:00pm (call time!) 5. You Read more »

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Secret Hiding Places for Running Orders

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Monday night was our first night at Lisner Auditorium. We were all in costume to work on the first part of the show. This was our first time seeing the set (wow) and finding out what it’s like to do this show on that stage. Most of us carry a Read more »

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Meet Rachid Halihal

by November 28, 2011 » Add the first comment.
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This year we are lucky to have two specialist music groups for our Christmas Revels show. The Arab Andalus group of musicians is named Layali El Andalus and is led by Rachid Halihal. Rachid is a world-class musician who brings, to us, the true character and spirit of music from Read more »

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Revels Across the Country

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The Christmas Revels you get here in Washington is wonderful and unique, but it’s not the only Christmas Revels. We’re one of 10 Revels cities across the U.S. We’re all under a national Revels organization based in Cambridge, Mass. In addition to D.C. and Massachusetts, you can see The Christmas Read more »

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Dancing Around the World

by November 27, 2011 » Add the first comment.
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There are two really exciting dances in this year’s show. I’m not in either one, which means I’ve had opportunities to take blurry pictures of both. One is called “Saidi” – it’s a dance from southern Egypt with its roots in Ancient Egyptian martial arts. It involves guys dancing with Read more »

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Singing in Foreign Languages

by November 26, 2011 » Add the first comment.
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Every year, The Christmas Revels has a different theme. Those themes bring different languages with them. And different languages have different levels of difficulty. Before this year, the toughest show I’d been in for languages was the Scandinavian show in 2005, when we sang in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic, and Finnish. Read more »

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Sordas, Claras, and the Art of the Clap

by November 24, 2011 » Add more comments.
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Did you know that the hand clap is something of an “art form” in Spain?  Indeed, palmas (hand clapping) is an essential ingredient to the musical accompaniment used for dances like the flamenco and sevillana.  If you want to know just how important, try a Google search for “palmas clapping” Read more »

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Snap Encounters the Tarasque

by November 23, 2011 » Add more comments.
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Volunteer Leanne Wiberg has put in a lot of hours sewing scales onto the tarasque the last few days. She’s been keeping me up to date on the goings-on in the basement at the office, where this work is being done. I have to share this picture Leanne took of Read more »

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