Outreach

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Los Angeles Electric 8 offers three distinct educational programs. Each program is flexible and can be adapted to suit participants of all age groups and musical backgrounds. The members of LAE8 believe wholeheartedly in creating an interactive educational experience. Outreach programs are often hands-on, engaging a three-way dialogue between facilitators, participants and auditors.

To schedule an educational program and/or public performance, please contact us.

I. Lecture/Demonstrations
II. Workshops
III. Masterclasses

I. Lecture/Demonstrations

    Expanding Listening and Musical Vocabulary
  • Length of session: 60 min
  • Number of participants: Unlimited
  • Facility requirements: Concert hall or lecture room.
  • Description: Los Angeles Electric 8 will perform pieces from their performance program. Members will demonstrate various rhythmic techniques (hocket, phase, syncopation) and musical qualities (timbre, texture, tonality). An open discussion format will allow for questions throughout the session.
  • Repertoire: “Electric Counterpoint” by Steve Reich; “East L.A. Phase” by Wayne Siegel; and “Implosion” by Mantle Hood.

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II. Workshops

    Exploring the Guitar in Chamber Music
  • Length of session: 90 – 120 min.
  • Number of participants: 2 – 32 participants; unlimited auditors.
  • Requirements: Concert hall or lecture room with adjacent rooms for break-out sessions. Each participant must have a guitar (any type) and prior experience reading tablature and/or standard notation. Participants of all musical backgrounds and expertise are welcome.
  • Description: Members of Los Angeles Electric 8 will break into small groups and coach ensembles to play excerpts from their performance program. Throughout this hands-on experience, participants will be challenged to rethink dynamics, timbre, phrasing, inner pulse and interlocking rhythmic patterns. Participants will also learn how to enhance their listening skills and engage in on-stage communication through movement, choreography and eye contact. The workshop will conclude with performances from each ensemble followed by an open discussion.
  • Repertoire: “Electric Counterpoint” by Steve Reich; “East L.A. Phase” by Wayne Siegel; and “Implosion” by Mantle Hood.

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III. Masterclasses

    For Guitarists and Guitar Ensembles
  • Length of session: 30 – 120 min.
  • Number of participants: 1 – 6 solo or ensemble participants; unlimited auditors.
  • Requirements: Concert hall or lecture room. Ensembles may range in size from duets to large chamber groups, provided the ensemble contains at least one guitar.
  • Description: Members of Los Angeles Electric 8 will listen to each participant perform 1 – 2 pieces and offer comments and suggestions. Members will work with participants in a hands-on manner, offering musical analyses and suggested interpretations. Auditors and other participants will also be encouraged to provide feedback throughout the session.
  • Repertoire: All styles and periods.
    For Chamber Groups
  • Length of session: 30 – 120 min.
  • Number of participants: 1 – 6 solo or ensemble participants; unlimited auditors.
  • Requirements: Concert hall or lecture room. Ensembles may range in size from duets to large chamber groups. All instruments are welcome and guitar is not necessary.
  • Description: Members of Los Angeles Electric 8 will listen to each participant perform 1 – 2 pieces and offer comments and suggestions. Members will work with participants in a hands-on manner, offering musical analyses and suggested interpretations. Auditors and other participants will also be encouraged to provide feedback throughout the session.
  • Repertoire: All styles and periods.

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