Daniel Ward joins the Staff of the WCUR

Introducing Daniel Ward

If you were at the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival in September, you may have had the privilege of taking a workshop from Daniel Ward.  He was, hands down, one of the most popular instructors at the festival last year, dazzling us with his blazing technique on a variety of instruments and delighting his students with his knowledge, ready smile, and generosity. (I can tell you from experience that he is an amazing cook, as well.) Relatively new to the ‘ukulele, in a few short years  Daniel Ward has become a beloved ambassador of the ‘ukulele–from Shanghai to Haiti, and many ports in between, bringing with him the skill and experience he has gained over the past 25-years as a flamenco guitarist, touring with Ottmar Liebert and playing for internationally known flamenco dancers. Even so, his versatility as a musician has kept him busy composing, performing, and recording everything from jazz to heavy-metal-vaudeville with Scumbaag (Imagine: Spinal Tap meets Frank Zappa). For the past four years, Daniel has worked closely with Heidi Swedberg in creating the Sukey Jump Band, spreading ‘ukulele joy from coast to coast teaching–but mostly encouraging–musical participation across America including performances at the Austin City Limits festival, KindieFest in Brooklyn, Jiggle Jam in Kansas City, the Waterfront Festival in Chicago, the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival, and now, the West Coast ‘Ukulele RetreatOh, how happy we are that Heidi  introduced us to this guy!

Here’s just a taste of what’s in store…….

Registration for the 2014 West Coast Ukulele Retreat is now open.  Don’t dally if you want to join us.

(Click here if you want to bypass the web-site and go straight to registration.)

~ by Elaine on December 22, 2013.

 
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