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|Course:||Tickling The Ivories|
|Start Date:||20th January 2018|
|Fee:||£54.00 What's included?|
With plenty of illustration at the keyboard, audio recordings and rare film clips, Mike Denham compares and contrasts the four piano styles of ragtime, blues, boogie-woogie and stride. These ‘complete’ styles for solo piano were developed in the early twentieth century before the arrival of the ubiquitous piano trio with bass and drums. They still captivate the listener today. Many of the magnificent, inventive keyboard masters, such as Scott Joplin and Fats Waller, were remarkable characters too, providing us with some entertaining diversions during the day.
Mike Denham is a self-confessed ragtime junkie and admirer of Jelly Roll Morton. Mike plays solo concerts, frequently including Morton compositions, and has performed at prestigious venues including St George’s Bristol and London’s Purcell Room. He has a reputation for entertaining audiences with colourful stories about composers and performers and the lives they led. Mike also appears with the renowned West-Country-based jazz band the “Sunset Cafe Stompers”, and he presents his SpeakEasy Nights at various venues, in which he duets with leading jazz musicians. Mike has recorded two solo piano albums “The Pearls” and “Heliotrope Bouquet”. In a parallel career as a Chemical Engineer, Mike led workshops on many different subjects. He even played piano to surprised participants on a couple of occasions - experience which will no doubt come in handy on this course!
For further information visit Mike’s website www.mikedenham.co.uk
I thoroughly enjoyed the two times that I've come to speak at Dillington House. I found the audiences to be engaged, receptive and welcoming. Somerset needs a venue like this, I hope it goes from strength to strength and I'd love to come back and speak again.