Updated copy: Bardic and Performing Arts Collegium (B-PAC)
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Bardic and Performing Arts Collegium
September 28 and 29, 2002
By the grace of their Excellencies Sidonia and Magnus of Borealis,
and Their Highnesses University of Avacal, we present the Bardic and
Performing Arts Collegium, held in Edmonton (formerly Veraqulion).
Learn, network, and engage with other period performers in a
supportive and focused atmosphere. With four bardic streams, one
dance and at least one general stream for the less bardicly inclined,
the entire weekend, including feast, will cost under $25, so mark
your calendars as one of the season's best bets!
Laurels from halfway across the country are coming to come together
to present material for Beginning to Advanced and Master's Bardic
levels, as well as facilitating discussion groups and workshops.The
Kingdom Bard of An Tir herself will be honoring us by her
participation, with courses for all levels. Other classes include
European group dances with an entire day devoted to authentic middle
eastern dance, persona and costume. Classes will be held at the
University of Alberta in the heart of the River Valley. Campus and
library maps will be provided to help you catch up on your research,
or take a break and enjoy the extensive attractions of the city
Features of this full weekend event include:
*merchant's row From local world renown instruments makers to middle
eastern costume, we are expecting different displays each day. Small
merchants fee, and pre-registration is required.
*Feast of Frolics, with a display of the finest in our land co-
ordinating with the courses. The Feast itself will be a performance,
with a feast booklet containing full documentation and recipes.
Anyone who would like to perform at the Feast must let us know well
*A&S competition and display room, with a `bardic arts' theme
*opening and closing performer's parties and song swap
*library room - Those who wish to share their material may bring
their books (with two lists of what they have brought) and leave them
in the room. It will be set up all day on Sat. for perusal by the
populace and there will be a guard on duty at all times.
*Bardic Watering Hole, where Laurels and tutors will be holding
office hours to answer your questions about anything.
Full Pied Piper, with emphasis on teaching some basic bardic skills.
Dependent on volunteer commitment.
*Contact Bardocrat Treasach tuatha Kelle at traesach@... or
phone (780) 477 2007.*
Some Class descriptions:
*Intermediate Country Dance*, a selection of Playford dances of
intermediate difficulty, handout. Suits those who have done some
Playford dancing before.
*Ballad Singing*, a selection of traditional ballads plus a bit of
discussion on ballad style and sources, handout. Suits those with
some bardic singing experience.
*Bardic master class*, panel discussion on composing bardic songs,
words, music, and both, with samples.
Practicum class on *Sean Nos Irish traditional singing*.
The *bardic tool box*; both description of basic references for
writers and a hands-on demonstration of what they do.
*How to do Bardic Books* - 1) How do you make your own bardic book:
what to consider when compiling a song book, where to find songs and
music, and a brief discussion of copy write (as I understand it). 2)
This will be an explanation of what the Avacal Bards Book project is
and where it's going. How were the songs in the book chosen? What
other sections are in the works? Ending with a discussion of any
changes or additions. For anyone who does not have a copy of the book
one will be provided free. There will also be a small handout
provided free as well.
*Period Notation*: Examining the birth and development of musical
notation, from ~900 - 1600, with an emphasis on white mensural
notation, including doing an easy translation! Pre-requisite: Must
be familar with reading in modern notation in at least one clef.
*Music History - Middle Ages and Renaissance*: Journey through music
history in SCA period, learning about the major innovations in each
period by listening to the music. No pre-requisite.
Thorvald's *Bardic master class*: panel discussion on composing
bardic songs, words, music, and both, with samples.
*Briana nic h'Eusaidh* is a sixth-century Irish fili. She sings, tell
stories, writes and recites poetry, praise and satire, and plays the
bodhran. Her extensive repertoire of English and Irish folk songs,
and their provenance has made her an accomplished competitor in An
Tir's Bardic circuit. She has won Overall at Celtic Bardic, Amergin's
Revenge, SeaLion War Bardic, and the Ermine Cross Bardic Tourney, and
taken many prizes in individual performance categories. As an
administrator to the Bardic Arts under the Minister of Arts and
Sciences, she serves the Crown and populace as Kingdom Bard.
*Hector of the Black Height* was the first specific Bardic Arts
Laurel made in the Middle Kingdom and was first and sixth Bard to the
Court of the Principality of Ealdormere. His verse and prose have
been reprinted widely and his music and spoken word recordings are in
the process of being compiled. He sings, tells, recites verse and
recites genealogy. He was also a co-autocrat of the 24th Pennsic
War, Disaster Services Co-ordinator for Pennsic Wars 24-29 and a
General of the Army of the Middle and Constable of Ealdormere at
*Thorvald Grimsson* (Icelandic chieftain) is a generalist Laurel from
Avacal, leaning towards research, and with some practical skills in
singing, composition, dancing, cooking, costuming, tentmaking, and
the arts and sciences of combat archery.
*Treasach* was trained as a professional coloratura soprano since she
was 6 years old. She sings all the classical languages and has
coached individuals and choirs from novice to advanced.
*Allister Denton* has been juggling since he taught himself at the
age of 12. He has been a professional conjurer since Spring 2001
performing all over western Canada and the U.S., including the Best
Of The Street at Fringe 2001. He considers one of his best times to
be his performance for the Prince and Princess of Avacal at the
Bitter End during the Silver Arrow where he played a great card trick
on their Highnesses, and had people throw battle axes at him.
*Gabrielle Caterina Salviati* is a founding member of the Troubadour
du Bois, the performers' guild for the Barony of Myrgan Wood. She has
composed for the guild, specializing in recorder ensembles with the
occasional violin or harpsichord thrown in for good measure. She's
been a recorder player for the last 18 years (give or take).
Mundanely Susan Redekop is studying for her ARTC in Music Theory with
the Royal Conservatory of music.
*Morrigan Clubfoot* has been a student of movement and body mechanics
all her life. In her early twenties, she commenced studies with Honan
Shaolin WuShu, a northern Chinese traditional martial arts school.
She trained in both open hand, full contact and weapons forms for
seven years. She shifted her passion from martial arts to middle
eastern dance due to injury and has trained continuously in this
dance style since 1995. She strives to continually deepen her
understanding of the historical and cultural aspects of this art form
and shares this knowledge with students. Morrigan takes private
instruction continuously as well participates in as many workshops as
possible, performing at weddings, restaurants and festivals.
*Mistress Fabienne l'Accusee* (mka. Kathi Davis-Lepage, B.Mus):
Fabienne joined the SCA in 1985, and has been teaching music and
dance since her first event. Through dance and promoting period music
skills over the years, the Order of the Laurel was bestowed in 1998.
Good food and good costuming are the other reasons she enjoys the
SCA. Her mundane occupation as a professional harpsichordist keeps
her busy, as does directing a Celtic dance school, teaching Celtic
tin whistle, playing in a Celtic band, and spending time with her
fellow members of the ensemble Troubadours du Bois in Myrgan Wood.
Her evangelical plan is to 'spread the Good Word' of period music in
*Honourable Lady Pandora of Lancaster* (mka Tina Munro): Pandora
joined the SCA in 1987. Shehas been involved in music and dance since
winning a dance competition at her first event and continues as a
member of the Troubadours du Bois in Myrgan Wood. In the mundane
world, she is a retired dancer/choreographer. As apprentice to
Mistress Fabienne l'Accusee, Pandora hopes to expand her knowledge of
music while honing her own skills in dance, brewing, calligraphy, and
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