Extending your Practice Online with Liz Doherty, Xenia Pestova Bennett and Gwendolyn Masin

Extending your Practice Online with Liz Doherty, Xenia Pestova Bennett and Gwendolyn Masin

Extending your Practice Online with Liz Doherty, Xenia Pestova Bennett and Gwendolyn Masin
This interactive panel presentation will feature three well-known performers who have successfully used the online medium to extend their musical practice. Part of Taking Charge of your Performance Career: Performing Online 2020.

Each panellist will speak briefly about their current projects, followed by an open Q&A and discussion with participants. The session aims to encourage new and creative ways of thinking about how musicians can enhance and develop their existing musical practice online.

Music Network presents a special series of five interactive training sessions for professional musicians working in all musical genres. Taking the form of four webinars and one panel discussion, this free professional development course aims to help musicians develop important skills for showcasing their work online. It is just one of a number of ways in which Music Network has supported musicians during 2020.

Delivered by international industry professionals, the course will offer relevant and up-to-date advice in the areas of planning online performances, optimising your audio and video output, choosing a platform, and extending your online practice. Each session will comprise a 60 minute presentation followed by Q&A with participants. Please note that registration is essential to participate in the sessions. The presentations will be made available to view on Music Network’s YouTube channel in 2021.

About Liz Doherty

Liz Doherty is a fiddle player, teacher and arts consultant from Co. Donegal. Her academic credentials include a PhD (Cape Breton fiddle music) and she has lectured on traditional music in Ireland, Canada, the US and Australia. Liz was recently recognised with a National Teaching Fellowship from the UK’s Higher Education Academy for her work in this field. Liz has taught Irish fiddle music at festivals and events around the world. She has performed and recorded with Mícheál Ó Súillebháin and the RTÉ National Symphony and Concert Orchestras, Riverdance -The Show, and with bands Bumblebees, Fiddlesticks and Nomos; she also has two solo recordings. She is currently a member of Culture Ireland’s Expert Advisory Committee.

Liz will talk about I Teach Trad, her new company just launched that offers training and professional development for teachers of traditional music. It is based on a unique model, The TradLABB™, that maps out the lifelong learning journey of the traditional musician.

About Xenia Pestova Bennett

Xenia Pestova Bennett is an innovative performer and educator who has earned a reputation as a leading interpreter of uncompromising repertoire alongside masterpieces from the past. Her widely acclaimed recordings of core piano duo works of the Twentieth Century by John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen are available on four CDs for Naxos Records. Her evocative solo debut of premiere recordings for the Innova label titled Shadow Piano was described as a "terrific album of dark, probing music" by the Chicago Reader. Xenia's own compositions are available on Diatribe Records and TakuRoku. Her full-length album Atomic Legacies features Ligeti Quartet and the Magnetic Resonator Piano, while her digital EP Atonal Electronic Chamber Music for Cats explores vintage synthesizers.

Xenia will discuss her wellbeing practice which she runs alongside her performance and teaching career. She is a fully-certified yoga teacher and also provides coaching on performance and generalised anxiety management using movement, breathwork and focus interventions.

About Gwendolyn Masin

Gwendolyn Masin is a concert violinist, chamber musician, teacher, artistic director and author, holding a PhD in musicology. She performs internationally, teaches violin and chamber-music masterclasses at institutes and festivals, and gives talks concerning her areas of expertise throughout Europe and North America. She is Professor of Violin Studies at the Haute École de Musique de Genève, Switzerland, and also the author of the award-winning book Michaela’s Music House, The Magic of the Violin. Her exploration and experience of techniques to enable musicians when it comes to postural awareness and understanding of the origin of human movement span more than twenty years and include practices such as Yoga, Pilates, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method and Spiral Dynamics.

Gwendolyn will discuss her project The Exhale, an online holistic retreat for musicians which serves both as an employment opportunity and a learning resource. She will be happy to hear from anyone who has an idea for an Exhale class.