Four Immersive Days of Work in the Guitar Circle. Guitar & Audience Craft

Techniques and Exercises for Audients and Guitarists.

The Guitar Circle welcomes players and audients of all ages and levels of experience, from absolute beginners to professionals.

The art of craft is universal. The artful craft of Guitar Craft is also specific.

Guitar Craft is a way of developing a relationship with guitar, music, and with ourselves. Guitar and Audience Craft techniques and exercises provide a foundation for taking the performance event to a higher level.

The Guitar Circle is a way of working which strengthens community. We also rock out!

Robert Fripp
Friday 26th. November, 2021
Hotel Most Acceptable, Tokyo

An Invitation from Robert Fripp

I am very happy to invite you to our second Guitar Circle course at Glen Cove, Long Island, August 22-26th. 2022.

What struck me most powerfully in the King Crimson live performances, this past July-September in the US, was just that: the power. The members of KC are exceptional in terms of experience, capacity, and dedication to serving Music. But this was not the source of the power, as I experienced it. More like, KC was a finely-tuned instrument which enabled Music to enter those performance events; as if the Music so wished to be welcomed into those spaces: very close to giving itself away, providing we did just a little to help. Like, for Homeland Security to allow KC’s English players and Road Team to enter the US; for the venues to be open to the public; for audients to come out in public with Covid ripping out; for Hurricane Ida to pass…

That any of these shows were held at all, and whatever number of good people turned up, was already an achievement IMO.

Turn a seeming disadvantage to your advantage.
The greater the seeming disadvantage, the greater the possible advantage.

Lockdown impacted so many lives, often tragically. It also provided the opportunity to reflect upon, re-set, and re-boot our habitual assumptions, behaviour, and values. Wherever they seem to be out-of-tune for who, what, and where we are now, in this moment, then may we drop those assumptions, old attitudes and opinions, and act otherwise.

It’s very easy in the First World, with relative riches and material privilege, to take music for granted – I hand over my heard-earned pay! I have rights! I have no obligations! We so easily forget what Music is, what Music does and makes available; how it moves us, speaks to our feelings, gets our feet dancing; and brings us together as one in a performance – music, musicians, and audients, different types of people from all manner of backgrounds and places. For me, this a sacred event, one which I take seriously but never solemnly – strapping on, walking on, and rocking out!

The Introduction To The Guitar at Glen Cove this past August 2021 was held midway between the two legs of King Crimson’s US Tour. In its own particular way, it held the same power for me as the KC shows. I was anticipating a completion to my involvement in GC activities, and a completion to courses such as this. Instead, all things GC kicked off again, again. A completion is a new beginning, after all.

A novel element was the inclusion and participation of audients on the course. Alternatively expressed, auditor. The musician plays music for people, most of whom have little training in being present in a collected state; holding goodwill to the players, fellow audients, and the event; and listening. How to put aside all the fidgeting and twitching, noise and chatter in our heads, and be open to what is immediately available in the moment? The contribution of the audients was significant and a major part of the success of the course IMO.

Also, on past GC courses, we have been challenged to provide a role for partners of the guitar-interested participants. Fortunately, the facility of Glen Cove is ideal for partners to join us and attend the various classes and events, exercises and performances, to whatever degree they wish. For those not interested in picking up a guitar, the audient role is available.

For the next Guitar Circle at Glen Cove, I am hoping audients will arrive in great number and perhaps even crowd out the guitarists.

No interest in playing guitar? Great!

Ears? Even better.

Innocent ears? Audients are most welcome to join the guitarists, strap on their ears, and rock out!

Robert Fripp
Saturday 16th. October, 2021
Angel House, Bredonborough, Middle England

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Schedule

An Introduction to the Guitar Circle with Robert Fripp will begin at 3pm on August 22nd, 2022, and ends at 12pm on August 26th, 2022.
Each day’s schedule is intense, beginning in the early morning and running through to the night with activities in small and large groups. The exact detailed schedule will be decided at the course itself, responding to the needs of the group. However, as a reference, please see this basic structure of a day at a GC Course:

Typical Day October 22

  • 7:00am – 7:45am

    Morning sitting (led by RF)

  • 8:00am – 9:30am

    Breakfast and Q&A (with RF and staff)

  • 10:00am – 1:00pm

    Multiple small group meetings, each lasting 45′-60′ with breaks between meetings (with RF and staff)

  • 1:00pm – 2:30m

    Lunch and Q&A (with RF and staff)

  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm

    Multiple small group meetings (with RF and staff)

  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm

    Tea time and Q&A (for Robert and staff)

  • 5:15pm – 7:00pm

    Multiple small group meetings (with RF and staff)

  • 7:00pm – 8:30pm

    Dinner and Q&A (for Robert and staff)

  • 9:30pm – 11:00pm

    House of Guitars: everyone welcome to join, with or without guitars (led by RF)

During Robert Fripp’s Introduction to the Guitar Circle, nothing is compulsory but some things are necessary. Robert feels strongly that alcohol and drug use are incompatible with this work and are strongly discouraged. Hey, the anticipated polyrhythms* alone are enough to deter anyone from even thinking about drinking! So, any participant who partakes in drugs or alcohol during the event may be asked to forego participating in our activities. Thank you for your cooperation.

*Polyrhythms: The simultaneous combination of contrasting rhythms in a musical composition. Rhythmic conflicts, or cross-rhythms, may occur within a single metre (e.g., two eighth notes against triplet eighths or worse!) and may even be reinforced by simultaneous combinations of conflicting metres. You will happily experience some of these during Robert’s event!

Staff

Robert Fripp

Guitarists and More

Dev Ray

Guitarists and More

Jacqueline Binder

Guitarists and More

Curt Golden

Guitar Buddies

Tom Redmond

Guitarists and More

Tony Geballe

Guitar Buddies

Sandra Bain Cushman

Orchestral Maneuvers

Kim Cary

Orchestral Maneuvers

Erin Wigger

Alexander Technique

Chris Doering

The Process of Performance

Christina Fleming

Orchestral Maneuvers

Pricing and Registration

Robert Fripp, Guitar Circle, and Dreamcatcher Events all respectfully ask that everyone attending be fully vaccinated and/or tested for Covid.

Musicians and music fans of all styles and levels are welcome to attend Introduction To The Guitar Circle – but we do recommend that everyone who plans on playing bring a steel-stringed acoustic guitar!

Room Types and Pricing

  • Shared Room with Two Beds
    2,599

    Standard Room with two beds and a roommate. You may either name your own roommate or one will be assigned by Dreamcatcher Events. Roommate matches are based on age and gender. If signing up with a roommate in mind, please enter their name in the “Roommate” field as you continue registration.

    *Please note, pricing is per person and all registrants must stay at the Glen Cove Mansion and all payments and deposits are non-refundable.

  • Single Room – King Bed
    3,599

    Standard room with one king bed for one participant.

    *Please note, pricing is per person and all registrants must stay at the Glen Cove Mansion and all payments and deposits are non-refundable.

  • Couple’s Room
    4,799

    If you would like to have your loved one join you at the Glen Cove Mansion, we recommend this price point. You both share the accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals, and are welcome to attend any meetings & activities together. The room includes one king bed. Pricing is per couple.

    *Please note, all registrants must stay at the Glen Cove Mansion and all payments and deposits are non-refundable.

  • Couple’s Suite
    4,999

    If you would like to have your loved one join you at the Glen Cove Mansion, we recommend this price point. You both share deluxe accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals, and are welcome to attend any meetings & activities together. The room includes one king bed. Pricing is per couple.

    *Please note, all registrants must stay at the Glen Cove Mansion and all payments and deposits are non-refundable.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • 3 amazing meals a day
  • All workshops, activities and entertainment for 4 days and nights
  • Parking
  • Wi-Fi

What's Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Sighteseeing excursions in the area
  • Personal musical gear

Pricing and Registration Policy

  • Registration & Payments
    • All rates are per-person, unless stated otherwise.
    • All prices subject to change. Prior sales excluded. Dreamcatcher Events reserves the right to change any price, package or offering at any time without prior notice.
    • All rates are subject to 9.9% surcharge, which includes all local, state, and occupancy taxes.
  • Installment Payment Plan – Upon checkout, you have the option to pay in full or one 50% installment.
    • Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total purchase amount is charged to your credit card.
    • The remaining balance will be automatically charged to the credit card on file on May 1, 2022.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.
  • Dreamcatcher Events LLC reserves the right to re-schedule any event if there should be an “Act of God,” pandemic, natural disaster, or any other circumstance which makes an event impossible to hold. In this circumstance, Dreamcatcher may issue full financial credit in the amount paid to all registrants who have paid. These “Credited” funds may be used solely for the specific event to be rescheduled. The financial credit shall last two years from the dates of postponement. Registration refunds will not be distributed in the event that an event has to be rescheduled due to circumstances beyond Dreamcatcher’s control. This also applies to any registrant who may not be able to attend an event due to Covid and/or Force Measure.

If you have any questions, please call our customer service number (+1) 800-852-9277, or send us an email at info@dreamcatcher-events.com

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy

Glen Cove Mansion
Glen Cove Long Island, New York

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Setting & Accommodations

The property features beautiful rooms and suites, which are situated in contemporary guest wings extending from the mansion. Meals will be shared in the Garden Room Restaurant, which has amazing views of the property. Guests can hang at Pub 1910. There are also a number of tranquil outdoor areas overlooking the Mansion’s Gardens, if you would like to take a break from the action.

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AREA ATTRACTIONS

Arial_WEBGlen Cove is a popular destination thanks to its pristine beaches, a gorgeous golf course and tree lined parks. New York City is an easy, short train ride from the property. There are a number of full-service marinas for boating enthusiasts. There is a city yacht club and a fully renovated launch ramp, which provides easy access to North Shore waterways..

Travel Directions

The Mansion at Glen Cove

Address
200 Dosoris Ln
Glen Cove, NY 11542

Website
Glen Cove Mansion

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