Well Mr. Bach, what if the instrument you’re working with doesn’t have keys? There are all sorts of instruments in the world, and most of them have keys or strings of some sort. But there are drums that lack both, and instruments like the Theremin that is uniquely bizarre in that to play the instrument, you do not touch the instrument. Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day encourages you to broaden your idea of what an instrument is.


The history of Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day is really just the history of the many types of instruments in the world today, and the less commonly known producers of that music. There are hundreds of instruments you’ve likely never heard of, things like the contrabass balalaika, easily the least unusual of the instruments you can research. It has a large triangular body and is either played with the fingers or leather plectrums.

(Contrabass balalaika)

Another odd type of instrument is the American Fotoplayer, a specific form of player piano that was designed to play out the sound effects during the 19th centuries silent movies. One of our personal favorite unique forms of instruments is the armonica, also known as the ‘bowl organ’ or ‘hydrocrystalophone’. It is an instrument comprised of glass bowls of varying sizes that produce different notes when friction is applied. Think of it as an automated crystal wine glass player. These are just some of the amazing uncommon instruments that you can learn about, and they come from a long history of musical tradition in various parts of the world.

(American Fotoplayer, Glass Armonica)

The easiest way to celebrate Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day is simply to take some time researching the many and varied instruments of the musical world. From the Singing Ringing Tree to the Gameleste (a custom-made, one-of-a-kind instrument that was made for the Icelandic singer and musician known as Björk), there are more instruments in the world than you can even begin to fathom.

(Singing Ringing Tree, Gameleste)

Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day encourages you to get out there and learn about them, who knows, you may even find an instrument that calls you to play it. So get out there and explore the musical world, and maybe find yourself a new hobby or passion, it’s high time the world had another high profile Holophonor player.


New Release! Vivaldi Four Seasons Educational Double Disc CD

Vivaldi Four Seasons Educational Double Disc CD

Camerata Chicago is thrilled to release its new double album of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, telling the story within the music. This is the first recording ever produced where Vivaldi’s seasonal elements and characters depicted in his score are presented with descriptive narrative and musical examples.

~ Amelia Piscitelli, violin
~ Steve Robinson, narrator
~ Drostan Hall, conductor

Enjoy this fabulous educational recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons brilliantly performed by seventeen year old violinist Amelia Piscitelli and Camerata Chicago conducted by Drostan Hall. This Double CD set is replete with poetry written by Vivaldi himself and incorporates more than twenty musical examples of seasonal elements and characters cleverly depicted in the music – all beautifully narrated by Steve Robinson of WFMT radio station fame.

Disc 1: Narrator Steve Robinson guides you through this iconic work, season by season, movement by movement, with explanations, musical examples, Vivaldi’s poetry and the music itself.
Disc 2: Complete recording of the four violin concerti comprising The Four Seasons – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter – each of which has three movements.

For children and adults alike, this recording is a wonderful exploration into Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. The performance is first class from young violinist, Amelia Piscitelli and Camerata Chicago, led by Drostan Hall, while the narrative from Steve Robinson is highly informative and expertly delivered. I give this recording my highest recommendation.”
~ Lady Valerie Solti

We love this new recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons concerti so much we’ve featured all the tracks at least twice on the air! … This recording is a perfect blend of music and the spoken word … musically anchored by one of our country’s greatest chamber groups, Drostan Hall’s Camerata Chicago and beautifully laced with the exquisite brilliance of the talented young violinist Amelia Piscitelli. I wholeheartedly recommend this two CD set for everyone’s classical music library.
~ Stewart Jacoby, Director of Radio Programming, KEDT-FM, Corpus Christi, Texas

In honor of Summer, sample a couple of tracks below, and the head to Camerata Chicago’s online store Here to get your CD or download a digital copy!


Trivia Night from Bandon Public Library, July 18!

Trivia Night to benefit Bandon Library Children’s Programs! Pizza included in entrance fee: $15/adult; $10/High School students. There will be 10 rounds of 5 questions in each category. The theme is Royalty, but questions will cover other subjects. There will be door prizes and a great prize for the winning team! There will be a costume prize, too, on the theme of Royalty. We recommend forming teams of diverse players, but you can come and join a team on the night. Sodas and water will be on sale at the venue.


“Critters in the Garden” children’s class, July 20

Please join us on Saturday, July 20th at 10 A.M. for a FREE “Critters in the Garden” children’s class with Master Gardener Leslie Wirt. The class will be held at the Good Earth Community Garden located at 780 8th Court, SW, Bandon. If inclement weather, the class will be moved to the Bandon Community Youth Center located at 101 11th Street, SW in Bandon. For more information, please call 541-373-0910. We’ll see you there!


Theater and Stagecraft Workshops, July 20 and 27

Brush up on your acting technique, or learn new skills, with Bandon Playhouse. Experienced theater coaches explore acting and improvisation, along with basic costuming, makeup and set design, and introductory script writing. Adults and teens age 13 and older are invited, no experience necessary. Join drop-in summer workshops at the Sprague Community Theater, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Workshops are free with Bandon Playhouse membership, $5 individual or $15 family. Registration forms are available at each workshop, or visit bandonplayhouse.org to learn more.

Break A Leg!


Create a Kelp Vessel with Carol Jones, July 27

Create a Vessel or Wall Sconce using locally harvested and dried beach kelp, shells and beach findings. Students will be given step by step instructions to create their own unique piece. There will be an afternoon break for tea & biscuits. All materials provided, but students are advised to bring a thimble and apron to class. 11am – 4pm, at Art by the Sea Gallery and Studio 145 Fillmore Ave SE.


Circles in the Sand – Labyrinths on the Beach – several dates in July!

Labyrinth – Walking Meditation – A unique morning walk on the beach. Labyrinth master artist Denny Dyke, creates “walkable art” which is a sandy path through an entire pattern with no wrong turns or dead ends. The path is further enhanced with detailed designs and is open for all to enjoy. Subject to cancellation due to inclement weather, rain, and / or high winds. For complete schedule, check the calendar Here.


Bay City Swing to hold benefit concert August 4!

Bay City Swing, the South Coast’s premier swing band, presents “An Afternoon with Bay City Swing and Guests”, a benefit concert for the Nina Dominy Memorial Scholarship fund. The concert is Sunday, August 4, 2:00 P.M., at the Sprague Theater, 1202 11th St SW in Bandon. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Dr Nina Dominy Memorial Scholarship, given each year to a Bandon High School graduating senior that is deemed “best to carry on the spirit of Dr. Nina Dominy by continuing their education to serve others”. The scholarship was established in 2006 in honor of Dr. Dominy a 1977 graduate of Bandon High School who dedicated her career to removing the stigma associated with mental health.

Bay City Swing has entertained audiences since 2017 with exceptional music, humor, and choreography reminiscent of the Golden Age of Swing. Their fan base extends beyond Oregon. “Bay City Swing has been invited back to Sacramento’s Hot Jazz Jubilee in late August,” said Sam Augsburger, a founding member of the group. “This benefit concert is a great way for local fans and new listeners to preview that performance.” Members include Shaymus Hanlin (vocals), Zack Wassman (bass) Nathan Malamud (piano), Sam Augsburger (trumpet), Jonah Augsburger (alto sax), Isaiah Kingery (tenor) and Steven Daily (drums). Special guest musicians will round out this afternoon of musical enjoyment.

The community is invited to enjoy an afternoon of quality music while supporting a worthy cause. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students at the door or call 541-551-5160 to reserve seats in advance. For more information, visit the Bay City Swing Facebook page Here
Sunday, August 4, 200 P.M. at the Sprague Theater, 1202 11th St SW, Bandon.


Old Town Marketplace Farmers Market, Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 4pm, all summer long!

No great Northwest town would be complete without a farmers’ market where shoppers can find fresh local fruits and vegetables direct from local farmers. The really good ones also feature local bakers, artisans, and more. Bandon is no exception! Shopping at a farmers’ market benefits the farmer, the consumer and the local economy – The food is fresher and healthier, and the money spent stays in the community.

Every Friday and Saturday from May through December, the Old Town Marketplace at 250 1st Street near the boardwalk is filled with local farmers, bakers and artisans, selling their creations. Shoppers can find fresh produce, sweet and savory cheesecakes, plant starts, jewelry, art, coffee, baked goods, and much more, including wine & beer tastings from The Shed and fresh fish from Farm & Sea. The market is open from 10-4, but come early for the best selections!


New musical collaboration – Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic

In a new and exciting collaboration, guitarists Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic team up for a fresh and spontaneous duo on a journey through the wide landscape of Spanish and Latin American music with their program “La Buena Vida”. With brand new arrangements, they explore classics of Iberian Romanticism from Albéniz and Granados as well as promoting the vivid ethnic rhythms of Ginastera and the beautiful nostalgia of Carlos Gardel, master of the tango-song. The bittersweet poetic richness of Héctor Stamponi is balanced by del Monte’s own original flamenco dances, which cast a renewed spirit into the world of the guitar duo expressed through two dynamic artists, each with their own voice.

Check out a few tracks below, learn more about Duo Deloro Here, and head to Amazon to pick up your copy Here.