The Songs of The Band
- School of Music class
*THIS IS AN ONLINE CLASS*
Ladies and gentleman, “The Band”! The groundbreaking Canadian-American group of kindred spirits that helped change the course of American popular music. Weaving together American folk, rock, country, blues, jazz, and R&B with timeless stories, they created some of the most influential and beloved songs of the 20th century. Join this ensemble class led by Avi Salloway of Billy Wylder and learn the songs by the legendary Band.
This ensemble welcomes all instruments and vocalists. As a group we’ll create arrangements, pass around verses, adding harmony and improvisation. We’ll share stories about the songs, enjoy good company, and shake the blues of the world.
Pre-requisites: This is an intermediate class. Familiarity with open chords, simple rhythms, basic melodies, and have *some* experience playing songs is recommended. All you really need is a love for playing songs with other people who also love songs!
This class will be held from 6:30pm-7:45pm ET on Mondays, Mar. 15, 22, 29, Apr. 5, 12, 19
Please note: Limited to students 16 yrs of age or older; Pre-sales are highly encouraged! Sales end 15 minutes before the class begins. 3 students are required for this class to meet. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified and receive a full refund.
Salloway is the bandleader and principal songwriter for Billy Wylder. From 2013-16 he worldwide with Bombino, the Tuareg guitar master from Niger. Prior to Billy Wylder and Bombino, he co-lead the band, Hey Mama/Avi & Celia with Celia Woodsmith of Della Mae. After graduating from the University of Vermont in 2007, Salloway and Woodsmith released four albums and performed over 400 concerts throughout the US and Canada. Inspired to use music as a medium for conflict transformation, Salloway traveled to Israel and Palestine in 2011 to work with Heartbeat on a musical peace-building project with young Arab and Jewish artists.
Based in Jerusalem, Heartbeat is a non-profit organization that unites Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians to build critical understanding, develop creative nonviolent tools for social change, and amplify their voices to influence the world around them. While working in the Middle East, Salloway facilitated music workshops, writing, and recording projects with the Heartbeat artists. He continues to work with Heartbeat as their Global Ambassador, helping to grow the organization’s impact in the region and around the world. He has produced and performed with Heartbeat on five of their US tours including a pinnacle briefing and concert at the US Congress. In additional to his work with Heartbeat, Salloway has led musically-based conflict transformation workshops at Seeds of Peace, working with youth from Egypt, Israeli, Palestine, Jordan, UK, and the US. He currently teaches at Club Passim’s School of Music and Zumix, and gives private guitar lessons in Cambridge.
In November 2016, Salloway traveled to Standing Rock to join the nonviolent resistance to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. At the Oceti Sakowin camp he supported the native-led movement to protect the primary water source for over 17 million people and fight for indigenous sovereignty.
Salloway is also the founder and producer of the Moonshine Music Series. He curates and hosts the community concert festivities on select farms in New England, bringing people together to celebrate music, culture and local organic food.
Salloway’s passion for music and cross-cultural exploration has taken him all around the globe. He believes in the power of song to inspire people of all backgrounds to be the change we seek.