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LaDonna Smith

LaDonna Smith has been on the international new music scene for well over 30 years. An active performer, recently recording and touring with Misha Feigin, Russian guitarist/balalai/poet, recently published an exciting current release, Deviant Shakti, with NY percussionist/drummer Michael Evans. From Birmingham Alabama, she is an active educator & avid presenter of improvised music in her native geographic area. By networking with organizers and musicians from other cities, and through her work with the improvisor journal, she has been responsible for keeping improvised music alive in the South Eastern United States. In 1996 & 2004 she organized the Birmingham International Improvisation Festival, which featured performers from Sweden, Russia, Japan and Ukraine in concert and workshop, as well as a host of regional and national participants in music, theatre, and dance. She plans to host another major regional festival celebrating the 30 year anniversary of “the improvisor” in 2010.

On violin and viola, LaDonna has created a style of improvisation that is uniquely her own. Alternating classical and extended techniques, she explores her instrument, painting scenarios and sound pictures as she plays. She has performed at practically every major improvisation festival and many of the New Music Festivals. She has toured Europe on numerous occasions, playing solo and in collaboration with local musicians

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As a teacher, not only has she given many workshops on free improvisation throughout the U.S. and Canada to schoolchildren and college students, but for 30 years, she has taught violin to hundreds of children in Birmingham, Alabama, and is the Director of the Birmingham Suzuki Violin Association. In 1998, she took 24 students and 14 adults to Japan to participate in the 42nd National Suzuki Concert in Tokyo. The Suzuki Violinists also performed their own concerts in Nagano, and a Sister City International Friendship Concert in Hitachi. In 2000, she went to China to study string pedagogy there with People to People, and gave a workshop to string students at the International School in Souzjou. Since 1995, she has been core violin faculty of the Central Pennsylvania Suzuki Institute, specializing in violin master classes, groups, jazz and free improvisation.

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