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Ranaan Meyer, Charles Yang and Nick Kendall looked around on Saturday evening Green Boundary Club, celebrate a musical milestone and get standing ovations for that Joye in Aiken The music festival has shifted into gear again after the disasters of 2020.

Time for threeas the string trio is called, offered some of their own creations as well as an experienced selection, starting with “Sweet Child O ‘Mine”, a 1980s staple for Guns N’ Roses; “You are just too good to be true”, made famous in the 1960s by Frankie Vallie; and a creation – “a chaconne for solo violin” with adjustments – from about 250 years earlier from the point of view of JS Bach.

The classically trained group is described on their website as “standing at the lively intersection of Americana, modern pop and classical music”, and the members of the trio were relieved by the opportunity to offer a live performance after the shutdown-up situations, that millions of Americans have faced in the past 14 to 15 months. Among the victims of 2020 was Joye in Aiken.

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Saturday’s audience included Allen Riddick, who described himself as an admirer of Time For Three, and Yang in particular, and has known him for 10 to 11 years. “Overall, it was just a great night,” he added. “The weather was beautiful, the music was great and we didn’t wear masks either.”

All three musicians sing. Meyer plays the double bass, while Kendall plays the violin and Yang plays the violin and (at least Saturday night) guitar.

“I loved it,” said Buzz Rich, a member of the music festival’s board of directors. “This year has been a real challenge. We usually do it in a week in March. We had a few early artists pulling out … We were concerned that people wouldn’t want to be inside.”

Taking advantage of the clear skies and mild temperatures, the Saturday night meeting on the lawn received a welcoming welcome and eventually a few requests for a rendition of “Rocky Top” and “House of the Rising Sun”.

Looking back on Sunday afternoon over the last few months of planning, Rich recalled, “I felt like people would be more comfortable sitting outside than inside, and I think that was true … I thought it was last night lovely. I thought that was it. ” People needed it. They loved going outside and seeing live performances again and no one felt the need to wear a mask. ”

The festival, which is largely associated with the Juilliard School in New York City, usually takes place over several days. However, there are plans to spread this year’s presentations over several months, he added, adding, “I like the idea of ​​having some outdoor gigs.”

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The next show, “The Joye of Jazz”, will take place on June 6th at The Willcox (“under the tent”) on 100 Colleton Ave. from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Joye in Aiken is described on his website as a “non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the best of the performing arts to our citizens, and especially our students,” with an emphasis on drawing “some of the best musicians, dancers and actors in the world”.

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For students who are passionate about music, Joye in Aiken has some notable news.

From June 24th to 27th, Joye in Aiken (the non-profit organization known for its festival and outreach program with Juilliard artists) is hosting a four-day jazz camp open to student musicians from eighth to twelfth grades.

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The non-residential camp will be held in collaboration with USC Aiken and will take place on the university campus.

The camp is directed by Joye in Aiken Artistic Director for Jazz Riley Mulherkar. Mulherkar is a jazz trumpeter trained by Juilliard and received the prestigious Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award in 2019.

Trumpet superstar and Juilliard alumnus Wycliffe Gordon will teach a master class as a visiting clinician. The Juilliard-trained pianist Mathis Picard and the other Juilliard alumni Bryan Carter (drums) and Dan Chmielinski (double bass) also take part as faculty members.

Sandra Field, president of the Joye in Aiken Board of Trustees, explains that campers will be very busy with classes and other activities throughout the jazz weekend.

“Camp opens upon registration on Thursday afternoon, June 24th,” said Field. “That evening the concert“ Jazz Explosion ”with the faculty members follows. On Friday and Saturday the students are in class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sunday they rehearse and present a concert for the public. So your schedule will be very busy, but you will also have time to jam and make new friends. “

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She notes that the intense camp curriculum will focus on rehearsing and performing as part of a jazz combo. Jazz improvisation, gaming and skill building; Music theory; and jazz history and appreciation.

Jim Capalino, Joye in Aiken Board member and main sponsor (with his wife, Carlin Vickery) for the four days of activities, said the Jazz Camp is a particularly effective and timely addition to the organization’s extensive outreach program.

“This is the first time since the Juilliard Jazz Camp here in 2013 that Joye in Aiken can offer something like this,” says Capalino. “Especially this year, when education has been so heavily influenced by COVID, we think it is important to be able to offer the students a fun experience that really offers them first-class teaching.”

The tuition for the camp is $ 200. Lunch is included and financial support is given to students who might otherwise not be able to attend.

“Access to the arts, and especially quality art education, is a very important part of Joye in Aiken’s mission,” says Capalino. “Financial circumstances should never be an obstacle. We want to make sure that the camp is open to all students who want to come and can benefit from it. “

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Capalino sums up by noting how unique the opportunity is for local music students. “The musicians who will be teaching this camp are among the best in their disciplines in the world,” he said. “To be able to learn from them, to jam with them, to be looked after by them, is an opportunity that can only arise once in a lifetime. I urge every interested student in our region to benefit from it. “

To register for the camp, visit Inquiries can be directed to the Jazz Camp Chair Jack Benjamin at or Joye in Aiken Executive Director Janice Jennings