Teachers and Students of Finger Dance Studio
visit Tell Us A Tale
Sunday, May 3, 2009, Noon-2PM
teachers Morwenna Lasko and Jay Pun will bring some of their talented students to Tell Us A Tale this Sunday, to help showcase some of the emerging stars of tomorrow. National touring artists themselves, Morwenna and Jay will also play a few tunes. This is the first of an ongoing series focusing on local music teachers and their students in the area.
Finger Dance Studio was founded in the spring of 2004 by two Berklee College of Music graduates who are both well known around town: violinist Morwenna Lasko
and guitarist Jay Pun
Starting the studio in their home with no budget, the two have since been able to attract a very diverse clientele of about 35 students from ages 8 to 54. After about 2 years their students increased a great deal to where they moved Fingerdance Studio three blocks off the Downtown Mall, on 8th Street NE.
Morwenna and Jay are young, hip, talented and educated teachers who stress the importance of music theory, encourage students to learn about their instruments, and always make sure that musical instruction is an enjoyment, not a stress. Morwenna and Jay are always open and willing to find new ways of relating music to everyday life, and like to tailor their instruction to each individual student (since everyone learns differently).
Morwenna studied with Julliard graduate Richard Errante
, as well as violin greats Mark O'Connor
, Matt Glaser
, and Darol Anger
, giving her the background of a wide variety of styles including the Suzuki method, Classical, Jazz, bluegrass and more. Her main area of expertise is in gypsy swing and rhythmic funk chopping. Jay studied with international fingerstyle guitarist Pierre Bensusan
, Jazz drummer Robert Jospe
, and Jazz/Blues guitarist Jamal Millner
. He teaches everything from Classical to Jazz, Folk to even Metal!
Together as performers, Morwenna and Jay have toured along the East coast playing prestigious clubs including The Prism Coffeehouse, Club Passim, The Down Home, as well as great festivals like Floyd Fest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots and many more. They've also had the honor to share the stage with many great acts including Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Corey Harris, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Avett Brothers, Ben Taylor, The Greencards
and many more.