Instructors and Students of Finger Dance Studio Finger Dance Studio
visit Tell Us A Tale
Sunday, April 25, 2010, Noon-2pm
instructors Morwenna Lasko and Jay Pun return to Tell Us A Tale this Sunday for the second year with some of their talented students, to help showcase some of the emerging stars of tomorrow.
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 has been playing violin since she was 3 years old. Since then she's been able to play with such great musicians like Irish guitarist John Doyle
, Charlie Hayden
, Michael Brecker
, Brian Blade
, John McGann
, vocalist Dianne Reeves
, as well as rock Icon Steven Tyler
. She teaches using the suzuki method as well as other techniques. Morwenna is familiar with a wide variety of styles including classical, jazz, bluegrass, and more! Her main area of expertise is in gypsy swing and rhythmic funk chopping.
Jay starting playing music at the age of 5 when he was forced to play piano. He says that though he hated going, he's glad he learned that instrument first. After that he moved onto drums and finally settled with guitar when he was 12. Throughout his years of music Jay's been able to share shows with many popular musicians such as The Dave Matthews Band
, Mindy Smith
(at the NewSong Festival). Jay was also once a part of legendary blues artist Corey Harris'
band (The 5 X 5), filling in on bass for one southeast tour. Jay teaches blues, folk, classical and many other styles. His main style of playing is finger-style (which was made famous by his mentor Pierre Bensusan
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 are preparing for their first west coast tour in a few weeks, in celebration of the release of their critically acclaimed second album, Chioggia Beat
, which came out at the end of 2009.