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Portland band offers songwriting class at Sou’Wester

The Cabin Project leads workshop at Lodge Feb. 24

Published on February 22, 2018 2:00AM

The Cabin Project, aka Katie Sawicki (left) and Zanny Geffel

Courtesy Sou’wester Lodge

The Cabin Project, aka Katie Sawicki (left) and Zanny Geffel


SEAVIEW, Wash. — Portland-based orchestral rock band The Cabin Project combine free-writing, lyric exploration and song arrangement into a workshop at the Sou’wester Lodge (3728 J Place, Seaview) 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24.

Learn how to compose your own musical story in collaboration or independently.

Over seven years, The Cabin Project, musical duo Katie Sawicki and Zanny Geffel, has built a methodology for songwriting — specifically, the interplay of rhythm and lyric cadence to compose moving, dynamic melodies. Explore communicating timeless themes such as love, justice, loss and other life journeys.

In addition, Geffel will introduce hand drumming and rhythm circle techniques as a way to transcend one’s conscious practice through contemplative improvisation. 

Sawicki provides individualized, strategic, support to organizations, coalitions and community groups seeking to advance racial justice work.

Geffel has a B.A. in classical percussion from Biola University. She plays drum set, classical percussion, marimba, cajon and various Latin and African percussion instruments, specializing in classical, rock, jazz and musical theater.

The workshop is for students 14 and up. The cost is $40. RSVP via souwesterfrontdesk@gmail.com or 360-642-2542.

Bring a pen, notebook, any lyrics or poem drafts you’d like to share, and a guitar and/or hand drum or percussion instrument if you have one (we will provide instruments to those who don’t). Also bring a sack lunch and/or snack; hot tea and coffee will be provided.

The class is part of the Sou’wester’s fall/winter 2017-18 workshop series. Visit souwesterlodge.com/calendar to see the entire schedule of more than 28 artist-led workshops.


Evening of music


Everyone is invited to an evening of music with these instructors later in the day, 8 to 10 p.m. in the Sou’wester Lodge. This event is free and open to the public.



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