Just a few of my musical adventures along the way….
Marimba and hip-hop
Local group Guardians of Sound has a wonderful mission — taking produced hip-hop tunes and arranging them for an acoustic ensemble. It was a huge treat to watch the rappers’ faces as they heard their tunes “live” for the first time. Here’s a recording from a recent performance at the University of Pittsburgh:
I’m still buzzing after a beautiful performance by the Neighborhood Academy students after finishing a six-week residency with me (poor folks) mixing music and memoir. I went in to the residency with these perfectly minute-by-minute detailed lesson plans, and learned that it is more often than not that these lesson plans need to take a hike and we need to listen to what our young people want to say and think carefully about how they can say it in the most beautiful, meaningful way. And they did it, beyond my wildest expectations.
From the Top
This year when I returned to help the Denver School of the Arts program put on their annual Telling Stories program, they had a surprise for me — they were chosen to perform on NPR show “From the Top.” Wowza. Two Telling Stories groups presented, and all of the students helped launch an interdisciplinary program where they worked together for one hour to create a piece that explained why the arts matter in their lives. I can’t wait to share videos from this year’s concert, as well as the “From The Top” pieces!