Just wrapped up a weeklong artist residency for Young Audiences at Lincoln Elementary School in Melrose, Mass., titled “Sounds of the Rainforest.” It was a great week, though these kids were so knowledgeable about the rainforest that at times it felt like they were teaching me!
For example, did you know that howler monkeys are the loudest animals on the planet aside from blue whales? Or that only 2% of the sunlight that shines on the rainforest makes it all the way down to the forest floor?
To learn more, and to get ideas for an interdisciplinary, arts-integrated rainforest unit of your own, take a look below at the detailed program notes that we put together for our final assembly “informance.” READ MORE →
Check out my Fall African Drumming class at Westfield State University performing the Ewe war piece Atsiagbekor (commonly referred to as Agbekor) at our recital this past Friday. The video quality leaves something to be desired — and I should have tuned my atsimevu drum higher before starting — but nonetheless I think everyone’s hard work and great energy shines through. So proud of my students!
Got back earlier tonight from teaching Agbekor to my African Drumming class at Westfield State UNIVERSITY (all Massachusetts State Colleges were recently given the status upgrade, to much fanfare) and was feeling nostalgic for this terrific clip of my 2009 UMass group performing Agbekor at the Dagbe Cultural Centre in the village of Kopeyia, Ghana. All that’s missing is dope T shirts!
I’ll break down each of the ensemble parts and how they fit together in the forthcoming series of ThisWorldMusic instructional webisodes, but for now, enjoy:
Welcome to the newly launched ThisWorldMusic blog! Jeremy Cohen here, composer, percussionist and TWM Founder/Director. I’ll be blogging in this space about West African music & dance, cultural tourism/travel, and education — global, multicultural and continuing — as well as a variety of related topics, all in support of the TWM mission:
To create a cultural bridge between students, educators and artists in the U.S. and Africa through a shared love of music and the arts.
In addition to updates on performances, workshops, and trips to Ghana, West Africa, the blog will be in line with our workshops and course offerings READ MORE →