Performances, lecture-demonstrations, workshops, master classes, residencies, and a group drumming workshop.School Residency Activities: Residencies include exploration and exposure to a wide variety of world music styles and instruments through demonstration/performances and storytelling presented in an informative learning environment. "Hands-on" workshops designed to give students an interactive musical experience using instruments and voice to learn about their own musical creativity are offered in small group sessions. Supplemental activities to enhance the appreciation of world cultures and music will be provided to classroom teachers and art and music specialists prior to the residency. Full school participation is encouraged at the elementary school level. For middle and high schools, a solo assembly performance with a program specialized for music, art, and theatre students and/or international studies and history students in smaller, selected groups is available. Where applicable, the residency will conclude with a grand culminating public event featuring self-designed student projects and/or a concert with UNU MONDO.
Grades Preferred: All.
Teacher Workshops: The World Music & Improvisation Workshop is designed for educators and parents/adults to participate in an interactive, improvisational workshop using instruments from around the world and surveying music of many cultures. The Drumming Workshop is designed for participants to explore rhythm and drumming from West African, Brazilian and Caribbean tradition on a variety of percussion instruments.
Hailed by the Boston Globe as a "sure-fingered guitar virtuoso," guitarist/percussionist, Randy Armstrong performs on over 25 instruments from around the world including acoustic-synthesizer and classical guitars, and instruments from Africa, India, South America, and Asia. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and India and at such prestigious concert venues as Carnegie Recital Hall and Lincoln Center. Randy has been a composer and performer with Unu Mondo and DOAH World Music Ensemble and adjunct faculty at Phillips Exeter Academy. He is the recipient of numerous grants and has a degree from Columbia Pacific University in world music and composition. Randy has performed and conducted workshops for thousands of students at schools, universities, and cultural institutions throughout the country.