Roger Day writes and performs award-winning children’s music that tickles the imagination with infectious tunes and rhythms and inspiring characters.
Billy Jonas believes that creating a bright future starts with kids. Using homemade and re-cyclable “re-percussion” instruments, songs that celebrate community, as well as personal and planetary ecology, his think-outside-the-box educational performances occur at schools, colleges, universities and libraries around the country. Billy’s goal is to plant musical seeds, that will help grow creative, open-minded, engaged and open-hearted citizens of the world.
Some ask: “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” Billy Jonas asks: “What is the sound of 600 sets of keys jingling on the downbeat? And how shall we inspire the audience to do it?” For 25 years, Billy Jonas, performer, singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and educator, has perfected the art of the neo-tribal hootenanny around the globe – original songs performed with a generous dose of audience participation. Jonas and his band perform using voice, guitar, and industrial re-percussion – homemade creations of buckets and barrels, keys and cans, bells and body percussion. Each concert is a soul-spelunking, heart healing, joy-filled journey of spirited music that is accessible to anyone and everyone, regard- less of age or cultural background.
Scott Ainslie is a traditional acoustic Blues singer, guitarist, historian and songwriter with personal roots in the Civil Rights era and a great affection for cross-cultural exchange. He is a powerful musician, a fine singer and a masterful storyteller. Peppered with humor and stories, Ainslie’s teaching concerts help students and teachers learn to listen for the musical building blocks that continue to influence the music they hear all around them today – contemporary Rock, Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, Metal, R & B, and Hip-Hop.
Songs and Stories Around the World: Global Awareness and Tolerance
Substance awareness, self-esteem, conflict resolution, violence prevention through theatre and music
Musical Theatre performances based on literature, historical figures, or environmental themes.
Multicultural and thematic music & dance performances
Creative musical theatre performances based on classic literature
Annie & the Hedonists is an acoustic quartet comprised of Annie Rosen (lead vocalist), Jonny Rosen (guitar and vocals), Peter Davis (piano, clarinet, tenor guitar, and vocals), and Don Young (bass and vocals). The band does a variety of styles including vintage jazz and blues, folk, gospel, country, protest songs, and acoustic Americana. The band offers a variety of programs for school children including: 1) Roots of Blues and Jazz, 2) Hootenanny Sing-a-Long, 3) Songs of Social Justice, 4) Residency.
I will give a 20 minute performance and then give a master class with the flute students. We will go over flute tips for better sound and technique.
Our concert program “Place” explores geographies, languages and musical /cultural traditions from all over the globe, featuring original and traditional music from our 5 pieced ensemble. West African dancing can also be added to the performance.