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Description
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Stay, Christine Songs Inspired By Books Music
Modern folk duo Friction Farm will perform songs and describe how each book inspired a song. The songs are, for the most part, not about the books. The books provided a catalyst for creative thought, sometimes a very direct path to a song and sometimes a very circuitous route connecting stories, real-life events, and imagination. Program can be amplified or completely acoustic. Typically about an hour, the program can be modified in length from 45-90 minutes and can include audience discussion if desired. We will try to work within any library budget and we travel with a small sound system. Music and video available at www.frictionfarm.com
$201- $350
Ellison, Emily STOMP the MUSIC! Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
STOMP! THE MUSIC ($450.00 per program) All materials included, 2 Hour program, kids take home instruments. Ages 8 - 12 with/without caregivers. Based on the long running Off Broadway STOMP phenom, Children will build a percussion ensemble from found and used everyday objects compose and perform original pieces. Participants will study percussion from around the world gather, design, adapt and build various original percussion instruments to create rhythms and compose orchestrations involving the use of percussion instruments. They will explore the following elements of music and dance: rhythm, beat, melody, harmony, timbre, genre, feeling, choreography, form, function, space, dynamics, tempo, improvisation and learn traditional orchestral practices, notation, and jargon.
$351- $500
Killion, Paul Senior Moments Music
One singer and his guitar, bringing countless Musical Memories, one song at a time! 'Senior Moments' is a performance of favorite standards from the 20s through the 40s. These classics are sung by Paul (the Acoustic Warrior) and accompanied by his acoustic guitar. From 'Bye Bye Blackbird' to 'Sunny Side of the Street', the program is as up-beat as it is memorable. It's a rare audience that does not sing or hum along with Paul during his performance. For over a decade, Paul has brought this program to hundreds of very appreciative audiences with the most common responses being 'Wonderful job!' and 'When are you coming back?'
Up to $100
Lienhard, Marco Japanese dance program with live Music Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Discover the world of traditional dances accompanied by Japanese bamboo flutes and taiko drums. A program that brings you an international artists that tours the world and brings his craft to different parts of the world. The different dance and bamboo flutes will be explained and demonstrated and also a small hands on corner will be happening at the end of the program. learning to dance a simple Japanese Bon dance Live performances will be on the Taiko, Shakuhachi, the Nohkan and the Shinobue MArcoLienhard.com
$501- $1000
Laster, Gwen Creative Strings Workshop/Performance Music
NEWS The Creative Strings Workshop Developed by Gwen Laster, this workshop method brings together traditionally trained string players in nurturing Composition and Improvisation skills. Jazz and Global music repertoire are also used to emphasize individuality of sound, music theory and ear training. All students record their own CDs of the music they've composed, arranged and/or studied as an end session activity. The workshop concludes with a live performance of individual and ensemble music composed and rehearsed during workshop
$501- $1000
Ruch, Dave One World, Many Stories Multicultural- Other,
Music
Created for the 2011 NYS Library Summer Reading Program! With guitar, Indian tabla drum, European octave mandolin, traditional Native American cowhorn rattles and more, Dave Ruch leads the audience on a fun-filled musical journey across the world. Children become active participants in the program as they sing along (in English, Nigerian, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Iroquois!), answer questions, play musical games and act out songs. Some audience members will even be invited on stage to play the Iroquois rattles, and (for groups of 100 or less) all will have a chance to touch and play one of the instruments after the concert. Topics covered include the unique ways in which people around the world live (past and present), and perhaps most importantly, the many similarities that we all share. Dave also talks about his own eye-opening trip to India in 1992. 45 minutes long, adaptable for all ages Dozens of library references.
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John 'BAWSHOU & the WATER DRAGON' A Traditional Chinese Storytelling Pageant Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Perfect for A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program Theme 2019. Dig deep into a cave of the earth--the Sun has been captured by a Fearsome Dragon and hidden away. The HERO of our tale is Bawshou, a young man who courageously rises to the challenge of freeing the Sun. With the help of a golden phoenix, a small parcel of earth, a magic robe, and a heroic dream, Bawshou travels afar to seek out and rescue the Sun, for the good of his people and all the land. Children actively participate as they portray the flowing river, the sounds of the sea, the playing of the gong, the dancing stars, and much much more! The artists evoke a magical atmosphere in this important Chinese tale, employing authentic oriental techniques and traditions including stylized dramatic forms and movement, mythology, exotic costumes, and unusual musical sounds. Chinese folk instruments (erhu, p’i p’a, guzheng harp, sona, Chinese Theatre drum, flutes & whistles, and gong) are featured, combining to make this unforgettable performance piece a joyous celebration of oriental culture. 'Bawshou' was commissioned by the Springfield MA Museum of Fine Arts in 1994. (see accompanying Chinese Dragon Mask Workshop/Parade).
$351- $500
Ruch, Dave Just for Fun! Music
Dave brings along his banjo, bones, spoons, washboard, guitar, jaw harp and more for a special program full of musical fun for all ages. Audience members will delight in seeing and learning a bit about these instruments up close while enjoying some great participatory songs performed on each. Expect singalongs, movement songs, laughter, guessing games, even a few cartoon themes.....some audience members may even be invited to come up on "stage" and join in the fun! "We were so impressed by your performance - we’ve been telling everyone we know how enjoyable it was. You kept the audience enthralled" Sandy Gillard & Amy Josyln, Children’s Services, Richmond Memorial Library, Batavia NY
$351- $500
McGrath, Cathy “CELTIC CHRISTMAS CONCERT with Cuisle Mo Chroί” History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Enjoy a batch of Christmas carols and tunes. The concert features songs learned from parents and grandparents and includes songs from NY, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England, French Canada, Italy, and tunes learned from Irish friends, all of which are featured on the CD “Winter Root.” Try this recipe for a holiday concert: combine a dash of flute, a pinch of penny whistle, a smidgen of bodhrán, and spice with guitar, frost with Celtic harp, add a generous portion of rich vocal harmonies and then let your spirits rise. The trio “Cuisle Mo Chroí” ( pronounced Cushla Ma Chree) is one of the premier folk ensembles in the Rochester NY area. All three women, Patricia Carey, Mary Lester, and Cathy McGrath were inducted in 2016 into the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Irish Music Hall of Fame for the Northeast US, have appeared nine times in the Rochester Irish Festival, have opened for Cherish the Ladies, are often found at Irish music sessions in the area, and have played together for 20 years at festivals, libraries, pubs, parties, and more. This program has been presented most recently in the Tiffany Mosaic Chapel in Clifton Springs, NY.
$501- $1000
Lynda Folk, Little Folk's Music! Circle time Challenge! History,
Music,
Science
Circle time can be challenging for any librarian. Little Folk's Music takes it's class routine with parents on a journey of classroom dynamics. Keeping families involved with the medium that is being explored. Voice, silence and breath, maybe all that you need. This class falls under (Teacher the facilitator) or (teacher training program). Ms. Folk will be available to help mentor librarians through the process, in your program.
$351- $500
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