Archive | October, 2010

Q & A with Obo Addy

29 Oct

Obo Addy, master drummer, is a repository of Ghanaian music history, a brilliant musician, and an innovative original composer – a man of rhythm, deeply rooted in the musical traditions of Ghana, West Africa where he was born.

A professional musician by the age of 18, Obo has played in Europe, Australia, America, Japan, Israel and many other countries. His life-long experience of playing every kind of music- from the ceremonial music of his father, a Wonche or medicine man, to the big band sounds of the Joe Kelly Band, to the traditional sounds of the world renowned Oboade- makes him unique.  He has been touring the United States since the mid 1970’s performing and teaching in colleges and universities and at community centers and festivals.  In 1972, Obo performed at the Olympics in Munich and in 1974 spent three months touring Aboriginal settlements in Australia.

He received a Governors Award for the Arts in Oregon in 1993 as well as a Masters Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Regional Arts and Culture Council.  In September of 1996, Obo received the National Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest honor given to traditional artists in this country.  Along with being a Master traditional artist, Obo also has the gift of pulling two worlds together into a new fusion.  He uses his African background to write jazz music for his African Jazz Band, Kukrudu, and has also written orchestral pieces for Kronos Quartet, Saxoforte, Chintimini Music Festival, Third Angle New Music Ensemble and recently for Dance New Amsterdam- a collaboration with Nora Chipaumire and Solo Badolo. His works have been performed by Chamber Orchestras all over the US.

Obo is an adjunct faculty member at Lewis and Clark College in Portland and conducts a one-month residency at Williams College in Massachusetts every year.

Some of his notable performances include:  The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Town Hall in New York, Stanford, UCLA, Williams College, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Mass MOCA, and the University of Washington.

Why work with kids?
I love children and feel passionate about passing down what I know.  I brought traditional music here from Ghana in the late ‘70’s and was the first African musician to settle in Portland.  I introduced so many children to my music.  Many of those children are now adults who use this in their own work and are passing it down to other children.  I’ve brought and trained over 15 other musicians from Ghana many of whom are using the skills I taught them to teach others.

What do you hope children will get out of a performance or workshop with you?
I want children to enjoy learning my music and about my culture.  I want them to learn the discipline required in drumming and feel the success when they can accomplish that.  I hope that children from other cultures can see what I’m doing and feel their own importance as they bring their cultures into their schools.

Can you tell us about a particularly memorable teaching or performing moment?
I can’t think of one memorable experience but I clearly remember how little people in the northwest knew about Ghana and about African music when I first arrived.  I have worked very hard to confront stereotypes and share the richness of my music and my culture with students and teachers alike. I always think about how things are changing for the better.

What would you like teachers to know?
I would like teachers to know that anyone can learn to drum.  I always encourage every student to believe that he or she can do anything they set out to do.  When teachers tell me why a particular student is limited, I push past that to encourage them to try.  I’m always surprised at the way some students can grasp the rhythms and express themselves through this musical art form.

This year, in addition to his great performance program, Obo is offering an African drumming residency through Young Audiences. You can read the full description of his programs on our website.

Selfless Promotion Part II

29 Oct

From the windows in our office on the 9th floor, I can see blue sky and those clouds that make their appearance on TV every Sunday night at 8PM.  In essence, a beautiful day.

Our artists are kind enough to let us know when they have public appearances and so, we’d like to pass that information on to you, the public, in hopes you might consider spending some time with them and witnessing how truly talented they are…

From Dance Like the Stars

This Saturday, October 30th,  7 PM “Salsa”  Dance Lesson

Halloween Costumes (appropriate for all ages) are encouraged! We will have a Costume contest! 🙂  Please invite your friends!  🙂

Join us for fun dance classes in November & December! Here is our updated “2 Dance With Joy” Group Class Schedule .

Monday Evenings: Ballroom, Latin & Swing!
Location: The Laurelhurst Club, 3721 SE Ankeny Street
Date: Nov. 1 – Dec. 6 (Six-week session)

7-8 PM Newcomers welcome! Foxtrot ~ Learn to float like Fred & Ginger and glide across the floor.  Patterns are taught in a routine format for faster learning!

8-9 PM Beyond beginning! EC Swing & Cha Cha ~ Fun 8 count variations shared in Swing & in Cha Cha! Patterns are taught in a routine format to help you retain the patterns you learn and have success on the social dance floor!

Tuesday Evenings: Ladies Styling!
Location: Ankeny Street Studio, SE 9th & Ankeny St.
Date: Nov. 16, 23 & 30  & Dec. 7 (Four-week session)

5-6 PM  Ladies Styling ~ Share fun and friendship while learning graceful arms, technique, turns, pretty & playful footwork!

Wednesday Evenings: West Coast Swing!
Location: Portland Dance Sport, 7981 SE 17th Ave.
Date: Nov. 3 – Nov. 24 (Four-week session)

6-7 PM West Coast Swing I ~ Learn the basic Fun-damentals of West Coast Swing!

7-8  PM West Coast Swing II ~ Beyond Beginning fun variations, technique and styling!

Saturday Afternoon: Holiday Dance Prep Class!
Location: Paradise Ballroom, 826 SE Belmont
Date: Oct. 30- Dec. 4  (Five-week sessions; No class Thanksgiving weekend 11/27)

12:30-1:30 PM Holiday Prep ~ Prepare for a Holiday party, a special event, a wedding, or a romantic night on the town!

Saturday Evenings:  Wedding Dance/ Ballroom Dance
Location: Viscount Dance Studios, 7th & Burnside
Date: Nov. 6- Dec. 18  (Six-week sessions; No class 11/27)

6-7 PM Ballroom/Wedding Dance ~ Prepare for a wedding or a romantic night on the town!

*Pre-registration! Pre-registration is required. Please pre-register with a phone call or an email. It is appreciated for confirming the class, helps balance ratios of leaders & followers,  and it saves you money! 🙂

Questions?  For questions about Group Classes, Private Lessons, Special Events & Dance Show Performances, please contact Rachel @ 2dancewithjoy@gmail.com or (503) 704 5617

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From Anne Rutherford

Tales from the Artichoke Crypt

ALL NEW SHOW!

Sat Oct 30, 8 pm

Backgate Stage at Artichoke Music
3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland OR

$15 Adults

Limited  seating! Buy advance tickets at

Artichoke Music (503) 232-8845

Ticket sales are brisk! Get your seats today.

The wicked ladies of Storytellers 3 are back with a whole new set of tales to trouble your dreams and tickle your funny-bone.  Ghostly folktales, vintage horror stories and original tales of terror combine in this lively show of Halloween tales for adults

Liar’s Contest

Tapestry of Tales

Sun Nov 14, 2 – 3:30 pm

US Bank Room, Central Branch

Multnomah County Library

801 SW 10th Portland OR

Free, open to the public. Space is limited.

Free tickets will be given out 30 minutes before start-time.

Calling all storytellers, prevaricators & fibbers!

Award-winning liar* Anne Rutherford emcees this open-mic event, featuring the Portland Storytellers Guild. Join us for awards, treats and fabulous flights of fancy. A team of judges will determine the best out and out liar in town!

Tell a tale or just enjoy the spectacle.

Sign up for the contest 30 minutes before the event. Please keep your tall tales, whoppers and fibs to no more than 5 minutes. For teens and older.


*Click to visit Anne’s web-page and hear a recording of her award-winning lie Local Cure.

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From Gerardo Calderon

We hope to see you in one of our performances.

Friday 29th – Nuestro Canto performs Day of the Dead Indigenous Songs and Legends of Mexico at the St. Johns Public Library. 7510 N Charleston Ave. Portland, OR

Free to the public

Time: 3:00 to 4:00 pm

Friday 29th – Nuestro Canto performs Indigenous Songs from Mexico at

Vernon Elementary School Day of the Dead Celebration.

2044 NE Killingsworth. Portland, OR.

Free to the public

Time: 6:00 to 7:00 pm

Saturday 30th – Poetry and Music of Ancient Mexico with Cindy Williams Gutierrez and Gerardo Calderon at the Sno-Isle Public Library. Monroe, WA

Free to the public

Time: 2:00 to 2:45 pm

Saturday 30th – Nuestro Canto performs Legends of Mexico at

Chemeketa Community College – Woodburn Campus “Day of the Dead celebration”

Free to the public

Time: 7:30 to 8:30 pm

Sunday 31st – Nelda Reyes will be offering a Sugar Skulls/ Calavertias de Azucar workshop at Rockwood Public Library. 17917 SE Stark St. Portland, OR

free to the public

Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Young Audiences’ Artist Applications due November 3!

28 Oct

We want artists who…

• are committed to inspiring the imaginations of young people
• know the craft of their art forms deeply, through study and experience, and have their own dynamic artistic practices
• bring young people into the world of their art forms, and embolden them to explore
• see themselves as learners and teachers, and seek out opportunities for growth
• show a willingness to collaborate
• have experience with, and strategies for, working with the complexities and challenges of school environments
• are based in the Portland metropolitan area

We welcome applications from residency and performing artists in all disciplines. Our programs are based in a 10-county area in Oregon and SW Washington. Schools (especially elementary schools) are the largest populations served, and some programming takes place in community settings. Some of our roster artists are also arts providers for the Right Brain Initiative, through Young Audiences, and this is an option for applicants as well.

For more information and the application, please visit our website.

Oregon Arts Commission wants to hear from YOU!

22 Oct

As Oregon shapes plans for its future economy, as schools balance what’s taught to our kids and as culture is valued as what binds us together as a community – your opinions matter.

So. . . ., if you are one of the many Oregonians who cares about the arts, the creative economy and arts education – then the Arts Commission wants to hear from YOU!  They’re reaching out to all corners of the state about arts needs, issues, opportunities and priorities. Now’s the time to weigh in and add your voice through an online survey, the link to which is below.

They invite YOU to complete the survey – and to forward it to your arts organization staffs and boards, artist friends, colleagues, audience members, volunteers, consumers and neighbors – anyone who has a stake in the future of Oregon’s arts and culture.

It will take about 15 minutes to complete, and as incentive for you to share your thoughts, when you click “submit”, they’ll enter your email in a drawing for some exciting prizes contributed by their colleagues in Eugene and Portland. Hotel stays, concerts, plays, museum passes, glossy catalogues – YOU could win.

So take the time to complete the survey – the future of arts is in your hands!

Survey Link

source:  Oregon Arts Commission

YA Artist Application Informational Meeting

19 Oct

Just in case you weren’t able to attend the Monday meeting, we’ll be having another informational meeting where you can learn more about joining the YA roster. We’re holding this meeting jointly with the Right Brain Initiative, so you can learn more about both programs at the same meeting. Feel free to attend the meeting to learn about the qualifications we seek and our application processes.

Thursday, October 21, 4-5:30pm
Portland Children’s Museum (in the Documentation Room)
4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland

We hope to see you there!

For more information and the application, please visit our website.

How to Save Schools Right Now…

15 Oct

Here’s an interesting article from The Washington Post. The point of view is a lot more supportive of teachers than a lot of what I’ve read lately.

How to Save Schools Right Now

What do you think?

Young Audiences’ Artist Applications Being Taken

14 Oct

We want artists who…

• are committed to inspiring the imaginations of young people
• know the craft of their art forms deeply, through study and experience, and have their own dynamic artistic practices
• bring young people into the world of their art forms, and embolden them to explore
• see themselves as learners and teachers, and seek out opportunities for growth
• show a willingness to collaborate
• have experience with, and strategies for, working with the complexities and challenges of school environments
• are based in the Portland metropolitan area

We welcome applications from residency and performing artists in all disciplines. Our programs are based in a 10-county area in Oregon and SW Washington. Schools (especially elementary schools) are the largest populations served, and some programming takes place in community settings. Some of our roster artists are also arts providers for the Right Brain Initiative, through Young Audiences, and this is an option for applicants as well.

We’ll be having informational meetings where you can learn more about joining the YA roster. We’re holding these meetings jointly with the Right Brain Initiative, so that you can learn more about both programs at the same meeting. Feel free to attend either meeting to learn about the qualifications we seek and our application processes.

Monday, October 18, 10:30am–noon
Milepost 5 Community for Creatives (in the Old Chapel)
900 NE 81st Ave/Portland
or
Thursday, October 21, 4-5:30pm
Portland Children’s Museum (in the Documentation Room)
4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland

For more information and the application, please visit our website.


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