Anthony Padilla Conga Mania, Tumbao Band
Tony Padilla has performed for over thirty years and has established an impressive resume. Since 1983, Tony has been conducting percussion workshops throughout United States including The Eastman School Of Music, The New York State Teachers Music Association, The Percussive Arts Society, and a variety of Colleges, High School and Elementary facilities. Audiences of all ages have thoroughly enjoyed his workshops. While performing with percussion instruments to a variety of musical styles, Tony gives his audience an opportunity to participate by performing with him. Tony supplies a large variety of unusual & traditional percussion instruments from around the world that captivate and initiate audience participation. You will experience excitement through the rhythms and acquire knowledge about the African & Latin American cultures. “Where there is percussion, there is dance”. All age levels experience success and fun with the world of percussion”.
PERCUSSION INSTRUMENT WORKSHOPS
Display several unusual & traditional percussion instruments from around the world.
Discuss different geographical & cultural origins and their relationship to percussion.
Demonstrate different hand techniques to create sounds.
Encourage audience participation by inviting students to perform.
Conduct exercises for an understanding of time & space in rhythm/music.
Teach participants to play the different Afro-Latin rhythms to multi-musical settings including all types of musical genres.
This percussion ensemble is an extremely exciting group of some of the best percussionists in the Rochester area. The ensemble explores the details of the many afro-latin rhythms from Cuba, Brazil, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Whether we are playing Salsa, Merengue, Bomba, Plena, Samba, Guaguanco, Mozambique or Comparsa – we establish the traditional interweavings of these rhythms and then add our own variations. The ensemble will discuss the particular rhythm’s origin and instrumentation.
LIVE BAND PERFORMANCES
Tony has collaborated with many musicians allowing him to perform in a great range of musical styles and settings. Duo’s, trio’s, quartets and full band ensemnbles are available for performances. Learn, understand and differentiate the role as a Latin Percussionist in various musical settings through live performances and workshops. Special guest artist will unite with Tony to perform.
Students Attend Live Performances
Observe multi musical settings with various instrumentations
To develop an awareness and understanding of Afro Cuban rhythms through literature and demonstration.
To reveal how the history and cultures of particular regions directly relate to music.
To inform students of musical pioneers and their impact on the arts.
To create an understanding of the traditions and cultural diversity which render a truly unique world.
To build self-esteem through the arts.
To encourage responsibility, cooperation and unity within a work group.
Nancy Bryan, The Songwriter’s Playground
NANCY & JOHN BRYAN
“The Songwriter’s Playground” is a series of workshops, in virtual or live formats, that acquaints students and participants of all ages, with the very specific craft of songwriting. Nancy Bryan, Grammy-nominated recording artist and writer/vocalist for Disney Records, familiarizes students with song structure and recording techniques as they, as a group, compose their own lyrics. Her husband John provides, and records, musical accompaniment as the participants involve themselves in the process. Song topics are curriculum based at the teacher’s choosing. Sessions are 45 minutes in length. There are various options for the final product.
ON-LINE OR LIVE;
Virtual Songwriting: In this residency, which is comprised of four highly interactive virtual sessions, the students are given an analysis of song form, and how its structure is designed to lead to an emotional resolution. Their lyrics will be written to music composed by the Bryans. Guitar accompaniment provides them the music they need as their three writing sessions progress. The final product is shown, and taught to the students in Session 4. It will be Nancy’s vocal performance of the original song over John’s musical production of drums, keyboards, and guitar. The school will be given a CD of the vocal performance, as well as the mix of “instrumental tracks only”, which may be used by these and future students’ performances.
Grades 3-12 (For adults as well) Limit 30 per session
Virtual Songwriting and Recording: This on-line residency of five highly interactive virtual sessions begins with an analysis of song form and takes the students into the creation of their own original song. Music and melody are provided by the Bryans, and as the class nears the completion of their lyrics, each student will receive an mp3 file of Nancy’s rendering of the song over complete musical instrumentation. The students will be asked to rehearse with this recording, giving strict focus to tuning, and more specifically, to Nancy’s phrasing. This is an invaluable exercise in teaching a child how to sing. They may record their voices on their phones, or on a free app called “Audacity”. These vocal takes are sent to the Bryans, who will drop their performances into the instrumental bed of the song. A CD of the completed song will be given to the school or venue, along with a recording of the song’s “instrumental tracks only”. These recordings may be used as the school desires.
Grades 6-12 (For adults as well) Limit 30 per session
The Songwriters’ Playground: This residency is done live at the school or venue. There will be three writing sessions per song, as they create their own lyrics to music by the Bryans, with multiple recording sessions to follow. Students will feel like rock stars, as they record their group vocals, solos, and harmonies, over a full instrumental track of drums, guitar, and keyboards! A CD master is burned and given to the school or venue for their duplication, along with a master of “instrumental tracks only”. What a thrill, as they perform their own original song in concert for their school and their community.
Grades 3-12 ( For adults as well) Limit 30 per session
Pricing available for one or two songs
“Nancy Bryan is an extremely talented singer/songwriter. I’ve continued to use her writing skills through the nine years that I’ve been A&R Director at Walt Disney Records. She has made a significant contribution to our record projects. As a performer and workshop leader, there is no one that is more inspired or inspiring than Nancy Bryan. Not only will students learn a lot, but they will also feel that they have been communicated with in a very personal and special way”.
Harold Kleiner, Director A&R, Walt Disney Records
Ted Canning Steel Drums
“Steel Drum Paradise”
Follow the creation of the steel drum, or “pan,” from its African roots to its own distinct musical tradition. See how people came up with the idea of making musical instruments on oil barrels. From beginning to end students will participate in the music-making, including the creation of a steel band performing on your stage.
The Game Changers -A celebration of Black history. (K-5)
Topher will take the audience on a journey from the slave plantations through the civil rights movement. They will venture on the underground railroad as they sing Follow the Drinking Gourd. The show will culminate with the song “Change begins With me” as the audience remembers men and women in our country of great courage. The audience will help write a verse of their own as they add their own heroes who changed our world. Fredrick Douglas will be highlighted this year.
Giraffes Can’t Dance (PreK-3)
Meets Early Childhood, Music, Theatre & Character Education needs: Enjoy interactive storytelling, dance and drumming while experiencing the story that teaches self-esteem, self-confidence and a celebration of individuality.
Custom Created Programing
Crafted to meet Early Childhood, Music, ELA, Math, Theatre & Character Education needs: One of Topher’s unique skills is the ability to custom create or co-create a program specific to the needs or your your school or individual classroom. Not only is this a fantastic way to meet your unique situation, it is also a very rewarding and positive experience for educators as well as students.
Vincent Nunes performs original, multiple award-winning music for children to enhance curriculum topics, stimulate creative thought, encourage shared community values and inspire the development of fundamental physical skills. He has been writing and performing original music for children for more than 30 years, and is a participating member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Smart Songs for Active Children:
In this concert children will hear Vincent Nunes’ original songs which emphasize curriculum, community and creativity. Every song is accompanied by simplified American Sign Language, gestures and other motions which help children retain the content of the song. The tunes are catchy and children are engaged by Vincent’s enthusiastic performance.
Move, Move, Move:
Vincent Nunes’ original songs introduce age-appropriate fundamental movement skills to early learners. These songs, many from his new release, the multiple award-winning CD of the same name, are fun and keep children hopping, bouncing, running in place, and a variety of other movements essential for children as they develop. Along with physical skills, Vincent’s music introduces foundational curriculum concepts for language and counting, such as prepositions, patterning and order.
Building a Better Community Song by Song:
The music in this concert introduces shared community values, including mutual respect, the importance of volunteering, environmental awareness and responsibility, and civility. These original songs remind children that the world they live in has other people, other creatures and the outside world itself. The songs invite children to practice both academic and non-academic skills, such as grit and determination, perseverance, and participating in groups. Vincent sings about racial diversity, gender equality, and cooperation, using fun activities and catchy melodies to capture the imaginations of children.
Theater, Dance, Visual Art, Music
Daystar Dance Drama is:
A Pembina (Little Shell) Chippewa woman who dances, sings and tells stories about Native American people and places !
AVAILABLE AS VIRTUAL OR LIVE PERFORMANCES;
*SONGS AND DANCES OF TURTLE ISLAND
The company presents Native American Intertribal Dances, as experienced in the contemporary ‘powwow’ – annual gatherings of native peoples of all tribes, celebrating life, friendship and Indigeneity. Select from two programs:
PROGRAM 1: As soloist, Daystar/Rosalie Jones will introduce and demonstrate the Woodland Jingle Dress Dance, its story and meanings.
All Ages 40 minutes
PROGRAM 2: With the ensemble, Daystar will present dances performed in ‘powwow’: The traditional Women’s Dance, The Butterfly Dance (women’s fancy shawl), Legacy of the Dream (Jingle Dress Dance) and The Grass Dance (men’s dance).
All Ages 60 minutes
AVAILABLE AS VIRTUAL OR LIVE ‘LEARNING’ EVENTS:
*SONGS, DANCES AND STORIES OF TURTLE ISLAND
A participatory session to experience the fish, bird and animal stories of Indigenous peoples, selected from: The Welcome Song (Haida) The Fish Dance (Menominee), The Mosquito Song/Dance (Cherokee), the Duck Song/Dance (Creek), Inuit Igloo Dance, the Snake/River Dance (Ojibway). Includes the Jingle Dress Dance story/demo as time allows.
Grades 3-8 – Emphasis on Songs with two Dances. Students will engage actively in 15 min segments, with a five minute talk or video between two segments and a five min closing. Teacher and Daystar must plan ahead on specific content for specific grades.
Grades 3-8 Live: 15 students 40 minutes
High School – Adults Live: 25 persons 60 or 90 minutes
*THE MEDICINE WHEEL – TEACHING THE CYCLES OF LIFE
Among the Anishinaabe of the Great Lakes, the Medicine Wheel is a teaching tool through which to discover the gifts of our world and our relationship to them. With the guidance of Elders, it is left to the individual to understand aspects of each Direction in the Wheel and to allow that knowledge to assist the self in the development of Mno-Bimadziwiin – “the good life”. Presented with Powerpoint and discussion afterwards.
High School – Adults 60 minutes
LIVE WORKSHOP ONLY;
*NATIVE AMERICAN HOOP DANCE
The Elders tell us that dancing the Hoop dance is a mirror through which one learns to take on the challenges in our lives. The more hoops you can dance with, the more challenges you can face. Up to 15 students will learn to manipulate 3-5 hoops that imitate objects in nature: water, bird’s nest, squirrel, eagle, sun, moon along with their teachings. Gym or open space classroom required. Daystar will provide hoops.
High School – Adults Live: 12 persons 90 minutes
*DAYSTAR DANCE DRAMA presentations accommodate well to the curriculums in Social Sciences, History, Literature, Music, Environmental and Cultural studies.
SENIOR & SPECIAL NEEDS PROGRAMS ALSO AVAILABLE
Adapted Song, Dance, Storytelling. Participants will engage for two 10 minute segments with one 5 min break and 5 min closing.
Live: 12 persons/Virtual: unlimited 30 minutes
The ‘storytelling theatre’ of DAYSTAR emphasizes a respect for Native American belief systems and world view while offering a broad interpretive reflection on those traditions. DAYSTAR performs and teaches contemporary Intertribal Dance, historical and modern dance, mask and mask-making, singing and character transformation. DAYSTAR is a multi-ethnic, multi-generational dance company that presents an expression of Indigenous peoples living strong in the 21st century. Daystar/Rosalie Jones was born on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana and acknowledges Pembina (Little Shell) ancestry as passed through her mother’s lineage.
Daystar/Rosalie Jones Daystar: Contemporary Dance Drama of Indian America
Kevin is an experienced, award-winning, and inspirational singer-songwriter.
He’s been living his dream of performing professionally for over 30 years and this is his full-time career for 20 years. He’s played thousands of shows for a large variety of events through the USA, Canada, and most recently in Ireland.
School Assembly Programs
Kevin has fun and exciting school assembly programs enjoyed by both students and staff of all ages. He plays guitar, sings, and plays familiar – upbeat songs. He also uses state-of-the-art technology to enhance his programs. He gets students and staff singing, dancing and having fun, all while all while learning an impactful and powerful message. He has a variety of interactive character education programs which help create enthusiasm for the entire school and generate excitement for learning.
“This is by far the best assembly I’ve seen in 30 years” – Principal at Lorraine Elementary in Western New York
“Our students and staff were absolutely astounded by your show you provided for us. The way you mixed in current music that the kids know and love with your message was excellent” – Principal at Sinclairville in Western New York
“This is the second time you presented one of your amazing programs for our school we once again thrilled… It isn’t an easy task to get more than 500 children to truly understand the powerful message that you so easily articulated!” – Principal at Corry Elementary in Western Pennsylvania
Mama Earth Shows about Nature, Recycling, Susie Rozler Erie Canal Songs and History, Instruments and Songs around the world, Holiday Sing a long Elf Show.
Professional Singer/Songwriter, Entertainer, Voiceover Artist, and Music Teacher for 30 years. SHOWS ARE FUN, INTERACTIVE and EDUCATIONAL!
Ball In The House
Ball in the House: Totally Vocally
Totally Vocally is a 45-60 minute Arts in Education program by 5-man vocal band Ball in the House geared towards keeping students entertained and engaged while they learn about music and the arts. Covering such topics as songwriting as a positive form of expression, beatboxing, stage technology, and the history of a cappella, the program strives to promote all angles of the vocal performing arts in particular as we share our own age-appropriate expertise with the next generation of artists and musicians. Your students will love it, and your teachers will love it, too! Ball in the House also offers workshops, where they work with choruses and music classes to provide both their own unique insight and also an outside source of input to help reinforce an instructor’s own teaching.