Kid’s Pasta Project Dinner and Silent Auction. A fundraiser in support of the 2021-2022 World Music in Paradise Concert Series, In-School Music Outreach Programs and Educational Community Music Workshops, Monday, August 9th, 2021 at 6pm outside the Teen Center in Town Park in Paonia. A unique World Music concert series in Western Colorado. Reservations at kidspastaproject.org/reservation/ The silent auction will feature private lesson certificates, recorded music, art, services, and more.
2021 – 2022 World Music in Paradise Concert Series Artists
Paa Kow and his Afro-fusion Orchestra
Ghana born drummer and composer, Paa Kow, (pronounced Pah-Ko), blends rhythm and artistry from his home with jazz and African roots creating his own Afro-Fusion sound. Dubbed “Ghana’s most artistic drummer” (Modern Ghana), he plays a custom, hand-carved, traditionally inspired Ghanaian drum set that is the only one of its kind in the world, guaranteeing an extraordinary cultural and musical experience.
Paa Kow’s deep groove and prodigious talent reveal a unique ability to speak to listeners with his drums, inspiring a profound spiritual conversation and fulfilling his vision to spread the music and culture of his homeland by touring the world with his Afro-Fusion Orchestra.
Evening concert: Friday, 1 October 2021, 7:00pm at the Paradise Theatre, 215 Grand Avenue, Paonia, Colorado
20 person Balinese orchestra with traditional dancers accompanied by bamboo flutes and hand drums. Tunas Mekar is under the direction of Balinese composer and Artist-in-Residence I Made Lasmawan.
Evening concert: Friday, 8 October 2021, 7:00pm at Polous Park, 217 Grand Avenue, Paonia, Colorado
Miguel Espinoza Flamenco Fusion plays a complex, rhythmic, lyrical blend of Flamenco, Jazz, European and Indian classical, as well as Afro-Caribbean-influenced styles. They connect strongly with their audiences and love to share their joyful music.
Called “…a brilliant outfit,…who grab southern Italian traditional music by the neck and recast it in a dramatic style” by Songlines (UK), Newpoli is a unique group with a powerful sound and a 21st century take on their tradition that is beyond comparison.
With exciting interpretations of traditional and originals that draw deeply from one of the world’s lesser known music traditions, Newpoli is Italy’s next inspiring interpreter of southern Italy’s taranta tradition.
2019 – 2020 World Music in Paradise Past Events:
Embodying Rhythm Marimba Ensemble
Listening Concert: Friday, 17 January, 2020, 7:30pm. Purchase Tickets Online
Dance Concert: Saturday, 18 January, 2020, 7:30pm. Purchase Tickets Online
Matinee Concert For Kids: Saturday, 18 January, 2020, 1:00pm. Reserve Free Tickets Online
Marimba Music Workshop: Sunday, January 19, 10:30am – 12noon. $25. RSVP via email: info (at) embodyingrhythm.com or 872-4238
About: The Embodying Rhythm Marimba Ensemble plays fun, groovy, multi-dimensional, polyphonic music perfect for relaxing journeys of the ear and soul as well as movement on the dance floor. The funky 8-piece marimba ensemble will be joined by the sounds of mandolin, trumpet, flute, melodica, drumset, cajon, steelpan, percussion, clarinets, saxophones, voices, and more.
Glen Velez & Loire Cotler
Evening Concert: Saturday, 7 September, 2019, 7:30pm. online tickets
Hand Drumming Workshop with Glen: Sunday, 8 September, 2019: 10:00 – 11:30am. $30*
Rhythmic Vocalization Workshop with Loire: 12noon – 1:30pm. $30* * register for both workshops for only $50
About: Grammy winning iconic world music drummer Glen Velez and acclaimed Rhythm Vocalist Loire Cotler will share an exhilarating duo concert exploring the astonishing power of the voice as a rhythm instrument and a mystical symphony produced from a single-headed drum. Hailed by The New York Times as “Explosive, exuberant” and the Chicago Classical Review as “Jaw dropping.”
Here is a video from the concert of one of Glen’s original tunes, Hittite Prana, with David (on hybrid frame drum kit) and Dylan Fixmer (on mandolin) jamming with Glen and Loire.
Evening Concert: Monday, 23 September, 2019, 7:30pm online tickets
About: Kardemimmit is a band of four awesome women playing the Finnish national instrument, kantele. The women compose, as well as arrange, write lyrics and produce. Alongside 15 and 38 stringed kanteles, you will find mesmerizing singing harmonies transporting you to a different time and place.
In-School Outreach: Kardemimimmit will be visiting some elementary and vocal students at the Hotchkiss K8 with two in-school outreach performance/workshops.
Celtic Duo, Adam Agee & Jon Sousa
Evening Concert: Friday, 8 November 2019, 7:30pm. online tickets
Celtic Music Workshop: Saturday, 9 November, 2019 10:30 – 12noon. $25
About: Adam & Jon journey through the Irish idiom on fiddle, guitar, and tenor banjo, and have been enchanting listeners on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean for over a decade. Adam & Jon put down musical roots in County Clare, where they lived together, and now make frequent visits. Their connection to their instruments and the transcendent energy in their music is guaranteed to captivate and uplift audiences of all ages.
In-School Outreach: Jon and Adam will be providing the local youth a chance to experience Celtic musical tradition with 5 in-school outreach performances at PES, NFSIS, HK8, & NFM@C.
Evening Concert: Friday, 6 December, 2019, 7:30pm. online tickets
About: A virtuosic ensemble bringing the best of Gypsy, Klezmer, Indian, Latin, African and other roots traditions into a jazz setting. The band includes violin, guitar, upright bass, and percussion and the music is upbeat, energized, and at times deep and moving. Artist website.
Tabla Recital: Saturday, 7 December, 2019 from 11:00am – 12noon. $10. online tickets
In-School Outreach: Fortunato will be visiting some local students in Paonia and Hotchkiss with two in-school outreach performance/workshops.
Rhythm and Drumming Workshop Series with David and Arlyn Alderdice
artist website $50 for series of three workshops
Women’s Drumming: Sunday, 22 September, 2019, 10:00 – 11:30am with Arlyn Alderdice. $20
Men’s Drumming: Sunday, 22 September, 2019, 12noon – 1:30 with David Alderdice. $20
Rhythm Study Group with David & Arlyn: Sunday, 6 October, 2019: 10:30 – 12noon (mixed gender). $20
Intentional Rhythm, Percussion, and Drum Gathering with David & Arlyn: Sunday, 10 November, 2019 10:30 – 12noon (mixed gender). $20
Kid’s Pasta Project Dinner and Silent Auction with Live Music. A fundraiser in support of the World Music in Paradise Concert Series and In-School Outreach Program, Monday, June 24th, 2019 at 6pm at Edesia in Paonia. A unique World Music concert series in Western Colorado. Reservations at kidspastaproject.org/reservation/ Live music by the Embodying Rhythm Quartet (David Alderdice, Arlyn, Alderdice, Daniel Be, and Dylan Fixmer). The silent auction will feature private lesson certificates, recorded music, art, services, and more.
Touch the Sound Movie Showing World Music Fundraiser
MONDAY, NOV 11, 2019: 7pm ($10) Paradise Theatre. Students free.
A documentary which explores the connections among sound, rhythm, time, and the body by following famous classical deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie.
2018-2019 Series World Music in Paradise
Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet on Saturday, January 12th 2019. 7:30pm
This artist-run creative project disregards genre with favorites from the worlds of classical, pop, jazz, soundtrack, world, and folk music adapted for the ensemble by its members. Known for their musicianship, stage antics, the all-female quartet is worth checking out. tickets
Embodying Rhythm Marimba Ensemble on Saturday, December 15th 2018. 7:30pm. CD release party.
The Embodying Rhythm Marimba Ensemble plays fun, groovy, multi-dimensional, polyphonic music perfect for movement on the dance floor as well as relaxing journeys of the ear and soul. The funky 8-piece marimba ensemble will be joined by the sounds of mandolin, trumpet, flute, melodica, drumset, cajon, steelpan, glockenspiel, percussion, bass clarinet, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone horn, and voices. This is a CD release party concert celebrating the release of their debut full-length album, “Music for Everyday Life”. tickets
Marimba Ensemble Workshop with David Alderdice – Sunday, December 16th 10:00am at the Paradise Theatre. Come and experience the feeling of making wonderful sounds and musical vibrations with beautiful wooden tuned percussion instruments traditional to Zimbabwe. We will explore rhythm, groove, poly-rhythms, ensemble part playing and other aspects of music in a fun a safe group setting. No experience necessary, all instruments provided. Ages 9 through adult. Students (under 18) $10 / Adults $20
Goran Ivanovic & Fareed Haque on Friday, October, 19th 2018. 7:30pm International guitar duo. Inspired by the rhythms and melodies of flamenco, jazz, classical, rock and the Balkan region, this performance features the unrivaled guitar artistry of two of the finest players of their respective generations. Their music is carefully balanced between blazing virtuosity and sheer beauty. tickets
Guitar Masterclass Workshop with Goran Ivanovic and Fareed Haque – Friday, October 19th 5:00pm at the Paradise Theatre. These two amazing world renowned acoustic guitar players will be giving an in-depth masterclass inspiring attendees with rhythms, melodies, techniques and ideas stemming from the flamenco, jazz, rock, and Balkan musical traditions. Feel free to bring a notebook and your guitar or instrument. Ages 13 through adult. Students (under 18) $15 / Adults $30.
Gamelan Tunas Mekar on Friday, September, 21st 2018. 7:30pm 20 person Balinese orchestra with traditional dancers accompanied by bamboo flutes and hand drums. Tunas Mekar is under the direction of Balinese composer and Artist-in-Residence I Made Lasmawan.
Gamelan Angklung Music Workshop with Gamelan Tunas Mekar – Saturday, September 22nd 10:00am at the Paradise Theatre. Learn to play music on a traditional set of Balinese Gamelan Angklung from Balinese instructor and artist in residence, I Made Lasmawan and his students. Gamelan Angklung are tuned metal gongs and metelophones that you strike with a little wooden mallet. No experience necessary, all instruments provided. Ages 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Students (under 18) $5 / Adults $15.
Musekiwa Chingodza (one of our teachers) and Friends will be traveling through Colorado from Zimbabwe and will be offering a Zimbabwean Mbira (traditional thumb piano) Workshop at 4:30pm and a Zimbabwean Song Workshop at 5:30pm, on Tuesday, October 23rd as well as a house concert on Wednesday, October 24th at 6:30pm. These will be offered as special “add-on” events to the World Music in Paradise concert series, school outreach programs, and educational music workshops. More info.
Latcho Drom documentary screening on Monday, August 27th, 2018. 7:00pm. $10 donation benefits the concert series. The journey of the Romany people told through musicians and dancers of India, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France, and Spain. Co-sponsored by The Learning Council.
Thanks to support from Arts for All and The Learning Council, we have been able to bring several great World Music concerts into the local schools. Here are a couple videos to see some of what we have been able to bring to the schools over the past seasons:
SATURDAY, February 17, 2018 7:30 PM
Uxía Senlle, Vocals/Sergio Tannus, Guitar, Vocals
Program: Folk music of Galicia, Spain
Description: Iconic vocalist Uxía Senlle is one of the most respected and influential musicians from Galicia, Spain and regarded as the grande dame of Galician music. Her songs have the presence of traditional folk music but with a personal flair. Uxia is joined by Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Sergio Tannus. The concert will feature some of the most emblematic songs of her repertoire, including poems by such Galician writers as Rosalía de Castro or Uxío Novoneyra and adaptations of traditional Alalas, the oldest and best-known form of Galician music.
THE SILK ROAD
SATURDAY, January 27, 2018 7:30 PM
Musicians: Marcin Arendt, Violin/ Kimberly Patterson, Cello/ Benjamin De Kock, Double Bass/ David Alderdice, Percussion
Program: Music from Eastern Europe and the Silk Road
Description: Musical traditions are portable, but they are also durable, and stubbornly take root in the lands where they were born. One of the most powerfully surviving features of the old Silk Road today is the variety of music performed, on instruments old and new, indigenous and imported, everywhere from the shores of the Mediterranean to the shores of the Pacific. This living musical heritage allows us to feel a link to thousands of years of trade and exchange among the peoples of the Silk Road.
JAYME STONE’S FOLKLIFE
SUNDAY, October 22, 2017 5:00 PM
Musicians: Jayme Stone, Banjo & Vocals/Moira Smiley, Vocals & Accordion Sumaia Jackson, Fiddle & Vocals/Joe Phillips, Bass & Vocals
Program: Sea island spirituals, Creole calypsos and stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes
Description: Jayme Stone’s Folklife follows the bends and bayous through the deep river of song and story. This gathering of versatile musicians blows the dust off of old songs and remakes them for modern ears. With spellbinding singing, virtuosic playing and captivating storytelling, their programs are moving, inventive and participatory experiences.
Saturday, June 3, 2017. 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. tickets. Described by the New York Times as “explosive, exuberant,” join four-time Grammy winner Glen Velez and vocal virtuoso Loire Cotler for a rhythm fest of music drawn from traditions of Ancient Mesopotamia, South India, jazz, blues and beyond.
Sunday, June 4th, 2017. 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. Join in this fun and exhilarating interactive workshop, master drummer Glen Velez will take you on a multi-cultural journey exploring the amazing worlds of drumming and hoomi (split-tone singing). Experience the thrill of ensemble drumming within a supportive and celebratory environment.
Sunday, June 4th, 2017. 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Join vocalist Loire Cotler on a multi-cultural journey exploring rhythmic vocals. Loire will share the mystical drum language of South India, along with simple movements and clapping patterns. Experience the thrill of participating in a rhythmic vocal ensemble within a supportive and celebratory environment.
Saturday, January 21, 2017. 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. tickets. A troupe of musicians has assembled; included in the ensemble are strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. Grab your pack and jump aboard as they traverse borders and time, uncovering the sounds of foreign lands and forgotten days.… Read More
Saturday, September 17th, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. tickets. Delight in the pure, joyful and magical music of Zimbabwe. Internationally renowned Musekiwa Chingodza and friends brings the enchanting instruments and ancient melodies of the Shona people to life.
MUSEKIWA CHINGODZA: African Song Workshop
Sunday, September 18th, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Join Zimbabwean master musician, Musekiwa, in a celebratory group vocal workshop where he will teach traditional songs and lyrics of the Shona people. Musekiwa is very experienced at sharing this joyful music with North Americans in a friendly and supportive way.
MUSEKIWA CHINGODZA: Marimba Ensemble Workshop
Sunday, September 18th, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Join Zimbabwean master musician, Musekiwa for a fun and exciting group musical experience. Participants will learn and play music from a traditional Shona tune on a group of different sized wooden marimbas accompanied by hosho (African shakers).
World Music Western Colorado
NEAR EASTERN SOUNDS: OLD & NEW
Many of the musical selections are drawn from Turkish classical and devotional repertoire, music from the golden age of Egyptian cinema (1940s-50s), as well as Mr. Seligman’s own compositions.
DATE: Saturday, March 19, 2016 7:30 PM
Jon Seligman – Percussion
Meg York – Woodwinds
David Alderdice – Percussion
Pete Jacobs – Bass and Oud
A video from our school outreach at Hotchkiss High School from March 2016:
WORLD MUSIC SALON
A select group of professional western slope musicians will share their individual world music studies, repertoire, & love of music during this unforgettable evening. Each player will share 10 – 15 minutes of music and the evening will culminate with a group piece.
DATE: Saturday, February 6, 2016 7:30 PM PERFORMERS:
Andy Skellenger – Tabla & Tabla Tarang
Javier de los Santos – Spanish & Mexican Guitar
Beth Quist – Hammered Dulcimer and Voice
Carbondale Rhythm Collective – M’bira & Percussion
David Alderdice & Arlyn Alderdice – Frame Drums & Shakers
MUSICAL JOURNEYS OF A 21ST CENTURY MUSICIAN
Follow the evolution of the Oud & the Ney from Central Asia through North Africa, to New York and even to rural Colorado.
DATE: Saturday, October 3, 2015 7:30 PM
Tomchess, – Oud, Ney, & Morsing
Charlie Parker Mertens – Double Bass
David Alderdice – Frame Drums & Percussion
A short video clip from the performance: