Taylor Mac’s Wild and Beautifully Absurd, 24 Hour, History of America. Audience Participation Required.

It took a while for the magnitude of Taylor Mac’s new show to sink into my understanding all the way out here in Arizona.  There was an article in the NY Times this past weekend, but I skimmed through it and thought it odd what New Yorkers find entertaining.  Then, as oftentimes happens, I was listening to NPR in the car and caught this segment on All Things Considered.  Thanks NPR, I would have missed the significance without you.

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music will happen coincidentally, on my birthday, October 8th, at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn.  Taylor Mac will be delivering the most raucous, unusual and compelling combination of so many things, I’m sure it will be a memory of a lifetime for anyone hardy enough to stay the course of the 24 hour performance.

Read and listen yourself!

 

 

 

“THE RECYCLED ORCHESTRA” EXHIBIT AT MIM

On exhibit now at the Musical Instrument Museum

Exhibit displays instruments from remarkable group

Amid a massive landfill in Cateura, Paraguay, children find hope by making music on instruments built from recycled trash. In a slum town where families survive by collecting and reselling garbage (and where a violin can cost more than a house), a visionary music teacher gathered a small team to plunder the landfill for materials and construct an ensemble of “recycled” instruments. In just a few years, their innovation has led to a thriving music school in Cateura and a youth orchestra that performs internationally. For members of the Recycled Orchestra, material poverty is not an obstacle to a life rich with music. They have each learned to value greatly how music impacts their lives, helping them express creativity, build self-confidence, and strengthen community.

The Musical Instrument Museum features the inspiring story and the innovative instruments of the Recycled Orchestra through a Latin America gallery exhibit and docent mini-tours. The Recycled Orchestra exhibit features eight recycled instruments from Paraguay as well as video and images of the youth orchestra and the environment of Cateura.

Mercury Transit Music Video

A Mercury Transit Music Video from Solar Dynamics Observatory
Video Credit: NASA‘s Goddard Space Flight Center, Genna Duberstein; Music: Encompass by Mark PetrieExplanation: What’s that small black dot moving across the Sun? Mercury. Possibly the clearest view of Mercury crossing in front of the Sun earlier this week was from Earth orbit. The Solar Dynamics Observatory obtained an uninterrupted vista recording it not only in optical light but also in bands of ultraviolet light. Featured here is a composite movie of the crossing set to music. Although the event might prove successful scientifically for better determining components of Mercury’ ultra-thin atmosphere, the event surely proved successful culturally by involving people throughout the world in observing a rare astronomical phenomenon. Many spectacular images of this Mercury transit from around (and above) the globe are being proudly displayed.

 

CONCERT BAND & SYMPHONIC WINDS @ GCC

When Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Where Performing Arts Center
Contact E-mail william.humbert@gccaz.edu
Contact Name Bill Humbert
Contact Phone 623.845.3726
Directed by Bill Humbert

Free & open to the public

@ GCC: ENTERTAINMENT ON THE GREEN

ENTERTAINMENT ON THE GREEN

When Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where Central Mall
Event Title GCC Marimba Band & Guest Tambores
Contact E-mail doug.nottingham@gccaz.edu
Contact Name Dr. Douglas Nottingham
Contact Phone 623.845.3915
As part of the GCC Entertainment On the Green Series, The GCC Marimba Band will present traditional Mexican and Guatemalan marimba favorites, music for solo marimba and Cuban musical selections arranged for marimba ensemble. The diverse show will feature Tambores, a dynamic duo featuring percussion virtuosos Joe Garcia and ASU’s Dom Moio. The concert is supported by the GCC Student Leadership Center and local percussion impressario Jeff Morse, director of The Rosewood Rascals. Light refreshments will be provided. Admission is free!

Glendale Folk Festival, March 19-20th

2016 Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival 
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Mar. 19 & Sunday, Mar. 20 – FREE
Come out and enjoy over 400 performers featuring everything from folk and bluegrass music to cowboy poetry and storytelling. This award-winning event includes several performance venues and “jam sessions” locations for musicians. Highlights include historic house tours, demonstrations and hands-on workshops led by accomplished entertainers.

NEW! Event Program & Schedule  Updated on 3-14-16. Schedule subject to change.

 

 

 

Makerspaces and Meetups in Phoenix

Looking for a makerspace or group in the Valley?  Here is a great place to get started finding inspiration and like-minded creative spirits.

http://makerspaces.meetup.com/cities/us/az/phoenix/

Fantasy is Reality…

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9 Pieces of Star Wars Tech Now a Reality (list)

Fantasy turns to reality when people set creativity into motion. Whether movie producers predicted this phenomenon to happen or not, Star Wars made a huge global impact as far as the future was concerned some 38 years ago.  #STEAM

Read more here:

http://www.gadgetreview.com/9-pieces-of-star-wars-tech-now-a-reality