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Video of the Week(end) 12/1 – Beatboxer Tom Thum

This video was sent to me by Janneth in period 4 chorus.  Check this guy out!

Journal:  What do you think?  How do you think Tom Thum discovered all the sounds he is able to make?  How does Tom Thum’s use of his voice for beatboxing relate to the way we communicate with others with our voices?

2014-15 Honors Chorus Results!

Congratulations to Kiran Kochar McCabe, Melina Worthington, and Fiona Haverland on being invited to participate in the Montgomery County Honors Chorus!

Congratulations also goes out to all students who auditioned.  I’m proud of all of you for getting up there and giving it your all!

Getting to know your community

Takoma Park is made up of a mix of students and families with diverse backgrounds.  Estube Yitbarek (8th grade World Beat Music) shared a little bit about her culture with me and we thought it would be great to share it with you!  Estube’s family is from Ethiopia which has many distinct ethnic groups that have their own unique music, languages, and clothing.  She is Amhara which is an ethnic group from the central highlands.

In an email to me about the music of Ethiopia, Estube said “In the united states we use Guitar, Violin, Flute, etc… to make and play music, but in Ethiopia we have our own musical instruments which are called the Krar, Begena, Washint, Kebero, Masiknko, etc. that can be made at home. Ethiopia has a sound of music that is different, and unique from the music that we hear from all over the world. I want people to hear and feel Ethiopian music even though the language is different.”

The following song and video is called “Lebe Nedo” by Temesgen Gebregziaber and tells the story of a young man who is in love with a girl who parents have arranged for her to marry another man.  Notice the use of unique rhythms, singing, and the mix of traditional Ethiopian music with more modern sounds.

Thanks for sharing Estube!


Video of the Week 11/17 – Gordo the bucket drummer

Check out this video from a bucket drummer from Sydney, Australia who goes by “Gordo.”  Lukabed Bati (6th grade general music) sent me another video of this amazing musician that inspired this post.  Thanks Lukabed!

And check this one out by Yonannes Gezahegn using pens.

Journal: What did you think?  What makes an instrument and instrument?


Song of the Week 11/17 – “Eyes” Jherek Bischoff

The Seattle based composer Jherek Bischoff has a unique view of how pop, rock, and classical music come together.  Check out his composition “Eyes” featuring the singer David Byrne from the iconic band The Talking Heads.

Learn a little more about Jherek Bischoff and his unique upbringing in the interview below.  You think growing up on a tiny sailboat influences the way he looks at life and music?

Diwali Mubarak! Happy Diwali to our Hindu friends in our community.

On October 22, our Hindu friends in our community celebrate Diwali which is the “festival of lights.”  Diwali (pronounced “Dee-va-lee”) is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated on the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu calendar and signifies for the Hindus the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.

Enjoy this Diwali song sung by the famous Indian playback singer Anuradha Paudwal called “Om Jai Jagdish Hare.”  Diwali Mubarak (Diwali good wishes)!

Liddle’s Song of the Week 10/20 – Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett: “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby”

October is Italian American Heritage Month!  Today there are over 26 million Americans of Italian descent in the United States, making them the fifth largest ethnic group. The country was even named after an Italian, the explorer and geographer Amerigo Vespucci.

This week’s song of the week is the jazz standard “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby” as sung by two famous Italian American singers from different generations: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.