Monthly Archives: August 2013

Burgers for Books Fundraiser Sunday 8/25 12-2

“BURGERS FOR BOOKS” FUNDRAISER this Sunday 8/25/13 12-2PM at 35355 Eicher Rd, Albany OR 97322
Join us following the 10:45 am Gathering at The Shift when the Red Zebra Project will host a “Burgers for Books” barbeque fundraiser that will benefit a new books project in Zimbabwe through collaboration with Ancient Ways. The event will include:
• Live marimba music from Marimba Detembo
• Red Zebra cookie decorating and temporary tattoos for the kids
• Special appearance by Cosmas Magaya from Zimbabwe playing mbira
All donations will fund the new Red Zebra Project in Zimbabwe. Come and share food and festivities with us as we raise money to get Shona language books in the hands of the Zimbabwean children.
Also feel welcome to attend an informal tea party hosted by David & Hilary Ker of the Red Zebra Project on Sunday afternoon for those who would like a chance to meet Cosmas Magaya. Tea and coffee will be provided beginning at 3 pm. You can bring cakes, cookies or fruit if you like. The address is in downtown Albany, 539 5th Street SW near White Spires church on the corner of 5th and Calapooia. Call David at 541-971-0839 if you have questions or need directions.berryjam.ru

Kids Summer Class Success!

Wow! Last Friday we finished up the first Summer Youth Intensive Marimba Class in Corvallis. Eight students, aged 9-13, came and played for 3 hours a day for 5 days under the direction of Gary Spalter. I was a parent helper, so I was able to hang out in the class for about 2 hours each day. The students ranged in ability and previous experience: some have been playing marimba at school and in after school programs for a few years. Some had played a few years ago in school. And one girl, a Japanese exchange student, had never touched a marimba before. It was so exciting to see how they all progressed, whether it was solidly grasping the syncopated rhythms or mastery of complex running patterns. The kids had a blast, and were incredibly focused given their ages. They were captivated by the music, and Gary’s laid-back teaching style made it really fun for them. The kids would come in early in the morning, and from their recess breaks to start playing again. Of course, by the end of the week, they were getting a little tired, and there were several blisters that needed band-aids, but that didn’t stop them! They learned the basics of 5 songs (Nyungwe, Chemwainyera, Tsuro, Ndangariro and Nyuchi Dzinoruma) and performed them for friends and family on the final day.

 
Click here to listen to a clip of the kids playing Nyuchi Dzinoruma (learned Wednesday, played on Friday!).

 

Marimba Music for your Saturday Market Pleasure!

Join the Ancient Ways Community Ensembles as we share the music from Zimbabwe on marimba at our local markets:
Corvallis Saturday Market August 10th 9-11 a.m. – Marimba Detembo, Mufambo Marimba and Muti Marimba
Sweet Home Saturday Market August 17th 9:45-12:15 Marimba Detembo and Mufambo Marimbair-leasing.ru