All Around This World is an inspiring global music and world cultures exploration for kids and their families.
Do you listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show? If not, you must!
The Hilltown Family Variety Show is a fascinating radio program and podcast that entertains and educates you and your kids by inviting a different guest dj each week to create an hour-long program based on his or her favorite musical theme. Recent guests include Nick Deysher of The Nick of Time whose program, “Kickin’ It Old School,” treated listeners to an eclectic variety of American music genres like big band Jazz, Americana and classic rock, Tito Uquillas of the band, The Hipwaders, whose hour featured music from San Francisco Bay Area family bands, and my personal favorite, Andrés Salguero of ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!., whose podcast introducing Latin American music will bring a musical smile to your face.
I was delighted when Hilltown Family Variety Show host Sienna Wildfield invited me to join this illustrious group of musical guests with my own tour of African music, traveling with listeners all over the continent — north and south, east and west. Tune in to 103.3FM WXOJ on Northampton, MA, on Saturday, January 31st, from 9-10am to listen to some of my favorite African artists, and give a special sneak preview of songs in styles like Guinean drumming, Cape Verdean samba and Ugandan kadongo kamu that will appear on the upcoming CD, All Around This World: Africa.
If you miss the live broadcast you can find the archived podcasts any time at https://hilltownfamilies.wordpress.com/hfvs/.
2014. 2014. 2014!
Thinking back on all the good times All Around This World had in the past year, but also very much ahead to 2015. Sure, in 2014 this little global music program for kids made some great strides, like:
– starting the year by announcing the results of a successful crowdfunding campaign
– having the AATW: Latin America CD honored by the Parents Choice Awards ™
– introducing a full world cultures curriculum for preschool and elementary school classrooms and connecting with several schools to pilot test the program this fall.
– recording over the course of the year with extraordinary African, Caribbean and South and Central Asian artists. All Around This World: Africa is mixed and mastered and will be ready for release this spring.
– getting the personal honor to perform alongside Ella Jenkins at the National Association for the Education of Young Children national convention in November…
but 2015 is going to be even better. There are so many adventures yet to come.
Happy new year!
November 5-8, 2014: Jay and a team from All Around This World are currently in Dallas — yes, the one in Texas — at the national conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Are you there too? Seriously? Then come over and visit us in booth 850! At the booth we’re telling visitors, about the All Around This World Classroom Kit and our new Weekly Webcasts, and much more.
Also, Jay is honored to be sharing the stage Friday, November 7th, at 1pm at the Theater of the Convention Center with “the First Lady of Children’s Music,” Ella Jenkins, and the amazing Lucky Diaz. Ella is presenting a workshop entitled, “How Music Can Teach Children Basic Learning Concepts and Spread Joy at the Same Time.” Absolutely.
All Around This World Philadelphia announces an exciting collaboration with International House, one of Philadelphia’s premier hubs of international cultural programming, to offer interactive, informative and FUN hands-on cultural workshops for families with small kids. Programs will be 2pm the first Saturday of every month, starting November 1st.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1: HANDS-ON BOMBA WORKSHOP FOR FAMILIES WITH SMALL KIDS
Everyone will love drumming, humming and dancing with the Puerto Rican bomba rythms and chants of drummer, performer, singer and educator Alberto Pagán-Ramírez.
DATE: Saturday, November 1st, 2014
TIME: 2pm. (approximately 45 minutes)
LOCATION: International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street in West Philly
COST: $5 per person 2 years and up, at most $15 per family. International House Members FREE.
AGES: Appropriate for families with children from infants to 8 years old.
– December 6, Samba drumming with PhillyBloco’s Jay Beck
— January 3: Capoeira!
— February 7: Malian drumming with Ira Bond
— March 7: Dende (Afro-Brazilian drumming)
— April 4: African dance and movement with Adwoa Tacheampong
— May 2: Bhangra dancing!
— June 6: tabla with Daniel Ando Scholnick
“International House Philadelphia has a critical three-fold mission: to maintain a diverse and welcoming community for scholars from around the world, while introducing them to the American experience; to broaden the horizons of its residents and the Greater Philadelphia community through high quality international arts and humanities programs; and to encourage understanding, respect, and cooperation among the people of all nations.”
Much appreciation for everyone who came out to World Cafe Live in Philadelphia to greet the All Around This World Global Orchestra. The band and I had a phenomenal time performing for you, and we hope you had just as much fun singing and dancing along. For everyone who didn’t make it — even though World Cafe was pretty full on June 21st, the no-show list still numbers more than 7 billion — you shouldn’t give up hope. Just convince your school or family-friendly music festival to book the Global Orchestra some time in 2015 for a day-long global music educational workshop culminating in a crazy-great concert or an amazing show-stopping main stage performance. For information about the band, visit the Glocal Orchestra page at http://wwww.allaroundthisworld.com/GO.
Join me for an unprecedented, family-friendly but NOT JUST FOR KIDS All Around This World live event from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, June 21st at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, to CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL MAKE YOUR OWN INSTRUMENT DAY with hands-on instrument-making and the debut of the All Around This World Global Orchestra, a 9 (maybe 10) piece electric band that will perform songs from AATW’s Latin America, Africa, South and Central Asia and Caribbean seasons. Tickets are $10 at the door or through the World Cafe Live site, though contact me directly for a VIP deal.
Featuring very special guest, DARIA, who will be leading the instrument-building based on her awesome global instrument-making guides. With Daria’s guidance we will all make Egyptian sistrums, Chinese Gongs and African-style tongue rattles.
This show could be a big leap forward for All Around The World and I’d love to pack the house. Bring friends bring friends bring friends!
Join AATW on Pinterest to celebrate Make Your Own Instrument day and much more.
All Around This World just turned 100! Well, sort of. On May 1 I posted my 100th live webcast video since opening the All Around This World Livestream site this past December. On December 7, 2013, I started the adventure with a whopping 12 videos, each two hours long, recorded during the crazy AATW 24 Hour Marathon. The rest have come one at a time, each and every weekday afternoon in 2014. Every day at about 5pm I appear on Livestream, almost always live, to celebrate a holiday that’s happening somewhere worldwide by sharing a song from the AATW curriculum. On May 1st, 2014, I posted my 100th Livestream video, marking global May Day festivities with “Ali Alo,” a French song about working hard, which we sing in our Western Europe season of songs. Whatever you’re doing at 5pm on weekdays, take a moment out and join me at new.livestream.com/allaroundthisworld. I promise you’ll learn something new and have a lot of fun doing it.
Due to some unexpected twists and turns the All Around This World weekly webcast program is going to start in full this summer rather than this spring as originally planned–exact start dates will come soon. Part of the delay has to do with the fact that All Around This World has decided to birth an international holiday and needs to focus on making it great.
WHAT!?!? An INTERNATIONAL HOLIDAY?????
Yes. All the music-meet-holiday excitement of AATW’s nearly daily Song-a-day webcasts has inspired Jay to go even further off the deep end.
So, introducing . . .
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What is International Make Your Own Instrument Day?
International Make Your Own Instrument Day is a modern musical holiday for everyone–cross-cultural, participatory, inventively fun.
To celebrate this holiday you will MAKE YOUR OWN INSTRUMENT in any way, shape or form, and enjoy playing it tremendously. The instrument can be a simulated “real” instrument–a drum made from a storage bin, a guitar-like broomstick using rubber band strings–or you can create something entirely new. You may play your instrument by yourself in your living room or in an arena with thousands of other friends who have also made their own instruments. You may have just a little fun, but you will probably have a lot.
When is International Make Your Own Instrument Day?
The official holiday will take place on JUNE 21st–the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Though shouldn’t every day be make your own instrument day?
Learn more about International Make Your Own Instrument Day here.