heard this guy last night:
as well as this band:
incredible, the both.... and excited about the prospect of learning about banjos, and collaborations... in a house party context that weirdly reminded me of our house shows. the first "act" was a projection of the host, kwame's recent thesis choreography--- done with kids from baltimore public schools. here's his tedtalk:
so, there are these three little kids who live down the road from me: diamond, neal, and destiny.
i've been playing banjo on the stoop, and they stop by... and like so many kids, they are so excited to touch the instrument, to hold it in their hands, to strum it...
the second day, they banged on my door-- banjo girl, banjo girl!
and i brought out my fiddle.
last night, i got to talking with someone, kwame's cousin.
who said-- you know, kids like that-- they'll sooner get a gun given to them, than an instrument.
so, i guess i've been thinking a lot about my connection to this new community, to music history, and to the blatant similarities-- the need for arts education. and trying to figure out how to bring art to kids.