Mayumana is an amazing Israeli dance troupe that combines dance, song and percussion. The name of the troupe is derived from the Hebrew word for skill.
Oh a turkey knocked at my back door, and I invited him in
‘Twas a chill October Thursday, so I invited him in
Won’t you come into my kitchen my friend? I’ll boil some water for tea
Come and sit here in my kitchen we’ll chat, have a cookie maybe two or three
He answered no no no no, I won’t come into your kitchen
I said no no no no, I’ll see you another day
In 2019 Emma Stevens from Eskasoni, Cape Breton recorded this beautiful rendition of Blackbird by The Beatles in her native Mi’kmaq language.
Susan Aglukark is a Canadian singer who blends Inuit folk music traditions with country and pop songwriting. Her most successful song O’Siem is a joyful greeting for family and loved ones, and a call to turn away from racism and prejudice. O’Siem is also a Coast Salish word meaning “a welcoming of honoured guests.” Aglukark has spent her lifetime promoting inclusivity and acceptance.
O’Siem, we are all family
O’Siem, we’re all the same
O’Siem, the fires of freedom
Dance in the burning flame
Siem o siyeya, all people rich and poor
Siem o siyeya, those who do and do not know
Siem o siyeya, take the hand of one close by
Siem o siyeya, of those who know because they try
And watch the walls come tumbling down
Siem o siyeya, all people of the world
Siem o siyeya, it′s time to make the turn
Siem o siyeya, a chance to share your heart
Siem o siyeya, to make a brand new start
And watch the walls come tumbling down
Fires burn in silence
Hearts in anger bleed
Wheel of change is turning
For the ones who truly need
To see the walls come tumbling down
Louisville Leopard Percussionists is a nationally acclaimed music group for children originating from Louisville, Kentucky. The group is a performing ensemble directed by Diane Downs of over 60 musicians ages 7-14. Each student learns and acquires proficiency on several instruments, such as marimbas, xylophone, vibraphone, drum set, timbales, congas, bongos and piano. They are mostly known for covering rock and roll songs, and were featured in a documentary called The Leopards Take Manhattan: The Little Band That Roared.
May 3 is Music Monday. Launched in 2005 by The Coalition for Music Education, Music Monday is one of the world’s largest single events dedicated to raising awareness for music education. In previous years, hundreds of thousands of students, educators, and music makers have celebrated from coast to coast to coast, and participated in the collective performance of the Music Monday Anthem, an original song written by a Canadian artist. The 2021 anthem is the iconic Hymn to Freedom by Oscar Peterson and Hariette Hamilton, in a new bilingual translation. Listen to it here!
Imagine walking through the woods and then suddenly hearing the calming melodies of Bach playing in the distance. That’s exactly the type of magical scenario that creative director Morihiro Harano and his team created in 2012. The company collaborated with carpenter Mitsuo Tsuda and sound engineer Kenjiro Matsuo to create a giant xylophone in a forest that plays a special wooden symphony.
Elevated above the forest floor, the huge xylophone was installed in the woods of Kyushu, Japan. It comprises hundreds of different-sized pieces of wood, each of which plays a different note when struck. In a video showcasing the instrument, a wooden ball is placed at the start of the xylophone, which descends at a slight angle. As the ball rolls freely down, it hits each wooden panel and plays the notes of Bach’s Cantata 147, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.
Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson’s legendary career is celebrated in this Heritage Minute. The minute-long video chronicles the seven-time Grammy winner’s rise from a working-class Montreal family to becoming a world-renowned piano virtuoso. It touches on his encounters with greatness, such as being dubbed “the man with four hands,” and acknowledges the racism he faced at jazz gigs in the 1940s.
During the 19th Century, thousands of slaves escaped to freedom through a secret network known as the Underground Railroad. It is believed that, along the way, spiritual songs were used as secret coded messages to escaping slaves. Wade in the Water warned them to flee dry land for the water so that the dogs and owners chasing them couldn’t track their scent.
NASA’s Perseverance rover will touch down on Mars February 18 at approximately 12:55 PM, so let’s listen to Mars, the Bringer of War by English composer Gustav Holst.
Angry and ominous, Holst’s first movement of The Planets represents the Roman god of war, Mars. The craggy rhythms and pulsing drum beats give the music a military feel. Enjoy the wonderful listening guide presented by London’s Philharmonia Orchestra.
Deep in a forest, a gathering of wild animals start a nocturnal opera, conducted by a squirrel! The music in this short film is composed by Vincenzo Bellini and performed by the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera. Singers Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano) and Samuel Ramey (bass) are featured.
Hayato Sumino, known professionally as Cateen, is a 25-year-old Japanese classical pianist. He shares his 7 variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, each one increasing in virtuosity.
Level 0 is the nursery rhyme’s humble melody, and Level 1 has flourishes in the style of Mozart.
Level 2 adds lovely harmonies in the form of a lullaby, and Level 3 is in a ragtime style.
Levels 4 and 5 display virtuosic flourishes in the style of Liszt.
Level 6 is in the style of a Chopin étude, and Level 7 gains dizzying speeds and a rich tapestry of colours and dynamics.
Victor Borge and Leonid Hambro perform Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 composed by Franz Liszt. It’s as funny as is it difficult to play! Liszt was a Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, music teacher, arranger, and organist of the Romantic era. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest pianists of all time.
Stars Aligned Siblings is an all-sibling string quartet ages 7, 10, 12, and 13. They are from San Francisco and have toured internationally.
Enjoy their lively performance of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music).
The Planets is a seven-movement orchestral suite by the English composer Gustav Holst, written between 1914 and 1916. Each movement of the suite is named after a planet of the solar system and its corresponding astrological character as defined by Holst.
In 2016, a flashmob from the Berklee Contemporary Symphonic Orchestra assembled to perform Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity.
Rousseau is a popular piano player on YouTube who performs classical and pop music using a reactive visualizer. The result is mesmerizing.
July 1 is Canada Day. David Hadfield performed and filmed his cheerful song In Canada with his astronaut brother Chris at their family cottage in 2014. Have a happy and healthy summer everyone!
June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day for all Canadians to honour and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.
Buffy Sainte-Marie is an Indigenous Canadian-American singer-songwriter, visual artist, educator and social activist. In 1983, she became the first indigenous person to win an Academy Award for co-writing the beautiful song Up Where We Belong.
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Watch this amazing chain reaction marble run synchronized to Waltz of the Flowers by Tchaikovsky! Do you think you could create something fun like this?
We will be playing djembes, instruments that originate from West Africa. The name of the djembe comes from the saying “Anke djé, anke bé” which translates to “everyone gather together in peace” and defines the drum’s purpose.
It will be a wonderful way to celebrate, connect, and begin our year together!