No passports are needed for a musical adventure around the world when ArtPlay presents multi-instrument solo artist and composer Todd Green in a show perfect for children and families.
Heard any good oud or kemenche lately? How about charango and zamponia, or tabla or santoor? Green will play these and many other ethnic instruments from the Middle East, Central Asia, India, China and South America. His original music, an eclectic blend of classical, jazz, new age and world music, features more than 25 string, flute and percussion instruments from around the world. Using digital samplers to record and overdub himself live on stage, Green essentially becomes a one-man orchestra of unique and exotic instruments. This unique global experience gives families the chance to broaden their musical horizons without leaving town.
ArtPlay will present Green’s “World Music Adventure” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children. Call 205-975-2787 or visit www.AlysStephens.org.
ArtPlay will present a Meet the Artist school show at the Alys Stephens Center for hundreds of area schoolchildren at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9. ArtPlay is the Alys Stephens Center’s home for education and outreach.
On Friday at 6 p.m., Green will give a free one-hour performance and discussion just for adults, titled “World Instrument Exploration,” as part of the Alys Stephens Center’s Global Fest. Happy hour with a cash bar begins at 5:30 p.m.
Green has been writing and performing his own music professionally since the age of 15. He studied composition, arrangement and performance at Berklee College of Music and privately with guitar greats George Benson, Pat Metheny, Christopher Parkening and Mick Goodrick. He also has studied ethnic instruments, including the Indian bansuri flute — a hollow bamboo flute — with masters Sachdev and Steve Gorn, and many other instruments with players from around the world.