Join international vocalist Elise Witt & cross-cultural percussionist Beverly Botsford on a Bi-Lingual artsploration / celebration exploring the Spanish Language and the Contagious Rhythms of Latin America, Spain, and the Caribbean. In an inspired collaboration that honors traditions in a contemporary spirit, Elise & Beverly are the guides on a journey using the two oldest forms of musical expression. Students join in polyrhythms and vocal harmonies on everything from Cuban son and Chilean nueva cancion to Spanish flamenco and a Nicaraguan food song! We will even create a "polyrhythmic sound painting"ť using Thank You's from around the world. Music is a language used by people all over the world, a bridge that brings us together as one human family. When we learn songs from other countries, we learn to appreciate what makes each culture different, special, and unique. Cantamos con Ritmo!
Beverly Botsford is a cross-cultural percussionist, blending music, movement, and spoken word in solo and ensemble presentations. Embracing drumming traditions of Africa, Cuba, South America and her native North Carolina, Beverly weaves colorful rhythmic tapestries with her infinite array of collected and homemade instruments. Her decades of experience include work with the African American Dance Ensemble, American Dance Festival, as well as sharing passion for rhythm and culture in hundreds of school and community residencies, performances and workshops. The language of rhythm is universal and Beverly brings decades of global experience, touring with Grammy nominated, jazz vocalist, Nnenna Freelon in major venues around the world.