Friday, 6 June 2014

Music, Drums & More

You can learn so much if you're willing to listen... with your ears, your mind and your heart.



Today was a very special day for #NipRockArt students, because Shy-Anne Hovorka came to speak about her experience as a musician.  Savage is one of the songs featured in her latest album:



Our class learned about a wide variety of musicians throughout Shy-Anne's talk today, and we were so excited to learn that she will be performing with the iconic Buffy Sainte-Marie in the near future!  Ms. Sainte-Marie's music was new to a number of students today (although their teacher remembers watching her on Sesame Street...), but most of us had no idea that she had to overcome many challenges because of the issues she has shared through her music.  What a fascinating artist to learn about.

A Tribe Called Red was another group that captured the attention of many young students.  Shy-Anne shared a video from this year's Juno's performance:



Their use of traditional & contemporary music (and imagery) is captivating.  You won't be able to listen without wanting to dance...

Some musicians who were new to us...

Joey Stylez, Keith Secola & Shawn Bernard have collaborated together, and they are also successful solo artists.  Derek Miller's music has an edgy-blues feel to it -- no wonder Shy-Anne wanted us to check it out!  



You know what's cool?  Being able to tweet about your guest speaker while she's presenting.  Know what's even cooler?  Having one of the musicians who your guest speaker is talking about... SEE THE TWEET & FAVOURITE IT!

#NipRockArt students thought it was nice of Tanya Tagaq to notice us!


Tanya Tagaq is an Inuk throat singer from Nunavut.  Her style developed throughout her youth (she is self-taught), and began to attract the attention of world-renowned musicians such as Bjork and the Kronos Quartet.



Take a moment to listen to her interview with Jian Ghomeshi...


Thank you so much for speaking with us today, Shy-Anne.  You taught us so much, and we learned to appreciate music on an entirely new level.  



Some future #NipRockArt musicians...




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