Sunday, June 28, 2015

Destiny Africa Children to Perform

The Destiny Africa Children will perform at the Common Fence Point Music Hall, Portsmouth, RI on 7/20/2015 aspart of their I AM LOVED tour.  Sponsored by the RI Kids Create Music School, it will include singing, dancing, and African drumming.  Additionally, the children will spend time during the day working with children from the school and the local community on their singing skills and will teach the children how to play an African drum.  Lunch is included.

We at the school are looking forward to meeting and working with the children, who have remarkable stories to tell about how they were rescued from the streets of Uganda and given an opportunity to develop their talent.  Many of the children were separated from their families during wars or lost their parents due to AIDS.  The children live and attend primary school at the Kampala Center in Uganda, Africa.  However, the city needs more schools and orphanages for other children who are in need of a school to attend and a place to live.  The donations will help fund the school, orphanages, and provide medical care to the children.  Plans are underway to construct a primary school.    

To register for the event, please go here.    Thank you in advance for the support of this program.  If there are any questions, use the contact form to reach me.  Please subscribe to this blog and share it with your friends.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

African Violinist Kidnapped by Naval Officer

                                  Joseph Emidy playing with the Truro Philharmic Orchestra
                                  This painting is on display at the Royal Cornwall Museum,
                                   in the United Kingdom.  From AfriClassical

Here is the entire painting in black and white.

Joseph Antonio Emidy is not a household name, (in my house, anyway) yet he was acclaimed in Lisbon, Portugal for his ability to play the violin.

Born in 1775 in West Africa and enslaved by a slave master in Brazil, he was later transported to Lisbon, Portugal at the age of 12.  Noticing that he had a passion for music, his slave master gave him a violin and music lessons with a teacher.  Joseph Emidy became so skilled in playing the violin that he became one of the second violins in the orchestra at the Lisbon Opera after about four years of lessons.

He was then kidnapped by a naval commander, Sir Edward Pellew, who saw his performances at the Lisbon Opera and was very impressed.  Sir Edward brought Emidy to his ship, the Indefatigueable, while it was undergoing repairs.  For the next four years, Emidy entertained the ship’s mates, after which we was discharged at the Port of Falmouth, Cornwall, United Kingdom.  He then became a teacher and played in the Truro Philharonic Orchestra.  He was a composer of concertos and symphonies, but none of his music has survived.  He died on April 23, 1835 in Truro, Cornwall.

More details about Joseph Emidy are written in Dr. Richard McGrady’s book, Music and Musicians in Early Nineteenth-Century Cornwall: The World of Joseph Emidy 'Slave, Violinist and Composer.    One of Joseph Emidy’s ancestors, Marjorie Emidy, of the United States, discovered her relationship to Joseph Emidy while tracing her family tree.  She wrote a book, The Emidy Family in 2000.  Additionally, James Silk Buckingham, a Cornish-born author, wrote extensively about Joseph Antonio Emidy in his own autobigraphy, which was completed in 1855.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Beyond My Imagination - Just Published!

As promised, my new Book, Beyond My Imagination is now available in paperback and on the Kindle through Amazon.  The book is for parents and pre-teens and includes some music instruction and a story for pre-teens.  I wrote the book to promote my business and to give parents some aspects on my background and experience.  I would encourage everyone to read the book to get a better understanding on the school's mission.

Because of the ability of pianists to play any instrument once they have learned how to play the piano, I am expanding the school to include the instruction of all instruments.  We currently have guitar, drum, trombone, and brass teachers.  The instruction is going to be given on-line in keeping with the digital age through webinars and on Skype.  The first webinar will be available soon.  I will be teaching chords for the playing of praise and worship and Gospel music, for those who would like to learn how to play by ear.

If you have not visited the website lately, I would encourage a visit to the library which is located in the links section.  I have added some books on the history of African American music.