In Ears ‘n’ Eyes Creativity Workshop travels to Applewild School

The IENE Creativity Workshop was hired to perform, teach and inspire at the Applewild School in Fitchburg, MA this March 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2015.

Six of our personnel worked with 217 students from grades 4 – 8 and rubbed elbows with K – 3, the youngest of Applewild’s budding musicians, artists and scholars. On Tuesday at 11am  we unloaded and set up for our opening performance before the entire student body and faculty. Our set list was carefully chosen and crafted to reflect the school’s focus on the Harlem Renaissance. Included in our performance were Duke Ellington’s composition Jump for Joy, the title song from his musical of the same name (1939), Langston Hughes’ poem Dig and Be Dug, the gritty and poignant poem Satchmo by Melvin B. Tolson, and the traditional Negro spiritual Motherless Child.

 

Dig and Be Dug

“I stay cool, and dig all jive,
“I stay cool, and dig all jive,
That’s the way I stay alive.
My motto,
as I live and learn,
is
Dig and be dug
In return.”

by Langston Hughes

 

 

 

Applewild sixth graders were split into two groups; musicians and artists, to be taught to create conversations between jazz and expressionist painting.

Applewild sixth graders were split into two groups; musicians and artists, to be taught to create conversations between jazz and expressionist painting.

 

 

 

 

Fourth graders painting duets as they build upon the idea of collaboration

Fourth graders painting duets as they build upon the idea of collaboration

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Applewild horn players get their collaborative jazz on while classmates collaborate in the conversations at their easels

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Exciting visual jazz expressionist paintings begin to grow before our eyes (and ears)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Satchmo

BY MELVIN B. TOLSON

King Oliver of New Orleans
has kicked the bucket, but he left behind
old Satchmo with his red-hot horn
to syncopate the heart and mind.
The honky-tonks in Storyville
have turned to ashes, have turned to dust,
but old Satchmo is still around
like Uncle Sam’s IN GOD WE TRUST.

Where, oh, where is Bessie Smith,
with her heart as big as the blues of truth?
Where, oh, where is Mister Jelly Roll,
with his Cadillac and diamond tooth?
Where, oh, where is Papa Handy
With his blue notes a-dragging from bar to bar?
Where, oh where is bulletproof Leadbelly
with his tall tales and 12-string guitar?

Old Hip Cats,
when you sang and played the blues
the night Satchmo was born,
did you know hypodermic needles in Rome
couldn’t hoodoo him away from his horn?
Wyatt Earp’s legend, John Henry’s, too,
is a dare and a bet to old Satchmo
when his groovy blues put headlines in the news
from the Gold Coast to cold Moscow.

Old Satchmo’s
gravelly voice and tapping foot and crazy notes
set my soul on fire.
If I climbed
the seventy-seven steps of the Seventh
Heaven, Satchmo’s high C would carry me higher!
Are you hip to this, Harlem? Are you hip?
On Judgment Day, Gabriel will say
after he blows his horn:
“I’d be the greatest trumpeter in the Universe
if old Satchmo had never been born!”

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This young bass player listens intently as we compose a tune and prepare to converse in music and paint

Applewild Seventh grader takes her turn in a collaborative visual jazz painting while classmates and IENE personnel perform some improvised jazz

Applewild Seventh grader takes her turn in a collaborative visual jazz painting while classmates and IENE personnel perform some improvised jazz

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An Applewild student collaborative visual musical jazz masterpiece is born!

 

 

 

 

Roger Teaches at PMAC This Spring

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Roger seen teaching two of his adult students in a Drawing Class in PMAC’s new art rooms

Roger Teaches at The Portsmouth Music and Arts Center This Spring

Hi students, and friends, I am offering fun art classes in drawing and watercolor this Spring at the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center.  Spring Classes Begin in March!

Intermediate Drawing: Tuesday mornings, 10am – 12:30, March 10th – April 14

Beginning Drawing: Thursday mornings, 10am – 12:30, March 12th – April 16

Later in the Spring I will teach Watercolor. It runs on Tuesdaymornings May 5th – June 9,  10am – 12:30

 

For detailed information go to:   http://ow.ly/JDdyc

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Teen avidly working from a still life set-up in an Introductory Drawing class for teens and adults

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Klaxton Group in the Paint at Buoy-OK

Roger Goldenberg painted a 10 minute improvisation along with the Chris Klaxton group during a performance last winter at Buoy which is in Kittery, ME. The personnel were: Chris Klaxton – trpt; Andy Greene – gtr; Eric Von Oeyen – drms; Eric Klaxton – alto; Nate Therrien – bass. Buoy itself is a labor of love, run by three men who’s passion is to provide a NO PROfIT venue for visual and performing art that would otherwise not likely be seen or heard.This night’s performance harkened back to the bare bones performance that Goldenberg did with Mike Melvoin at Dartmouth, College in Hanover, NH. See the youtube clips above for that Debut event.

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The Wheel by Matt Langley at Dance Hall

This is an excerpt of The Wheel (c)2012 Matt Langley from Ears n Eyes at the Kittery Dance Hall January 7, 2012. Roger Goldenberg is the painter and one of the visionaries behind Ears n Eyes. Here is a link to read an article about In Ears ‘n’ Eyes

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