Melanie DeMore: Sticks, Songs & Stories of African American Roots Music
Rhythmix Cultural Works is proud to present singer-songwriter Melanie DeMore and her remarkable voice, weaving the fibers of African American folk music with soulful ballads, spirituals and her own original music. DeMore beautifully brings her audience together through her music and commentary as part of this Island Arts Concert series. DeMore has toured extensively, singing at festivals, universities, in coffee houses and concert halls. This family concert will also feature DeMore leading community singing and a Gullah stick-pounding piece featuring an inter-generational mix of kids and their families from the Alameda Boys & Girls Club.
In addition to her solo work, DeMore facilitates vocal workshops for professional and community-based choral groups and has taught her program called "Sound Awareness" in schools, prisons, and youth organizations in the US, Canada, Cuba and New Zealand. DeMore was a California Artist in Residence with the Oakland Youth Chorus for 10 years and has received an award from the Music Educators National Conference for her work with young singers and artists.
She is a featured artist/presenter for SpeakOut!: The Institute for Social and Cultural Change and is Adjunct faculty at the California Institute for Integral Studies. She is on the music faculty at St. Paul's School in Oakland and at the East Bay School for Boys where she teaches acapella singing and body music. She is also the artistic director/conductor of the Oakland Community Children's Choir with Living Jazz.
DeMore was a founding member of the critically-acclaimed , Grammy- nominated vocal ensemble, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, a group that has toured extensively through out the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Her belief in the power of the voice can be summed up in a line from her writings: "A SONG CAN KEEP YOU ON YOUR FEET WHEN THERE SEEMS TO BE NO GROUND BENEATH YOU.
This concert and workshop is made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Rhythmix Cultural Works
2513 Blanding Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
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