Unison's message is unity through music, with diverse instruments coming together as one united force to create an interactive musical experience. Drawing on classical and folk traditions from China, South Asia (India and Pakistan) and Zimbabwe, Unison demonstrates how musical styles from seemingly disparate reaches of the planet can make beautiful harmony. The group includes seasoned world music artists who have vast experience interacting with children of all ages: Curtis Andrews (mridangam, mbira), Mohamed Assani (sitar) and Nicole Li (erhu, qin).
Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 45 mins.
Capacity: 400+ students
Tech Requirements: access to school PA/sound system if possible
Fee Range: $835 - $1,035 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
Unison's show emphasizes unity through music with an energetic, playful and fiery performance. Sharing their process of empathetic listening, curiosity and play, Unison shows how seemingly different people, instruments and traditions can find a connection and make beautiful harmony. The artists talk about where they and their instruments come from, while engaging the audience in an interactive global journey through music. Musical elements from China, India, Pakistan and Zimbabwe are shared through interactive rhythmic and melodic games and exercises. During the last piece, the audience contributes what they have learned to the artists' performance. Instruments include erhu, chin, sitar, mbira and mridgangam.