Regions Available: Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley &, Howe Sound, Vancouver Island Lower, Vancouver Island Mid, Vancouver Island North, Interior, North, Remote, Kootenays
Grant Eligibility: Eligible for 70% AIE
Dumpsta Dragons is a unique Asian duet who have performed hundreds of shows for children throughout BC and Saskatchewan. Alcvin Ramos is a recognized grand master of the Japanese Shakuhachi and has also trained extensively on the didgeridoo with aboriginal masters in Australia. Andrew Kim has toured the world with Delhi2dublin, studied sitar in India under a master, and has toured with numerous African bands. He was also featured on an album by Raffi and has been the subject of 3 CBC documentaries. Together they bring joy and inspiration to children with their unique blend of traditional and homemade instruments!
School Year: 23-24
Offered Languages: English
Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 50 mins.
Tech Requirements: 2 large tables, 3 chairs, power
Available Formats: In Person
The intention of this performance is to cross cultural divides, expose children to a rich tapestry of musical traditions, and show that there are no limits to creativity. This show exposes children to the music of other cultures with instruments such as Japanese Shakuhachi, Indian sitar, and Australian didgeridoo. Inspired by children he witnessed making instruments in African villages, Andrew has also invented some amazing instruments of his own, including his unique "hockey stick guitar" and "Musical tennis racquet". Fabricated out of discarded household items, they present a fun and compelling example of the merits of recycling. Andrew talks about his experience in creating these, while Alcvin demonstrates didgeridoo through mimicking animals and nature sounds! Volunteers experience jamming with the band, beatboxing, and digital looping. Performers passionately describe their musical journeys, inspiring the children to follow their musical dreams and believe in themselves.
Dumpsta Dragons puts on a show that is probably one of the best children's performances that I have ever seen! After the show, one of our students said to me, 'Everything they said about music is exactly how I feel about music!' I'm sure the performance had a profound impact on his life. I can wholeheartedly recommend this group! Andree Montigny, Grade 1 Teacher, Ecole la Passerelle, Whistler
What Dumpsta Dragons brought to the children, (grades 4-9) was nothing less than life-changing. The talent, passion and ingenuity sparkled, and the audience was mesmerized! Through the music it was demonstrated that training and hard work makes fertile soil for the imagination to blossom. An engaging and friendly attitude was delightful! There was a "buzz" around the school for several days after. For anyone thinking of booking these musicians --go for it! They are fantastic! Katherine Fawcett, Music Teacher, Whistler Waldorf School
Today Dumpsta Dragons performed at my high school in Clearwater BC. This was probably the best experience I have ever had at this school, they were so amusing, talented and over all just incredible I was practically speechless throughout it. They involve everyone in the audience and just put a big smile on my face! Great job you guys! If you can, please come back so I can have this experience again! Aireal, student, Clearwater Elementary