Assembly: "Somos la Música"
Condor provides a high-energy musical performance of traditional Latin American sounds reflecting Native American,
European and African influences. Through narrative and the demonstration of a variety of instruments, students will learn
about the three dominant instruments used in Andean music- stringed, wind and percussion. With their mixture of lively Afro-Latin percussion, the festive charango and the haunting five-foot
panpipes, Condor's musicians perform a wide variety of rhythms on numerous instruments. Their music represents all areas of
Spanish-speaking America, breaking down cultural barriers and celebrating a rich musical heritage.
Hands on: Workshops and Residencies
"Ethnic Music Alive"- "Música
learn how ancient cultures are inspired by nature to make instruments and to create music. In this program Gerardo Calderon describes the instruments and the history of pre-Columbian
instruments and their influence in post-Columbian music of Latin America. He demonstrates instruments
such as clay flutes, turtle shells, the charango, zampoñas (panflutes), and water drums and
workshop participants are given an opportunity try them adn closely understand the way they work.
Students learn about one of the oldest instruments used by the native
people of the Andes Mountains. They examine zampoñas made of clay, copper, gold, bamboo and condor feathers. Then craft
their own zampoña out of plastic pipe and finally learn the technique to play it. In the residency format this
educational progam culminates with an informal student recital.
"Talking with drums"- "Hablando con Tambores"
Students explore rhythm in a variety of ways while learning about the role
of the Tambor de Agua/Water Drum in ancient Mexican cultures. Gerardo leads exercises to develop physical coordination and
students investigate ancient visual symbols by inventing clapping rhythms. They paint the water drums with geometric
and numerical ancient symbols, then practice basic percussion techniques with Gerardo. This residency can culminate in
a performance for peers or families.