Dr. Robert Damm’s “Hoo-Daiko” composition for percussion ensemble was included on the latest DVD by the Brazilian ORQUESTRA VILLA-LOBOS.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Orquestra Villa Lobos is an educational music program in the Heitor Villa-Lobos Municipal School in Brazil.  The program provides musical knowledge, artistic experience, and self-esteem to under privileged children through connection with the local culture.  In partnership with the St. Francis of Assisi Institute, a non-government education organization, it ensures 800 contact hours per week in seven local communities.  The program provides lessons in choral singing, cavaquinho (small guitar), electric bass, movement, recorders, harmonica, kindermusic, percussion, piano, orchestra ensemble, theory and ear training, viola, guitar, violin and cello.  The Orchestra has recorded two CDs, two DVDs, and released the book Orchestra Villa- Lobos - Music That Transforms.  Orchestra Villa- Lobos has given more than a thousand concerts in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay over the past 20 years.  The conductor and coordinator of the project is Professor Cecilia Rheingantz Silveira.  “Hoo-Daiko,” scored for six players, was inspired by traditional Japanese taiko drumming and is based on typical rhythmic patterns found in the folk music of Japan.  The piece has been performed by university percussion ensembles all over the United States and various percussion ensembles in South America, Asia, and Europe.  The piece was featured in the “Big Bang Percussion For Children’s Day” concert of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Percussion Section.  In the 2002 review of “Hoo-Daiko” in the Percussive Arts Society’s (PAS) PERCUSSIVE NOTES journal, John Raush wrote “Compliments to Damm and HoneyRock [publishing] for making this music from another culture accessible to western student ensembles in such a readily approachable and performer-friendly format.”  “Hoo-Daiko” was included in the 2005 PAS World Percussion Committee’s list of representative percussion ensemble literature influenced by world music.  The list was a sample of works available for “exploring world music through the percussion ensemble medium.”

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