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Jazz The Ripper & Pumpkin City!

Posted: July 14, 2010 by Joanne Morton in music
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Jazz The Ripper & Pumpkin City!
July 14, 2010
August 13 – 14, 2010

showtimes: 8:00PM to 11:00PM

@ The Five Spot
1123 Euclid Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA
(404) 223-1100

Come out and see Asheville based funk band “Jazz The Ripper” along with Atlanta’s own “Pumpkin City”! This is going to be a tight show in an awesome city! Jazz The Ripper is a hard-grooving funk band bringing some of the best soul around. Pumpkin City delivers music that everybody needs to hear, its not just a show, it’s an experience! Show starts at 8:00pm and there is a $5 cover. Bring your friends and have a great summer night out!


Little 5 Points Music Center

Posted: June 1, 2010 by Little 5 Points - Atlanta in music
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As anyone who has been to Little Five Points knows, the area is filled with all sorts of creative types so it makes perfect sense that there is a community music center!

Little 5 Points Music Center
1127 Colquitt Ave, NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

From the opening of our first Center in Little 5 Points, we’ve been committed to realizing a single pedagogical goal: providing students of all ages and varied backgrounds the opportunity to cultivate a genuine musical practice in the style of their own choosing… or making. We honor discipline and hard work, but we also embrace the critical role fun plays in learning and making music.

One of their programs is the The Global Village School

Can music make a difference in the lives of war refugees?
Join us and discover…

This past summer, a group of compassionate educators opened a school for refugees in Decatur, Georgia, just a little more than a block from the Decatur Music Center. The Global Village School enrolls girls ages 13 to 19 who have immigrated to America after being displaced by violence and upheaval in their homelands. Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Thailand: among the countries represented at the school.

The Global Village School’s administrators and faculty work tirelessly with and for the teenage girls and their families to provide both academic and social support necessary for them to heal, grow, integrate and succeed in their new homeland. Through an expansion of the Music Center Community Outreach Programs, we are honored by the opportunity to join the cause. This month, 25 Global Village students begin free music lessons and classes at the Decatur Music Center on instruments and in singing, in styles of their choosing.
…music will heal and empower

The role music plays in individual and community life is varied, rife with possibilities, even paradoxes. Music can create a reservoir of emotions, and it can be a channel for releasing them. A wounded or distressed soul can be soothed by basking in warm, calm sounds; a person wrestling with intense anger or frustration can find satisfying release by creating or listening to a torrent of aggressive sounds. Lamentations reflect deep sorrow, and they often provide an essential opportunity for commiserating; likewise, true friendship can be strengthened when learning how to and then by singing in harmony. On the other hand, friendly sparring can be captured in competitive call and answer games. Joy, triumph, desire, urgency, sadness, regret, connection, satisfaction, peace, love, hope, hate, anger, loss, alienation, loneliness– name an emotion, and trust there is music that can swell or empty the heart of it. Global Village students will be empowered to explore their own emotions in their musical practice, as they each choose.

Music can also tell a story, expose and challenge an injustice, leading to indignation or empathy, demands for change, and then, only through an extra-musical resolution, can a musician or a community find peace. As Global Village students have learned first hand, indeed more than most of us will ever know, resolution can be a difficult, painful, even violent process. Global Village students undoubtedly have compelling stories to tell and wrongs to address, and we intend to provide them with the tools to speak for themselves through music, if they choose.

Finally, although music can be pointedly approached as a tool for calibrating emotions or expressing messages, for some musicians, the most important change music offers is refuge from daily life, chores and challenges, ups and downs. Music for war refugees– maybe most importantly an enjoyable retreat to the wondrous, playful, and stable world of tone, movement, embodied energy. If students simply want to have fun or if they wish to engage in the arena of “pure” rather than “message” music, we will provide that opportunity. No one should ever be required to disclose their feelings or tell a story if they just want to sing, play, or cultivate a disciplined musical practice.

Based on our knowledge and experience, we believe music will mean some or all of these things, and more, when Global Village students (re)discover they are musicians at the Music Center. The truth is, we welcome the varied approaches, philosophies, outcomes, because all of these musical paths provide students opportunities for self-expression, aesthetic exploration, and growth, all of which are vital to recovery and empowerment. And we’ll be working with the professional faculty and administrators of the Global Village School to ensure our work meets its purpose.

excerpted from a post written by Phil Slms