Public Dreams is launching a new program in Vancouver designed to forge a musical connection between diverse cultural traditions.
The community arts group has recruited eight local musicians and percussionists to take part in the Language of Rhythm project. The artists represent styles including South Asian, African, Japanese, Brazilian, and First Nations.
The free, all-ages program, which includes performances and workshops, is scheduled to run at five community centres in Vancouver from late January to March.
Asked about the goal, project coordinator Jenny Lee Craig said: “I think really to explore rhythm and music as its own language and kind of experiment with what comes of sharing these [musical] techniques.”
In late January, outreach sessions featuring performances and the opportunity to chat with the musicians take place at Killarney, Sunset, Trout Lake, Hastings, and Thunderbird community centres. In February, workshops for participants to try out instruments and make their own music take place at the same community centres.
A final performance is planned for March 21, to coincide with International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The location and other event details have yet to be announced.
The program is taking place with grant funding from EmbraceBC and support from the Vancouver parks board. For more information, visit the Public Dreams website.