Building On A Dream – American Musical Heritage Series
DIVERSITY PROGRAMING - As a storyteller & musician my programs tell the stories and oral history of America's musical heritage and how it all began with the African American Spirituals. Building on my own dream it was my intention to ensure the enslaved Africans were credited with creating America's first original immigrant musical art form. So in 2007, I introduced and helped pass by unanimous vote historic Twin Resolutions in the US Congress, to honor the slaves for their contributions and gifts to our nation with our deepest gratitude and respect and recognize the African American Spiritual as a National Treasure. These programs are Educational and Entertaining. They are appropriate for Adults, University Students and for Grades K - 12. Programs are modified to be age appropriate. Watch News Coverage:
STORIES HIDDEN WITHIN THE SPIRITUALS - In this educational program you will experience the legendary story of how the enslaved Africans in America created an original music known today as African American spirituals that enabled them to secretly communicate routes on the UGRR, helped them daily to endure the labor intensive tasks they were given, teach their young, record their history and heal their pain. You will gain a better understanding of the meaning & methods used to create America’s first original musical art form. Not to mention, their original music inspired and became the foundation of many popular American music genre’s including Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Folk, Country, R & B, Rock & Roll and others. Watch my interview with the City of Fairfax, VA with Rachael Roth about my program:
VOICES OF OUR PEOPLE IN SONG - is the musical story of 'We The People' in a concert / lecture. Experience a variety of America’s protest songs, African American Spirituals, and Freedom Songs of the Civil Rights Movement and much more. Communal singing has always been an intricate part of our multi cultural roots as Americans. Whether our ancestors arrived as willing immigrants or as immigrants by force, no matter what country we came from originally, music helped ground us and helped us feel connected to our new homeland. Singing together brings us together, strengthens our purpose and strengthens our community spirit by building a strong community that is inclusive of all of us. Music helps us feel that purpose with passion and dedication to ensure our nations principles belong to all of us. This program is 60 minutes plus time for Q & A. Watch Channel 16 Around Fairfax TV coverage:
SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES MUSIC CONCERT - With his acoustic guitar & soothing vocals he brings to life the simple beauty of America’s greatest songs, 'Oldies but Goodies'. Choosing from the Americana music genres of Blues, Jazz, Standards, Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Country, Folk, Spirituals, Show Tunes and even a little Rock & Roll he brings to life the songwriters vision for the song. No digital enhancement, no gimmicks, no flashing lights, just a beautiful song enhanced with the elements of peace and love. Join Calvin for an evening of relaxing & fun music of days gone by, energized with a little bit of soul. 60 minutes
THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES MUSIC CONCERT - can also be adapted, designed and personalized for private events, ZOOM parties, corporate events, cultivating community, conferences, garden parties, dance parties, masquerade balls, and more......
If you would like to book a performance for your public or private event or a TV or radio show appearance, please contact my booking staff by filling out the form below. Don't forget to ask about our Artist In Residence programing. These shows are also perfect for your Black History Month programing and celebrations.
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