Kim and Jimbo Cary
World Folk Music
Elementary School Assemblies, Middle School Assemblies, High School Assemblies, Residencies, Family Concerts
Music, Geography, Culture Studies, Virginia History, US History, World History
Kim and Jimbo play a "cornucopia of instruments" including Native American flute; five-string banjo, and its African-American ancestor, the gourd banjer; mandolin; fiddle; guitar; saxophone; acoustic bass; and world percussion instruments, including the Middle Eastern dumbek, the Irish bodhran, and the West African jembe. Students learn that instruments, often made from wood and animals, are symbolic of the earth to many cultures and should be played with respect for and appreciation of the cultures that produced them.
Rhythm 'Round the World (K-12) introduces audiences to traditional music of their immigrant ancestors from the British Isles, Europe, and West Africa and how it relates to the settlement of colonial Virginia and the United States. Through listening to a musical sampling of Native American, European, and African instruments, students will augment their knowledge of world cultures, geography, and historical events. Kim and Jimbo bring their "traveling music museum," a collection of over 200 world percussion instruments, which includes the African talking drum, Chinese temple blocks, and bamboo rico-ricos. Students participate through singing, movement, and a hands-on percussion instrument "jam session" with the goal of inspiring students to create their own music.