Marimbas, musicians arrive at The Canvas for program kick-off

Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2009

Instruments have arrived at the The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery for their year-round marimba program. Zimbabwean musician Paul Mataruse and his band Ruzivo from Whidbey Island will be in Juneau to help kick off the program beginning Tuesday, Aug. 18 and running through Sunday, Aug. 23.

Ruzivo will perform in concert Friday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. free of charge at The Canvas. Classes will also be held all week for ages seven and up for $75. In addition, there will be a community workshop held Saturday, Aug. 22 that runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for anyone curious about marimba music. And finally there will be five workshops offered on both Saturday and Sunday for ages 12 and older. Please contact The Canvas for more details.

Zimbabwean marimba music is an art discipline with a long history steeped in a tradition of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. The music emphasizes community, beautiful polyrhythmic melodies and infectious rhythms that encourage participation by everyone, no matter what ability.

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