Todd Green, one man orchestra and player of over 50 instruments will be coming to us from Northern Nevada this October.
Learning from some of the greatest, Todd explains that most of the masters to these foreign instruments reside right here in the United States, creating a cultural mixing pot in which Todd has had the opportunity to experience and contribute. It is with filmed lessons, and hours upon hours of practice that Todd, once the student, is now playing with the “teachers.” Now, here in lies the next question. How can someone learn over 50 different instruments?
Though all his instruments seem very different, they all have their common families: flutes, strings, and percussion. It is by these families that Todd has been able to pick up so many instruments. As Todd states, “the technique is already there.” The rest simply comes with practice and patience.
With the help of these instruments and a state of the art looper system, Todd is able to create and layer different beats, rhythms, and improvisational melody. This is what makes his concerts so unique. Rarely, if ever, are they all the same. Todd feeds off the crowd, the environment, and even his feelings from the day. His melodies are often created on the spot and are a response to his audience. He’s even quoted saying the, “the audience is an integral part of his process,” meaning, a different crowd, may receive a different performance.
Another unique aspect to his performance is his engagement with the audience. From start to finish, Todd is playing, teaching, or answering questions and comments from the audience. As many of his instruments are very foreign to most of us, myself included, he welcomes questions and tours of his on-stage instruments for those more interested in an up close and personal view of the instruments.
When asked what he thought about music and its tie to core academic classes like history and geography, he believes there is something truly special a student can learn through a culture’s music that cannot be found or taught in a text book. Like traveling to another country, through music, people can immerse themselves in culture of those peoples. By listening to the instruments and the voices, we can determine what was happening during that period in history, how those people felt, and where they may have originated. Todd made mention to the fact that several of his instruments are derived from countries that have, in the past and even today, been portrayed in a bad light politically and religiously. Not that this was purposeful, but through the music and instruments, he is able to paint the culture and history of these countries, rather than focusing on the negative connotations typically portrayed by the people and actions. As his mission states, he strives to “break down barriers and experience different cultures through their music.”
Come and listen to the culture fusion and one man orchestra that is Todd Green on October 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM. “There’s a little bit of something for everyone.”
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