By Melanie Brubaker Mazur
Five outdoor music pieces are the newest activity for residents of Evenings Porch Assisted Living.
On Monday, residents came out on a sunny morning for an impromptu music gathering. Some created some surprisingly soothing music, while a few others shared some poignant moments, as well.
Buddy Wiler complained that he couldn’t remember some of the songs he used to sing with his wife. Growing a bit frustrated, he then tapped out the tune to “Shave and a Haircut, Six Bits!” and beamed proudly.
Darvin Kinney likes the new instruments, while Grace Emenegger said one of them was “harder for her,” mostly because she couldn’t hear some of the notes.
The five pieces are from Freenotes Harmony Park, a Durango-based company that makes instruments for parks, school and other outdoor settings. Musical experience isn’t needed to play them. The models at Evenings Porch are Swirl, Yantzee, Merry, Griffin and Piper.
Along with a garden, walking paths and other outdoor amenities, the instruments provide extra stimulus and a good muscular activity for residents who want to spend some time outside, said Erin Youngblood, the facility administrator. She’s planning to invite local musical groups, such as the Be FRANK Foundation, to come perform for residents.
Anyone interested in touring the facility is welcome to call 884-0101.
We are so pleased to be able to provide Outdoor Musical Instruments to, The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is an annual jazz festival held in Montreal, Quebec,Canada. The Montreal Jazz Fest holds the 2004 Guinness World Record as the world’s largest jazz festival. Every year it features roughly 3,000 artists from 30-odd countries, more than 650 concerts (including 450 free outdoor performances), and welcomes close to 2.5 million visitors (34% of whom are tourists) as well as 400 accredited journalists. The festival takes place at 10 free outdoor stages and 10 indoor concert halls.
A major part of the city’s downtown core is closed to traffic for ten days, as free outdoor shows are open to the public and held on many stages at the same time, from noon until midnight. Attendance at some shows is over 100,000 people, and occasionally exceeds 200,000. Shows are held in a wide variety of venues, from relatively small jazz clubs to the large concert halls of Place des Arts. Some of the outdoor shows are held on the cordoned-off streets, while others are in terraced parks.
Our founder, Richard Cooke is a Grammy award-winning musician who has created a family of instruments that give everyone a way to play beautiful music simply. See his TED Talk on June 25th, 2016
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Here are a few photos from the event.
Watch our latest “Outdoor Music Minute”. How our Demo instruments can help you.
We are pleased to share with you this link with footage of a famous Latin American music group “Los Jaivas”, who used Urbanplay’s installation of Free Notes Harmony Park instruments. At the Music Park, located in Plaza Gabriela Mistral, Santiago, Chili to perform a song for a Chilean TV show.
“Los Jaivas” is a Chilean band, with a career that spans 50 years, the highlights the combination of progressive rock, folk and Chilean rhythms.
SVVSD opens district’s first ADA Accessible Playground
Please join us in celebrating the grand opening of Main Street School’s new playground on Monday, October 26, at 1:00pm. As one of the few fully ADA accessible playgrounds in Colorado, the space will provide for all students at Main Street School the opportunity to play outside in a safe and engaging environment. In the planning stages during 2014, the new playground was made possible by bond funding passed in the 2008 election.
“The addition of the playground has made a tremendous impact on our students and families,” said Heidi Weekley, Administrative Coordinator at Main Street School. “Students are experiencing a deeper sense of school pride and community as they learn while experiencing play in an area accessible by all abilities.”
Key features of the new playground include areas of music, motion, and sanctuary such as sensory elements with drums, xylophones, and a boat that sways; a slide equipped to eliminate static electricity that can inhibit the play experience for students with cochlear implants; and visual panels with letters, numbers, and puzzles that include braille. The playground also features an area for outdoor experiential learning, including sandblasted animal footprints and a garden area with plants for identification and discovery.
“I like the music area because you can make music, the metal slide, the fast slide and the rocking boat,” said a student in the Serious Emotional Disability program at Main Street. “It’s really great because we don’t always have to just run in the field. The playground is way more fun!”
– See more at: http://mainstreet.svvsd.org/updates/svvsd-opens-districts-first-ada-accessible-playground#sthash.tsXszWf0.dpuf