Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Fruits and Vegetables Storm the Stage!

“For the 3rd time in a row, The Carnival Band added a welcomed dose of energy and vitality to kick off our 4th annual 'Promoting Healthy Living: A Multicultural Health Fair.' Wearing an array of colourful costumes representing different fruit and vegetables, the band trumpeted their way leading our special guests from the Opening Ceremony, such as Mayor Sam Sullivan, into the exhibition hall.

Their diverse music style left a lasting impression on our multicultural audience and conveys the importance of joyful fun to anyone seeking to lead a healthy lifestyle.”

-Vivianne De Pass, Health Fair Coordinator

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Carnival Band Makes a Splash at Henderson Elementary

Today the Carnival Band performed for one of its favorite audiences: children. Over one hundred kids from grades 1 to 5 danced, sang, and shook the auditorium for over an hour in the small east Vancouver school of Henderson Annex Elementary.

This unique environment allowed the band to add short but engaging lessons in music history and performance to its regular repertoire of fun and funky tunes from around the world. The children responded enthusiastically, asking to hold instruments, play notes, and clap out rhythms of their own.

The band is grateful to the school's administration for the opportunity to reach the leaders (and musicians) of tomorrow.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Feb 11 2008: Latin Percussion Workshop with Pepe Danza

Pepe Danza, the well-known and highly sought-after local percussionist, will be hosting a 2-hour workshop specifically for the rhythm section of The Carnival Band on February 11th, 2008. A native of Montevideo, Uruguay, Joseph "Pepe" Danza started his professional career at thirteen, then studied at the National Conservatory. Pepe quickly developed an interest in world music and spent three years studying shakuhachi in Japan, and two years studying Indian music in India and Sri Lanka. Moving to Canada in 1989, he quickly established himself as one of the foremost drummers and band leaders on the West coast. His credits include performances with South Indian master drummer Trichy Sankaran, and concert tours throughout Europe, Korea and New Zealand.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Carnival Band to Help Bring in the Rat

The Carnival Band has been invited again this year to participate in Vancouver's Chinese New Year Parade, one of the city's largest non-commercial parades. The event starts at 10am on Sunday, February 10th at the Millenium Gate (Pender and Taylor St.) in Chinatown, and features the largest assembly of traditional lion dance teams in Canada.

As well as showcasing Vancouver's vibrant Chinese and Asian communities, the parade provides a safe and fun setting for a wide range of street performances representing the diverse cultural heritage of Vancouver and Canada. There are estimated to be 3,000 performers and 50,000 spectators at this enormously engaging event, and Channel M's media coverage will bring the parade to thousands more.