Behind the Scenes: Women in Hip Hop
- Performing & Visual Arts
- Apollo Theater, New York NY
Sunday, February 5th
1:00pm – 3:00
FAMILY INSTRUMENT MAKING WORKSHOP
Musician Kevin Hylton and visual artist Miah will guide participants in creating and decorating handmade instruments.
(No prior experience necessary. Appropriate for ages 5 and over. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Adults must be accompanied by a child. Space is limited. Pre-registration is strongly suggested. Visit www.apolloeducation.org for more information.)
This event is presented as a part of the Apollo Open House.
About Kevin Nathaniel:
Kevin Nathaniel Hylton graduated Yale University in 1982 as Scholar of the House for fine arts. He has since devoted himself to music; African music in particular. He performs on several traditional African instruments and builds them as well. He is founding member of three music groups, Spirit Ensemble, Heritage, and Forestdance, all of which currently perform in NYC and nationally. Kevin is a known composer of African- inspired and diasporal music. He writes songs, lyrics, poetry, and essays on music and instruments. He has composed and recorded for the audio version of Alice Walker's Possessing the Secret of Joy, for the film Beloved, as well as several documentaries. His workshops and lecture/demos have been presented at Lincoln Center, Juilliard, University of Michigan, Wesleyan University, and several other institutions. In 2005 he was asked by Carnegie Hall to write and direct the fall Family Concert, which he titled "DIndinyaa". With Symphony Space he has helped create a program for African music that visits NYC schools and produces a concert every December. As an advocate for African culture he has been called the "Johnny Appleseed" of the mbira because he has taught tens of thousands of people all over the world the art of mbira making.
Trained musically in the ancient master-disciple tradition, Kevin is an accomplished percussionist, specializing in mbira, rattle, and drum styles. He worked extensively with Zimbabwe's mbira legend Ephat Mujuru, and with master drummer Chief Bey. Along with 9 recordings he has produced, his music is available on the Narada collection "African Voices", and the Ellipsis Arts release "African Dreams" available at record stores. Visit his online interactive mbira which he created for PBS and National Geographic at www.pbs.org/africa.
Miah is a contemporary artist whose mix media works, textiles and wearable art, home furnishings, installations and sculptures have been exhibited around the country. A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, she is also an arts educator who specializes in multicultural teaching and learning for adults and children. A native New Yorker who was raised in the East Village, Miah has also lived and worked in Chicago where she taught at Gallery 37, the Evanston Arts Center and Little Black Pearl, as well as Malcolm X Community College and the Chicago Board of Education. She currently serves as Director of Arts and Education at the East Orange Youth Cultural Complex in New Jersey.
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About the Apollo Education Program
The Apollo Theater Education Program extends the Apollo’s commitment to enhancing the life of the community. The Education Program focuses on four distinct areas of learning and engagement: residencies, workshops and tours for schools; curriculum materials aligned to state and national learning standards and study guides derived from the Theater’s history; career development for teens and adults through the Apollo Theater Academy; and discussions and lectures for the public that highlight the history of the Apollo and its impact on American art, culture and entertainment.
About the Apollo Theater
Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has played a major role in the emergence of innovative musical genres including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul and hip-hop. Based on its cultural significance and architecture, the Apollo Theater received state and city landmark designation in 1983 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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