October 2020

              Creative News from E.F.E. and Louis O;

       David Amram plays flute and ocarina and talks

   about the great musicians Max Roach and Ti Roro;

  and Recordings of Lessons for 'School Everywhere!'                   Advance at College Canapé-Vert!

Principal Jonathand Saintiné of Ecole Foyer Espoir sent along photos of students and their art-work at E. F. E. How they create and smile and thrive despite the difficulties of living in Port-au-Prince!

Sticking Up For Children has admired for six years the "tree-mendous" and vibrant creativity of students in Haiti and New Orleans--and everywhere else!

Louis  Olny is a colleague of Jonanthand Saintiné's and an advisor to student artists at E.F.E. amd the orphanage Foyer Espoir Pour les Enfants (F.E.P.E.).

Don Paul and Louis met again at E.F.E. last January and Louis promised to send along new designs for the brand of shoes he was creating. Voila!

'Lagniappe for Learning'! David Amram in four more   
excerpts from his playing of instruments of the Americas and then a memory of Max Roach meeting Ti Roto in Haiti, all in French.

David Amram (far right) in 1978 with Muhammad Ali, Buffy Saint-Marie, Floyd Crow Westerman, Stevie Wonder, Marlon Brando, Dick Gregory, Richie Havens, and more participants in the Concert celebrating the 3000-mile Long Walk for Native rights across the U.S.

1   David plays jazzy flute.

2   David plays ocarina in Central American and Andean

modes and cites Floyd Crow Westerman.

3   David plays flute in modes of China and demonstrates half-tones and quarter-tones.

4   David tells of the meeting in Haiti between two great

drummers and peers, Max Roach of the United States (and Jamaica) and Ti Roro of Haiti.

5   Separately, Max Roach in an interview of 1981 with Scott Fish tells what he learned from Ti Roro's method of teaching students "skin-on-skin" drumming and how that teaching accords with Max Roach's own forms of learning from older drummers such as Baby Dodds and Jo Jones. It's about discovering sounds on one's own--finding one's

own voice--through the layers built by ancestors.

6   We hear Max Roach play "Koko" in 1945 with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis; hear Max Roach play "Daaoud" with Clifford Brown in their pioneering band; and hear Max perform his "Freedom Now Suite" with Abbey Lincoln from his ¨We Insist! album with Oscar Brown Jr. 

 

We hear Ti Roro play solo in 1956; with Jean Rémy in 1961; and with a Haitian choral-group in the early 1950s.

 

How big a deal is it that a musician as great, accompished and storied as Max Roach praises Ti Roro and Haitian drumming? How important is it that American composer

Henry Cowell recognizes Ti Roro's music as going to places of technique and tone never reached before?

Big and important statements of Haitian heritage!

Activist, bandleader, composer and

singer Abbey Lincoln.

Splendid news toward the end of this October 2020 report from SUFC! The team of teachers, students, and

Principal Marie-Marthe Balin Franck Paul at College Canapé-Vert has more than doubled the amount of Lessons recorded for their 'School Everywhere!' project.

Working six or more days a week, the Team has now

completed 15 of 25 Modules in Madame Franck Paul's

Mon Livre Unique textbook for first-year students across

Haiti!

What such progress means is that by end of November 2020, less than one year since the project began and despite Schools being closed in Port-au-Prince due to protests and then COVID-19, the intention of the Team to

provide means for universal literacy in Haiti will be fulfilled.

College Canapé-Vert, rebuilt by 2015 after the cataclysmic

earthquake of 2010.

Musician plays Haitian anthem during flag-raising, Monday

morning, October 12, 2020, College Canapé-Vert. He plays a trumpet provided by Eddie Gale and Dennis Kyne. He was taught by Professor Jean-Hervé Paul.