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Students at École Foyer Espoir Create.
Shoes from Louis O.
David Amram plays flute and ocarina and talks
about the great musicians Max Roach and Ti Roro.
Recordings of Lessons for 'School Everywhere!' and Universal Literacy
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.
They create, smile and thrive despite 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 of students everywhere!
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. Here are some of Louis' brilliant
David Amram gives four more excerpts from his playing of instruments of the Americas and then rtalks about Max Roach meeting Ti Roto in Haiti. David speaks French throughout his talk for students. Click on the links below to listen via Bandcamp. David's contributions are more pieces of 'Lagniappe for Learning'! David turns 90 on November 17! See this great musician below with Muhammad Ali, Bufft Saint-Maire, Floyd Crow Weserman, Stevie Wonder, Marlon Brandon, Dick Gregory, Richie Havens, and more.
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.
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! The esteemed Cowell writes: 'The singing style, therefore, is a real mixture of African and French; to wit, Haitian. The drumming style 'is also Haitian; … Tiroro, playing alone, makes his drums sound as though there were several players playing ...' Ti RoRo and his Haitian peers make big and important statements of Haitian heritage!
The 1956 album featuring Henry Cowell's
comments on Ti RoRo.
Activist, bandleader, composer and
singer Abbey Lincoln.
'School Everywhere!' progresses through steady efforts by the team of teachers, students, and Principal Marie-Marthe Balin Franck Paul at College Canapé-Vert. They've more than doubled the number of Lessons recorded for their 'School Everywhere!' project. Now they've completed 15 of the 25 Modules in Madame Franck Paul's
textbook for first-year students in Haiti. Their audio and video delivers Lessons in French, Haitian Kreyol, English
and Spanish. When they're done they'll have built a work
for mobile devices hat can enable Universal Literacy in Haiti and elsewhere. As Madame Franck Paul says: "You must be able to read and write to have power for yourself and in this world."
The team works six or more days a week.
Such progress means that by the 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--providing means for universal literacy in Haiti and elsewhere, as said-- will be fulfilled.
College Canapé-Vert, three tall stories of classrooms, cafeteria, theater, and printing-press in Port-au-Prince, here in 2016 after new construction and funding from Madame Franck Paul and her sister Miche Balin Déjean
rebuilt the school. The College was among thousands of buildings destroyed by the earthquake of January 12, 2010.
A young musician plays Haiti's anthem during the flag-raising on Monday morning, October 12, 2020, at College Canapé-Vert. He plays a trumpet donated to Sticking Up For Children by Eddie Gale and Dennis Kyne. His teacher was Professor Jean-Hervé Paul.
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