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  • 7:30 PMONLINE! The Rotunda & The Philly Pigeon Pres. The Flock Open Mic & Showcase
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    The Rotunda & The Philly Pigeon Presents: The Flock, a virtual open mic and showcase featuring Pigeon's own Kai Davis and Jasmine L. Combs

    The Philly Pigeon aims to elevate and popularize the art form of performance poetry, while serving the people. We strive to foster a sense of community across gender, color, religion, sexuality, and class. We believe in empowering both poets and our audience to participate in shaping the art form. The Philly Pigeon is organized and run by Kai Davis, Jasmine Combs and co-founder Jacob Winterstein. We are friends, cultural organizers and creative collaborators. We're all from Philly.

    This event will be on Zoom. Please download Zoom.us on your computer or mobile device. 

    Attendees will receive the access code and signup sheet via email.

    Registration is required. Free tickets are available, as are pay-what-you-can tickets that help offset The Piegon's costs. Please register HERE! 

    Please contact us at thephillypigeon@gmail.com if you have any accessibility needs or questions!

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  • 11:00 AMSOLD OUT! ONLINE! Tuvan Throat-singing Demo with Alash
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    PLEASE NOTE: All spots have been claimed but you can still register for the waitlist at the same registration page. In addition, we will be recording the event and will upload it to http://YouTube.com/therotundaphilly a week after the event. 

    The Rotunda and Bowerbird present

    A Tuvan throat-singing demo with Alash!

    We love to host our friends Alash at The Rotunda every 6-10 months when they loop back here on tour. This year, they were scheduled to perform at The Rotunda on April 2 but had to instead cancel the rest of their tour and return home. While we cannot present them in concert right now, we did ask them to provide you with a throat-singing demonstration with Q & A, from their homes in Tuva! This will be a fun way for you to get to know the ensemble, their singing methods, and some history behind the songs. 

    Please note the earlier-than-usual event time of 11am Philly time. Since Tuva is 11 hours ahead of Philadelphia, we had to schedule this accordingly. The added bonus is that children can hopefully join as well! 

    REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. SPACE IS LIMITED. PLEASE RESERVE ONE SPOT PER HOUSEHOLD. Please register HERE. A Zoom link will be sent to you the day of the event. All guests will be muted for the demo and then unmuted for the Q & A. 

    ALASH are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xöömei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. What distinguishes this gifted trio from earlier generations of Tuvan throat singers is the subtle infusion of modern influences into their traditional music. One can find complex harmonies, western instruments, and contemporary song forms in Alash’s music, but its overall sound and spirit remain decidedly Tuvan. 

    Trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood, the Alash musicians studied at Kyzyl Arts College just as Tuva was beginning to open up to the West. They formed a traditional ensemble and won multiple awards for traditional throat singing in international xöömei competitions, both as an ensemble and as individuals. At the same time, they paid close attention to new trends coming out of the West. They have borrowed new ideas that mesh well with the sound and feel of traditional Tuvan music, but they have never sacrificed the integrity of their own heritage in an effort to make their music more hip. 

    Alash first toured the U.S. under the sponsorship of the Open World Leadership program of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Arts. Since then they have returned many times, to the delight of American audiences. The Washington Post described their music as “utterly stunning,” quipping that after the performance “audience members picked their jaws up off the floor.” 

    Alash enjoys collaborating with musicians of all stripes. Since their early partnership with the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra, they have joined forces with musicians across the spectrum—from country to classical to jazz to beatboxing. When they toured with Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, the Denver Post remarked, “As electrifying as the Flecktones’ performance was, the band were nearly upstaged by Alash Ensemble.” Alash appeared as guest artists on the Flecktones’ holiday CD Jingle All the Way (2008), which won a Grammy. More recently, Alash joined Chicago’s innovative Fifth House Ensemble in a groundbreaking concert series called Sonic Meditations. 

    Beyond performing, Alash has a passion for teaching and promoting understanding between cultures. Their tours often include workshops in which they introduce Tuvan music to students in primary, middle and high schools, colleges, universities, and music conservatories. Children as young as 8 and 9 have learned to throat-sing. As one student exclaimed, “Alash opened my eyes to a whole new world!” 

    Alash has released four CDs of its own: Alash Live at the Enchanted Garden (2006), Alash (2007), Buura (2011), and Achai (2015, re-released on Smithsonian Folkways in 2017). The members of Alash are: 

    Bady-Dorzhu Ondar: vocals, igil, guitar. Kyzyl Arts College, East Siberia State Academy of Culture and Art. Best soloist, 2005 All-Russian Festival of traditional ensembles and orchestras. Best in Maxim Dakpai xöömei competition, 2006. Named People’s Xöömeizhi, 2007. Grand prize, International Xöömei Symposium, 2008. 

    Ayan-ool Sam: vocals, doshpuluur, igil, guitar. Republic School of the Arts, Kyzyl Arts College, Moscow State Pedagogical University. First prize, International Xöömei Symposium, 2008. Named People’s Xöömeizhi, 2015. 

    Ayan Shirizhik: vocals, kengirge, shyngyrash, shoor, murgu, xomus. Kyzyl Arts College, East Siberia State Academy of Culture and Art. Second prize, International Xöömei Symposium, 2008. Named Distinguished Artist of Tuva, 2009. 

    Sean Quirk: interpreter and manager. Studied music in Tuva on a Fulbright fellowship. Named Distinguished Artist of Tuva, 2008. 

    Please note the earlier-than-usual event time of 11am Philly time. Since Tuva is 11 hours ahead of Philadelphia, we had to schedule this accordingly. The added bonus is that children can hopefully join as well! 

    REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. SPACE IS LIMITED. PLEASE RESERVE ONE SPOT PER HOUSEHOLD. Please register HERE. A Zoom link will be sent to you the day of the event. All guests will be muted for the demo and then unmuted for the Q & A. 

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  • 6:00 PMNEW DATE! ONLINE! FREE workshop on Website Design Basics NEW
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    *********UPDATE! DATE HAS CHANGED!*********

    ***THIS PRESENTATION WILL NOT BE RECORDED***

    You must register through Eventbrite to receive a link to this event. 

    Facilitated by Robin Williams www.thisisrobin.com

    -Learn about different software and platforms you can use to design and host your website

    -Plan the basic building blocks of your website

    -Look at other artist websites to learn what aesthetic appeals to you

    Please register HERE 

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  • 3:00 PMRecycled Art • Found Object Sculpture, a 3-part class taught by Brujo de la Mancha
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    Recycled Art • Found Object Sculpture, a 3-part class taught by Brujo de la Mancha

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    “Reincarnations from the Future”

    Recycled Art • Found Object Sculpture

    3-part class taught by Brujo de la Mancha

    Class will take place on Zoom, on Saturdays July 25, August 1, and August 8, from 3pm until 5pm. Please commit to attending ALL THREE classes. This registration page may make it look like you are just registering for a class on July 25 but you are expected to attend all three!

    Registration is required. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants on the first day of class. Please register HERE 

    From Brujo: Alejrifes are brightly colored Oaxacan-Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures. The inspiration for my artwork comes from Alebriges, a traditional art form adopted by the Mexican indigenous of Southern Mexico after the Spanish came. Now famous in the regions of Oaxaca, Veracruz, Tabasco, and Chiapas, Alebriges were originally whittled as toys for children. The wooden and paper maché sculptures depict illusionary creatures: demons, trolls, animals-mystical and mythological beings from the dream world. These fantastical beings, mutated characters from the other world, tap into the fears of our time. Why do I call my pieces Reincarnations from the Future? Trash is predominant in Western culture, and one day it will take on a life of its own and mutate into new forms. All of these machines in our society are taking away life, taking the place of our bodies and minds. All of these unnecessary objects, this trash, are morphing into living creatures themselves. My sculptures are made from objects found in the trash, from my own house, and throughout the city of Philadelphia. A piece of broken computer gains arms, horns, tongues, and wings from my imagination. Imagine for a moment that all of our trash could somehow pull itself together and recycle itself into another life form. That is what I want you to see in this 3-part class.

    So grab an old radio, a computer or just some parts, and random old or broken objects. We will transform all this into pieces of art.

    other materials that you will need:

    5 pounds white flour

    50 yards of galvanizing wire and 1 gallon of varnish (These are optional; you can use wire hangers, and any kind of sealer. In place of sealer, plain paper will do! 

    Extra materials: wire cutters, tweezers, plastic containers, screwdrivers, junk to be used for art.

    Class will take place on Zoom, on Saturdays July 25, August 1, and August 8, from 3pm until 5pm. Please commit to attending ALL THREE classes. This registration page may make it look like you are just registering for a class on July 25 but you are expected to attend all three! Registration is required. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants on the first day of class. Please register HERE 

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