Each year, Saskatchewan students, many of whom live in rural areas, enjoy music, dance, drumming, mime, theatre, magic, storytelling, and circus arts performances.
Each fall and spring, professional performing artists from Saskatchewan, Canada and beyond, are selected to tour for their artistic excellence and special ability to interact with and relate to student audiences.
Study guides, with suggestions for pre- and post-performance discussion and activities, are sent to schools before each tour.
One person, seven guitars and an oud. Guitar virtuoso Gord Grdina takes students on an exciting musical, social and geographic journey through the history of guitar music from Arabic, classical, country, blues, jazz, rock and pop styles.
Through looping technology, percussion and projections, Gord will accompany himself on several instruments at once while engaging students through listening games and physical activity.
Musically you’ll hear everything from traditional Egyptian music to Johnny Cash, and Muddy Waters to AC/DC.
Gord has been touring extensively in B.C. in 2018 with a great response from both elementary and high school audiences, adjusting the show to suit the audience. He is a seasoned educational performer. having led the Blues Berries performing in schools throughout Canada for the past 15 years.
Juno award winner Gordon Grdina has led many bands and toured throughout the world - most notably in the Dan Mangan band, Haram, and the Gordon Grdina NYC Quartet.
He is an Oud/Guitarist whose sound is a combination of his interests in rock, mainstream jazz, free- form improvisation and Arabic classical music. He has been performing in schools for over 15 years as a member of the Blues Berries and has performed over 1,000 school concerts in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario.
His educational performances have introduced hundreds of thousands of students to established genres of popular music through carefully designed programs including The History of the Blues, Jazz in the Gym, A History of Rock and Roll, Jazz, Jive, and Wail, and Blues Rocks!
For more information visit www.blues-berries.com
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