Have you heard any good Middle Eastern Oud or Kemenche lately? How about South American Charango and Zamponia or East Indian Tablas or Santoor? Intrigued?
These and many other ethnic instruments from the Middle East, Central Asia, India, China and South America will be played by multi-instrumentalist Todd Green on Jan. 10 in the CVIC Hall in Minden.
The concert will be preceded by a half-hour, strings-only, live prelude.
“Green has astounded audiences across the country with his diversity on a multitude of string, flute and percussion instruments from all over the world,” promoters said. “His performance will be enhanced by digital samplers, which allow him to record and over-dub instruments one by one, making him a one-man-orchestra of unique and exotic instruments. As fascinating to watch as to listen to, Todd intersperses his playing with entertaining explanations of the music and the instruments.”
Green has been writing and performing his own music professionally since the age of 15. He studied composition, arrangement and performance at Berklee College of Music and privately with George Benson, Pat Metheny, Christopher Parkening and Mick Goodrick.
He has also studied ethnic instruments, including the Indian Bansuri Flute with masters Sachdev and Steve Gorn, and many other instruments with players from around the world who now reside in New York City and San Francisco.
Most of Green’s 30 years as a professional musician were spent on the East Coast, especially New York City, where he performed with the top echelon of studio musicians and toured extensively with bands throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
In 1988, Green decided to trade in the man-made mountains of New York City for the real ones in Montana to pursue his own music full time. He stopped playing the electric guitar to concentrate on acoustic music, and has since performed as a solo artist for concert associations and colleges throughout the United States and Canada. His column on improvisation and composition has been published in Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, where he also received kudos for his first recording “Awakening.”
A resident of the Lake Tahoe area, Green recently released his companion recordings, Sequel to an Unfinished Story, Vol.1, “Celebration” and Vol. 2, “Meditation”, each with 24 tracks of original music, performed on more than 40 instruments from around the world. His latest creation is his first book “Sparks from Life’s Flint--Meditations for the Future Soul, Today.”
Green will also be conducting an educational program in conjunction with the concert. The educational program is part of Carson Valley Arts Council’s educational outreach to provide professional artists and performers to the youth of the Douglas County School District.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and students with ID and children are $5. Contact CVAC at 782-8207 or www.cvartscouncil to purchase tickets or for more information on the concert.
For a sample of Green’s music visit his website at www.toddgreen.com.