Thursday, October 6, 2011

It's been a busy Summer & Harvest!  Are you ready to occupy your life & your world?

I've had many 2011 adventures seeding and harvesting music.  w/ young people, w/ movers & shakers, w/ community organizers, w/ gardeners & farmers, w/ musical magicians.  Lots of music, lots of stories.

Here's one:  

I got to be part of the Inferno Mobile Recording Studio -   A program of the Chicago Parks District  (thank you Parkways Foundation), the studio has been unlocking and unleashing open creativity of youth in Pariks all over Chicago since it's premier at the 2006 CPD's TeenArts Expo. This year the Inferno grew to 5 with Captain Jayve and Ed (First mate) on Sound Recording & Editing, Sarah and Alberto on Video Recording and Editing.  I (with the whole group chipping in) was on Child Whisperer/Writing & Performance Coach. We spent anywhere from 2 to 6 hours with youth in nine parks from four different areas of the city, then brought as many kids/groups as could come to catch a bus downtown Chicago and see their work (kids did a lot of the editing using handheld video recorders) edited and up on the Big Screen at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

One of the best jobs I ever had - so much fun & wisdom from young people - so many stories that they are learning how to tell each other!  Such a good & creative team.  Go Inferno!
Peace, Mankwe