DYV’s 2019 album-culminating workshop series celebrated DETROIT VOICES. Students made an album with six local songwriters. They continued composing, arranging and performing their own original material by creating their own lyrics to their favorite Suzuki songs. On Saturday May 11, 2019 at the Detroit Public Library in the Children's Library, our show was recorded live and turned into an album released on www.detroityouthvolume.bandcamp.com! Thanks to all who backed our Kickstarter so we could raise $5,000 for the project and to Prevention Network for supporting us from the beginning. Funding was also provided by MCACA/Culture Source and the Fund for Equal Justice "Buck Dinner".
Returning DYV teaching artist, beatboxer Stevie Soul, appeared on our very first album celebrating hip hop. Stevie is also a multimedia artist and an aspiring music producer.
From https://www.tbdmag.com/stevie-soul-finds-the-beat/: Musical influences include Rahzel, the Roots, 1990s R&B jams and artists such as Stevie Wonder, R. Kelly, Curtis Mayfield and Hall & Oates. Ansara’s older brother Nabil Ansara, aka DJ Sandman, used to spin at WJLB-FM 98 and he helped shape the beatboxer’s tastes, too. Ansara’s other older brother is an IT guy....
Check out his Instagram page mrsteviesoul, where his #yearofthebeatbox has allowed Ansara to chronicle nearly 300 days’ worth of beatboxing performances of all kinds. He’s traveled all over Michigan and the country to perform and recently shared his story of overcoming past speech problems at the National Stuttering Association Conference in Atlanta.
Darell Campbell Jr.
Darell Campbell Jr. actually appears to be larger when seen with one of his instruments. This proves Detroit’s hustle, toughness, and balance produces a musical surface that actually magnifies under stage lights. As a musician, songwriter, producer, teacher, and preacher, stages are common place to express joy.
He was raised in the midst of rehearsals and band meetings alongside his father. During a Christmas vacation, at the age of 10, he secretly used his father’s recording equipment and recorded and produced his very own rap album. In high school, he learned to play strings in Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra. After graduating from Detroit’s Cass Technical High school, he bypassed the traditional collegiate education to try his hand in the traveling workforce as a touring keyboardist.
"By the young age of 30, I’ve travelled through most of America’s states and now lend my hand at creating opportunities for other children to have some of the opportunities I had at a young age. The things we enjoy are given to us by God to eventually become what we use to mark our fingerprint in life. My fingerprint is recorded with The Dramatics, WAR, India Arie, Stevie Wonder...Eminem, MTV, VH1 and each day I strive to touch more."
Ashley Nelson teaches private lessons & group classes with DYV. She grew up in Detroit and is deeply connected with many strings programs and performing artists in the city. Ashley is a wonderful, warm teacher and the daughter of musicians. Ashley is trained to teach Suzuki Violin Books 1-2. She graduated from Wayne State University with a BA in Violin Performance.
Ashley has 10 years of experience teaching in Detroit through Community Music School, Crescendo Detroit and Sphinx.
Aside from teaching, Ashley is also a musician in her own right. Here are some videos of Miss Ashley playing with a few local groups.
Kris Johnson is an award-winning jazz trumpeter, composer, and educator. He has appeared on an impressive list of albums including two Grammy-nominated releases: Tony Bennett’s “A Swingin’ Christmas” and Karen Clark Sheard’s “All In One”. Kris is a trumpeter and arranger with the Count Basie Orchestra. In 2013 he was featured in the standup-comedy film “Make Me Wanna Holla” starring Sinbad.
Currently, Kris Johnson is the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Utah. Kris received his master’s (2007) and bachelor’s (2005) degrees in Jazz Studies from Michigan State University. In 2012, Kris received an ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers award and was selected as one of 25 Detroit performing and literary artists to receive a Kresge Artist Fellowship.
Mr. Johnson has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious jazz venues including the Apollo Theater, the Blue Note Jazz Club (US and Japan), Sydney Opera House, Blues Alley, and the Hollywood Bowl.
Kris has worked on film scores, big band arrangements, and nuanced curriculum for youth. See his website for more details on his exciting career.
Rebecca HH Rosen
Rebecca HH Rosen is a singer-songwriter with a background in classical music and free improvisation. Since 2014, she has been touring the country with groups ranging from attic-folk to neo-soul. She’s now finding her own voice with chamber groups alongside strong vocal melodies to support smooth yet piercing lyrics. Her words are inspired by a decade-long relationship with yoga, mindfulness and meditation, with sounds inspired by Regina Spektor, Ella Fitzgerald and yMusic. Writing from personal experience and playful imagination, her songs speak to Love, nature and the child in us all.
Rebecca received her Bachelors in Cognitive Science with a Minor in Music from U o f M. Rebecca is currently teaching herself electric bass when she's not writing songs for larger groups to play, or serving as Program Manager for Detroit Youth Volume. Follow her on Facebook for more details on upcoming shows and events.