You are invited to DYV's Hip Hop Violin Album promo at Third Man Records (FREE)
Presenting work from Detroit Youth Volume's upcoming hip hop violin album to be released in August, youth ages 3-17 will perform classical Suzuki violin school repertoire with live hip hop beats by Sterling Toles.
The advanced DYV students have composed original 5-part harmonies for 9 stringed instruments. They will perform Ashley's Song, Dante's Song &Kelsey's Song publicly first time at this event.
Album pre-sales available
at the event and onwww.store.alliedmedia.org
DYV hip hop violin album UPDATE
Our Creative Production Consultant Tunde Olaniran & Sterling Toles are working on 5 tracks featuring contributions from local artists, hip hop beats and Suzuki violin school standards.
August date and location of release party is almost set! We are also in conversation with theTeen Council at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) about collaboratively creating our album art!
Students costumes are in the works. With the help of fashion geniuses Tunde Olaniran andRandal Jacobs, the white prom & wedding dresses they are using for material will become beautiful creations, each one made especially to fit each individual student.
Watch a video of harmonies here that the older youth will contribute to the album this summer. All recording sessions will be done at Assemble Sound, a space that convenes around the belief that collaboration and cooperation can be a foundation of success for Detroit musicians and the broader ecosystem we represent.
More about our Knight Arts Challenge project Our project celebrates, reflects and furthers what’s happening, and what’s been happening, in the City of Detroit. With a professionally recorded album, we will show the world how we've integrated internationally-loved Suzuki violin repertoire into our own Detroit jams. Over 20 youth, ages six to eighteen, from Capuchin Soup Kitchen receiving free violin lessons through DYV will record, produce and publicly perform our album in August 2016. Follow the process, JOIN OUR ALBUM PROJECT FB EVENT PAGE
2016 Spring Solo Recital Recap
Dean Dauphinais from Huffington Post blogged about it! "As the kids took their turns in the spotlight, performing such songs as “Happy Farmer,” “Go Tell Aunt Rhody,” and variations on “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” it was impossible not to see—and hear—the pride and joy they were feeling. After all, they had been practicing hard since October for this very moment. One by one they played their hearts out, then took a bow as the appreciative crowd bathed them in applause. It was such a wonderful thing to witness."
Thanks to our volunteer piano accompanists Cecilia Abundis (student Madeleine's mom) and Neal Harris (one of our teachers Jeff Harris' dad).
Watch a video of one of the performances here!
Needs for Detroit Youth Volume's summer plans
- donations of full-size violins
- scholarships for students to Urban Stringz summer camp and Blue Lake Fine Arts Suzuki family camp
- scholarships for further Suzuki teacher training for DYV teachers at Pheonix Grande in Ypsi this August
- scholarships for 10 new students to join Detroit Youth Volume this summer ($750 per child pays for 25 Private Lessons & 25 Group Classes per year)
DONATE A SCHOLARSHIP
To supplement grants, we rely on a base of friends and community members to support the organization. All donations are tax deductible.
$750 pays for 25 weeks of Private Lessons and Group Classes for one child. This breaks down to $62.50 per month for 1 year, which you can auto-give monthly as a Sustaining Donor. You may request to be paired with a specific child after reading the student biographies.
We use grants and in-kind donations to cover everything else needed to make Suzuki violin accessible to our students:
- music books
- rehearsal space
- after school snacks
- performance outfits
- solo recital piano accompanist
- monthly gas gift card or shuttle transportation for students & parents
Call for support from artists & musicians of color
In effort to nurture positive self identity andcultural critical consciousness in our students, Detroit Youth Volume is always looking for artists and musicians of color to visit Detroit Youth Volume. We would love to have you provide a special workshop, play an inspirational piece or two for the youth and tell the youth about your journey. Interested? Send us an email!
Dreams of expansion and a permanent home
- There are over 25 families on the waiting list to join Detroit Youth Volume.
- The city of Detroit does not have a Suzuki music school that offers lessons in various instruments as so many others do around the world.
- Most children do not have music classes in school
One of the things we need in order to expand (in #s of students, teachers and instruments), is our own building in which a handful of classrooms are available every day of the week for private lessons and group classes. We also need a kitchen in order to continue our healthy snack program. An area to use as small auditorium would not hurt.
Perhaps if the perfect building is out there (maybe owned by the Detroit Land Bank Authority?) DYV could make our dream real by securing funding from Art Place, Knight Cities and other investors. If you have ideas about space, funding or expansion, please email firstname.lastname@example.org