Foundry Hall Artist in Residence, Samuel Nalangira, leads workshops at Epiphany Church. Using traditional, handmade African instruments and Samuel’s original music students learn drumming techniques, rhythms and African dance styles all in a fun, supportive, engaging environment!
All ages (under 8 needs adult accompaniment)!
Foundry Hall is hosting Ugandan musician and dance instructor Samuel Nalangira as he shares his talents with our community and surrounding area. His residency goals are to share his music, dance and culture through workshops and performances in the area and to work with local musicians and dancers to develop new cross-cultural work. Foundry Hall sees this residency as an amazing opportunity to have Samuel teach and create while connecting our community with a culture on the other side of the world.
“It was such an amazing experience for the students to learn how to play Samuel’s handmade instruments and participate in traditional tribal dances.”
-YDC/PAL mentorship leader KariAnn Johnson.
Samuel is an inspired, hard working musician, supportive and friendly teacher and available for opportunities in schools, after-school programs, youth groups, events and parties. In performance, Samuel uses a looper that allows him to layer multiple instruments and harmonize his voice to create rich, original songs based in the folk traditions of African music.
Weekly dance and drumming workshops:
For kids: Tuesdays at 5pm @Epiphany Church (410 Erie St, South Haven)
For adults: Fridays at 7pm @ Epiphany Church (401 Erie St., South Haven)
Upcoming performance/workshops beyond South Haven:
SUN 2/3 2pm Community Collage First Baptist Church (315 W. Michigan, Kalamazoo)
MON 2/4 Covert Public Schools dance/music workshops
SAT 2/9 Kalamazoo Family Dance and Drum Workshop @ First Baptist Church (315 W. Michigan, Kalamazoo)
SAT & SUN 4/26 & 4/27 Dance Workshops at Herrick District Library (Holland)
To schedule a class, workshop, performance in your space, school or to meet with Samuel, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for a one sheet about workshops and performances. Feel free to contact us with questions!
Workshops take place at the Foundry Hall office in the Warren Senior Center at 540 Williams Street. We encourage you to either purchase a “ticket” for the workshop through our website or to contact us* to reserve a spot. Some workshops will require a minimum of participants to be held. Some of our workshops sell out!
*contact by phone 269-220-0444 or email@example.com
**As of September 1st, 2016, Foundry Hall will no longer be renting the Warren Center office space. We will continue to offer private and group lessons, but locations will depend on circumstances and availability of other space.
Foundry Hall’s community music programs are designed to make music accessible to all people, regardless of age, skill level, or financial status. Foundry Hall offers private and group instruction, workshops, song shares, jam sessions, open mics, and many other opportunities for learning, sharing, and continuing your musical progress on a variety of instruments. Whether you live in the area, or are simply visiting South Haven for a few days, we want to help you in your musical journey. We believe teaching is a great way to learn, and actively encourage intermediate and advanced students to use their skills to mentor others.
Workshops are a great way to get playing, keep playing, learn about a style or technique, broaden your knowledge and meet other people. Foundry Hall hosts workshops taught by musicians including professional traveling artists, veteran local musicians as well as amateurs who want to share their skills and knowledge with others. If you have an idea for a workshop send us an email and we’ll help make it happen! firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming workshops (click on title for more details and tickets):
Community Music is people participating in music together.
Community music includes folks of all skills and ages playing together. It is participating in a Song Swap, an impromptu jam session between a high school student and an experienced band leader, or students in a group lesson talking about what they practiced between sessions. It’s lending instruments, equipment, and resources to those who will use them, and sharing knowledge, skills, and experience in private lessons and workshops.
Community music is volunteers offering to play music in classrooms for young kids, or with older folks in their homes. It’s an Open Mic performance in front of friends and fellow musicians, or an audio technician helping a talent show performer get comfortable with the microphone and audience. It’s audience members sharing their favorite moments of the performance. Community music is non-competitive and non-judgemental— it’s an opportunity to play, share, learn, create, and enjoy music without fear of failure.
Connecting with others through shared musical experiences can be profound and life-changing. It can be the intangible moment that exhilarates or challenges us. It can be an experience telling us we belong: we can all play or sing a song, or we can help someone find their own song. We enjoy another person’s performance with others, and feel that we are part of the room, a part of the experience. We can meet other folks with similar interests and play together for fun, healing, support, and growth.
These are the benefits of belonging to a musical community. Foundry Hall is creating a space for these opportunities. We invite everyone to join us!
“The world of musicians always accepts new members.” — Wynton Marsalis