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Randy Armstrong—Workshops

A Guitar and World Music Extravaganza

Randy with instruments

Hailed by the Boston Globe as a "sure-fingered guitar virtuoso", guitarist/percussionist, Randy Armstrong performs on over 25 instruments from around the world including acoustic-synthesizer and classical guitars, and instruments from Africa, India, South America, and Asia. He has performed at such prestigious concert venues as Carnegie Recital Hall and Lincoln Center. Randy has been a composer and performer with DOAH World Music Ensemble and the Armstrong•Nahrmann Group and adjunct faculty at Phillips Exeter Academy. He scored the original music soundtrack for the four-part PBS series, Dinner on the Diner and has been the recipient of numerous grants and commissions. Randy has performed and conducted workshops for thousands of students at schools, universities, and cultural institutions throughout the country.

Drumming Workshops

Randy Armstrong offers a "hands-on" workshop of the rhythms of West Africa and the African Diaspora. Focus is on djembe, ashiko, djun-djun, bell and shakere techniques using the drum language of master musician, Babatunde Olatunji. A wide variety of rhythms from West Africa, the Caribbean and Brazil are taught with concentration on ensemble performance. Transcriptions of rhythms are available to all students, and workshops range from 1 to 3 hours.Randy has extensively studied the balofon and djembe and has been incorporating African music sensibilities in his original compositions since the mid-70's.

Guitar Workshops

A workshop and master class is offered for acoustic guitar as well as synth-guitar. The focus is on world music applications to guitar performance and demonstration of synthesizer and guitar interfaces. Areas covered include tunings, North Indian ragas & scales, flat-pick & finger-style combinations, modal harmonies & ethnic influences and much more.