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Randy Armstrong

2017 New Hampshire Governor’s Arts Awards Winner for Arts Education

2017-2018 Artist In Residence with The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra

Bahji by Randy Armstrong • 2016 TedX PiscataquaRiver

Tribute in Courage by Randy Armstrong • 2017-2018 Artist In Residence • Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra

Soundscape by Randy Armstrong • 2017-2018 Artist In Residence • Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra

Shanti Om by Randy Armstrong • 2017-2018 Artist In Residence • Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra

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Jan
1
Sat
2022
New Album Recording Projects • Randy Armstrong (solo) plus Randy Armstrong & WorldBeat Marimba • Jan. 1 – April 1, 2022 • Beauty Hill Music & Recording Studios • Barrington, NH USA @ Beauty Hill Music Studios
Jan 1 @ 12:00 am – Apr 1 @ 12:00 pm

Check out the first release by Randy Armstrong & WorldBeat Marimba featuring vocalist, Cynthia Chatis.

Link: https://randyarmstrongworldbeatmarimbafeaturingcynthiachatis.hearnow.com/nhemamusasa

Cover art for Nhemamusasa

 

Nhemamusasa by Randy Armstrong & Worldbeat Marimba

Nhemamusasa is a traditional song from Zimbabwe meaning “building a shelter from the Musasa tree”. Originally performed on mbira, this arrangement features South African style marimbas, Nyunga mbira, voice & percussion. The words are sung in the Shona by featuring Cynthia Chatis and performed & recorded by Randy Armstrong & WorldBeat Marimba. Art Design by Lisa Armstrong / Ajuga.com

Released 2021 • UMP Records

 

Jan
4
Tue
2022
South African Marimba Classes • 7 Week Series • Tuesdays & Thursdays @6pm • Jan. 4 – Feb. 17, 2022 • Beauty Hill Music Studios • Barrington, NH USA @ Beauty Hill Music Studios
Jan 4 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 17 @ 7:15 pm

South African Marimba Classes every Tuesday & Thursday evening at 6pm. (You sign up for best day for you). Starting date for this 7 Week series in January 4 ending February 17, 2022. Snow-dates & Make-up Classes TBA

Randy Armstrong & WorldBeat Marimba

Randy Armstrong & WorldBeat Marimba perform South African, Zimbabwe and Popular Songs on handmade South African Marimbas, Trinidad/Tobago Steel Pans, World Percussion and Vocals. Their exciting collaborative concerts include performances with the choruses Voices From The Heart, Ben Baldwin and the Stairwells, Songweavers, and the WorldBeat Marimba Singers. When listening and experiencing this upbeat and vibrant music, you will want to get up to dance and sing! It is a celebration of life and the art of unified ensemble playing. Weekly Classes and Rehearsals Available. The only South African Marimbas made in Cape Town in New Hampshire USA!

THE STORY

Marimba Bands can be heard and experienced throughout South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Southern Africa. Even in the United States you can find Marimba Bands from the Pacific Northwest to New England inspired by many African musicians who have taught the tradition and instruments at Universities and Cultural Institutions in the U.S. for decades.

Randy has been a performer, teacher and student of the balafon which is the West Africa marimba/xylophone style instrument similar to the South African marimbas for over four decades. While on tour in South Africa as an accompanist for the women’s chorus, Voices From The Heart in the summer of 2018, Randy experienced the dynamic and joyous music of Marimba Bands at concert halls, churches, schools and street performances. At a concert Voices From The Heart performed with Desmond Tutu and his family in attendance, a young group of talented and energetic South African Marimba players performed traditional songs and pop tunes that had the entire audience singing and dancing together. Even Papa Tutu got up to dance to the song, PATA PATA made famous by South African singer, Miriam Makeba and played brilliantly by the Marimba Band. At that moment, Randy was inspired to commission a set of South African Marimbas handcrafted by ethnomusicologist, Gavin Coppenhall—African Ethos Instruments in Cape Town. The Marimbas arrived at the Port of New York on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2018 and the journey begins.

“Music is a great blessing. It has the power to elevate and liberate us. It sets people free to dream. It can unite us to sing with one voice.” — Nelson Mandela

Weekly group classes and private lessons at Beauty Hill Music Studios, Barrington, New Hampshire.

For Info: 603.512.4325 or  Email: info@randyarmstrong.com
Visit Us On FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/WorldBeatMarimba

Jan
21
Fri
2022
ETC Integrated Arts Conference • January 21, 2022 • Plymouth State University – The Common Man Inn • Randy Armstrong-Workshop Presenter @ The Common Man Inn
Jan 21 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Integrated Arts Conference

Friday, January 21, 2022 (8:30am-2:00pm)

Common Man Inn, Plymouth, NH

Click Here To Register

All elementary and secondary classroom teachers, administrators, arts educators, and artists are invited to participate in the 27th annual ETC Integrated Arts Conference. This one-day event offers 8 hours of professional development and continuing education workshops. Using the hands-on, cognitive power of the arts, participants will learn how to build community through various art forms. Learn how to incorporate and integrate skills, attitudes, and behaviors to effectively build community with daily tasks and challenges through the arts. Workshops and curricular materials will be inclusive and representative of all learners in our changing world.

 We hope you can join us for this fantastic day!

Register before January 11, 2022 and enter “ETC15” as a discount code at checkout to save $15 off the conference cost!
Registration Fee (after January 11): $120

Lunch is included in the registration price 

Click here to view the conference poster 

Click here to view schedule overview


PLEASE CLICK ON THE TWO LINKS BELOW TO VIEW THE CONFERENCE SCHEDULE, WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS, AND PRESENTER BIOGRAPHIES

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHIES


Plymouth State University, the Common Man Family of Restaurants and the New Hampshire Department of Education, with support from the NH State Council on the Arts, NEA New Hampshire, and the NH Arts Learning Network are presenting an exciting full day conference exploring the power of the arts for all learners on January 21, 2022.

This full-day in-person event offers professional development and continuing education workshops showcasing many different ways to bring the arts into your classroom in addition to keynote addresses and interactive experiences. All classroom teachers, arts educators, administrators and artists are invited! Learn how to integrate visual art, music, drama and writing into your curriculum.


Interested in pursuing GRADUATE CREDIT?

Graduate credit from Plymouth State University is available to all attendees for an additional cost, but all those who register for graduate credits are able to attend the Conference for FREE. To do this you will need to register for IN5560 ST: Integrated Arts Conference CRN 32949 (see link below) and sign up for the Conference by emailing Kelly McGowan at 781-686-2683 or registering online. You will not be charged for the Conference if you are registered for IN5560.

Those interested in earning graduate credit for the conference can register online HERE. 

A Special Note from Dr. Trish Lindberg

I want to invite you to join our exciting Integrated Arts Graduate Programs at Plymouth State. For those thinking about their masters, please consider our MEd in Integrated Arts and for those who already have their masters, consider our 33 credit CAGS in Arts, Leadership and Learning to further explore the power of the arts and get to masters plus 30! I am happy to meet individually with anyone interested and may be contacted at plindber@plymouth.edu or at 603-254-9599. The Integrated Arts Conference class IN5560 counts as an elective for both programs or as a great way to earn professional development!

Click here to explore

 

 

Apr
4
Mon
2022
Artist Residency with Randy Armstrong • Boys & Girls Club of Manchester NH • April 4, 6, 7, 11-13, 2022 • Concert 4.13.22 @ Boys & Girls Club of Manchester
Apr 4 @ 3:00 pm – Apr 13 @ 6:00 pm

20th Year of Artist Residencies at the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester New Hampshire. Focus on West African Drumming & Global Rhythms with Randy Armstrong. Promoting Peace and Celebrating Cultural Diversity Through Music!

Apr
9
Sat
2022
BEYOND BORDERS WORLD FUSION OCTET featuring Randy Armstrong & Volker Nahrmann in Concert • The Music Hall • Saturday April 9, 2022 @ 8PM @ THE MUSIC HALL
Apr 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
 

Randy Armstrong & Volker Nahrmann: BEYOND BORDERS WORLD FUSION OCTET with Jose Duque • ERINI • Charlie Jennison • Theo Nii Martey • Nick Phaneuf • Ben Cook

and the Soggy Po Boys

World Fusion Music pioneers, Randy Armstrong and Volker Nahrmann bring Beyond Bordersto The Music Hall stage. The ensemble musicians hail from four continents featuring Jose Duque, ERINI, Charlie Jennison, Theo Ni Martey, Nick Phaneuf & Ben Cook. They perform on an astonishing array of over 50 instruments from around the world. Their electrifying blend of jazz and world music traditions take you on a global voyage, from the streets of Havana and Rio de Janeiro, the evocative traditions of India and the Middle East, to the romantic café and cinema music of France and Italy, the haunting sounds of the Native American pow wow, and the worldbeat rhythms of West Africa and the Caribbean. Their album, Beyond Borders was nominated by the ZMR Music Awards as, “Best World Album”.

Opening the Beyond Borders concert will be New England favorites, the talented Soggy Po Boys serving up their tasty blend of New Orleans style jazz mixed with brass-fueled old-school funk and spirituals featuring music from their album, All In Favor. With this many world-class musicians and special guest artists, who knows what will happen in this exhilarating and captivating evening of global music!

This event is co-produced by The Music Hall and David Wold Associates


COVID Protocols Update

As the number of COVID transmissions continues to rise, we are thankful for your help in keeping our staff, volunteers, artists, and community members safe and healthy.

Effective September 1, 2021, for entrance to Music Hall indoor, full-capacity events (e.g. concerts, comedy, festivals): patrons, staff, and volunteers will need to show proof of full vaccination – 14 days past their final vaccination shot – OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of the event. Proof of vaccination can be your physical vaccine card or a photo/scan of your card or via an app such as Bindle. Masks are encouraged for everyone. Children under 12 years of age are exempt from this policy but must wear masks indoors. Masks are highly encouraged for those who are unvaccinated.

Please note: Safety protocols for offsite Music Hall events will be developed in conjunction with those venues and will be communicated in advance.

All Music Hall events will be presented in accordance with applicable public health mandates and artist’s requirements as of the date of the event. These could include changes to mask requirements, capacity, attendance prerequisites, procedures, and other protective measures. Thank you for your understanding and support throughout this uncertain time.

MORE INFO

BAND PHOTOS & BIOS

May
31
Tue
2022
Artist in Residence: Multicultural Week Workshops & Concert @ Nottingham West Elementary May 31 – June 1 & 2, 2022 @ Nottingham West Elementary School
May 31 @ 9:00 am – Jun 2 @ 3:00 pm
Artist in Residence: Multicultural Week Workshops & Concert @ Nottingham West Elementary May 31 – June 1 & 2, 2022 @ Nottingham West Elementary School

May 31, June 1, 2, 2022

Randy Armstrong • Artist in Residence
Multicultural Week Workshops & Concert

Concert: Thursday June 2, 2022 • 6pm
Nottingham West Elementary
10 Pelham Rd. Hudson, NH 03051
Tel: 603.595.1570
Website: www.sau81.org/nws
(Following All Covid-19 Safety Protocols)

Jan
1
Sat
2022
New Album Recording Projects • Randy Armstrong (solo) plus Randy Armstrong & WorldBeat Marimba • Jan. 1 – April 1, 2022 • Beauty Hill Music & Recording Studios • Barrington, NH USA @ Beauty Hill Music Studios
Jan 1 @ 12:00 am – Apr 1 @ 12:00 pm

Check out the first release by Randy Armstrong & WorldBeat Marimba featuring vocalist, Cynthia Chatis.

Link: https://randyarmstrongworldbeatmarimbafeaturingcynthiachatis.hearnow.com/nhemamusasa

Cover art for Nhemamusasa

 

Nhemamusasa by Randy Armstrong & Worldbeat Marimba

Nhemamusasa is a traditional song from Zimbabwe meaning “building a shelter from the Musasa tree”. Originally performed on mbira, this arrangement features South African style marimbas, Nyunga mbira, voice & percussion. The words are sung in the Shona by featuring Cynthia Chatis and performed & recorded by Randy Armstrong & WorldBeat Marimba. Art Design by Lisa Armstrong / Ajuga.com

Released 2021 • UMP Records

 

Jan
4
Tue
2022
South African Marimba Classes • 7 Week Series • Tuesdays & Thursdays @6pm • Jan. 4 – Feb. 17, 2022 • Beauty Hill Music Studios • Barrington, NH USA @ Beauty Hill Music Studios
Jan 4 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 17 @ 7:15 pm

South African Marimba Classes every Tuesday & Thursday evening at 6pm. (You sign up for best day for you). Starting date for this 7 Week series in January 4 ending February 17, 2022. Snow-dates & Make-up Classes TBA

Randy Armstrong & WorldBeat Marimba

Randy Armstrong & WorldBeat Marimba perform South African, Zimbabwe and Popular Songs on handmade South African Marimbas, Trinidad/Tobago Steel Pans, World Percussion and Vocals. Their exciting collaborative concerts include performances with the choruses Voices From The Heart, Ben Baldwin and the Stairwells, Songweavers, and the WorldBeat Marimba Singers. When listening and experiencing this upbeat and vibrant music, you will want to get up to dance and sing! It is a celebration of life and the art of unified ensemble playing. Weekly Classes and Rehearsals Available. The only South African Marimbas made in Cape Town in New Hampshire USA!

THE STORY

Marimba Bands can be heard and experienced throughout South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Southern Africa. Even in the United States you can find Marimba Bands from the Pacific Northwest to New England inspired by many African musicians who have taught the tradition and instruments at Universities and Cultural Institutions in the U.S. for decades.

Randy has been a performer, teacher and student of the balafon which is the West Africa marimba/xylophone style instrument similar to the South African marimbas for over four decades. While on tour in South Africa as an accompanist for the women’s chorus, Voices From The Heart in the summer of 2018, Randy experienced the dynamic and joyous music of Marimba Bands at concert halls, churches, schools and street performances. At a concert Voices From The Heart performed with Desmond Tutu and his family in attendance, a young group of talented and energetic South African Marimba players performed traditional songs and pop tunes that had the entire audience singing and dancing together. Even Papa Tutu got up to dance to the song, PATA PATA made famous by South African singer, Miriam Makeba and played brilliantly by the Marimba Band. At that moment, Randy was inspired to commission a set of South African Marimbas handcrafted by ethnomusicologist, Gavin Coppenhall—African Ethos Instruments in Cape Town. The Marimbas arrived at the Port of New York on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2018 and the journey begins.

“Music is a great blessing. It has the power to elevate and liberate us. It sets people free to dream. It can unite us to sing with one voice.” — Nelson Mandela

Weekly group classes and private lessons at Beauty Hill Music Studios, Barrington, New Hampshire.

For Info: 603.512.4325 or  Email: info@randyarmstrong.com
Visit Us On FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/WorldBeatMarimba

Jan
21
Fri
2022
ETC Integrated Arts Conference • January 21, 2022 • Plymouth State University – The Common Man Inn • Randy Armstrong-Workshop Presenter @ The Common Man Inn
Jan 21 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Integrated Arts Conference

Friday, January 21, 2022 (8:30am-2:00pm)

Common Man Inn, Plymouth, NH

Click Here To Register

All elementary and secondary classroom teachers, administrators, arts educators, and artists are invited to participate in the 27th annual ETC Integrated Arts Conference. This one-day event offers 8 hours of professional development and continuing education workshops. Using the hands-on, cognitive power of the arts, participants will learn how to build community through various art forms. Learn how to incorporate and integrate skills, attitudes, and behaviors to effectively build community with daily tasks and challenges through the arts. Workshops and curricular materials will be inclusive and representative of all learners in our changing world.

 We hope you can join us for this fantastic day!

Register before January 11, 2022 and enter “ETC15” as a discount code at checkout to save $15 off the conference cost!
Registration Fee (after January 11): $120

Lunch is included in the registration price 

Click here to view the conference poster 

Click here to view schedule overview


PLEASE CLICK ON THE TWO LINKS BELOW TO VIEW THE CONFERENCE SCHEDULE, WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS, AND PRESENTER BIOGRAPHIES

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHIES


Plymouth State University, the Common Man Family of Restaurants and the New Hampshire Department of Education, with support from the NH State Council on the Arts, NEA New Hampshire, and the NH Arts Learning Network are presenting an exciting full day conference exploring the power of the arts for all learners on January 21, 2022.

This full-day in-person event offers professional development and continuing education workshops showcasing many different ways to bring the arts into your classroom in addition to keynote addresses and interactive experiences. All classroom teachers, arts educators, administrators and artists are invited! Learn how to integrate visual art, music, drama and writing into your curriculum.


Interested in pursuing GRADUATE CREDIT?

Graduate credit from Plymouth State University is available to all attendees for an additional cost, but all those who register for graduate credits are able to attend the Conference for FREE. To do this you will need to register for IN5560 ST: Integrated Arts Conference CRN 32949 (see link below) and sign up for the Conference by emailing Kelly McGowan at 781-686-2683 or registering online. You will not be charged for the Conference if you are registered for IN5560.

Those interested in earning graduate credit for the conference can register online HERE. 

A Special Note from Dr. Trish Lindberg

I want to invite you to join our exciting Integrated Arts Graduate Programs at Plymouth State. For those thinking about their masters, please consider our MEd in Integrated Arts and for those who already have their masters, consider our 33 credit CAGS in Arts, Leadership and Learning to further explore the power of the arts and get to masters plus 30! I am happy to meet individually with anyone interested and may be contacted at plindber@plymouth.edu or at 603-254-9599. The Integrated Arts Conference class IN5560 counts as an elective for both programs or as a great way to earn professional development!

Click here to explore

 

 

Apr
4
Mon
2022
Artist Residency with Randy Armstrong • Boys & Girls Club of Manchester NH • April 4, 6, 7, 11-13, 2022 • Concert 4.13.22 @ Boys & Girls Club of Manchester
Apr 4 @ 3:00 pm – Apr 13 @ 6:00 pm

20th Year of Artist Residencies at the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester New Hampshire. Focus on West African Drumming & Global Rhythms with Randy Armstrong. Promoting Peace and Celebrating Cultural Diversity Through Music!

Apr
9
Sat
2022
BEYOND BORDERS WORLD FUSION OCTET featuring Randy Armstrong & Volker Nahrmann in Concert • The Music Hall • Saturday April 9, 2022 @ 8PM @ THE MUSIC HALL
Apr 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
 

Randy Armstrong & Volker Nahrmann: BEYOND BORDERS WORLD FUSION OCTET with Jose Duque • ERINI • Charlie Jennison • Theo Nii Martey • Nick Phaneuf • Ben Cook

and the Soggy Po Boys

World Fusion Music pioneers, Randy Armstrong and Volker Nahrmann bring Beyond Bordersto The Music Hall stage. The ensemble musicians hail from four continents featuring Jose Duque, ERINI, Charlie Jennison, Theo Ni Martey, Nick Phaneuf & Ben Cook. They perform on an astonishing array of over 50 instruments from around the world. Their electrifying blend of jazz and world music traditions take you on a global voyage, from the streets of Havana and Rio de Janeiro, the evocative traditions of India and the Middle East, to the romantic café and cinema music of France and Italy, the haunting sounds of the Native American pow wow, and the worldbeat rhythms of West Africa and the Caribbean. Their album, Beyond Borders was nominated by the ZMR Music Awards as, “Best World Album”.

Opening the Beyond Borders concert will be New England favorites, the talented Soggy Po Boys serving up their tasty blend of New Orleans style jazz mixed with brass-fueled old-school funk and spirituals featuring music from their album, All In Favor. With this many world-class musicians and special guest artists, who knows what will happen in this exhilarating and captivating evening of global music!

This event is co-produced by The Music Hall and David Wold Associates


COVID Protocols Update

As the number of COVID transmissions continues to rise, we are thankful for your help in keeping our staff, volunteers, artists, and community members safe and healthy.

Effective September 1, 2021, for entrance to Music Hall indoor, full-capacity events (e.g. concerts, comedy, festivals): patrons, staff, and volunteers will need to show proof of full vaccination – 14 days past their final vaccination shot – OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of the event. Proof of vaccination can be your physical vaccine card or a photo/scan of your card or via an app such as Bindle. Masks are encouraged for everyone. Children under 12 years of age are exempt from this policy but must wear masks indoors. Masks are highly encouraged for those who are unvaccinated.

Please note: Safety protocols for offsite Music Hall events will be developed in conjunction with those venues and will be communicated in advance.

All Music Hall events will be presented in accordance with applicable public health mandates and artist’s requirements as of the date of the event. These could include changes to mask requirements, capacity, attendance prerequisites, procedures, and other protective measures. Thank you for your understanding and support throughout this uncertain time.

MORE INFO

BAND PHOTOS & BIOS

May
31
Tue
2022
Artist in Residence: Multicultural Week Workshops & Concert @ Nottingham West Elementary May 31 – June 1 & 2, 2022 @ Nottingham West Elementary School
May 31 @ 9:00 am – Jun 2 @ 3:00 pm
Artist in Residence: Multicultural Week Workshops & Concert @ Nottingham West Elementary May 31 – June 1 & 2, 2022 @ Nottingham West Elementary School

May 31, June 1, 2, 2022

Randy Armstrong • Artist in Residence
Multicultural Week Workshops & Concert

Concert: Thursday June 2, 2022 • 6pm
Nottingham West Elementary
10 Pelham Rd. Hudson, NH 03051
Tel: 603.595.1570
Website: www.sau81.org/nws
(Following All Covid-19 Safety Protocols)

Scoring

Find out more about Randy Armstrong's scoring for film, television, theatre and dance. 

Keynote Speaker & Event Performances

Randy Armstrong keynote speaking engagements cover topics on unity, diversity and the healing aspect of music.