Roberta Kirn Discussion and Slide Show of the Song Exchange of Africa
Thursday, July 21st, from 5:00-6:00 pm, the West Tisbury Library will host Roberta Kirn’s Song Exchange. Roberta Kirn will share songs, photos and video from her “Song Exchange Project”. This past winter the project took her to Kenya and South Africa where she shared songs from around the world. She gathered new songs to teach at home as part of her vision to help everyday people to sing in community every day. This event is free and open to the public.
Roberta Kirn began her career in dance in New York City after studying at Dartmouth and Sarah Lawrence college. From there, she went on to study singing and song leading with song leaders Ysaye Barnwell, Nick Page, Melanie DeMore and Bobby McFerrin. After moving to Martha’s Vineyard in 1989, she became the music teacher at the Public Charter School and leads numerous Community Sings for all ages, including the annual Winter Concert and Community sing, a now 15-year island tradition. She has a strong connection to percussion, having participated in college in a West African drumming ensemble and playing and singing with the Die Kunst Der Drum ensemble on Martha’s Vineyard for more than 20 years. “My mission is to inspire as many people as I can to sing in community, wherever and whenever possible!”