It was International Day of Happiness on Saturday. I hope you did something that made you feel happy.
Here is a cover of Happy by Springwood High School – a school in Norfolk School.
This version of Happy was recorded to celebrate Downs Syndrome Awareness Week which is also celebrated this week:
Try this body Percussion arrangement:
Three things that help me stay happy are trees, rivers and music.
Here are a few pieces of music for you to enjoy this week that combine all 3.
Did you know that 21st March was International Day of Forests?
In this video you’ll see an incredible wooden musical instrument that has been constructed in a forest.
Director Morihiro Harano and sound artist Kenjiro Matsuo built a natural instrument in the middle of a lush forest. Their creation featured hundreds of different-sized pieces of wood, each sounding an individual note when struck. A wooden ball then cascades down the structure, hitting every resonant note of a Bach masterpiece.
The instrument plays ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’, the final movement to Bach’s famous cantata ‘Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben’. It’s made by hand from 100 per cent raw materials and, unbelievably, the video contains no special effects. This is what happens when science and music come together.
Wade in the Water:
This version of Wade in the Water makes me smile everytime I watch it:
River, a cover by Bellatrix:
River was orginally performed by Ibeyi. Ibeyi is an Afro-French Cuban musical duo consisting of twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz. The duo sings in English, French, Spanish and Yoruba, a language spoken by their ancestors.
I met her by the River
Listen to this beautiful music being played on the traditional African instrument, the Kora.
Ten Pieces: Anna Meredith
Listen to Anna Meredith talking about Hands Free, one of her Body Percussion Pieces:
Assembly theme: Down Syndrome Awareness week
Fifty families coming together through one song.
This term’s School Value: Love
This is singer, songwriter, civil rights activist, and jazz legend Nina Simone performing “Love Me Or Leave Me” on The Ed Sullivan Show on September 11, 1960.
In this piece, she is infusing her love for Bach and her classical music education into her playing by mixing Johann Sebastian Bach’s Fugue in C Major into the piano solo.