Kidoinfo Giveaway: Win two tickets to see Hayes Greenfield perform in concert at the Ocean State Montessori School in East Providence on November 7, 2009. See details below.
Kids are never too young to be introduced to music–of all kinds. Music has the power to transform us–both kids and adults–change our moods, soothe us to sleep, get us to move and wake our consciousness. Hayes Greenfield has been making music for years as a saxophonist, recording artist, and composer, and he believes in this power of music.
Founder of Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz, an interactive music education program serving schools and community groups around the country, Greenfield recently produced “Music For A Green Planet.” This CD celebrates environmental stewardship in music and song, reminding us that the choices we make have long-term consequences for the planet.
Hayes Greenfield, called “the true Pied Piper of jazz” by Phillip Glass, will be in Providence for two performances on Saturday, November 7, playingÂ songs from his “Music For A Green Planet” CD. Families can groove to favorite folksongs with a jazzy twist while singing about saving the Earth in one way or another. The concert, which is open to the public, is also a benefit for the the Ocean State Montessori School in East Providence. In addition to music, there will be a room with environmentally safe products that kids at the Montessori school have made, sold, grown, created etc. Food samples will provided by Trader Joe’s, Munroe Dairy, and Whole Foods.
I recently had the opportunity to interview Hayes. Read the interview below:
Kidoinfo: Why did you start working with children?
Hayes: Because I love sharing the magic and joys of jazz with kids.Â Plus, for the most part, jazz is not a popular music anymore, and one of my missions is to inspire as many people as I can with it and show them how they can play jazz for themselves.Â One person once said to me that the kids that come to see my program see how they can make jazz their own.Â Usually I ask in the beginning of a performance, What is jazz?Â It is amazing how many kids say it’s “old-style music” or “music from back in the day.” Before they leave a performance, I ask again what jazz is and if it is alive and well, and they all say “Yes!”
Kidoinfo: How old were you when you started playing an instrument/making music?
Hayes: I started on the saxophone when I was 15 but knew that I wanted to be involved with improvising when I was 11 or 12. When I was in elementary school, an improvisational theater company did an assembly program at my school, where they asked for a topic from the audience and then improvised a whole theater piece. I knew right then that improvising was for me.
Kidoinfo: What is your favorite instrument?
Hayes: Sax, drums, and piano
Kidoinfo: What musician would like to play with or collaborate with in the future?
Hayes: Just excellent sensitive ones who know how to listen. I have a couple of projects that I am involved with now that I would like to see grow into bigger ones. One is a trio where we are playing with electronics as well.Â Extremely creative.
Kidoinfo: Any tips for parents on how they can teach their kids to love music of all kinds?
Hayes: Expose them to live music in all forms, especially music that is played with acoustic instruments.Â Extremely important! In today’s world, most of the music is electronically produced and kids don’t get any kind of personal experience hearing and seeing music that is played live on acoustic instruments. Listen to all kinds of music. Parents should sit and actively listen to music with their kids.
Music for a Green Planet concert
Where: Ocean State Montessori School – 100 Grove Street, East Providence, RI
Saturday November 7, 2009. Two concerts at 1:00pm and 3:00pm
Please bring picnic blanket to sit on
Ages: All ages
Cost: $12.00 for adults over 16. $7.00 for kids. Cash and checks only at the door.
Ages: All ages
Want to win tickets to the concert?
Email email@example.com and tell me one of the songs from Hayes Greenfield’s CD, “Music For A Green Planet.” One winner will be randomly selected to win two tickets to attend the concert.
Deadline for entries: October 30, 2009