Parkview Elementary Human Rights Project

by George Cartwright

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In 2003 I received a McKnight Composer's Fellowship.Part of the fellowship was the optional Community portion wherein you could chose to something in the 'community.' My choice was to do a project with the Parkview School in Roseville, Minnesota about improvisation,composition and human rights. In collaboration with one of the music teachers, the librarian and an English teacher we got together twice a week one spring after classes with the participating music students (seventh and eighth graders). We talked about improvisation and composition, did some improvising letting the students drive the discussion and performances. I recorded what they came up with. Some discussions were also held with other students expressing their thoughts and feelings on human rights I combined the spoken word material with the music ,mixed and matched and here is the moving and touching result.

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released January 31, 2004

Parkview Elementary Seventh and Eighth grade music students.

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George Cartwright St Paul, Minnesota

George Cartwright grew up on rock-n-roll and fell in love with jazz after hearing Charles Lloyd's iconic Forest Flower. He loves The Fugs and Eric Dolphy equally.
The Band and Captain Beefhart make him quiver.
Charlie Parker gives him chills still.He wishes he had said "Music is like rain. Except music falls up." but his pal Davey Williams said that. Also Curlew GloryLand Pony Cat Merciless Ghost
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