PPLD's Makers in Residence for January and February 2017 are Ron Cousar and Dr. Wanda Tisby-Cousar.
Ron Cousar has played R&B, blues, and jazz for many years. In addition to studio work with Savoy Records, he has played with bands in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Baltimore, and now Colorado Springs. He has dedicated his talents to playing blues, R&B, funk and jazz. His influences include Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, and a host of other artists.
Dr. Wanda Tisby-Cousar storytelling and dance to coach innovation and artistic ability. Sande Leadership, a model Dr. Wanda developed, is based on ancestral lineage to the Mende of Sierra Leone, West Africa. Tisby-Cousar has studied tap and interpretive dance since the age of four with Sydney King School of Dancea nd performed with Afi West African Dance Ensemble.
They will be teaching classes throughout the Library District, as well as hosting studio hours at Library 21c, when you can talk to them about work.
African Instruments and Dance
Explanation and demonstration of Congas drums, Djembe (jim-bay), Sakara, Cabasa, and Balafon will be provided. Patrons will get to try out the instruments and learn to play. An explanation and demonstration of West African (Nigerian, Senegalese) music and Dance will be provided. Patrons will get to try out different dance steps and movements. For ages 16 and up. Registration required. No experience is necessary.
Blues Era Music
Demonstrate artist’s musical styles, history and have patrons construct lyrics depicting their styles. The following artists will be covered, Mckinley Morganfield (Mudddy Waters), Mathis James “Jimmy” Reed, and Jamesetta Hawkins (Etta James). For ages 16 and up. Registration required. No experience is necessary.
Tap Dance Instruction
Discussion and demonstration of tap dance techniques. For ages 16 and up. Registration required. No experience is necessary.
Studio Hours at Library 21c
Tue., Jan. 3 from 2 - 4 p.m: African Dance & Percussion
Thu., Jan. 12 from 2 - 4 p.m.: Jazz Music & Tap Dancing
Tue., Jan. 17 from 2 - 4 p.m.: African Dance & Percussion
Thu., Jan. 26 from 5 - 7 p.m.: African Dance & Percussion
Tue., Jan. 31 from 2 - 4 p.m: Blues Music & Song Writing
Thu., Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. - noon: Jazz Music & Tap Dancing
Thu., Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. - noon: African Dance & Percussion
Tue., Feb. 21 from 2 - 4 p.m.: Blues Music & Song Writing
Visit PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence page for more information about this program.