Detroit Youth Volume violin and viola students produced their third album in collaboration with local artists! For this year's Special Project, DYV musicians ages 3-18 learned to produce their own electronic music during a series of workshops. They used samples of acoustic and electric violin, their voices, and an MPC -- the favorite tool of famed Detroiter and the Mozart of hip hop, J Dilla! Teaching artists included accomplished musicians & producers Scott Murphy, Sterling Toles, Molly Jones, Moxie Strings and Rafael Statin.
We need your help to release our album! We are counting on a Kickstarter to raise funds to release our album and present our work to the world June 27th. Your generous support is critical to helping us produce and release our electronic violin album. We thank you in advance for your continued support and encouragement! It means the world to our staff, parents, and students. Learn more about this project at www.detroityouthvolume.org/electric-violin.html
WHY ELECTRONIC MUSIC?
Electronic music has deep roots in our city! Each year, special workshops with local artists celebrating a Detroit genre run parallel to DYV's classical Suzuki lessons at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra education wing. These workshops develop positive cultural identities in our students as Detroiters. DYV’s past albums featured hip hop and jazz.
Electronic music-making also supports the development of each student’s technique and unique, individual artistry. As our project lead, Scott Murphy, said, “Looping and recording yourself is always a huge breakthrough for people. It allows a student to critically analyze their intonation, tone and rhythm. They can do it in real time, it’s faster than having a teacher tell you what you’re doing right or wrong. Musically, because we’re going to build accompaniment out of synth parts and looped violins, we’re going to have to dive into core theory and composition.”
SEE US LIVE. KNOW WHAT YOU’RE BACKING.
If you’re in the area, please join us at the album release on June 27 at Trinosophes 1464 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207. It’s FREE! Trinosophes is a minimalist, vegan-friendly American cafe featuring locally sourced fare, live music & art exhibits. It’s location on Gratiot Ave, in Detroit's Eastern Market, once known as Techno Alley.
Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2119755078308512/
Electronic music teaching artists Scott Murphy & Sterling Toles will perform alongside Detroit Youth Volume students & their violin teachers Romona Merritt, Ashley Nelson, and Joe Rodriguez-Tanner. Live video recordings of this show will be shared with our backers in August.
ABOUT DETROIT YOUTH VOLUME
Since 2010, Detroit Youth Volume has made quality music education accessible & equitable. In a city where school music programs are rare and public schools themselves are being closed rapidly, our work is essential. 70% of our students are youth of color. 50% receive financial aid.
DYV began for the purpose of providing free violin lessons to 8 kids at Capuchin Soup Kitchen on the eastside of Detroit. Eight years later, we teach 40 students and run a mixed-income program for the sake of sustainability and access.
Whether their parents pay tuition on a sliding scale, or they receive full scholarships, all of our students receive the same quality music education at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Education wing. This includes special workshops with guests artists, weekly private Suzuki violin lessons and group classes.
Risks and challenges
Recording an album is hard work, with many complicated steps. Fortunately, the students of Detroit Youth Volume have a team of experts on their side. All of the DYV teaching staff has professional recording experience and the collaborating team of artists are the best in the business.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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