Educational outreach is an important part of On Ensemble’s musical mission. Many of our audiences are seeing these instruments for the first time, and the cultural background for On Ensemble’s music is somewhat complicated. There are obvious Japanese inspirations, but there is also turntable scratching and Tuvan-esque overtone singing. The music isn’t entirely new, or entirely traditional. It takes some explaining.
So in addition to our concert performances, we jump at opportunities to talk about where we’re coming from and give others a chance to drum. Last year I taught a week-long session at Pilgrim School and On Ensemble did nine workshops with third graders at Glassell Park Elementary. Brent Pantell compiled footage from these encounters into a video about On Ensemble’s educational outreach and it turned out really well! See the video below and read more in the Educational Outreach section of our About page. Thank you, Brent!