VILLAGE SONGS for Children's Chorus and Jazz Ensemble (2007)
Village Songs is a song cycle for children’s chorus and jazz ensemble,
commissioned by the National Dance Institute through the New York State
New Music Fund. The piece is inspired by National Dance Institute’s
collaboration with the Millenium Promise, and particularly their connection
with the village of Potou in Senegal.
The lyrics of Village Songs were written by the 4th grade classes in New York
City public schools P.S, 161 in the Bronx and P.S. 199 on Manhattan’s west
side. In response to questions from the children of Potou, the New York City
children wrote about their lives here. Village Songs shares aspects of the New
York student's lives and imagination, and thereby hopes to connect children
from different parts of the world and foster understanding and appreciation
of our common humanity.
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