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At Home With Irish Arts Center: Ragas to Reels for Kids

Utsav Lal and Sam Comerford teach kids how to build their own percussion kits and play along!



Wed, Jun 3, 2020




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Utsav Lal and Sam Comerford perform songs, discuss their long-distance friendship across borders, and teach kids how to "make" their own percussion kits and play along! For audiences four and up.


To play along, you will need to find and construct your own special "drumkit" by finding at least one low, one high and one wildcard sound that can be made from objects in your house. Examples of things you might use to make your “drumkit”:

For the low sound:  
Find anything that makes a low "thuddy "sound when you hit it:
1. Suitcase 
2. Plastic box
3. Toy drums 
4. Pillow or cushion
5. Whatever else you can find
For the high sound:
Find anything which makes a high, twinkly sound when you hit it (try using pencils or metal spatulas to hit):
1. Drinking glasses or mugs (ask your grown up first before hitting it and try to find something sturdy that won’t break easily)
2. Bells of any kind
3. Pots and pans
For the wildcard sound:  
Run around your house and find out how things sound by playing around with them (again ask your grown up first before you hit anything if you are not sure if it will break.) Pick your favorite sound. If you have more than one, bring them both! Utsav’s favorite wildcard sound is a toy cow with a wind-up mechanism to make it move for instance.

At Home With Irish Arts Center
is a series of new, commissioned work by our local and international artistic community as part of IAC's reimagined spring 2020 season. These events, and much more, will be shared on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and via email over the next several weeks.

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