What We Do:
Hip Hop Orchestra
"Hip Hop Orchestra" is a music performance and education project using current mainstream music through the lens of acoustic and orchestral instruments. The Orchestra is comprised of instrumentalists, singers, and rappers working primarily with the music of "now".
Participants learn to read and write music with standard notation, explore beat making; produce original music;
and learn arrangements of hip hop, rock, popular, classical, and jazz music. "Hip Hop Orchestra" achieves Collegiate level musicianship goals by providing high quality individual and group music instruction. The model relies heavily on tapping students' self motivation and inherent passion for music by working with material of foremost relevance to them. The content used is always appropriate. Hip Hop Orchestra combines the use of music/media technology with traditional acoustic instruments to facilitate music learning and performance in today's technology centric world. The aim is to provide a method for learning, creating, and performing music with acoustic musical instruments aided but not dominated by modern technology. We recruit, educate, mentor, and perform with young musicians ages 9 to 19. The project includes an annual summer music camp at Pittsburgh's August Wilson Center and ongoing music instruction after the camp at either of Hope Academy of Music and the Arts, African American Music Institute, City Music Center, or 1 Hood Media.
Acoustic Sound on Urban Ground - Hire Us
We perform live acoustic music in collaboration with community partners to enrich our urban communities. We seek community events and activities that
are attracting urban crowds to partner with, and at which to provide exposure to
artful acoustic musical vibration. Multiple
flexible ensembles of classical and jazz trained musicians present
popular repertoire in arrangements and original compositions designed for combos of three to eight musicians with acoustic instruments
- the double bass, violin, cello, clarinet, marimba, oboe, guitar,
flute, saxophone, harp, and human voice to name a few. Go to our monthly playlists to suggest/vote for tunes to be added to the playlists. The various flexible ensembles of Guardians of Sound can be as small
as a Trio to as large as a 24 piece chamber music orchestra. Professional Adult Ensembles and Youth Ensembles with the support of Professional Teaching Artists are available for bookings.
The Acoustic DJ
The “Acoustic DJ" is
a simplified modern day community sing (when you join in and sing with us), taking place in black box
theaters, city parks, clubs, schools, and other venues within urban communities in the Greater Pittsburgh region. We gather
music that the community in attendance knows, and perform acoustic renditions
of these works, with opportunities in the arrangements for the audience to
participate by singing along, dancing along, or both. We believe that music,
singing, and dancing are extremely powerful, beneficial, and transforming
experiences, that more of our general citizens must have direct participatory experience with frequently. Go to our monthly playlists to suggest music for our Acoustic DJ.