Gregory AckerLouisville, KY
As a teaching artist for over 25 years, I offer hands-on world music and related arts workshops, residencies, and performances. Areas of focus include: homemade instrument-building and musical composition, Indonesian music and shadow theater, and, in collaboration with dancer and musician Hamidou Koivogui (Guinea, West Africa), West African music and dance. Students will engage with culture-based musics–playing instruments, singing in different languages, learning about the culture–en route to developing a school performance to share their learning. My background: Peace Corps Africa , MA Ethnomusicology (Wesleyan University, CT), APPEX (Asian Pacific Performance Exchange) fellow, Arts-in-Healing (Ky Center) roster artist, VSA Master Artist and artist mentor.