Daniel Edwards will perform a fundraiser concert at the Hyrum Civic Center at 7:30pm on January 2nd, 2014. He will perform a variety of works on both the marimba and the steel pan. Admission is free. All donations will be used to purchase equipment to start a private teaching studio. Light refreshments will be served.
Audience members can expect a very diverse program. Some of the works will be very serious and thought provoking, others will be fun and upbeat. Both the marimba and the steel pan have a unique sound that has captivated listeners around the world.
At first glance, the marimba looks like an oversized xylophone. Evolving from its ancestor instruments in Africa and Latin America, it is made with rosewood bars that produce a very warm, full sound when struck. Performers can use its natural sound to create beautiful melodies that are both haunting and inspiring. It can be played using between two and four mallets, and has sometimes been played with up to six mallets. Listeners can expect to be inspired by both the music produced on the instrument as well as by the skill it takes for the performer to play it.
The steel pan originated in Trinidad at the beginning of the 20th century, when people experimented with empty oil barrels and found that by shaping them a certain way with a hammer, they could make them play different notes. The first steel pans were crude and simple, but they evolved over time to become the sophisticated instruments they are today. Steel pan ensembles are growing at a rapid rate throughout the United States, and throughout the world. Their nature allows them to be played at incredible speeds, yet they can also produce slow, beautiful melodies. Although most people associate them with upbeat music from the Caribbean, performers have also been known to play classical works on them. Their sound is loved all over the world, and is being used more every day.
Daniel Edwards is a performer, an educator, and an advocate for world music. Originally from Hyrum, Utah, he received his bachelor’s degree in music from Brigham Young University-Hawaii, and is currently studying to receive a master’s degree in percussion performance from the University of Missouri. Along with orchestral percussion, he performs on the steel pan, the marimba, and a variety of world instruments. He has toured and performed in regions of the United States, Europe, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, and Australia.
Besides performing, Daniel has taught beginning music skills to children in Kosovo, and currently teaches percussion at the University of Missouri. He also spent two years serving as a full time volunteer in Guatemala, where he taught life skills to families and helped in many service projects.
His experiences with world travel and working with people of other cultures have inspired him to base his life and career around promoting a greater sense of unity and cultural diversity wherever he may be. He believes that world music is just as valuable as Western classical music, and that the two should be taught side by side in educational systems.
He is focused on exposing audiences and students all over the world to new genres of music, including steel band, salsa, and Polynesian styles. He hopes that as students learn to perform new genres, they will gain a better appreciation for other traditions and values, and at the same time will form a stronger bond of friendship and unity among themselves as well as among other people from other cultures. He also wishes to include students from underprivileged backgrounds in his music, so that anyone who is interested in obtaining a quality music education may have the opportunity to do so.
He hopes that his work may spread across international borders and affect anyone who is sincerely interested in learning about world music. His greatest goal is to use his music not only as a form of entertainment, but as a vessel to spread education, understanding, excitement, cultural diversity, and unity.
Daniel Edwards can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (435)232-2685. Any questions regarding the concert are welcome, and will be answered as quickly as possible.