Brian Melick; Musician, Educator, Author, Designer has been professionally involved in music since the early age of 13. Featured recording artist on over 250 commercially released recordings on independent as well as major labels highlighted by his four solo projects, 'Percussive Voices' Hudson Valley Records (debut at 23 on the World Music Chart), "Diverse Elements", 'Perpetual Motion', and 'The Art of Udu'. The last three of which have been released as Sound Libraries through Gene Michael Productions. Which are now placed with Universal Pictures, MGM Studios, Columbia Pictures, Fox Network, Discover Channel, TLC and with Disney. Very active educator offering Participatory Workshops, Masterclasses, Individual Lessons for all ages focusing on the World of Percussion, World of Udu, and Making and Playing Percussion Instruments Made Out Of Found Objects as well as Lecturer on 'Music as a Career'. Highlights include two books and two instructional videos released to support his work on the Udu Drum (Nigerian Side Hole Pot Drum) 'The How to of Udu' Warner Brothers as well as 'Making Percussion Instruments out of Found Objects'. Through Community Learning an educational curriculum development company Brian developed a 15 week course curriculum based on his workshop entitled "Playing with Percussion" which is not only a course creating a musical journey but also a tool for community building, self esteem building, sequential thinking, hand eye coordination, language skills, social sciences, physics, math, humanities as well as multicultural. Currently the curriculum is being sold throughout North America. Brian also holds three US Patents for the development of a series of custom designed performance stands which support the entire line of Clay Udu Drums. "Diverse Elements" features 12 tracks; 6 of which are solo performances and 6 are duets. The concept of the duets was to simply create the music by taking turns coloring with our own individual musical voices. There was no outline, form or arrangement although in most cases I did present a rhythm music track just to get the ball rolling. We had no idea where we were going but we most certainly knew when we were finished. The idea came out of a simple activity I used to do when my children were very young to keep them occupied and not bored say at a restaurant waiting for our dinner. We would have a blank sheet of paper and coloring tools. We were only allowed one color at a time and only allowed to create one thing each turn. We would then continue to take turns until our creation came to fruition. Very exciting way to collaborate together. Try it!
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