The Dassel-Cokato Arts Association is bringing multi-instrumental solo artist Todd Green to the community for a public performance, Nov. 1, at the Performing Arts Center
By Stephen Wiblemo
COKATO, MN - When was the last time you heard some good Middle Eastern Oud or Kemenche? How about South American Charango and Zamponia, or East Indian Tablas, or Santoor?
These, and many other ethnic instruments, along with one-of-a-kind custom built instruments like the “Swar Rabouditar” and “Guitarangi da Gamba,” can be played by multi-instrumentalist Todd Green.
The Dassel-Cokato Arts Association has scheduled Green to give a public performance at the Performing Arts Center at Dassel-Cokato High School Sunday, Nov. 1 at 3 p.m.
Tickets are now on sale. People who are interested can purchase them in person at the Community Education office at the Dassel-Cokato High School, or over the phone by calling Community Education at (320) 286-4120. The cost is $12 for adults, and $5 for youth.
Green is also scheduled to hold a private performance Thursday Oct. 29 for middle school students, and high school musical students.
Green has been writing and performing his own music professionally since he was 15 years old. He studied composition, arrangement, and performance at Berklee College of Music, and privately with guitar greats George Benson, Pat Metheny, Christopher Parkening, and Mick Goodrick.
He has also studied ethnic instruments, including the Indian Bansuri Flute, with masters Sachdev and Steve Gorn, and many other instruments with players from around the world.
In 1988, Green decided to leave the bustle of New York City, and travel to the quiet mountains of Montana to pursue his own music full time. He stopped playing the electric guitar to concentrate on acoustic music, and has since performed as a solo artist for concert associations and colleges throughout the United States and Canada.
Green astounds audiences with his diversity on a multitude of string, flute, and percussion instruments from all over the world. He also enhances his performances with digital samplers, which allow him to record and over-dub instruments one-by-one, making him a one-man orchestra of unique and exotic instruments.
While he is fascinating to watch and listen to, Green also intersperses his playing with entertaining explanations of the music and instruments he is using.
Colleen Compton, the DCAA executive director, wants to stress that students who see Green during the private student performance will benefit even more by attending the public performance, too.
“Todd’s two performances complement each other,” she said. “The program at school will be a quick show-and-tell demonstration of the instruments themselves, while the public concert is an adventure exploring the musical styles of many different cultures.
“Think of the school program as learning the alphabet, and the concert is an exciting story Todd tells with the instruments. It will be an unforgettable experience that promises to broaden everyone’s musical and cultural horizons!”