Heliopsis (Mikey Marget, Nyttu Chongo) · Ellen Schmidt/Honeydew Mellen Photography

About Heliopsis: Heliopsis performs original music for cello and various instruments from Sub-Saharan Africa. Their music ranges from raucous and dance-like to serene and peaceful. Each tune includes an element of improvisation, so no two performances are exactly the same.  

Program Description: In their Class Notes Concert, Heliopsis presents a variety of musical concepts (such as rhythm and melody) through interactive games and dance. Younger students should be ready to sing and do some body percussion. Older students should bring their instruments, so they can join Nyttu and Mikey in an improvisation activity.

Sample Music: 

Supporting Materials Packet: Download here.

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