Monday, 16 April 2012
My first gig at the Naples Botanical Garden in Florida was one of the last gigs of GIG 365 at the end of December 2011. I was invited back on my birthday, April 14, 2012, to participate in the "Music, Naturally" program in the Smith Children's Garden.
Children, as well as some ambitious parents, made their own instruments from natural materials grown in the gardens and collected in the greater Naples area. Bamboo, seed pods, and numerous seashells were utilized in making the beginning of simple percussion instruments. Calabash were planted for future maracas.
The opportunity to revisit connections made during GIG 365 and make instruments and music with the children was a great birthday gift! They had great rhythm!