|Green Gives Intricate Performance at Manchester|
Todd Green, a one man band, serenaded about 50 audience members with a stage full of instruments from around the world at Cordier Auditorium Tuesday night. Green goes on tour with his instruments including his Oud (Middle East) and Sarangi (India), both of which are part of the string family, and his Mocseno, a type of flute, from South America. He plays all the musical numbers without any additional help, using an on-stage recording system to continue the sound of a certain instrument as he begins to play another, while also using his voice. All the different musical cultural numbers were played to enhance the audience’s music perspective and show how music can bring different cultures together in harmony.
The concert was the second of two events that Manchester University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs offered for VIA credit. The earlier event called “Todd Green Lecture” brought some students back for the concert. “I wanted to hear all the instruments,” said Hannah Miles, sophomore.
Green began his concert with an introduction to the different types of instruments that he would be playing throughout the night. As Green started to play, he took the audience into the world of Chinese music, playing instruments such as Gu Zheng, harp, and Xiao, flute.
Throughout the night, the audience traveled around the world with Green’s help. He led them through many different musical styles such as Spain, South America, Middle East, Central Asia, Africa, and Great Britain. “My favorite musical style that he presented was one towards the end that was Asian,” said Donnie Watkins, first year. Through the different musical styles, he used a variety of native instruments, including strings, Yali Tanbar, Kanan and wind Ney from the Middle East.
The music was very peaceful and so soothing that some members of audience became very relaxed and fell asleep peacefully in their seats. Though she did not fall asleep, Joyce Bangel, sophomore, felt very calm throughout the concert. Other members of the audience drifted into a day-dream state. “I thought the music was very insightful,” said Kourtney Jennings, sophomore. “During certain points, I imagined being Mulan or a belly dancer.”
Even with some members contentedly asleep, other audience members stayed focused and alert to the different musical styles. “There was not a part I did not like,” said Justin Rule, sophomore. “I liked it all, except my seat could have been more comfortable.”
The concert was never dull and brought a wide variety of students from music lovers to those who love learning about different cultures. Green kept the concert moving in a fluid manner so that when an instrument needed to be tuned, he would bring up how Indiana has a different humidity volume than down-south, where he typically performs.
He ended the concert by reading a poem called “The Music of Life” that he wrote in his book called “Sparks from Life’s Flint.” The poem captured the mood of the concert by reflecting on all the different cultures around the world that came together through music and let go of the discrimination.
Through his music, Todd Green gave Manchester’s audience a great show and without words showed how music can combine differences and let human kind come together as one. For more information on his instruments, concert tours, books or Todd Green himself go to www.toddgreen.com.