Ancient Voices is a World Music percussion & wind duo formed by drummer Ringo Brill & saxophonist Steve Baczkowski. Their unique program utilizes and demonstrates a multitude of ancient indigenous musical instruments from around the world. Students learn about sound and music with an emphasis on attentive listening, improvisation, collaboration and creative self-expression through hands-on instrument building workshops and engaging live performances. During the residency, we will select key concepts that combine STEM with music. The students will explore these concepts through the manufacture and practice of didjeridu and percussion instruments from recycled & repurposed materials. Steve Baczkowski is a musician, improviser, music presenter and educator.
He plays a wide array of wind instruments, from the saxophone to the didjeridu. Baczkowski has served as the Music Director for Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo for over twenty years. He performs regionally with many local ensembles and has performed internationally at festivals in Mexico, Canada & the UK. His workshops and lectures have inspired students in schools throughout Western New York and beyond, from elementary schools to the Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts and The State University at Buffalo.