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Imaginary Homeland: Education

Acoustic quartet Imaginary Homeland presents workshops, master classes, and residencies for audiences of all ages and at all levels of expertise

The four musicians engage their audiences with the musical and cultural traditions of West Africa and their connections to the swing and blues of American jazz.

African instruments and Western strings, new compositions and old folk songs, talking drums and dancing rhythms come to life in their interactive programming.

Download a brochure on Imaginary Homeland's education and residency programs.

The music presentation was an incredible experience for my students.  Each child got to examine the gyil’s [African xylophone’s] hanging gourds, practice the instrument, and attempt a few simple tunes… They added an amazing dimension to our class' study of West Africa.” -- Susan Sokol, St. Ann’s School, Brooklyn, NY

“It was a concert that the children will never forget.  Their music will grip you, the professionalism of the group will thrill you and the presentation reaches audiences of all ages.  The performers answered the children’s simple to complex questions with brilliant expertise.”  -- Mary Reed, Music Teacher, Springfield Plains Elementary, Clarkston, MI

“I want to thank you for the workshop earlier this month, which our faculty and students alike greatly appreciated.  Your presentation was very well-organized, and you balanced playing with discussion quite effectively.”
Ed Sarath, University of Michigan

"Truly a highlight of this year's Professional Artists Series! …A rich and original kind of global music-combining… African instruments with Western strings."
- Jackie Wiggins, Chair, Music Department, Oakland University

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