Beverly Botsford


Beverly Botsford

Beverly Botsford is a cross-cultural percussionist, blending music, movement, and spoken word in solo and ensemble presentations. Embracing drumming traditions of Africa, Cuba, South America and her native North Carolina, Beverly weaves colorful rhythmic tapestries with a fascinating array of global and homemade percussion. She has worked full time as a professional musician since 1978. Her experience includes work with the African American Dance Ensemble, American Dance Festival, as well as hundreds of school and community residencies, performances and workshops. She brings decades of global experience, touring with Grammy nominated, jazz vocalist, Nnenna Freelon in major venues around the world. *Contact CAPS office for programs tailored for your particular school needs. Beverly also offers teacher  workshops for classroom and music teachers. BOOK BEVERLY BOTSFORD

GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Performance
Dancing Drums

Beverly celebrates world cultures and curriculum with music, spoken word, stories and dance. Drums of Africa, Cuba, Brazil, global percussion colors with a taste of jazz and Carolina spice. Students will understand music in relation to history and culture. They will understand connections to drumming and language and will have a deeper understanding of rhythm and pattern in music, speech and across the curriculum. Highly interactive, with call and response, body percussion, song and movement.

Special Requirements (Space, Tech, Volunteer):
Tech needs: PA system with at least 3 inputs and two microphones on stands, 8 folding chairs, 2 med. Tables, CD player, appropriate performance space, min. size 15’ X 12’. Access and Volunteers: Artist will need to drive as close as possible to presentation site for unloading and loading; two volunteers are needed to help with equipment and setting up space.

Maximum Participants: 300

Duration (Length of Performance): 45-60 minutes

Performance Fee:

Single Performance Fee- $562.50
Two Performances Fee- $875.00

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GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Performance
“Vibration Celebration” – Roots Rhythm and the Science of Sound

Beverly blends music, movement, spoken word and stories in a high energy, interactive performance, celebrating the gift of listening and the science of sound. Students will learn about sound and vibration as drums of Africa and Latin America dance with world percussion and wacky homemade instruments in this “Vibration Celebration,” to explore wavelength, frequency, volume, pitch and other scientific sound phenomenon. Highly “edutaining” and interactive with call and response rhythms, body percussion and voice.

Special Requirements (Space, Tech, Volunteer): See Dancing Drums Special Requirements

Maximum Participants:
300

Duration 45 to 60 minutes

Performance Fee:

Single Performance Fee- $562.50
Two Performances Fee- $875.00

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GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Residency
Roots, Rhythm & the Science of Sound

ROOTS, RHYTHM RESIDENCY: Beverly blends music, movement, spoken word and stories in a high energy, “hands on” residency, celebrating the gift of listening and the science of sound. Students will learn about sound and vibration as drums of Africa and Latin America dance with world percussion and wacky homemade instruments in this “Vibration Celebration,” to explore wavelength, frequency, volume, pitch and other scientific sound phenomenon. Highly “edutaining” and interactive with “hands on” drums and percussion for all students.

Special Requirements (Space, Tech, Volunteer): A secure space in which instruments can be set up and left overnight and to which students can come to work with the artist; two medium sized tables and 12 folding chairs; access to CD player. Singing and drumming will occur during the residency so the space should be isolated from other classrooms, if possible. Access and Volunteers: Artist will need to drive as close as possible to presentation site for unloading and loading; two volunteers are needed to help with equipment and setting up space.

Maximum Participants: 30

Residency Fee:  $125.00 per class/hr. *Residency length/days and number of classes are negotiable

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GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Residency
Wrap it in Rhythm”- Exploring Language and Culture with Drums and Percussion

Weaving words and rhythms, students will learn essential music skills playing drums from Africa and Latin America and percussion from around the globe. Spiced with song, stories, movement and spoken word, the classes develop skills of teamwork, listening and self-expression. They will compose rhythms and build a multi-layered rhythm ensemble. Using classroom text from poems, stories, and other content, students will use music to explore the use of rhythm, repetition, accent, and inflection, enhancing language fluency.

Special Requirements (Space, Tech, Volunteer): Same as above

Maximum Participants:30

Residency Fee: $125.00 per class/hr. *Residency length/days and number of classes are negotiable

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GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Workshop
Drum Talk

“Drum Talk”- a workshop for students using rhythm, drums, percussion, movement and language to explore culture, character and curriculum. Beverly guides students on a hands-on music journey, learning basic techniques of drumming from Africa and Latin America with some Carolina spice. Using the rhythm of words and language, participants will learn some of the building blocks of music- steady beat, groove, phrasing, call and response, dynamics and improvisation. Students create a multi-layered, language-based, rhythm orchestra, exploring culture, character skills of deep listening and teamwork. Integrated with curriculum connections. 45 – 90 minutes. * Beverly provides drums and percussion for all students.

Special Requirements (Space, Tech, Volunteer): Tech and set up needs room large enough for students to sit in 2 circles and play instruments. Chair for each participant plus 6 extras 2 large tables, CD player, flip chart with color markers, whiteboard or bulletin board, close access for loading and unloading equipment, help with unloading and set up, if possible. Access to the wks room at least 30 minutes before the session.

Maximum Participants:40

Workshop Fee: $250.00 * Discounted pricing for multiple workshops same day/same location. Ask about workshop/performance package.