An evening with Derek Burrows

An evening with Derek Burrows

Poster Art donated by Bernard Petit

Derek was born here in The Bahamas where storytelling is a vital part of the tradition. He studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts and for the past 30 years he has performed with the International music group Voice of the Turtle, a group specializing in music of the Sephardic Jews, the Jews expelled from Spain in 1492. The group has 12 recordings of this music. He has also performed as a solo classical guitarist, flutist and singer.

He is the recipient of a Massachusetts Artist Foundation Fellowship for Storytelling and has received other grants for his folk research work and funding from the Mass. Foundation for the Humanities for his compelling program “Reflecting Stories”, about AIDS.

He was one of four national storytellers invited to be a part of the first National Book Festival sponsored by the White House and former First Lady Laura Bush.

Derek presents a variety of workshops for students, educators and storytellers and has been adjunct faculty at Lesley College in Cambridge Mass. and at Framingham State College for many years.

He performs in many settings from schools and libraries to Museums, Corporate functions and community settings. He has appeared as a keynote speaker and workshop leader in these venues and in the Medical field using stories to look at diversity, healing, cross-cultural understanding and conflict resolution.

Programs vary and can include Caribbean songs, folk songs of America, Sephardic music, medieval music, folktales, myths and legends of Africa, the Caribbean, America and includes original tales and personal stories.

Derek’s programs use a variety of instruments including conch shell, mbira, guitar, drum, medieval bagpipe, flute and voice and his programs are interactive involving the audience.

Performance Dates:
Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 @8:00p.m. – Nirvana
Monday, October 3rd through Friday, October 8th – Performing at Primary Schools
Saturday, October 9th, 2010 @8:00p.m. – Nirvana

2 Replies to "An evening with Derek Burrows"

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    September 22, 2010 (3:56 pm)

    This definitely sounds like an event that I would love to see!

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    Ken Corsbie
    September 29, 2010 (11:19 am)

    I haven’t seen/heard Derek tell story for about 10 years, and I really regret that I won’t be there at Nirvana to experience his remarkably diverse musical storytelling. I do hope his performance will be videorecorded and accessible in one form or another.

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