StringFusion’s school show is a musical journey through time and geography. Led by former Cirque du Soleil violinist Edgar Gabriel StringFusion demonstrates how music from many different cultures and countries converged in the Americas to create Blues, Rock and Roll, Latin, Jazz, Country and Pop music. Edgar also demonstrates how the violin and other instruments were essential to the creation of jazz, blues etc. Audience participation is encouraged especially in the Latin and Blues segments. This show includes the music of J.S. Bach, Michael Jackson, Jean Luc Ponty, Jimi Hendrix, Tito Puente, Chick Corea, a Gypsy Csardas, Irish Jig, Duke Ellington and the Allman Brothers. While this show is educational it is highly entertaining and much of the music is dance music.
The show starts with a dance number from the Middle East, then to India (or China) and to Eastern Europe with a Gypsy Csardas. Then to Ireland with a Jig and Germany with a Gavotte by Bach. Then the musicians travel across the sea to the Caribbean and play a Mambo. Edgar briefly explains how Afro-Caribbean music was created by a combination of Spanish, African, Native Americans and other cultures. The group then moves to New Orleans to present swing jazz and then up the Mississippi to Chicago for some Blues “Sweet Home Chicago”. Country music is then highlighted with Charlie Daniel’s “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”, Followed by Rock and Roll with Chick Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven”. The group then plays a classic rock tune by Edgar Winter (or the Allman Brothers) and winds up with a pop tune such as Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature”.