I’m Sagit, a Berklee College graduate and touring musician, I’d like to share my musical program “Songs of Peace” - Songs and rhythms from around the world introducing new and special instruments. There are 20 different instruments that I’ve mastered and collected from around the world.
Program Description: Songs of Peace "Become familiar with traditional music from cultures across the world! Berklee Graduate, International performer Sagit Zilberman performs “Songs of Peace,” an interactive global music concert. This concert introduces adults to instruments such as the didgeridoo, space-drum, recorder and saxophone as a part of a cultural journey she has been engaged in, around the world. As her background is in yoga instruction and tour guiding, She traveled in countries such as Kenya, Brazil, Poland, and the United States as well as her native country Israel. With her music and story, she aspires to empower her audience to dare to feel the passion in their lives and of course - travel and explore. There will be some audience participation optional."
2nd Program Description: Jazz and much more Sagit has been a jazz musician most of her life, her main instrument is the saxophone, she knows many of the familiar tunes on the American Song Book, like Summertime, Autumn Leaves, It's a wonderful world and many more, and is happy to play them on saxophone, she will tell her story about how she started from mainstream jazz, touring Europe with original jazz band and gradually maturing into a more eclectic, colorful pallet of sounds through her newest instruments (HandPan, Didgeridoo, recorder percussions). This concert is a journey in sound and improvisation, taking the audience with her through different sounds and cultures to the new and unknown in improvised, cultural and rhythmic music..
recommended time - all week. Recommended ages: adults room: big room with an outlet and chairs* fee:$400 Length: 45 minutes up to an hour ** *Program could fit outside too if there is an outlet. ** longer programs are available as well at a different price.
Special features: * introduces special instruments: Space-drum, Didgeridoo, Rainstick, recorder, saxophone, percussions * presents special songs from different cultures, example: https://youtu.be/Y64OeLGIXhM This song speaks about how good it is to sit brothers and sisters together. *added value: Creating an interactive experience with the audience. ***Full Program Outline at the bottom.
Most recent review (from 7/19/2018) by Charlotte Wood of the Wilmington Public Library: "Sagit connects beautiful with the audience, plays a wide variety of instruments, and spread her message of harmony and peace"
recent review (from 7/18/2018) by Lindsey Hughes of the Milton Mills Public Library in Cape-Cod, MA: "Sagit’s program is a magical, mystical, musical odyssey for grownups and kids. it is introspective while engaging!” review from 7/16/2018 by Sara Truog Assistant Director of the Milton Public Library: " We hosted Sagit at our library this summer. Families throughly enjoyed the range of instruments she brought to share, and her peaceful message was perfect for our young audience. What a unique diverse program! we in Milton would highly recommend Sagit.” "In a world where we are constantly moving with little time to stop and just be, Sagit's program helped them be present in the moment. She helped them to relax with music and took their minds on a journey to calming places and thoughts. It was truly a great experience. Thank you Sagit! Laura Walton, Martha's Vineyard, MA.
"It was a pleasure to work with Sagit. She was very professional. She arrived on time and ready to work with our audience. She is charming and warm and her music was inspiring. The participants in the workshop were delighted with the presentation. They especially enjoyed the opportunity to make music themselves. All in all a highly enjoyable evening." Dorothy Keller, Branch Director, Faneuil Branch Library, MA
"I would like to thank Sagit for holding a music and meditation workshop at our branch library... Her variety of musical instruments was beautiful and interesting and I think helped to center participants’ focus. We had a couple of adult patrons and a couple of teen patrons who participated. The workshop seemed adaptable to all who were present. Also, patrons commented afterward that they felt relaxed and/or that they learned something new about the practice of meditation. We would love to have Sagit come back. Patrons who missed the workshop are hoping there will be another one." Akunna Eneh, Programs and Community Outreach Librarian, Dudley Branch Library, MA
Sagit Zilberman is a talented, creative and spiritual musician. We had the pleasure of enjoying her performance at Adath Israel Religious School last Sunday. In her quite, calm way, Sagit was able to engage all ages K-7 th gr. in her special music instruments demonstration, while singing songs and dancing together. All students and teachers felt inspired by Sagit's unique personality and teaching style. Naama Yarden, Director, Adas Israel congregation, Washington, DC
Thank you for your amazing and inspiring performance yesterday! You held all the children’s attention from our 4 year olds to our toddlers. They were fascinated by your soft-spoken, lyrical voice and your instruments. A teacher came to me after the short performance and said you were magical! High praise from this twenty-six year teaching veteran! We can’t wait to have you back. Please email me when you will be back in Baltimore, we will set a date. Jill Eisen, Director, Baltimore Hebrew School, Baltimore, MD.
"Thank you so much for coming to our school. Our classes loved how sweet and warm you are, and the children are OBSESSED with your cool instruments! Thanks again!" Abby Koplow, Gan HaYeled Mildred and Jess Fisher Early Childhood Center. 202-362-4491
Sagit Zilberman, an internationally acclaimed musician and meditation/yoga instructor since 2004. Originally from Israel, residing in the U.S. for the past 10 years she allows her cultural roots to mix with her audience’s favorite songs, all expressed upon a myriad of enticing instruments such as the Swiss Hand-Pan a magical steel drum which produces magical harmonies, a simple recorder and her jazzy saxophone. Sagit received her bachelor of music from Berklee College of Music in Boston, alongside being an instructor/facilitator there for 4 years until 2014, leading mindfulness classes, which apply meditation and yoga to support and guide the musical career path of the Berklee student. Currently, Sagit leads a variety of workshops of healing vibrations of music and guided meditation. The workshop offers healing sounds, familiar music that connects cultures, ages and peoples, and Israeli circle dancing. Sagit sees music and cultural heritage as tools for mindfulness and encouraging unity, she has performed in over 50 church and community centers in Poland, Germany, and Ukraine, echoing the musical sounds and lyrics of her native Israeli-Jewish traditions.
Program in details:
The program tells the story of a little boy who grows up in Africa and makes his way through different countries when he realizes he wants to go back home. It’s an imaginary story about independence, appreciation for nature, life wit and wisdom, rhythm, listening to our passions, our hearts and bodies and commuting with others along the journey.
1. “The song of the Rainforest”/Congo - Africa - 5 minutes
2. “Welcome song”- let’s groove/Nigeria Africa- 5 minutes Fanga Alafia is a groovy-moovy Nigerian welcome song (call and response) which tells the story of a kind and queen welcoming new guests for their kingdom. Translation - Alafia: A greeting, like hello with the meaning of "good health" or "peace" (like "shalom"). Alafia is a type of traditional welcome dance. Fanga: A traditional welcome dance. It's often misspelled as "funga". Ashe: (Pronounced "ah-shay") The Yoruba believe "ashe" is a basic force emanating from the Creator that unites all living and non-living things. Some translate it as "amen" (although that word has more western connotations). Sample: https://youtu.be/ZTWySGpPVv0
3. Celtic dance/Irland - 5 minutes Using recorder and hand-pan and cajon (Peruvian percussion drum box) with looper. The audience will be instructed to clap.
4. "Sari gelin - Arabic song from Turkey/Armenia, meditative and contemplative.
5. Hene Ma Tov/Israel - 3 minutes This is a song that unites us as a group. It’s message is “how good it is to sit brothers and sisters together” we all sit as one and move to the music, I teach how to sing one sound together.
I've collected these in my travels and were given as gifts from friends sometimes. They are from: Australia, Nigeria, Brazil, Vietnam, Chile, Jamaica, Israel.
The Hand-Pan aka Sapce-Drum aka Pantam aka my drum
this is my drum, it has 10 notes, the lowest is E, 4 of those sounds repeat as an octave. so only 6 different notes. It’s easier than piano, but challenging to translate the harmony of the songs. Playing it for people and for children is the most fun thing I’ve ever done. The drum was made by Nobuya who is a Japanese who lives and works in Israel as well. Here is a link to his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/yamaguchi.art