Sagit is a Berklee College graduate and touring musician, this is her offered musical program “Song & Dance Around the Planet” - introducing new and special instruments and cultures that she appreciates around the globe. Starting with the story of the creation of the universe and it's elements, to planet earth and its nature, plants and animals, going on a journey and meeting different cultures. In the program, Sagit will play 20 different instruments that she's mastered and collected from around the world.
Recent Program experience at the Goffstown library in NH
Program Description: Song & Dance Around the Planet "Dance to, sing along with, and experience traditional music from cultures across the world! Berklee Graduate, International performer Sagit Zilberman performs and facilitates an interactive global music program which introduces children to instruments such as the didgeridoo, space-drum, recorder and saxophone in a new and exciting way, and empowers them to use their voices and body to dance and sing in harmony with her and others in the group.”
recommended time - all week. Recommended ages: 0-12 and parents/families fee: Ideally $400. Really small library/small budget - $250 or however you can offer (please try your best) Length: 45-60 minutes (could stay longer for Q&A or show my instruments) *Program could fit outside too if there is an outlet there.
Benefits: * introduces special instruments: HandPan, 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. * community circle-dancing which unites the group and creates feelings of love and compassion to each other. https://youtu.be/Fvur2_8lvqw *added value: the children feel empowered by playing and singing and engaging in this high level of musical interaction and performance. https://youtu.be/X-fiSl3Anyo ***Full Program Outline at the bottom.
Sagit Zilberman visited our library in Pinetop with a fantastic performance of instruments and songs. The people in attendance raved at the wonderful underlying message as well as feeling the peace that flowed through Sait’s performance. The children and the parents were entertained and enjoyed following the leads that Sagit gave them. I would definitely ask Sagit to return to our library and perform in the future. Jennifer Volkert Programs Librarian, Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ on 1/22/2019
"Sagit is truly an inspiration! She brought a lovely evening of peace, music, celebration, and dancing to the A.K. Smiley Public Library with her Songs of Peace program. She is a talented musician who is dedicated to spreading her message of peace through music and performance." Adults concert on 1/14/2019 -Jennifer Downey, Principal Librarian, A.K. Smiley Library, Redlands, CA
Sagit visited Black Canyon City Community Library and brought culture and fun to this small rural library 30 minutes north of Phoenix. The variety of instruments and her audience interaction was impressive! Sagit shared instruments and songs from the world over. We definitely recommend her as a performer. on 12/15/2018
Christina Cooper, Library Coordinator, Black Canyon City Public Library, PO Box 87, 34701 S Old Black Canyon Highway, Phone: 623-374-5866 Fax: 623-374-0465
Sagit was an inspiration to the parents and children at the Songs of Peace Program. She is a master storyteller, implementing incredible, unusual instruments to enhance the presentation. With each new sound and rhythm, the children responded with “ahhs” and “ohhs.” Her talent is amazing! Sally Meyers, Children’s Librarian, Tom Green County Library System, San Angelo, Texas - on 10/25
“Sagit Zilberman is a wonderful musician. She tailored her performance to children, and made it interactive and fun so even the special needs children wanted to participate. She fostered peace and love in our diverse family audience. She is an inspiration!” - Bobbee Pennington Librarian, Youth & Family Literacy Services Coordinator- Adult Literacy Program Clara B. Mounce Public Library Bryan, TX on 10/21/2018.
“This program gives the kids some taste of music, culture and dancing. It helps the kids to learn about the cultures and instruments from countries around the world. This program allows the kids to experience a love for music and the beautiful sound that comes from the instruments and singing.” - Valentine Jaimes, Costumer Service, Henington-Alief Public Library, Houston, TX, on 10/11/2018
“Sagit was amazing! she had the kids dancing and singing along. We learned about the creation of the world and we listened to music from all over the world. This is an excellent program for young children. I highly recommend Sagit for libraries and schools.” Holly Dicharry, Librarian, Hillendahl Neighborhood Library, Houston Public Library, TX on 10/2/2018
“It’s a very peaceful and soothing experience that is also very engaging for the young children” Colleen Naderer Children's Librarian at Janet F Harte Public Library in Corpus Christi, TX - on 9/29/2018
"My deepest gratitude for an absolutely stellar performance at our library. Everyone highly praised your artistry and warm rapport with the families. Your interactive show is wonderfully refreshing and cultivates an appreciate and respect for our world's diversity. one of our patrons praised you very, very highly and was so appreciative of the warmth you showed her boys. In my opinion, It was a wonderful interactive show that engaged both the children and grownups, bringing everybody together in a joyous celebration of global awareness, and if anyone would like to speak with me to receive a reference I'm happy to provide that." Constance Keremes, Youth Services Librarian, Patrick Heath Public Library, Boerne, TX on 9/22/2018
"Feel Good, unexpected, informative, infectious, Sagit encouraged everyone to participate" -Debra DuBose, Head Librarian and Stacy, librarian. at the Driscoll Public Library, Devine, TX on 9/21/2018
"Wonderful presentation of life and music. Kids loved the different sounds the instruments made and the music they could make using their bodies. The trip around the world with music was very entertaining!" Sheri Mantei, Children's Librarian at Wilson Public Library, Floresville, TX on 9/20/2018
"Sagit is a very talented musician. She is easy to work with and very professional. Her Songs of Peace program was amazing. The variety of instruments that she includes fascinated those who attended the program. Our audience included families with young children to adult students from the local International Institute. They enjoyed being able to become a part of the program. All spoke highly of the program afterwards. It was one of the best programs we had this summer. We will definitely have Sagit come back. – Karyn Isleb, Head of Youth Services, Manchester City Library, Manchester, NH on 8/14
“Sagit did an amazing job interacting with the audience as a whole. We took a trip around the world through sounds and movement. What a fantastic way to explore, learn more, and have fun. Sagit is such a gentle soul who truly loves what she does. We look forward to seeing her again for future performances.” Emily LaPierre, Children's Librarian, Vineyard Haven Public Library on Tuesday 7/24
"Sagit connects beautifully with the audience, plays a wide variety of instruments, and spreads her message of harmony and peace" Charlotte Wood, Wilmington Public Library, MA. on Thursday 7/19
"Sagit’s program is magical, mystical, musical odyssey for grownups and kids. it is introspective while engaging!” Lindsey Hughes, Milton Mils Public Library, Cape Cod, MA on Wednesday 7/18
"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.” Sara Truog Assistant Director, Milton Public Library on Monday 7/16
Sagit Zilberman’s quiet, calm and serene approach to the children coupled with her radiant smile, captivated the preschoolers as she walked softly among them with the largest rain stick they had ever seen. The most active child was engaged and captivated by the sounds emerging from her instrument. As she introduced her saxophone, percussion instruments, and many other instruments, Sagit maintained the curiosity of the children, as she intentionally provided interactive activities to encourage the full active participation of all of the children. Sagit has a spiritual presence, and uniquely extraordinary talents which she combines into one act sharing her music and engaging the children with song and dance. She reigns at the top of her field. All of children and their enthralled teachers did not want her program to end! Sherri Herschfeld, Director, Shaare Shamaim preschool, Philadelphia, Pa. firstname.lastname@example.org "In a world where kids (and adults) 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, 8-k Children's Chorus Director, Edgartown School, 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.
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.
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.
Songs of Peace - Program in details:
The program goes through the stage of the creation of the world: - darkness, silence - creation of the sun, moon, stars, planets start cycling in the sky (Playing Tongue drum, chimes) - then our planet - planet earth is formed - show circles in the air with the children. Appreciation to our beautiful round planet that carries us on it. - The water were created on the planet - use Rainstick - we create the rain together with our figures and then tapping on our laps, and with figures, making the sounds of rain and wind - then the green grass and trees - offering a song from the Celtic Tradition - On the Mist Covered Mountains (Sample) I play the recorder and the children clap and dance a Celtic dance. (video sample) - Then the animals appear and eat the fruits of the trees and drink the water. I play my Instruments that sound like animals: the frog, bird, owl, Didgeridoo (sounds like elephant) sample , the children are then invited to add the sound of their favorite animal, it is being recorded on the looper and sounded back to them (they love it!) -We are going to visit the jungle of Congo, I will sing a song from there, then we talk about the most powerful and maybe scary animal of the jungle - the lion. How does it feel to be big and strong? how do the people of the village feel? singing and playing "The Lion Sleeps tonight" the children are taught the song and they clap or play with percussions (if library has enough) I teach the special rhythm I adopted off this song and we practice it together. - then, we talk about the warm welcome of the people of Nigeria with the song Funga alafia (sample) 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). - Hene Ma Tov/IsraelWe talk about forming a community, how we are all brothers and sister in the human race on this planet and we can learn from each other. The lyrics are: “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. sample, another sample
- The circle dance from Israel - I'm playing the recorder, while our dance tells the story of the Israelites going in the desert with a caravan of Camels. part 2 of the dance everyone facing the middle of the circle and looking up for prayer. It is a part of the music too. The music and dance tell the story and usually, everyone participates - parents, grandparents and babies too. The song I will play while everyone is dancing is called - Nigun Atik - it’s an old traditional melody in free translation - ancient melody.