2017 Governor's Arts Awards Winner, Randy Armstrong for Arts Education
2018 Artist In Residence with The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra
Hailed by the Boston Globe as a "sure-fingered guitar virtuoso", Randy Armstrong is the co-founder of Do'a World Music Ensemble,Unu Mondo & Beyond Borders. With a collection of over three hundred instruments from around the world, including acoustic, synthesizer and nylon-string guitars, sitar, balofon, djembe, koto, charango, mbira and a wide variety of percussion and stringed instruments, he has amazed audiences throughout the United States, Canada, Alaska, India, West and South Africa, Croatia, Belize, Cuba and Puerto Rico.
Randy travelled to Central America and West Africa in 2004 performing and studying with Garifuna musicians and drummers in Dangriga and Hopkins, Belize and Ewe, Fanti and Ga drummers in Accra and Legon, Ghana. He has performed at Carnegie Recital Hall and festivals at Lincoln Center in New York City. In 1998, Randy was selected as an artist representative to attend a Cultural Trade Mission to Ireland, Northern Ireland and England sponsored by Governor Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and in May 2005 attended a Curatorial Research trip on Son Jarocho music in Xalapa and Veracruz, Mexico for the New England Foundation for the Arts. He was appointed by NH Governor Craig Benson as an arts councilor for the NH State Council on the Arts in 2003 and reappointed by Governor John Lynch in 2008.
Randy is celebrating the release of his CD entitled: BEYOND BORDERS. Produced with Volker Nahrmann and 5 years in the making featuring 35 musicians from around the world, it is a Global Voyage in Music. Beyond Borders was nominated for the 2015 ZMR Music Awards – Best World Album. His original score and sountrack for the theater and dance production, THE CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS had its premiere performance in San Jose, CA in September 2016 featuring 11 international dance traditions with 50 actors ages 4 to 84. In 2017, composed and recorded the soundtrack for SOUNDWAVES – The Passion of Noor Inayat Khan for The San Francisco Bay theater performance produced by EnActe Arts, Inc.
He also performs with the award-winning storytelling, music and movement duo, ARMSTRONG & AICHELE: WORLD TALES that has received wide critical acclaim. With Do'a World Music Ensemble and as a solo artist, he has been the recipient of numerous grants from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the state arts councils of Arkansas, Arizona and New York and the National Endowment of the Arts. He has shared the stage with such artists as Dizzy Gillespie, King Sunny Ade, Fatoumata Diawara, the Paul Winter Consort, Babtunde Olatunji, Mose Allison, Pierre Bensusan, Michael Hedges, Eddie Palmieri and Richie Havens.
•For more information and discography visit: www.randyarmstrong.com
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