Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hangin' with Matis! (Yahoooo!!)


pic credit: Barbara Koltun

The PS22 Chorus got a visit yesterday from Matisyahu, the incredible reggae singer, who also turns out to be a rather incredible person! He was awesome with the kids -- laid back and spontaneous -- just our style! Check out these two absolutely BRILLIANT videos that came out of our collaboration yesterday, before the kids had a chance to perform these same songs with him live to a sold out audience at the 92nd Street Y that same night!






And what a fantastic job Leah & Messale did on the solos!! Leah is a complete revelation on this version of "One Day" (the official song of this year's Winter Olympics)! I love the bridge she shares with Matis, especially with the newly added "wiyooooooooo"s!!



And after Messale told Matis he had really been listening lots to his song "On Nature"(which the chorus only learned 1 practice before Matis arrived!), he got an invitation to join in on the verses and bridges (with the words he knew). Yeah, we know Messale could rap from his amazing work on the PS22 version of "Empire State of Mind Pt XXII" but what a great singing voice he has too! When they performed these songs tonight at the 92nd Street Y, the crowd went nuts for Messale & Leah both! Congrats to them and to the chorus (and of course to Matis & guitarist Dave) for a brilliant job! The kids & Matis got a well-deserved standing ovation after their two songs together. We're hoping to get footage of those performances soon.



And of course, leave it to Ethan to get in his obligatory sniff -- even if Jenna was apparently a little freaked out by it all....



Thanks to Ms. Lisa, Mrs. Johnson, Ms. Laurie & Barbara Kolton for the incredible pics and vids you've seen so far! Thanks also to Scott Vollweiler from Broken Record Magazine for taking and sending on even more incredible shots that you can see below!






10 comments:

Anonymous said...

had to post.... awesome video of One Day, this might sound strange- but the first time I listened to it... I could feel the energy (even though I wasn't there.) good energy, gotta listen to the other one now.

trillium10 :)
Ontario, Canada

Jillian said...

I couldn't understand what was going on with the sniffy kid. What is that all about?

Suz said...

I love to see all the fun the kids are having with all of these unique experiences...I love seeing artists appreciate all the hard work that goes into this program!

Another OUTSTANDING performance from the kids.. can't wait to see the concert vids-- I am sure they stole the show!

KEEP ROCKING!

Anonymous said...

Just few words to say that you're famous all over the world : everybody think that you're just awesome ! Keep it that way. Thank you very much for sharing your performances. I wish you the very best...

XXX from France

Damaris said...

I cried so much watching the one day video. Thanks for sharing your talent, thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

wheres the second video?

Mr. B said...

it'll be back shortly. getting a better quality upload together.

Anonymous said...

oh thanks sorry for being so impatient i just love these guys so much

Mr. B said...

no worries! check back in about a half hour. the renovation of the video will be worth it. :)

Anonymous said...

amazing. perfect.
i love matisyahu and the kids.
good luck.