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David Alderdice is the Artistic Director of World Music Programming for the Blue Sage Center for the Arts. He will be presenting three world music concerts a year as part of the Blue Sage Concert Series on the Western Slope in Paonia, Colorado. David is excited to be bringing a lot of the musicians and music teachers who perform on the new concert series into the local schools and immerse them into the community with different musical outreach programs.

2016-2017 Season – Blue Sage: tickets and information (970) 527-7243. www.bluesage.org


Saturday, June 3, 2017. 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm.  tickets. Described by the New York Times as “explosive, exuberant,” join four-time Grammy winner Glen Velez and vocal virtuoso Loire Cotler for a rhythm fest of music drawn from traditions of Ancient Mesopotamia, South India, jazz, blues and beyond.

GLEN VELEZ – Ancient World of Drumming Workshoppress-photo5

Sunday, June 4th, 2017. 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. Join in this fun and exhilarating interactive workshop, master drummer Glen Velez will take you on a multi-cultural journey exploring the amazing worlds of drumming and hoomi (split-tone singing). Experience the thrill of ensemble drumming within a supportive and celebratory environment.

LOIRE COTLER – Rhythmic Vocal and Singing Workshop

Sunday, June 4th, 2017. 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Join vocalist Loire Cotler on a multi-cultural journey exploring rhythmic vocals. Loire will share the mystical drum language of South India, along with simple movements and clapping patterns. Experience the thrill of participating in a rhythmic vocal ensemble within a supportive and celebratory environment.

A video from our school outreach from March 2016:

Past concerts:

A MUSICAL CARAVAN with David Alderdice and FriendsDavid - am marimba

Saturday, January 21, 2017. 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. tickets. A troupe of musicians has assembled; included in the ensemble are strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. Grab your pack and jump aboard as they traverse borders and time, uncovering the sounds of foreign lands and forgotten days.… Read More

MUSIC OF THE SPIRIT with Musekiwa ChingodzaMusekiwa by cliff 1

Saturday, September 17th, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. tickets. Delight in the pure, joyful and magical music of Zimbabwe. Internationally renowned Musekiwa Chingodza and friends brings the enchanting instruments and ancient melodies of the Shona people to life.

MUSEKIWA CHINGODZA: African Song Workshop
Sunday, September 18th, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Join Zimbabwean master musician, Musekiwa, in a celebratory group vocal workshop where he will teach traditional songs and lyrics of the Shona people. Musekiwa is very experienced at sharing this joyful music with North Americans in a friendly and supportive way.

MUSEKIWA CHINGODZA: Marimba Ensemble Workshop
Sunday, September 18th, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Join Zimbabwean master musician, Musekiwa for a fun and exciting group musical experience. Participants will learn and play music from a traditional Shona tune on a group of different sized wooden marimbas accompanied by hosho (African shakers).


NEAR EASTERN SOUNDS: OLD & NEW  Many of the musical selections are drawn from Turkish classical and devotional repertoire, music from the golden age of Egyptian cinema (1940s-50s), as well as Mr. Seligman’s own compositions.

DATE: Saturday, March 19, 2016 7:30 PM
PERFORMERS:seligman 3
Jon Seligman – Percussion
Meg York – Woodwinds
David Alderdice  – Percussion
Pete Jacobs – Bass and Oud



WORLD MUSIC SALON A select group of professional western slope musicians will share their individual world music studies, repertoire, & love of music during this unforgettable evening. Each player will share 10 – 15 minutes of music and the evening will culminate with a group piece.

DATE: Saturday, February 6, 2016 7:30 PM
Andy Skellenger – Tabla & Tabla Tarang
javierbethJavier de los Santos – Spanish & Mexican Guitar
Beth Quist – Hammered Dulcimer and Voice
Carbondale Rhythm Collective – M’bira & Percussion
David & Arlyn Alderdice – Frame Drums & Shakers



MUSICAL JOURNEYS OF A 21ST CENTURY MUSICIAN Follow the evolution of the Oud & the Ney from Central Asia through North Africa, to New York and even to rural Colorado.

Tomchess, – Oud, Ney, & Morsing
Charlie Parker Mertens – Double Bass
David Alderdice – Frame Drums & Percussion
DATE: Saturday, October 3, 2015 7:30 PM