Griffin James Brady

Oswego native, Griffin James Brady, has a Master of Arts degree from Goddard College with a focus in Ethnomusicology and Music Pedagogy.  His masters thesis and adjoining musical method books were inspired by his work as a touring musician and educator with groups such as the SAAKUMU Dance Troupe of Ghana, West Africa.  Upon founding the Slyboots School of Music, Art & Dance in Buffalo, NY in 2006, Griffin has been teaching and performing in over 800 Universities, Colleges, High Schools, Elementary Schools and clubs across the United States promoting the Slyboots mission- “positive social change through cultural arts education and performance.  Bringing the world together, on the sly.” In addition to his touring efforts, Griffin also works as a teaching artist in WNY schools, has been a featured speaker at various panel discussions and events including the Ted X Buffalo conference and he also organizes and implements a study abroad program that has brought WNY students to Africa nearly every summer since 2010.  Griffin is also widely known for the community events that he produces including weekly drum and dance classes and the annual multi-day music, art and dance festival– SLYFEST– as well as his audio production work in association with Ripe Audio at Nights Of Fire, Bidwell Park, Larkin Square and Buffalo Ironworks.

In addition to performing and directing the resident ensembles at the Slyboots School; The Slyboots Circus & The Slyboots Drumming Ensemble– Griffin has performed, recorded and sat in with a wide range of artists such as; Bernard Woma and the Saakumu Dance Troupe, Mohamed Diaby and Manding Foli Kan Don, Cyro Baptista, Brian Marsalis, Billy Martin and the UB Percussion Ensemble, Northern Choral Society featuring the Malawi Youth Choir, DJ Logic, Bernard Purdie, Arthur Lipner, Critt’s Juke Joint, Surprise me Mr. Davis with Marco Benevento, The Slip and Nathan Moore, One World Tribe, The Manhattan Project, Toubab Krewe, The Mike Dillon Band, Saranaide, The MK Groove Trio, Sophistafunk, Babik, 12/8 Pathband, Family Funktion and the Sitar Jams, Buffalo Afrobeat Orchestra, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Sophistafunk, Funktional Flow, The Jony James Blues Band, Brownman, Folkfaces, RiShon Odell Northington, Type Relevant, Effective Resolution, Larry LZ Dillon, Andrew Moore, Mike Sisto, Tiger Chung Lee, Cinnamon Aluminum, Caveman, Ramforinkus, The Joseph Glarner Jazz Band, Dennis Cicak, Subsoil, House on a Spring, Dali’s Ghost, Slip Madigan, Universe Shark, Adam Bronstein’s Freehand Band, The Buddhahood, Randle and the Late Night Scandals, Little Mountain Band, Working Man’s Dead, Dead Alliance Buffalo, Black and Blues Band, Lake View Effect, New Clear Fusion, One Love Marley Project, Brian DeAngelo Ensemble, Michael King Project, John McConnell, The Garafolo Brothers, FJE, Big Sauce Trio, Made in America, Blue Saturn and more.

Art Forms: Ensemble, Music


Drums: Musical Languages that Bring Us Together

Through interactive, hands on drumming instruction students learn about drumming as a language, a cultural expression, a healing art and unifying power.  Ethnomusicologist, Griffin Brady, is the founder of Buffalo’s own Slyboots School of Music, Art and Dance in addition to teaching and performing in WNY, Griffin also organizes study abroad opportunities for students to travel to Africa in the summer months.  Since 2008 he has been touring to colleges , universities, schools and clubs across the country with various ensembles form around the world promoting global awareness and positive social change through cultural arts education.

Grade Level: Kindergarten-12
Audience Limit: 30
Workshop cost (90 minutes or less): $265.00

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