Matt Giordano, international presenter, percussionist and president of Drum Echoes, Inc., will perform as part of The ARTS Experience, a festival celebrating inclusion and the arts. The performance will take place in the Scandling Campus Center on Friday, April 19, at 5 p.m.
Diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and Tourette’s syndrome at a young age, Giordano has a unique understanding of people with various abilities. His interest in percussion began at age 2, and beginning at age 5, he worked with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s lead percussionist for eight years.
Through Drum Echoes, Giordano combines his passions for working with people and drumming to speak about disability and the acceptance of diversity. He facilitates drum circles, composes and directs drumming productions and gives community-building presentations for schools and businesses all over the world. Visit Giordano’s website: www.drumechoes.com for more information.
Giordano will talk about his personal challenges, lead an interactive drum circle with the audience, and give a rhythm performance in collaboration with students during The ARTS Experience Gala. The Giordano family’s book A Family’s Quest for Rhythm, in which Matt and his parents write about their individual perspectives of their struggle with neurological disorders and behavior issues, will be available for sale and signing. The event is free and open to the public and also includes a rhythm and dance presentation and an extensive art exhibit.
The festival, April 8 – 19, is co-sponsored by Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Collaborative of the Finger Lakes, Inc., a network of 12 NYSARC, Inc. chapters providing supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Visit www.hws.edu/festival for more information.