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Jan 31: Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling CONCERT! Bill returns to Sugar Hill for another virtual storytelling concert of folktales from around the world. This time enjoy tales from the Inuit, Mexico, West Africa, Japan and Brazil. Of course Bill will accompany his stories with banjo. Sunday, Jan. 31. 1:00 - 1:45 PM. It's free. You can register online on the museum site. It's Free.

Bill Gordh YouTube Channel: Now over 200 tales! Bill has been busy during this time of isolation using the time to record quite a few of the many, many stories he knows and putting them up on his YouTube Channel. He has recorded more than 190 stories since early March 2019 and with the others already available puts it over 200 folktales. They are from around the world and all accompanied by banjo or some other instrument. There are short funny stories, long quest adventures, Bible stories, Why Tales, Tall tales, Jewish and Buddhist stories. Often Bill has added little song refrains to make them more fun for young listeners. On the channel there are all the stories compiled as well as ones on playlists that offer the stories that are presented in his books. There is also a Scandinavian playlist as Scandinavia House has been using some on occasion for their family newsletters. Luckily, there is still a big pile of stories that have yet to be recorded. Enjoy! and If you like them, let me know!!

Nov 8: Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling Concert. Bill will present a program of folktales from around the world on Sunday. Nov 8 at 1:00 PM as a guest of The Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling. With banjo in hand Bill will share stories from West Africa, Japan, Myanmar, America and more.. in a virtual concert. For more info and to REGISTER.

Nov 5 - 6: National Association of Episcopal Schools' Biennial Conference. Bill was a featured speaker at the NAES Biennial in San Francisco in 2000. He has presented at every Biennial since. This year's was to be in San Diego but has been converted into a virtual event. Bill will present a workshop celebrating his new book Making Room for Everyone: More Stories for Building a Children's Chapel. There are many other exciting workshops and speakers. The NAES 2020 Biennial.

August 25: Making Room for Everyone is here!

Making Room for Everyone

Bill's new book, Making Room for Everyone, is now available everywhere. Support your local bookstore!

August 10: Lunch with the Rabbi. Monday, August 10:Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal and High Holy Day Storyteller Bill Gordh discuss Gordh's new book "Making Room for Everyone" The book contains Bill's tellings of 35 folktales from around the world compiled thematically concerning self, the value of all living things, faith, hope, family and friends to be used to create more inclusive gatherings. It's at Noon and can be accessed on Facebook or on Twitter. .

July 25: Storytelling on-line For Hans Christian Andersen Program. Bill will join 2 other wonderful storytellers to share stories on another all-Andersen stories program. Due to Covid, the storytelling will be on-line instead of in Central Park. Every Saturday from 11:00 - Noon from June through September there will be storytelling programs as there have been for more than 50 years. The Hans Christian Storytelling Center is the host. World-renowned teller Laura Simms has gathered another remarkable group of tellers for the summer. This Saturday, July 25th, the tellers will be Noah Baum, Randel McGee and Bill Gordh in an all Andersen Program. You can access on Facebook or Youtube FREE

NOW: Tons of Tales on Bill Gordh YouTube Channel. Bill has been at work in the studio during the pandemic recording videos of many of his vast repertoire of folktales from around the world and uploading them to his YouTube Channel. Telling tales accompanied by banjo from every continent, some stories are short as a few minutes and some of the stories run over 25. There are funny stories, scary stories, quest tales, cumulative tales, circle stories, tales of justice, stories of love and compassion, tales of peace and trust. They are non-violent. They have provided many children and their families some great tales to listen to while not at school and they are told with the same energy and care that in-classroom and concert attendees have come to cherish. There are presently about 100 Stories on the channel with more to come. Subscribe. It's FREE! Stay Safe!!

March 3: "Home by Now" Concert at B'Nai Jeshurun, NYC. Mourning Through Creativity: A Zayin Adar Presentation will bring artist/writer Nancy Patz and storyteller/songwriter Bill Gordh together to discuss their journeys with grief and art. The discussion will be followed by a concert of Bill's new album "Home by Now: Songs of a Journey in Grief and Love". The album, now available on Spotify, I-Tunes, Apple Music etc. contains 16 original songs Bill composed on his banjo and then recorded with a batch of wonderful musicians. The concert at BJ will feature a number of those musicians including producer/arranger George Wurzbach (Keyboards) , Cliff Hahn (Guitar), Christopher Minarich (Violin), Rachel DiSalvo (Harmony Vocals), Janelle Bradley (Harmony Vocals) as well as special guest Mike Witman (Percussion). A website has been created http://jennysongs.com/ that presents movies of each of the songs coupled with images of Jenny Lewis artwork. The event will be Tuesday, March 3 in the sanctuary of B'nai Jeshurun at 257 West 88th Street in NYC. It begins ay 7:00 and will be about 2 hours. FREE. You may register here.

Feb. 1: "Home by Now" concert in Greensboro. Bill brings his program of songs and reflections "Home by Now: Songs of a Journey in Grief and Love" to Sylvan Pathways in Greensboro, NC on Feb. 1. Accompanying Bill who will sing and play banjo are several of the musicians who play on the album of "Home by Now" that was recorded in the summer of 2019 in New York City. They are Rudy Gordh (Guitar), Frank Albert (Viola) and producer George Wurzbach (Keyboards). A website has been created to feature these songs and artwork by Jennifer Lewis - JennySongs.com.

Nov. 16: Home by Now: Songs of a Journey in Grief and Love. The Jenny Songs Concert. Over the summer, I recorded songs I have written since my wife's passing in September, 2018. A group of wonderful musicians (including Rudy Gordh (Guitar), Frank Albert (Viola) and Nat Zilkha (Dobro)) brought their instrumental gifts to the tunes and the result is a 16 song album. We will be performing the entire album in concert at Subculture on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2:00 PM. Joining me (Vocals and Banjo) will be some of the musicians who play on the recording. They are producer/arranger George Wurzbach (Keyboards), Jon Deak (Bass), Cliff Hahn (Guitar), Justin Hines (Percussion) and Christopher Minarich (Fiddle). The harmony vocalists are Rachel Gordh, Rachel DiSalvo and Janelle Bradley. Subculture is at 45 Bleecker Street, NYC, just East of Lafayette. The concert is free. Reservations: bgordh@nyc.rr.com.

July 14: Edwards Colorado. Family Storytelling Concert. Bill returns to the Vail Valley for his annual residency and family concert July 8 - 14. During the week he will work with the teachers and students of the Gore Range Montessori School and on Sunday morning at 11:00 AM will be at The Backyard at Riverwalk in Edwards. He has been working with Gore Range and giving concerts for over a decade and is always delighted to return. During the first number of years in the valley, Bill collaborated with composer/bassist/VYC founder Jon Deak to create the Very Young Composers of Vail Valley program in collaboration with the New York Philharmonic and the Bravo Festival. The program continues. The Sunday morning hour long family concert will feature Bill with his banjo telling stories and singing songs. It's FREE!

June 30: Family Service on Shelter Island. For the June 30, 2019 Family Service at Union Chapel in the Grove, Bill Gordh has designed a program entitled Echoes of Caring. Through stories, songs and readings we will explore how acts of compassion and care continue reverberating through our lives and for others in the future. This is Bill's 4th annual service at the chapel. It begins at 10:30 AM, will be about an hour and is open for all. Light refreshments will follow service. Union Chapel is included in the National Registry of Historic Places.

June 15: Fishing in a Finnish Forest. Bill will be telling Scandinavian folk tales at the Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Central Park on Saturday, June 15th from 11:00 AM - Noon. As always Bill will accompany the stories on the banjo, tales including "The Hungry Cat" (Norway), "Hildur, the Elf Queen" (Iceland) and "The Pig that was Unhappy with its Living Conditions". For the Finnish tale "Fishing" Bill will play the kantele, a 5-string instrument brought as a gift from its maker in Finland. Opening the program and making his debut at the Statue will be Aaron Mace, a fine storyteller who has been honing his craft in schools across Westchester. This marks the 63rd year of storytelling at the statue and is FREE!

May 21. Insights at the Atrium: New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers. Bill will join Very Young Composer's (VYC) founder Jon Deak for a special event at the David Rubenstein Atrium on Broadway focused on this unique program. It will feature performances of works by 3 very young composers as well as audience participation in a series of activities led by teaching artist and percussionist Justin Hines. Bill will narrate and lead an interactive composing event within the presentation of An Instrument Village Adventure: New Sounds in Town. VYCer Vivian Graham has composer a piece entitled No Walls about a day in Instrument Village when some new sounds come into town and how the instruments find new music. Artemy Mukhin, another VYC composer has created a piece about nighttime in the village. The audience will get to offer their own ideas for new sounds for the third piece in this adventure. There will also be a new work by VYCer Isai Rabiu. The pieces will be played by a quartet including Trombone, Flute, Clarinet and Percussion. The players include NY Philharmonic musicians and others who work with the program. This is a New York Philharmonic event at 7:30 on Tuesday, May 21 at the David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway = 61 West 62nd Street). One hour. FREE

May 11: An Instrument Village Adventure: New Sounds in Town! As part of Saturday May 11th's New York Philharmonic Young Peoples Concert (YPC), two Very Young Composers will guide the way for an audience compositional creation. This will occur on the Grand Promenade as part of the pre-concert activities. Very Young Composer's (VYC) founder Jon Deak and co-producer storyteller Bill Gordh will host new pieces composed by VYCers Vivian Graham and Artemy Mukhin. NY Philharmonic teaching artist Jacinta Clusellashas mentored the process for the two young composers. The story for which the composers have composed centers on life in Instrument Village where all the instruments of the orchestra live. In this adventure, new sounds come into the Village and the result is new music. Vivian will work with a daytime musical setting and Artemy a nocturnal one. Each composer has created a scale that the other must compose with for the part of their pieces that represents after the new sounds have arrived. They have composed for Trombone, Flute, Clarinet and Percussion that will be played by NY Phil teaching artists. Following these pieces, the audience will be asked to contribute new sounds for another day's adventure. The program will run twice beginning at 1:00 PM and admission is included with a YPC ticket.

April 13: Peter and the Wolf. The Fabri Chamber Concerts present a Young Peoples Concert featuring the much loved "Peter and the Wolf" narrated by Jon Deak. The program will also include a suite of Russian tales told by Bill Gordh with his banjo. A solo work for Bass (who also narrates) by Deak of The Hound of the Baskervilles featuring bassist Richard Frederickson will round out the bill. The ensemble features virtuoso wind players from the New York Philharmonic: Sherry Sylar (flute), Kim Laskowski (bassoon), Pascual Martinez-Fonseca (clarinet) and Allen Spanier (Horn). The performance will be at House of the Redeemer, 7 East 95th Street. Tix. $25 - Adults, $10.00 - Children. 212.289-0399. 3:00 PM. Limited Seating.  

March 2: Lincoln Center: VYC on the Mezzanine. For the Pre-Concert Interactive Program for the March 2 New York Philharmonic's Young People's Concert, Very Young Composer's (VYC) founder Jon Deak and co-producer Bill Gordh have invited two young composers to create new works to inspire the audience to collaborate on a new composition. To the Top of the Mountain presents a quartet of instruments (Flute, Trumpet, Trombone and Percussion) trying to complete the 3 track challenge. Each of the composers, Michael Rodriquez and Alexander Rothschild-Douaihy has composed a piece of the quartet trying to get past three sonic obstacles and make it to the top. To add to the excitement, Michael had created one of the obstacles for Alexander and vice versa. The two trips up the mountain will provide a model for the audience to compose the third trip. An exciting and unique composing adventure! Admission included with Young Persons Concert ticket.

Feb 9: Scandinavia House. Bill will bring his banjo, as well as the 5-string kantele to accompany his telling of Scandinavian Tales for his annual family concert at Scandinavia House. Titled Lore from the Fjords, Bill shares a variety of marvelous tales from the mainland Scandinavian countries as well as Iceland. The hour long program will include "Ole and the Magpie" (Sweden), "The Raspberry Worm" (Finland), "The Merman's Mitten" (Norway) and "The Elf Woman's Gift" (Iceland). The hour-long concert begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday, Feb 9th at 58 Park Ave, NYC. FREE

Feb. 2: The New York Society Library. Bill will be telling stories at the Open House for the New York Society Library on Saturday, Feb. 2. There will be programs at 2:15, 3:00 and 3:45. Hands on craft making will also be available throughout the afternoon. The library, founded in 1754 is the oldest cultural institution in New York City. It is now located at 53 East 79th Street (near Madison). The Open House runs from 2:00 - 5:00. It is FREE to the public. Family Fun Day 2019

Nov 7th:,2009 The New York Philharmonic’s KIDZONE at the Young Peoples Concert, Avery Fisher Hall. Jon Deak and Bill Gordh’s “Instrument Village: The Instruments’ Guide to Young People” with new music by 10 and 11 year old composers from the Bridge Composers Programs.

October 31st : The Haunted House – a special 2 hour event designed for 6 and 7 year olds at the Jacob Burns Film Center Media Lab.

October 17th: A Program of Swedish Tales; Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, NYC. 11:00 AM. Free to the Public.

September: 2 Songs on New Bluegrass Recording: 2 songs Bill wrote with Billy Boone Smith "Whippoorwill" and "Regardless" appear on Billy’s new CD "Live from the Moose Lodge". Other songs on the album include ones Billy wrote with the legendary Tom T. Hall, Grammy winner Paul Overstreet and Irene Kelly. www.muddysunshine.com

September 18: Curriculum Consulting and Development: Trinity Wall Street Pre-School, NYC has arranged for Bill to work with its faculty for a series of workshops throughout the school year.

September 11: Storytelling Workshop: Bill led a 3 hour Storytelling Workshop for Children’s Librarians at the Midtown –Manhattan Branch for the New York City Public Library.

Aug 3rd – 6th : Workshops for Children of new Curriculum: Seeing Stories Summer Workshops at Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NY. Newly created curriculum for very young filmmakers (ages 6 and 7) incorporating stories, storytelling, music, watching and making movies.

July 22 – July 30: Workshops and Performances for Children in Music Composing Instrument Village: The Haunted House (15th Instrument Village adventure) Very Young Composers of Eagle County, CO. Mentoring workshops and public performances for 8 – 13 year olds with composer/educator Jon Deak. Performed by NY Philharmonic musicians. Sponsored by The New York Philharmonic and The Vail Valley Music Foundation.

August 2: 4th Annual “Spin the Globe” Family Performance: presented by Eagle Montessori near Vail Colorado. Venues have included Gerald Ford Amphitheatre, Minturn Amphitheatre and the Lundgren Amphitheatre in Gypsum.

July 14th – 17th. Seeing Stories Summer Workshops at Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NY. Newly created curriculum for very young filmmakers (ages 4 and 5) incorporating stories, storytelling, music, watching and making movies.

July 11th – 13th – Workshop Leader at the Episcopal Women’s Triennial, Anaheim, California.

July 6 – 10: Director of Manhattanville College’s 7th annual Summer Arts Institute. 3- credit – Graduate level program.

June 28 – July 2nd Guest Storyteller and Workshop Leader: Hollins University Graduate Program in Children’s Literature.

June 20th : Program of Greek and Cypriot Tales – Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum, Houston, Texas.

June 18th – 19th: Featured Speaker. Early Childhood Retreat, Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools, Houston, Texas.