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Musician to spend week at schools

Students at four area schools have the opportunity to witness a master performing his craft when northern Nevada resident Todd Green arrives in Pahrump next week.

At the age of 10, Green began studying the guitar and by 15, he was writing and performing his own original music.

Green now performs across the country as a veritable multi-instrumental solo artist at colleges and fine arts venues.

On Monday, Green will kick off a four-day concert performance stand for students at Hafen and Manse Elementary, Rosemary Clarke Middle and Pahrump Valley High School.

A final community performance is scheduled for Friday evening Feb. 6 at the Pahrump Valley High School Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m.

Along with his concerts, Green frequently conducts college master classes and interactive school clinics as well as assemblies.

He also spent several years in Boston and New York City performing with studio musicians, as well as touring with bands throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

Loretta Lindell from the Pahrump Arts Council noted that Green has studied with the likes of recording stars Pat Metheny and George Benson among others.

Lindell said the community is fortunate to have landed such a great musical talent.

“His manager was talking to our former Pahrump Arts Council president and it just kind of got filtered down to me,” she said. “The manager actually got in touch with us and she was looking for places in Nevada that would be interested in doing just what he’s doing.”

Concert-goers next Friday should not expect to witness one man playing one instrument for the duration of the show, as Green is accomplished in several dozen different eclectic musical instruments including strings, flutes and percussion from all over the world, including the Middle East, South America, Central Asia and the Far East.

According to his bio, after spending five years in Boston, Green moved to New York City where he performed with the top echelon of studio musicians and toured with bands throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

While in New York, Green began studying Western Flute, East Indian Bansuri Bamboo Flute and Tablas (Indian hand drums).

At the time that he relocated to western Montana, Green decided to stop playing the electric guitar and concentrate on acoustic music.

After spending 10 years in Montana, his next move was to northern Nevada near Lake Tahoe where he has lived since 2001.

The electric guitar has reappeared in his performances and will once again become part of his musical landscape.

Next Friday’s community concert is expected to run about two hours with an intermission and time afterward for a question and answer period and is open to the public.

Admission to the concert will be free for students with one paid adult ticket of $10.

Families are encouraged to attend. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Pahrump Arts Council office, 775-751-6776, or will be available at the door.

For more information, visit Todd Green’s website: www.toddgreen.com.

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