I was talking about the roots of music earlier today on Twitter during one of my weekly rants. These are the real roots for sure. Kudos to the folks over at Playing For Change as they continue the journey to build a music school in the Village of Kirina, Mali.

Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.