Partners in EduPLAYtion: Histrionix and Andyrooniverse

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016

September 21, 2016 (HOUSTON, TX) Histrionix Learning announces a new EduPLAYtion partnership with Andyroo and the Andyrooniverse to bring exciting STEAM-powered music programs — Science, Technology, Education, Arts, Math — to schools across Houston this year. Dubbed “Houston’s Leading Children’s Musician” in the Houston Press, Andyroo and the Andyrooniverse is the children’s music project of Houston singer-songwriter and producer Andrew Karnavas. Andyroo is a frequently featured performer at schools, libraries, and museums nationwide, including the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.   “Students of all ages love Andyroo and the Andyrooniverse,” said Histrionix CEO Rick Brennan, a former HISD teacher of 13 years turned entrepreneur. Histrionix has developed game-based, project-based curriculum that leverage popular game titles like SimCity, Minecraft, and Gamestar Mechanic. “Our fun, standards-aligned, STEAM-powered learning programs and games build important 21st-century skill sets like collaboration, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving.”   Brennan and Karnavas have worked together to combine their game-based, project-based, and music-based learning backgrounds into meaningful, standards-aligned STEAM learning experiences. They believe that collaborations among leaders in fields like game design and music that combine artistic and technical skill sets are key to preparing today’s students for a future that will be shaped by creative, collaborative problem-solvers.   Karnavas first met Brennan and learned about Histrionix during TEDxHouston 2013. “He gave a talk called, What if Sixth Graders Ruled the World? and it resonated with my experiences as a children’s music artist and teacher,” Karnavas said. In addition to his music, Karnavas teaches creative writing for Writers In The Schools (WITS). In 2015, he jumped at the opportunity to teach the pilot program for WITS Digital, Histrionix’s game-based learning collaboration with WITS. As the school year progressed Brennan and Karnavas both felt that they should work on more projects together, and the K-12 STEAM music programs were born.   To fuel education as experience, students as creators, and teachers as designers, Histrionix has established a vendor relationship with HISD to provide these learning programs:   K-5th Grade: Andyrooniverse STEAM Music Visits Andyroo visits the classroom one or multiple times and interweaves music, movement, and stories from the Andyrooniverse into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math lessons to make learning fun and musical for the kids.   6-12th Grade: Just Add Beats Histrionix and Andyroo have created Just Add Beats, a STEAM music workshop where students learn to design and record their own original...

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Andrew Karnavas + Freneticore Dance at the Wortham Center!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015

In this era of binge watching, where television shows are better than ever, we are spending more time caught in a world between art and reality. And I love it. I plowed through the first season of Daredevil recently and it felt great, like listening to a new album cover to cover. Albums are largely going away in music, but they’re alive in television. On August 1, I am collaborating with Freneticore Dance to present Film Noir at the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater. The music for this show includes three reworked versions of songs from my 2010 solo album – Film Noir, Fireflies, and I Didn’t Mind – and two brand new songs that are entirely electronic and co-arranged and co-produced by my Runaway Sun band mate Matthew Davis Buehrer. Throughout Film Noir, an avid film fan is absorbed into the action and turned into a silver screen femme fatale. She journeys through a world between art and reality, a world of murder, doubt, and mystery, with the hope of leaving a dark past behind and being able to love again. Listen to this new song, Danger: It is a major thrill to be working with such a talented dance company and to watch them add a new dimension to the music through movement. In addition I get to collaborate with my girlfriend, the super creative Grace Rodriguez. She is pursuing her fascination with interactive art projections and creating a series of visualizations that the dancers will manipulate in real time with their movement onstage that will be projected on a giant screen behind them. To top it off, I am also collaborating with Director of Photography Raul Casares, the man behind the camera for Runaway Sun’s Bad Bad Man music video, to shoot black and white video footage of Houston as part of the show’s setting. Mix it all together and you get a wonderful blend of site and sound across many art forms. And that’s just the opening act! That night Freneticore will also perform Rite of Summer, their modern take on Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, with a musical score that has been “chopped and screwed” by Houston composer Chris Becker. Please join us August 1 at the Wortham Center for an unforgettable experience. CLICK TO GET TICKETS...

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