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Nov. 2, 2006

river's end bookstore Hosts CD Opening Nov. 7

Inventing Sound, a unique program that encourages musical creativity in teens, will be featured at a CD opening at the river's end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7. The program is free and open to the public.

The Inventing Sound 2006 CD was recorded by ten Oswego County youth for two weekends at Camp Hollis last spring. Camp Hollis is owned by Oswego County and administered by the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. The CD highlights sounds and rhythms created by everyday objects as well as these youths' individual voices. Audience members will have the opportunity to hear some of the recorded pieces and the explanation behind them.

“Inventing Sound gave the youth a creative avenue to express themselves to the greater community,” said Gina Holsopple, facilitator for the program. “All performance pieces where participant led. The music and lyrics came directly from the youth.”

Matt Wood, who worked with Holsopple, added, “Only a couple of the participants had formal music training. The recordings came through exploration of unique venues for sound.”

The Inventing Sound program was designed and facilitated by Project X. Project X, developed and run by both Holsopple and Wood, provides alternative learning environments through the arts, environmental education, and wilderness exploration.

This project is made possible through the Friends of Camp Hollis, a not-for-profit charitable organization whose mission is to support Camp Hollis, and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered by Arts and Culture for Oswego County.

“We are grateful to Arts and Culture of Oswego County,” said Jim Farfaglia, Youth Services Specialist of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, “for providing this grant allowing young people an alternative to more traditional music exploration.”

Donations can be made to help further Project X's positive youth programming in Oswego County. Anyone making a donation will receive a complimentary CD. Please call Project X at 402-6159 for more information.

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