Singing vibrates us body and soul,
and brings us together as community.
Elise and the Global Village Project, along with Ecuadoran/New Orleans performance artist José Torres-Tama,are featured in this article for Public, a Journal of Imagining America, exploring higher education and public engagement.
For the past 40 years, Alternate ROOTS has been a champion of, and resource for, artists, cultural workers, and progressive movement builders in the southern United States. In this article, Nicole Gurgel interviews two longtime ROOTS members—Elise Witt and José Torres-Tama—and explores these artists’ responses to the global challenges the Deep South is facing.read more
Elise Witt is the recipient of the William L. Womack Creative Arts Award, which acknowledges artistic expression of a person or group that is using their talent to build bridges of understanding between diverse communities.
In music, a tuning fork is a classic vibratory instrument providing true pitch, used as a guide to all other tonal relationships. In life, it is Elise Witt.
Born in Switzerland to survivors of Nazi Germany, raised in North Carolina, Elise makes her home in Atlanta, Georgia. Speaking fluent Italian, French, German, Spanish, and English and singing in more than a dozen languages, Elise’s passion for music and language has carried her around the nation and across the seas. “My work and my life are all about sound,” says the multi-instrumentalist and longtime member of the Children’s Music Network.read more
My friend Masankho Banda told me that in Malawi to greet each other, they say, “I see you with my eyes, I see you with my heart.” At the Global Village Project, this inspired a song weaving a multi-lingual musical collage of greetings from each of our cultures. Here is a performance by the Global Village Chorus at the release concert for my CD We’re All BORN SINGING. We are joined by Brien Engel on Mbira (southern african thumb piano).read more
The first song on my new CD “We’re All BORN SINGING” explores my fascination with sound and language. Musings on how we hear, listen and learn, are sung over Vocables by the wonderful Becky Reardon, and interspersed with my take on Late Night Short Wave Radio segments featuring some of my Global Village Project students …read more