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Deaf children enjoy holiday concert

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 01:10

A special holiday concert for deaf children translates traditional tunes into lights, colors and vibrations. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A Peruvian musician is bringing holiday cheer to deaf children in Lima through a festive mix of lights, colors and vibrations. Lucho Quequezana is a musician and television host who performed a holiday concert that captured the audio experience and converted it into different colored lights and vibrations for his deaf audience. He put on a concert for the Association of the Deaf of Peru, but said he kept it short for the children's benefit. About 50 deaf children in the capital city of Lima enjoyed the performance which included such traditional tunes as "Jingle Bells." Quequezana explained that he used software called "Sound in Color" and connected it to speakers under the audience members' seats. "The idea was to give a group of deaf children a concert so that, for the first time in their lives, they would discover the structure of music and how music functions for us. For that, we resorted to technology. The first thing we did was have the children come in and sit on tables that had speakers under them so they could feel the vibrations. Those vibrations would also pass through computers which emit light impulses so that they could connect the vibration they are listening to with the light and, at the same time, colors were reproduced on screen. This entire language that is so natural to us, had to be decoded in a simple way for them so that they could understand it and, for the first time in their lives, listen to Christmas songs," he said. Quequezana, a self-taught musician and composer, has performed internationally and has been nominated for a Latin Grammy and won Peru's National Culture Award.

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Deaf children enjoy holiday concert

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 01:10