“Kemp Harris is a thief, a tease and a heartbreaker. Plus, knows too much. And it’s all right there when he sings. Beautifully there.” — Tom Ashbrook (host of On Point, NPR)
“Stories on the Wind,” presented by Kemp Harris, keeps the oral tradition of "telling" alive. Kemp is a composer, musician, children’s author, and actor who has been performing in the region for decades. Most important, for nearly 40 years, Kemp has been “performing” as a kindergarten teacher in Boston's burbs. The man knows how to tell a story and how to keep children — and their parents — engaged.
Kemp has performed as a storyteller and musician at festivals, schools, and libraries across the country. Kemp’s program includes developmentally appropriate stories that incorporate music and audience participation. This event, designed for pre-schoolers on up, brings a mix of familiar stories, African folktales, and Kemp Harris originals to life in an informal and energetic setting. The program is designed to be an engaging, interactive experience for the whole family.
As a musician and composer, Kemp has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Gil Scott-Heron, and Koko Taylor. He has written and performed original compositions for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, WGBH public television, and the soundtrack for the documentary, “An Unreasonable Man,” about the life and career of Ralph Nader.
While perhaps best known as a singer and piano player, Harris is one of those rare artists who demonstrates a gift for any expressive form he touches.