The Award Winning, Randy Armstrong and Genevieve Aichele began collaborating in 1992 as Armstrong & Aichele - WORLD TALES, a performance ensemble which merges music, movement, storytelling and theatre to animate timeless stories that appeal to audiences of all ages. Together they perform "World Tales," with music played on traditional instruments from all over the globe -- the Native American flute, the African djembe drum, and the North Indian sitar, just to name a few.
The stories include traditional favorites like Anansi the Spider and original retellings of ancient myths. "World Tales" performances and "A Mosaic of Music & Stories from Around the World," the album of the show, have won rave reviews all over the country.
Working as Artists-in-Residence at dozens of schools and community organizations throughout New England, Armstrong & Aichele have been the recipients of numerous grants from the NH State Council on the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
"A beautiful example of storytelling at its best." - Nashville Parent
"A winner for the entire family." Tribune Media Services
"This is a thoroughly enchanting collection of stories from around the globe, adapted by Genevieve Aichele and set to music by Randy Armstrong. Both Aichele and Armstrong have wonderful voices for storytelling. A special treat is the voice of guest artist Billy Teare, a native of Ballycarry, Northern Ireland, who is featured on two of the stories, "What's in There" (adapted from a traditional Celtic poem) and "How Fergus Fionnliath Acquired a Dog.
"If you like Windham Hill's line of stories set to music, this CD will hold great appeal for you. This is not just a children's CD – it can be enjoyed by all ages for its music as much as for its stories and first-class performances.
"There are also four instrumental versions of these pieces, featuring Randy Armstrong on Japanese koto, shakuhachi flute, synthesizers, acoustic guitar, bass, and a huge variety of drums and other percussion instruments."
-- New Age Retailer
"Aichele's beautiful but vibrant voice sings the stories, while Armstrong's musical accompaniment helps bring cultural authenticity to the tales... The aural quality is excellent, and background music never overwhelms the storytelling. This album will be useful to supplement literature and reading units, multicultural units, music classes, or just for quiet times in the class."
-- School Library Journal
"Both the music and the stories are skillfully performed by Armstrong and Aichele. The music suits the stories and does not overpower the spoken word performances. One story, La Hormiguita (The Little Ant), also cleverly incorporates Spanish words and their translations into the storytelling."
-- Multicultural Review