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Hip-hop guitarist Michael Feingold to work with Salem's Plummer Home for Boys

Posted by Ryan Mooney  August 8, 2012 07:56 AM

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The following was submitted by McMahon Communications:

Professional guitarist and Swampscott native Michael Feingold, known for his work with world renowned hip-hop artists such as Jay-Z and Erykah Badu, will be at the Plummer Home for Boys with Salem-based group The Dejas to jam with Plummer Home residents on Thursday afternoon at 3:30.

This event is not open to the public.

The Plummer Home music program started in 2007 with the donation of a used piano, and has grown into a thriving, fully-outfitted operation offering instruction in reading, writing, playing and recording music. Led by Aaron Katz of The Dejas, Plummer Home music program participants have performed publicly and released three holiday CD's that include holiday classics as well as pieces written, composed and recorded by them.

"We hope the day inspires passion, vision, goal setting and hope for our kids as well as teaches them the character traits and survival skills needed to gain the confidence one must have to achieve lasting professional and personal growth," Katz said.

Paramount is the ability of music and performing to help youth learn coping mechanisms, communication skills, discipline and the feeling of accomplishment that comes with working at something they enjoy.

Feingold was born and raised in Swampscott and started playing guitar at age 12. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and was mentored by Spanky Alford in Alabama.

He's performed in the biggest festivals, arenas and theaters across the world with some of the most acclaimed and well-known musicians in today's music industry, including Queen Latifa, The Roots, Kanye West, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Erykah Badu. Feingold was also guitarist and co-arranger with Jay Z at Carnegie Hall.

The Plummer Home for Boys works with at risk youth and their families to provide adolescents innovative support and services in a safe and nurturing environment, to build the skills and relationships necessary for a successful adulthood. Programs range from group homes, to independent living and neighborhood services - some of which are coordinated with the Salem Police Department and the Essex County Juvenile Court - in Salem's lowest income neighborhoods.

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