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iQ Kids Radio Featured Storyteller Brian Gorman

Creator & Co-Director, Teacher, Professional Musician, Member of Rainbow Beast

Photo by Kristen Sard

Brian has been a performer and musician for most of his life, and developed his skills as a professional performer while living and teaching in Japan. Brian has more than a decade of early childhood education experience and has designed and taught a variety of specialty classes for Pre-K and elementary school children. When not rocking out in Rock Band Land or with Rainbow Beast, Brian is one third of the critically acclaimed band, Tartufi.

In 2009, after years of performing as touring musicians, Brian Gorman and Marcus Stoesz created Rock Band Land, an ongoing, San Francisco-based collaborative program that offers a venue for elementary-age kids to explore creativity through story writing, storytelling and songwriting. In Rock Band Land, young rockers are encouraged to run with any and all ideas that inspire them. Anything can be explored in a story: fear, death, mystery, adventure, as well as love, joy, and endless kindness. The young rockers are challenged to be original, be kind, and work together as a team under the guise of a rock band. All Rock Band Land content (songs and stories) must, in the end, be positive and full of redemption. Once the stories are created, they are then turned into rock songs and later performed on stage by Rainbow Beast and the Rock Band Land Rockers. As an added bonus, Brian turns the stories into theatrical radio drama productions.

Photo by Kristen Sard

Brian and Marcus are part of the band Rainbow Beast, along with bassist Jen Aldrich.

The members of Rainbow Beast act as interpreters, mentors and curators for the youth of Rock Band Land, and all the music that the band records and performs was written with the Rock Band Land Rockers.

Make sure to listen to iQ Kids Radio to hear some of Brian’s awesome stories such as: Chef Shark’s in a Pickle and Ghosts of the Sea to name a few.

Photo by Jorge Novoa

Lyrics from Ghosts of the Sea (an excerpt):

Eight arms pulled her down
A spirit in the sea
Jenny Penny drowned
Her ghost tail wispy

With her friend Henry
Kept the sharks at bay
Safe from you and me
They stay away

Eight long years
The people of the city
Lived without fear
Of being eaten while swimming

With her friend Henry
Kept the sharks at bay
Safe from you and me
They stay away

The things that we’re scared of
Might just save us
Don’t be frightened
When you’re swimming
With the ghosts of the sea

Meet previously featured artist Laurie Berkner


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