"Beautiful music, scenery, stories and insights. A film for the music aficionado, traveler and memoir lover."
- Wilmington (DE) Int'l Film Festival

(A private link to the full version of Talking Sticks is available by request!)

Talking Sticks is a one-hour documentary filmed in Ghana, Mexico, Norway, Brazil, Iceland and USA.

The film tells the untold story of marimba and vibraphone. Their history, relationship to music and cultures, and manufacturing are all explored in-depth through location footage and interviews. Arthur is the journeyperson in the film. Along the way, he plays a stone marimba in rural Iceland, in the streets of Rio De Janeiro during Carnival, makes an ice xylophone high on the mountains of Norway, and much more.

A compelling personal documentary packed with information and performances, Talking Sticks has already entertained and inspired many audiences prior to its formal 2016 release.

Typical Screening/Concert Event flow schedule

For a sample Screening/Concert Event flow schedule, click here.

Concert Options

Arthur can perform a 45-min solo concert set, following the screening, on vibes and/or vibes and marimba (depending on travel, logistics, rental fees, etc). This is the simplest and most cost-effective option. Arthur has been presenting solo concerts for 30 will not seem like there is anything missing! A portion of this set can be playing jazz standards with local musicians. He can also perform with his trio Brasilian Music Soul if they are traveling with him.

Screening Venues
(all but WilmFilm were followed by a Q&A/concert):

Biloxi Visitors Center, Biloxi, MS
CT Int'l Film Festival, New Haven, CT
Hartland Jazz Festival, Hartland, VT
Iowa State Univ, Ames, IA
Jacksonville State Univ, Jacksonville, AL
MIAM Music Conservatory, Istanbul, Turkey
Tonlistarskoli Reykjavikur Music Conservatory, Reyjkavik, Iceland
WilmFilm Film Festival, Wilmington, DE
Voices Cafe/Film Series, Westport, CT
Yasar Univ, Izmir, Turkey

Tech Requirements

Talking Sticks is available in a variety of digital formats are available, including BluRay. If you have HDMI connectivity, Arthur can bring a BluRay player with him! Please indicate your preferred format with your inquiry.


"A strong documentary which speaks of one man's passion combined with his experiences traveling the globe to seek out the various cultures from which his love for music originated. From Africa to Norway to Mexico and everywhere in between, he took the audience (a sold-out house) on an engaging, informative and personal journey. Bravo!" - New Haven (CT) Int'l Film Festival World Premiere

"..Enthusiastically received by folks interested in world music and the creative impulse. It is not only educational but also funny and moving, and should appeal to any audience of music lovers."
- Hartland (VT) Jazz Festival

"WOW, what a great film and project! Looks and sounds fantastic. So informative with such a great message, and is also very enjoyable to watch. The filmmakers must be very proud."
- Jeff Moore, Director/School of Performing Arts, Univ Central Florida

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