The Brown University World Music Ensemble, directed by Kwaku Kwaakye (Martin) Obeng, plays a free concert on December 7, 2019 in Grant Recital Hall. The Ensemble is Max Chung, piano; William Hawkins, viola; Kieran Pandey, drums; Ava Schully, cello; Lucas Washburn, electric guitar; and Lily Wright; electric guitar. Special guests are Michelle Bazile ’19, bass, and Jay Loomis, cajón. Admission is free and open to the public.
About the World Music Ensemble
This ensemble focuses on global percussive and song traditions, especially those of the African diaspora (based on instructor’s vast musical experiences). Here western instrumentalists fuse with traditional musicians from every culture: bongo, gyil, ukulele, tabla, etc. Students will grow and develop their musical skills by learning new techniques on their own instrument, exploring a range of repertoire representing genres such as highlife, reggae, salsa, afrobeat, Afro-jazz, and global fusions. There will be unique opportunities to work on improvisation taking influence from Steve Reich, Tito Puente, Randy Weston, Hugh Masekela, Paul Simon, Miriam Makeba, Ghanaba, and Milton Nasimiento.