World Music Ensemble Concert

Thursday, May 2, 2019

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Grant Recital Hall

The Brown University World Music Ensemble, lead by Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng, performs a concert in Grant Recital Hall. The concert features special guests Ana Gonzalez ’15, bass, and Bill Lowe, trombone. Music includes selections by Johnny Cash, the Neville Brothers, Charlie Parker, Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng, Soul Vibrations, Monty Alexander, as well as an Afro-Puerto Rican traditional song. This event 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.

Students, Spring 2019

Ty Ratchford, voice
Ethan Greenberg, voice
Ian Lyle, guitar
Sebastián Otero, strings, voice, percussion
Ebubechukwu Chuba, ukulele
Elana Hausknecht, trumpet
Andrew Javens, tenor sax
Cherilyn Tan, piano
Grishka Barboy, piano
Gabriel Schillinger-Hyman, piano