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Music of the African Diaspora, Kolb and Harrison

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The children of Africa have continued and enhanced their ancestors rich musical and dance tradition.   This compelling music of this program is  both texturally thick and yet fine as in musical minimalism. Orchestral like piano with soft spoken and sometimes strident voice performance. The collaborative partners Carey Harrison and Justin Kolb present a shower of complex rhythms, with sonics ranging from familiar jazz “licks” to mind-bending melodies with traditional and some “out there” harmonics.  The program of colorful texture, light hearted melodies and complex rhythms is interlaced with spoken text authored by Carey Harrison.  Carey’s prose is supported with additional words of Langston Hughes, et al.  Harrison’s oratory and Kolb’s virtuosity address music and concepts of, Nigeria, Sudan, South Africa, Egypt, United Kingdom, Cuba, and the USA.  This music of the African Diaspora bears witness to the remarkable journey of a vibrant, inventive, and resilient people.

The term diaspora originated from the Greek diaspora, literally “scattering.”  The transatlantic slave trade is often considered the defining element.  It refers to West and Central Africans who were enslaved and shipped to the Americas via the Atlantic slave trade between the 16th and 19th centuries.  These Africans were “scattered” throughout Brazil, United States, and Haiti.  The African Diaspora consists of the worldwide collection of communities descended from Africa’s people, predominately in the Americas.  Today African-Americans, Afro-Caribbeans, Black Canadians are descendants of the enslaved West Africans and are part of the African Diaspora.

The collaborators acknowledge and thank William H. Chapman Nyaho for the publishing of his research and editing of the music of this presentation save the compositions of Alfredo Diez Nieto and Tania Leon. We also thank Professors Diez-Nieto and Leon for their contributions to this program.

Cast:

Justin Kolb - Pianist
Carey Harrison - Narrator

Earlier Event: August 3
Souvenir, Play by Stephen Temperley
Later Event: August 3
Treemonisha, Excerpts from the Opera