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World Percussion Ensemble and UMISSO at Nutt Auditorium 4/2


The Spring 2015 Percussion Concert will be a night filled with energetic music from around the world including Africa, Jamaica, Trinidad, and the United States. This is certainly a concert for the entire family!

The World Percussion Ensemble will perform “Tiger’s Blood,” which has the spirit of a wild, driving, Taiko piece. Tiger Blood is the animalistic alter-ego of Charlie Sheen, who was all over the news at the time of this composition. The ensemble will also be performing “Denkyem,” which is the West African Adinkra symbol for the crocodile. The ensemble will close with  “The African Welcome Piece,” which was composed to capture the energy and spirit which exists in African communities. The multi-lineal mode of drumming, which often accompanies dances, polyrhythmic structure, and cross rhythms are used to create this African musical style. 

The Steel Drum Band (UMISSO) will perform popular tunes from Harry Belafonte, John Williams, Bobby McFerrin, and Boogie Sharpe. The band will be performing the Panorama classic “Birthday Party.” This version took second place for Phase II Groove at the Panorama Competition in Trinidad. It has an exciting use of Soca/Calypso rhythms, chromatic passages, and lush harmonies. The band will also be performing “Cantina Band.” Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes (also known as the Cantina Band) is a fictional band from George Lucas‘s science-fiction saga Star Wars. The group first appeared in the film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) and was depicted as hairless aliens with dome-shaped heads and round, black eyes and belonged to a race called Biths.

Tickets: $10, $8 Students and $5 children 


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