Dialogue in Music Project: AMNA: 3rd International Symposium and Festival
The Dialogue in Music Project focuses on intercultural relations between Africa and North America through performances, lectures, workshops by composers and performers, and scholarly papers and panels on the music of Africa and the African Diaspora. The Dialogue in Music Project was established in 1990 as a biennial international symposium and festival at The Center for Intercultural Musicology at Churchill College, Cambridge, UK (CIMACC), under the direction of Akin Euba, Nigerian composer, musicologist, and pianist. Symposia and festivals have been held in several locations around the globe, including Beijing, China ("Dialogue Between China and Africa in Music") and India ("Africa Meets Asia in Bangalore, India"). Each symposium and festival contributes to Euba's idea of "intercultural musicology," which encourages creativity between cultures and within all musical expressions. As UCLA Professor of Ethnomusicology, Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje states, the Dialogue in Music Project in Los Angeles provides an opportunity for "different cultures and people performing and discussing various musical traditions -- roots music, blues, jazz, gospel, art music, and popular music -- to come together and create something new, something innovative."
-Â Keynote speakers include: distinguished Nigerian scholar Mosunmola Omibiyi-Obidike and renowned Ghanaian scholar and composer J. H. Kwabena Nketia.
-Â Paper sessions include: "Crossing the Divide: Hip-hop, Blue Notes, Diversity, and Unity"; "Melding Traditions: West Africa, USA, China, and Cuba"; "New Paradigms in African and African-American Cultural Arts Knowledge Systems"; and "The Music of Akin Euba, Obo Addy, and Randy Weston."
-Â Workshops include: "Video and Live Commentary on Gospel Music Performance by Dr. Margaret Pleasant Douroux"; "Performance of African Classical Ensemble Concert Pieces, Including Intercultural Pieces for African and Western Musical Instruments"; and "Drumpath Rhythms: an African American Onomatopoetic Method for Teaching Percussion and Dance"; and "Banjo Dreams: African Precedents and Continuity in 'New World' String Band Music."
- Composer's sessions include: Olly Wilson, well-known composer and Professor Emeritus of Music from University of California, Berkeley, and Joyce Moorman, award-winning composer and pianist.
- A panel on African Popular Music: "Marketing, Publishing, Distributing, Programming," featuring well-known specialists in the African pop music scene. Festival Concerts - Free!! (program subject to change)
Thursday 22 October, 7:30 PM
Jan Popper Theater
Art Music, Blues, and Drumming
Laura Falzon (USA/Malta), flute, with Janise White, piano
Featuring: Switched on Ashanti for Flute and Tape (Roy Travis)
Karen Wilson (USA), vocalist: "Blues Women and the Blues," with Richard Thompson, piano
Including: Big Mama's Hound Dog (Lieber and Stoller); Wild Women Dona Have No Blues (Ida Cox); C C Rider (Traditional Blues); Seeline Woman (Traditional/Simmons), and Now, Baby, or Never (Billie Holiday and Curtis Lewis)O'dyke Nzewi (Nigeria), African drums and iron bell
Featuring: Ogene Anuka Bell Orchestra: Two duo Pieces; Igba
Classical Drum Solo: Solo Works Written For African Single Membrane Drum; Intercultural Duos: Drum and Saxophone Duos
Friday 23 October, 7:30 PM
Art Music Soloists
Maxine Franklin (Jamaica), piano
Featuring compositions by Rachel Eubanks: Waters of the Ganges (1936); Theme & Variations on an Aborigine Bora Tune; Sonata, (1992)
Dawn Padmore (Liberia), soprano, with Richard Thompson, piano
Song and arias (Akin Euba); Ive Maka (Joshua Uzoigwe); Igbo
Songs (Joshua Uzoigwe); Because of You (Fela Sowande);
Songs from the African Diaspora (TBD)
Girma Yifrashewa (Ethiopia), piano
The Shepherd with the Flute (G. Yifrashewa); Interludes 1 and V from Five Interludes for Piano (1984) (Rachel Eubanks);
January Dance (Robert Mawuena Kwami); Preludes II and I
(George Gershwin); Ambassel (G. Yifrashewa); Chewata (G. Yifrashewa); Sememen (G. Yifrashewa); Elilta (G. Yifrashewa)
Saturday 24 October, 7:30 PM
Drumming, Jazz, and Art Music
The UCLA Philharmonia, conducted by Neal Stulberg
Essay for Orchestra (William "Bill" Banfield)
Members of UCLA Philharmonia performing My Strong Will, for quartet (Girma Yifrashewa)
Jason Squinobal (USA), jazz composer and musician
Featuring original compositions by Jason Squinobal
Obo Addy, Ghanaian master drummer
Sunday 25 October, 7:30 PM
Afro-American Chamber Music Society Orchestra (USA), conducted by Janise White; Yolanda White, soprano
African Suite (Fela Sowande); Grand Slam for orchestra and piano (Ed Bland); Quit Dat Fool'nish for orchestra and piano (William Grant Still); Motherless Child for orchestra and piano (Janise White); The Sugmad Is Dreaming (live concert version)
(Stephen James Taylor); Wry Fragments for soprano, percussion, and piano (Olly Wilson)