Skirball Center for the Performing Arts - New York University

Institute of African American Affairs at NYU presents the Premiere of "An African Nubian Suite" composed and performed by Randy Weston with his African Rhythms Orchestra.

Randy Weston is an internationally renowned pianist, composer, bandleader and cultural ambassador, whose compositions encompass the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa. He is an NEA Jazz Masters and 2011 Guggenheim Fellow. An African Nubian Suite was developed with support of the Guggenheim Foundation. An African Nubian Suite salutes the Nubians who were the first human race on earth and the oldest of the great civilizations in Africa. The suite was conceived through Weston’s relationship with the traditional peoples of Aswan where he married his wife. Listeners can expect to hear the spirituality of Africa with music and poetry.

Featuring:

POET JAYNE CORTEZ

WRITERS ROBIN D. G. KELLEY AND WAYNE B. CHANDLER

MUSICIANS
T. K. BLUE SAX & FLUTE, ALEX BLAKE BASS, BILLY HARPER TENOR SAX, CANDIDO PERCUSSION, CECIL BRIDGEWATER TRUMPET, HOWARD JOHNSON TUBA, LEWIS NASH DRUMS, MARTIN OBENG BALAFON, NEIL CLARKE AFRICAN PERCUSSION, ROBERT TROWERS TROMBONE, AYODELE MAAKHERU BANJO, SALIEU SUSO KORA, MIN XIAO FENG PIPA, TANPANI DEMDA CISSOKO SINGER, LHOUSSINE BOUHAMIDY GANAWA

Books will be available for purchase and signing by authors: African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston Composed by Randy Weston, Arranged by Willard Jenkins and Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times by Robin D. G. Kelley

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