Saturday, September 20, 2008

Music to move your soul

This isn’t one of my photos; this is one I borrowed of the ensemble we heard tonight -- which was totally excellent! The program, “Dialogues: Music of the African and Spanish Diaspora” featured three New York City musicians: Tomas Rodriguez—Spanish and Flamenco guitar, Kevin Nathaniel Hylton -- Mbiras and percussion, and Hasan Bakr -- Latin and African percussion. They played and sang traditional music from Cuba, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Brazil, and Venezuela, as well as their own pieces.

The mix was a colorful, electric, mesmerizing dialogue between three outstanding musicians. Rodriguez’s guitar and Hylton’s mbiras fit extremely well together, complimented each other. And Bakr is an amazing percussionist. Surrounded by percussion instruments, he created the perfect sounds, mood, and rhythms for each piece. The three played off each other, came together, back and forth; weaving their strands of melody and rhythm like a brilliant tapestry.

Hopefully, these dialogues will continue…

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