Programs and Tours
SMTD@UMMA: Africa | Shape | Time | Percussion
Inspired by the UMMA exhibition African Art and the Shape of Time, the UM Percussion Ensemble brings together works that highlight the living traditions of the African continent and diaspora as well as its significant influence on the music of the West. Compositions of the celebrated Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré and gyil (Ghanaian xylophone) master Kakraba Lobi will be realized on modern Western percussion instruments. The works of contemporary Western composers Derek Bermel, Lukas Ligeti, and Billy Martin, among others, reflect the continuing and profound influence of African musical traditions on the music of European-American culture. As with the exhbition, this presentation will explore African art that is at once firmly rooted in tradition and a living entity evolving through time.
The SMTD@UMMA performance series is made possible in part by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund. Lead support for the exhibition African Art and the Shape of Time is provided by the University of Michigan Health System and the James L. and Vivian A. Curtis Endowment Fund. Additional generous support is provided by the CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund.
Friday, 02 November, 2012
University of MichiganMuseum of Art
525 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1354