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The Wild Beast Concert Series Features West African Music and Dance

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Electifying Ghanaian drummer and dancer Prosper Nudzor performs with the CalArts African Music and Dance Ensemble.

This free concert under the stars is presented as part of CalArts 2013 World Music and Dance Festival.

Valencia, CA, - The Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is pleased to announce the second spring 2013 event of the Wild Beast Concert Series. A concert under the stars, on Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m. will feature the incendiary beats of West African music and dance. The concert is in the Wild Beast music pavilion on the CalArts campus in Valencia with lawn seating for the audience.

Massive, intricate rhythms churn joyously into the night in this celebration of the music, singing and dance of the Ewe and Dagomba people of Ghana. Performing under the direction of Yeko Ladzekpo-Cole and Andrew Grueschow, the CalArts African Music and Dance Ensemble is joined by special guest artist Prosper Nudzor—an exceptional Ghanaian drummer and dancer—in what is sure to be one of the highlights of CalArts’ 2013 World Music and Dance Festival.

“Prosper Nudzor, a vibrant, virtuosic drummer in the West African Ghanaian style, brings a dynamism to the stage that electrifies while enveloping audiences in the depth of his rich musical tradition,” said David Rosenboom, dean of The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts.

Nudzor will perform with the students and faculty of the CalArts African Music and Dance Ensemble. In this unique program, students from all disciplines at the Institute learn to perform traditional music and dance of West Africa from master teachers. Their instruction includes singing in the languages and playing percussion instruments indigenous to the region.

The Herb Alpert School of Music offers rigorous training in an unrivaled variety of musical styles and cultures—ranging from Jazz and World Music to Music Technology and Experimental Sound Practices. The Wild Beast Concert Series offers audiences the opportunity to experience the Institute’s vibrant musical heritage.

Designed by Hodgetts + Fung, The Wild Beast music pavilion has been dubbed a “mini Hollywood Bowl” for its delightful outdoor amphitheater setting. With open lawn seating, families are welcome and picnics encouraged at Valencia’s most intimate concert venue. A half hour north of downtown Los Angeles, CalArts is located just off the McBean Parkway exit of Interstate Highway 5 in Valencia.

Click here for the sights and sounds of music from CalArts.  Click here for high-resolution photos from the Wild Beast Concert Series at CalArts.

What:
The Wild Beast Concert Series at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) featuring
Special Guest Prosper Nudzor and the CalArts African Music and Dance Ensemble

When:
Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m.

Where:
The Wild Beast Music Pavilion and the S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard
CalArts
24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355-2340
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Tickets:
Admission is FREE. Reservations are suggested.

Parking:
Free

More information and reservations:
http://calarts.edu/node/2697
661.253.7816

Last edited by mcrane on Apr 02, 2013
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