New School Jazz Artist-in-residence, pianist Randy Weston, will be participating in a free special event titled “Symposium in the Drum: From Africa to the New World” on March 31 at 8 p.m. at the John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center in New York.
In this session, Weston and other artists will illustrate the influence of the drums on the way in which he and other jazz pianists play their instrument. It will particularly refer to the tradition in the style of drumming that has traveled throughout Africa, to the Caribbean, South America and the United States.
The symposium will include a conversation among participants, moderated by drum set artist Lewis Nash, and demonstrations by Randy Weston with bassist Alex Blake. It will also feature the screening of a short documentary titled FOLI: There is No Movement Without Rhythm, produced and directed by Thomas Roebers and Floris Leeuwenberg in 2010, about the rhythms of malinka and djembe in Baro, a village in Guinea Konakry and which focuses on the relation between its musical and routine activities rhythms.
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