Music for A Sunday Afternoon

Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 3:00pmRagle Hall, Serkin Center

Concert by Matan Rubinstein, Royal Hartigan, and Wes Brown

Marlboro faculty member and pianist Matan Rubinstein will be joined by two master musicians, Wes Brown on double bass and Royal Hartigan on drums and percussion, in a concert of original works. Matan is a prolific composer of music that is divergent in practice, medium, and method, and a frequent collaborator with makers in other disciplines, such as a work commissioned by choreographer Peggy Choi and the film score for a dance film titled Verge. Wes Brown has toured the world with many groups, including the legendary pianist Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines, Talking Drums, Anthony Braxton, and the Black Rebels reggae ensemble. A longtime member of Blood Drum Spirit, in recent years Wes has traveled with the ensemble to Asia and West Africa presenting examples from his own musical background, learning about local traditions, and sharing human connections. Royal Hartigan is a percussionist, pianist, and tap dancer who has studied and performed the musics of Asia, Africa, Europe, West Asia, and the Americas as well as African American blues, gospel, funk, hip-hop, and jazz traditions. A professor of ethnomusicology at UMass Dartmouth, Royal has recently completed a film and double CD from his Blood Drum Spirit tours of Ghana, We Are One, whose theme is connections among global traditions, African music, and jazz.


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