Intercultural Residency Series
Spring 2014

Trio Da Kali - Tradition-inspired Contemporary Malian Griot Music

In partnership with the Aga Khan Music Initiative, MusicUnitesUS presents a weeklong residency with Trio Da Kali. Join the Brandeis community in a series of events: informal open classes, workshops, and performances with the visiting artists. Visiting residency curator and speaker, ethnomusicologist Lucy Durán will introduce and guide us through an exploration of a contemporary cultural expression with roots in the ancient tradition of musical story-telling and praise-singing.

Monday, Feb. 24 - Musicians arrive

Tuesday, Feb. 25

9:30 – 10:50 am
Slosberg Recital Hall
Visiting artists join AAAS 18b Africa and the West (Professor Asiedu-Acquah)

11:00 – 12:20 pm
Slosberg Recital Hall
Visiting artists join COML 166b Literacy, Language and Culture (Professor Hale)

2:00 – 3:20 pm
Room 212, Slosberg Music Center
Visiting residency curator, ethnomuscologist Lucy Durán speaks about her work
MUS 3b Intro to World Musics (Professor Eissenberg)

5:00 – 6:20 pm
Room 212, Slosberg Music Center
Visiting artists join ANTH 114b Verbal Art and Cultural Performance (Professor Parmentier)

Wednesday, Feb. 26

11:00 – 11:50 am
Olin-Sang Auditorium
Visiting Artists join IGS 10a Intro to International and Global Studies (Professor Rosenberger)
and ANTH 1a Intro to the Comparative Studies of Human Societies (Professor Anjaria)

12:10 – 12:50 pm
Informal concert at Mandel Center Atrium

2:00 – 3:20
Slosberg Recital Hall
Visiting artists join ANTH 129 Global, Transnational and Diasporic Communities (Professor Anjaria)

5:00 – 6:20 pm
Rehearsal Room, Spingold Theater
Visiting artists join THA 120b Movement and Dance Theater Composition (Professor Dibble)

Thursday, Feb. 27

11:00 – 11:50 pm
Slosberg Recital Hall
Visiting artists join WMGS 140a Diversity of Muslim Women’s Experience (Professor Shavarini)

2:00 – 3:20 pm
Slosberg Recital Hall
Visiting artists join MUS 3b Intro to World Musics (Professor Eissenberg)

6:30 – 8:50 pm
Gosman Dance Studio
Visiting artists give a dance workshop MUS 87b Music and Dance from Ghana (Professor Conant)

Friday, Feb. 28

9:30 – 10:30
Waltham High School Auditorium
Visiting artists give a presentation on griot music from Mali for high school students.

2:00 – 4:50
Slosberg Recital Hall
Ethnomusicologist Lucy Durán and Professor Eissenberg give a presentation:
Global/Local = Glocal World Music, followed by informal performance/discussion with visiting artists.
GS 202b Globalization: Interfaces of the Global and the Local (Professor Parmentier)

Saturday, March 1 World Music Concert and Preconcert talk
Slosberg Recital Hall

7:00 pm
Preconcert talk: Visiting residency curator, ethnomusicologist Lucy Durán
Lucy Durán (PhD SOAS) is a university lecturer specialising in West African music, and is based in the Music Department of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She has published widely: on Mali’s music, its women singers, and on the kora. She is also a broadcaster (she was the regular presenter of BBC Radio 3’s leading world music programme World Routes from 2000-2013). Dr. Durán is project advisor to the Aga Khan Music Initiative work in in Mali, and is curator and speaker for this residency.

8:00 pm
World Music Concert: Music Da Kali
Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, singer
Fodé Lassana Diabaté, balafon
Mamadou Kouyaté , bass ngoni

Trio Da Kali unites three outstanding musicians from the Mande culture of Mali, who come from a long line of distinguished griots (specialist hereditary musical artisans). Long-term collaborators, the artists come together as a trio with the aim of bringing to the forefront neglected repertoires and performance styles of the griots and celebrating African continent’s finest, most subtle, and sublime music. In so doing, they bring a fresh, contemporary, creative twist to their musical art, breathing new life back into this ancient music.

The 2013-14 MusicUnitesUS Intercultural Residency Series is supported in part by the CDQ Charitable Trust, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Brandeis Arts Council, Music Department, the Waltham Public Schools and many other on and off campus supporters.

The residency of Trio Da Kali is supported in part by The Aga Khan Music Initiative, a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. The Music Initiative supports artists and artistic communities in the Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia, and South Asia that seek to reassemble and further develop diverse expressions of a shared musical heritage in contemporary forms. Working with partners and collaborators around the world, its performance, outreach, and production activities offer a broad platform for contemporary, tradition-inspired music. In parallel, it develops new models for community-based arts education that revitalize cultural heritage as a source of livelihood for musicians while promoting pluralism.

For more information
For World Music Concert: BRANDEIS TICKETS:
Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for Senior Citizens and the Brandeis Community, and $5 for students.