World Music Concert Series

The World Music Series presents musicians of international stature representing diverse cultures in a series of public concerts at Brandeis University. In the intimate setting of Slosberg Recital Hall, each concert invites the audience to experience the history, cultural memories - indeed, the heart and soul of a people through the autobiographical narrative of music.

Brandeis Tickets
Tickets for the World Music Concert are $20 for the general public, $15 for the Brandeis community and $5 for students. For more ticket information and to purchase a ticket, call 781-736-3400 or go to
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A Taste of Ghana
Drum & Dance from Asante, Ewe, Ga, and Dagomba Traditions

Curated by Ben Paulding (Brandeis University), percussionist and leader of Brandeis ensemble Fafali.

Friday, November 16 at 8:00 pm
Pre-concert talk at 7:00 pm
Reception following the concert

Fall residency schedule Nov. 12 – 16

A Taste from Ghana will bring five world-class Ghanaian performing artists to Brandeis for a week of classes, workshops, and concerts. These musicians represent four of the major ethnic traditions of Ghana: Asante, Ewe, Ga, and Dagomba. These five artists will be brought together for the first time in history by Brandeis University to offer the campus and the community a holistic overview of Ghanaian music and culture. Together, they represent expertise in drumming, dancing, singing, language, and culture.

The final concert, which is more of a concert 'experience' will be held in Levin Ballroom. This celebratory event will attempt to create a Ghanaian festival atmosphere inside Brandeis. Breaking down the traditional separation between audience and performer, seating will be organized in a rectangular format around a central performance space, and will feature food, a professional drum & dance troupe from NYC, and community performers. While Ghanaian Drum and dance performances are now common in American universities, it is quite rare for universities to present African music outside of the traditional western context of a formal recital hall.

Performers' Bios and Photos

The Notion of Melody – An Interweaving of Culture and Spirit

Led by Māori composer, Horomona Horo, Australian composer Ian Munro, and Chickasaw composer, Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate

Musicians: New Zealand violist Gillian Ansell, US violinist Judith Eissenberg, US cellist Rhonda Rider, and New Zealand/Australian violinist Wilma Smith, with dancer/choreographer Ruthe Margaret "Maggie" Boyett (Shawnee-Kiowa)

Saturday, March 30 at 8:00 pm
Pre-concert talk at 7:00 pm

Spring residency schedule Monday, March 25 – Saturday, March 30, 2019

2019 was declared the International Year of Indigenous Languages by UNESCO. As music has its many languages, this residency honors the creativity and artistry of indigenous (first) people around the world by focusing on select origin musical traditions and their contemporary expressions. The classes the artists visit during the week offer explorations of music, history, and culture – past and present. In informal and open discussions, and in the soundscapes, songs, and compositions the musicians bring, we hope to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Native American and Maori aesthetics and cultural values.

The final concert:

Important to the shaping of the week and the final concert was the idea of equal collaboration between all the artists. We will rely on our composers to weave together a musical narrative that draws from the past but is also very much in the present. How will a Chickasaw song fit with a Maori melody? How will the violin and cello sound with the putorino or koauau maire? These musical questions and explorations mirror the larger challenges in the 21 st century as we come face to face with our neighbors. The concert will be beautiful, surprising, inspiring and ultimately, hopeful. Please join us for a remarkable evening.

Bios of Visiting Artists

Horomona Horo,
Ian Munro, and Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate