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Abibrimma!
Fellow Africans Rise Up!
Festival and symposium
celebrating the music of
Dr. Ephraim Amu

Ghanaian composer Ephraim Amu's music is said to have triggered a "quiet revolution" that contributed to his country's march to independence. Events at Boston's African Meeting House on February 20, at NEC on February 21, and at Tufts University on February 22 set the stage for other events going into March and April with local venues and organizations including Boston's Trinity Church, Boston University, and Africans Universe.

Leading up to tonight's concert, today's day-long symposium of papers and presentations explores the music of Ephraim Amu and notation-based composition in Africa.

Misonu AmuSession 1

9am Welcome by NEC President Tony Woodcock and Misonu Amu (in photo)

9:30am Keynote Address by Olabode Omojola, Mount Holyoke College

10:30am George Worlasi Kwasi Dor, University of Mississippi
Dr. Ephraim Amu's Path-finding Agency and Legacy in the Development of Ghana's Art Choral Music Genre: His Style and Songs

11:15am James Burns, Binghamton University
Rhapsody on a Set of Ewe Songs performance/discussion

Session 2

1:30pm Lead Keynote Address by Kofi Agawu, Princeton University

2:30pm Robert Labaree, New England Conservatory
Halim El-Dabh in the Imaginary Museum: Africa, the Avant Garde, and the Musical Work

3:15pm Ndubuisi Emmanuel Nnamani, University of Cambridge
Patterns, Particles, and Partitions: Transformation, Experimentation, and Stylistic Definition in the Works of Uzoigwe and Mereni

Panel Discussion

4:30pm Felicia Sandler moderates a discussion with Kofi Agawu, Misonu Amu, James Burns, George Dor, Robert Labaree, David Locke, Ndubuisi Emmanuel Nnamani, and Olabode Omojola.

Poster Session

Throughout the day with Stephen Spinner, Ph.D. candidate, University of Colorado
Yɛŋ Ara Asasse Ni and the Emergence of Ephraim Amu as a National Composer (1929–1957)

More on this symposium.

Date: February 21, 2014 - 9:30:AM
Price: Free
Location: Pierce Hall


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