The New School for
Jazz and Contemporary Music

West African Heritage Ensemble

West African Heritage Ensemble—Yosvany Terry.  Through listening, reading and performing, this ensemble explores the rich musical heritage of West Africa and the West African diaspora in the Americas.  Special attention is paid to internalizing rhythmic patterns and phrases by way of clapping, singing, and call-and-response techniques.  Students will apply West African concepts to their understanding of jazz and improvisation, including historical connections and contemporary interpretations.  The repertoire to be used in this course will include traditional music from the diaspora as well as original compositions by contemporary composers.  In addition to participation from vocalists, brass, woodwind, and rhythm section players on their main instruments, the ensemble welcomes those interested in learning and developing skills on West African percussion instruments.  M 6-8
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