Intercultural Residency Series
2018-2019 Season

The Intercultural Residency Series (ICRS) brings to Brandeis University artists of high accomplishment from around the world. The goal of these residencies is to deepen understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures through exploring artistic traditions, promoting intellectual inquiry, and encouraging cultural

Residency events are open to the community. Open classes across the curriculum provide opportunities to explore culture, society, history, etc with some of the world’s great artists. From gender studies to anthropology, from peace and coexistence to regional studies, from dance to theater, the universal expressive genre of music offers insight to the complexities of human experience. See Fall and Spring Schedules for residency details.

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 Monday, Nov. 12 – Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

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

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

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

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