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 exchange.
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.
Concert: 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.
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)
Concert: 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.
Horomona Horo, Ian Munro, and Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate