McIntire Department of Music

directed by Michelle Kisliuk, with special guest Midawo Gideon Foli Alorwoyie
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The UVA African Music and Dance Ensemble under the direction of Michelle Kisliuk will perform with guest artist, master drummer Midawo Gideon Foli Alorwoyie. The performance will take place on Thursday April 24th at 8 pm in Old Cabell Hall at the University of Virginia. This free concert is open to the public.

Alorwoyie is a high priest of the traditional Yewe religion, born and raised in Anlo-Afiadenyigba in the Volta Region of Ghana, West Africa. He is highly regarded as one of Ghana's foremost virtuosos of traditional music and dance, has been a legendary influence on the Ghana National Dance Ensemble, and has instructed notable American composers and scholars including Steve Reich, John Miller Chernoff, and David Locke. He is currently Associate Professor of Music, and director and principal dancer/choreographer of the University of North Texas African Percussion Ensemble. He is also the chief (Torgbui) of his natal village.

The UVA African Music and Dance Ensemble, directed by Associate Professor Michelle Kisliuk, focuses on traditional music and dance forms from West Africa (Ghana, Togo) and also from Central Africa (BaAka pygmies -- UVA being the only place outside of Africa where this music is studied and performed). The group develops tight ensemble dynamics, aural musicianship, and a polymetric sensibility, and performs several times per year. The theme of this year's concert is "playing with perception," which resonates with the material on several levels: multiple rhythms and interactive vocal lines, dance movements, and drum calls; also multiple perceptions of Africa in America, at this concert moment, with this combination of performers and audience.

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