MLK Day Event: Biakuye Percussion Group

Monday January 20, 2014: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth (grade K and up).

AADL presents a special concert event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, featuring the acclaimed percussion group Biakuye with a concert grounded in American innovation and African traditions.

.....wooden keys suspended over gourds and spider webs….rosewood bars connected to electric pick-ups….seed pods spun like a yo-yo… metal bars, flattened tire spokes, a contoured red box… goat-skin drums and electric bass… These are the sources of Biakuye’s captivating sound—a sound that is both deeply grounded and cutting-edge. The resulting music reflects the unique journeys of its four members, which have taken the group’s West African born artists to the United States and taken its American born artists to Ghana, Uganda, Trinidad, and Cuba.

In Akan languages of West Africa, biakuye means unity. The group’s repertoire consists of contemporary African music incorporating jazz improvisation, creative arrangements of traditional repertoire and original compositions reflective of the members’ diverse backgrounds.