CHESTERTOWN–The rhythms of Cuban musical traditions will mix with American jazz when the Washington College Afro-Cuban Ensemble and Jazz Combo perform on Thursday, April 22, at 8 p.m. in Hotchkiss Recital Hall, Gibson Arts Center.
The Afro-Cuban Ensemble was founded in 2005 by percussionist and ethnomusicologist Kenneth Schweitzer, D.M.A., of the Washington College Department of Music. Schweitzer also leads the Washington College Jazz Combo, a small group of Washington College students who show exceptional talent and motivation. This spring, with Professor Schweitzer on leave, both ensembles are being directed by Visiting Instructor David Font-Navarrete, an ethnomusicologist and specialist in Afro-Cuban music.
Thursday’s concert will include straight-ahead jazz, bossa nova, batá drumming, and rumba. The performance is free and open to the public.