Monday, April 19, 2010

Washington College Jazz Combo Joins Afro-Cuban Ensemble for Concert April 22

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.

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