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DRUMMERS OF WEST AFRICA, NOV. 15

October 17, 2003
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WELCOMES BACK
DOUDOU N’DIAYE ROSE AND THE DRUMMERS OF WEST AFRICA
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 8PM


Fairfax, Virginia, October 13, 2003The Drummers of West Africa led by Doudou N’Diaye Rose, are arguably the most revered percussion orchestra in the world. Rose’s impeccable musical talent and energetic flair for performance has won him international celebrity. He has collaborated and performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, the Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel and more. His thirty-five-member ensemble, all members of Rose’s family, will appear at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, November 15 at 8 p.m. An artistic discussion, FREE to ticketholders, takes place on the Grand Tier of the Concert Hall at 7:15PM.

Rose has meticulously researched the structure of African drumming, preserving in his compositions the musical traditions of his native Senegal. He has also expanded this tradition, developing over 500 new rhythms and even inventing new drums. His Drummers of West Africa incorporate traditional dance and song into percussive symphonies that are both visibly and musically stunning.

PROGRAM
DOUDOU N’DIAYE ROSE AND THE DRUMMERS OF WEST AFRICA


BAIFALL
With 35 musicians on stage and featuring the Khine instrument as well as the M'Balax, which is the rhythm section played by the Lamb and the Meung Meung.
"LES ROSETTES"
Doudou N’Diaye Rose founded this company of female percussion artists 30 years ago. With 20 musicians on stage and featuring a call and response directed by Doudou N'Diaye Rose. Instruments used are Sabars plus the M'Balax rhythm section (featuring Lamb and Meung Meung).

INTERMISSION

SAOUROUBAS
With 35 musicians on stage including a ladies' chorus. The movement features the following instruments: Saouroubas, Assicots and Bougarabous.
SABAR
The Sabars is Doudou N’Diaye Rose’s most famous instrument and this piece features him with his entire ensemble.
FINALE
With 35 musicians on stage and featuring the Sabars, Meung Meung, Lamb, N'Der, Gorom Babass, Saouroubas, Khine, Assicots and Bougarabous.

All music composed by Doudou N’Diaye Rose.

Now in his 70’s, Rose still takes to the stage in a youthful vigor, leading his ensemble like a disciplined conductor and strutting like a rock star. Audiences the world over have marveled at the results. As the Chicago Sun-Times commented, each of the Drummers is "sonically and artistically linked to the other troupe members as if by telepathy."

Tickets for THE DRUMMERS OF WEST AFRICA are $38, $30, $19. FAMILY FRIENDLY! All children (under 12) half price! Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.