May 10, 2014
Come explore the music and culture of the Gullah and Geechee peoples, enslaved Central and West Africans, who were brought to the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia in the 17th century.
These slaves were essential to the success of the rice plantations and the economic growth of these states.
This workshop covers the ancestry of the Gullah and Geechee peoples, who blended their African heritage with Native American and European influences.
We will discuss how the synthesis of these different experiences created their unique music and culture.
Aaron Hipschman is a graduating senior at the California Jazz Conservatory.
The California Jazz Conservatory presents end-of-semester performances by a variety of student ensembles. Evening Four features four ensembles: Introduction to Tabla, directed by Jim Santi Owen; Percussion Ensemble, directed by Alan Hall; Music of Wes Montgomery Ensemble, directed by Mimi Fox; and Latin Jazz Ensemble directed by David Belove.
Introduction to Tabla: Kevin Coleman, Dylan Habegger and Patrick Malabuyo
Percussion Ensemble: Kevin Coleman, Nicholas de Ryss, Yanaki Lopez, Ross Howe and Alex Shapiro on drums and percussion.
Wes Montgomery Ensemble: Ian Faquini, Morgan Maudiere, Leo Nava and Malcolm Schuster on guitar.
Latin Jazz Ensemble: Andrea Claburn, voice; Leo Nava on guitar, Seth Honig on bass, Alex
Shapiro Romano on drums and Brian Festa on percussion.