Superb jazz chanteuse Somi blends modern jazz, African music, and the singer-songwriter tradition, combining the musical and cultural worlds that resonate with her as an African and American woman. An Illinois-born resident of Harlem, she is the daughter of immigrants from Uganda and Rwanda. Highly regarded as both a scholar and artist, Somi is a TED Senior Fellow and the founder of New Africa Live, a nonprofit that champions African artists.
Date: Friday, October 13 Time: 8 PM Place: Crowell Concert Hall Cost: $28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18 (reserved seating)
If you don’t have plans tonight, definitely come see Lionel Loueke! If you don’t know who he is:
Benin-born jazz guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke combines harmonic sophistication, soaring melodies and grounding in West African music to create a warm, intimate sound with his trio, which features Swedish-born bassist Massimo Biolcati and Hungarian drummer Ferenc Nemeth. Praised by mentor Herbie Hancock as “a musical painter,” Loueke was featured on Hancock’s album River: The Joni Letters (2007), which won Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Jazz Grammy Awards.
There will be a lecture/demonstration by Mr. Loueke at 2:00 PM in the Daltry Room (Music Rehearsal Hall 003).