Diaspora Drumming Ensemble – Ringo Brill, Tiffany Nicely, and Gabriel Gutierrez – takes their audience on a trip through time and across oceans, tracing the path of rhythms and musical instruments from Western Africa to North and South America and the Caribbean.
Members of this group have studied in Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, and West Africa. They have also studied with teachers from Guinea and Senegal. They perform on authentic instruments from three continents, including the djembe, doun-douns, balafon, repinique, timbal, agogos, and tumabadoras.
Diaspora Drummings’ performances demonstrate how, in African and African-derived percussion traditions, different instruments “speak” to one another; they literally use different complimenting rhythms to create conversations. Students join Brill, Nicely, and Gutierrez in traditional singing and dancing as well as creating their own rhythmic conversations. These engaging performances and workshops are alive with history and reinforce the importance of dialogue and understanding in our multicultural world.
Hands-on exploration of rhythmic layering in the Afro-Brazilian style, using authentic instruments such as surdo, repinique, caixa, and marcacao.
Wood That Sings
Starting with Balafons of Guinea in Western Africa, members of Diaspora Drumming perform music for xylophones and marimbas of the African Diaspora. The performance includes music from Guinea, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, and the United States. Students will sing, dance, and experience first-hand the way African and European music came together to create these traditions.
Echoes of Africa
African and Latin American cultures are indelibly linked through drumming, song, and dance. Our performance follows musical paths from Western Africa to Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Mexico. These paths include the development of different instruments, cultural uses of specific music and dances, and the way language and music changes over time and distance. The performance features a large variety of rhythms played on authentic percussion instruments. Audience members participate in creating rhythms, singing, and dancing.