Music Program

Monday, February 18, 2002


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Featuring: Kahil El'Zabar (Percussion, Vocalist, Composer); Billy Bang (Violin); Joseph Bowie (Trombone); Ernest Khabeer Dawkins (Saxophonist)

The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble is celebrating its 25th year of creating revolutionary, moving, and overall enlightening music. Hallwalls will once again host this enormous trio in celebration of their monumental achievements as a musical entity. Percussionist/vocalist/composer Kahil El'Zabar, has been a frequent visitor to Hallwalls in many different contexts, recently performing a stunning duo with violinist Billy Bang, but this performance will mark his fourth appearance with the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble in the last five years. The group has fused African and African-American music traditions to create a unique and powerful means of expression "breaking the habits of boredom and pushing beyond nostalgia into the present ancient to the future." Within a framework of organic, almost understated compositions The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble pays much respect to the music of their ancestors and in doing so conjure an energy rarely encountered in jazz today. Each member is a highly skilled instrumentalist and improviser and indeed in this case the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. For 25 years this group as evolved and currently features trombonist Joseph Bowie and alto saxophonist Ernest Khabeer Dawkins. Join us in celebrating their music.

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