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MUSIC — Randy Weston and Senegalese Master Drummers in a Tribute to Doudou N’Diaye Rose 2/18/16 #NewSchool -#Free

The Piano Is A Drum: Randy Weston and Senegalese Master Drummers in a Tribute to Doudou N’Diaye Rose

Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003

[UPDATE: Originally scheduled for Nov. 17th, 2015, due to visa complications this show has been postponed until February 18, 2016]

On August 19, 2015, Doudou N’Diaye Rose passed away in Dakar. We are deeply saddened by his loss, and in this program, which was intended to feature N’Diaye as a special guest artist, we will instead pay homage to Doudou’s incredible musical legacy , and will present performances by several of his sons–master drummers in their own right–direct from Senegal, Moustapha (“Tapha”) N’Diaye and Birame N’Diaye. They will be joined onstage by Senegalese drummers Mar Gueye and his son, Mor Coumba Gueye, legendary percussionist Neil Clarke, and New School Jazz Artist-in-Residence, pianist and composer Randy Weston.

Doudou N’Diaye Rose was a true legend, and one of the most renowned African musicians of the 20th century. Born Mamadou Ndiaye in Dakar in 1930, Rose is a Senegalese drummer, composer and band leader, and is the recognized modern master of Senegal’s traditional drum, the sabar. He is the father of a musical dynasty which includes some of the most successful traditional musicians of contemporary West Africa.

The child of a Griot (West African bard caste) family, Ndiaye Rose began performing in the 1930s, but continued to make his living as a plumber for some time. Shortly before Senegalese independence he performed with Josephine Baker, and became a favorite amongst Dakar audiences. In 1960 he made the first head of the Senegalese National Ballet, and in the 1970s with his Doudou Ndiaye Rose Orchestra. He has also performed and collaborated with Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Peter Gabriel, and the Rolling Stones.
He was the founder and chief drum major of the Drummers of West Africa (all members of his family), with which he also performed. He also led an all-female drum group called Les Rosettes, composed entirely of his own daughters and granddaughters.
Ndiaye Rose is purported to have developed 500 new rhythms, and, indeed, his music is quite complex, featuring ever-changing rhythmic structures which he conducts with his trademark vigorous style. He has also invented new types of drum.

This program is part of the Randy Weston Artist-In-Residency series at The New School for Jazz.

The concert is Free to the general public, first come – first served.

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