Gold Medalists in the Independent A Class with a score of 95.975
About the show:
Their 2012 program, entitled “Spirit Fusion”, was a celebration of our multi-cultured musical heritage – focusing on the African portion. and was based on the cultural exchange members experienced in South Africa in September of 2011.
The show opened with Dave Grusin’s America, based on the original from West Side Story, to portray the vibrancy of the American culture that we brought to South Africa. The second movement featured African marimbas, djun drums, and djembes and represented the South African culture through the music of a song we heard at Inkamana Abbey (Vryheid, South Africa). In the third movement, the entire ensemble took the floor depicting the act of cultural exchange we experienced. Finally, the show culminated in an original composition from the show we took to South Africa illustrating the power of fusion when we learn from our experiences and adopt attributes from both cultures. “Spirit Fusion” features songs and rhythms that the members heard while in South Africa, played on authentic djembes and djun-djuns (African bass drums) from Guinea, and marimbas from South Africa.
- America, by Dave Grusin
- Song from Inkamana, Traditional from South Africa
- Fusion Percussion, by Ian Hale
- Litany by Ian Hale and Seagull Seven from the Instrumental Theater:in motion show “The Fall and Rise of the Phoenix”
Special Aspects of 2012:
- Trip to South Africa and cultural drum exchange in Johannesburg
- Study of African ethnic drumming with Grant Braddock (percussionist for New York’s Broadway, Lion King)
- Implementation of djun drums, djembes, cowbell, and African marimbas made in West Coast Africa by hand