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Concert features music of India, Africa, Brazil

Thursday, February 9, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—A concert featuring music of India, Africa and Brazil will be held Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Brodbeck Music Hall at Hood College.

World percussionist and ethnomusicologist N. Scott Robinson will play a variety of percussion instruments, including Arabic fram drums, an ancient musical instrument that features a drumhead width greater than its depth; the mbira dza vadzimu, also known as a thumb piano, which consists of a wooden board to which staggered metal keys have been attached; and the berimbau, a single-string percussion instrument, or bow, from Brazil. Vocalist K.S. Resmi will sing classical vocal music of South India. They blend the sounds and style of the Indian, African and Brazilian music and instruments with an American perspective.

Robinson has performed on the Grammy Award-winning CD Harlem Renaissance with the Benny Carter Big Band and with numerous musicians and composers, and has produced two other CDs of his music, World View and Things That Happen Fast. He has performed nationally and internationally, including appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and in Australia, South Korea, India, Greece, Germany, Italy and Canada.

Resmi is a South Indian Carnatic classical music vocalist, a genre that evolved from the ancient Hindu traditions and is commonly associated with the southern part of the Indian subcontinent. She has toured throughout the United States as well as in India, Germany and Canada. She is featured on numerous CD recordings and has performed with many renowned percussionists.

The concert is free and no tickets are required.

For more information, contact Noel Lester, professor of music and concert manager, at nlester@hood.edu or call (301) 696-3429.