“Conversing the Rhythm” – Capacity Building Seminar component of the Percussion Festival 2015
“Conversing the Rhythm” is one component of this weekend’s “Building the Rhythm” Percussion Festival 2015. This featured activity spans a few of the project’s broad objectives such as recognition of those who have contributed to the development of percussion in Trinidad and Tobago, contribution to capacity building of all percussion musicians, building of platforms to encourage youth participation in percussive music while enabling relevant cultural exchange initiatives. This session takes place at 10am- 12 midday on Friday 15th May, 2015 at the Naparima Bowl, San Fernando.
The spotlight is on local percussionists, instructors and researchers as well as two visiting facilitators from Haiti.
Images Courtesy Maria Nunes Photography 2014 – New Waves 2014 (Haiti) http://makedathomasinstitute.tumblr.com
Born in Pétion-Ville, Haiti, Fritzner Alexandre has been a member of Les Tambours d’Artcho Danse, the musical ensemble of the internationally acclaimed dance company Ayikodans based in Haiti. He is a drum teacher who listens patiently to his students, leading workshops and classes during the company’s international engagements.
Mr Alexandre also teaches at different dance schools and elementary schools in Port au Prince. He has travelled extensively with Ayikodans and has performed on international stages such at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, Casa de las Americas in Madrid, Teatro Escorial in Escorial, Spain, Teatro Nacional in Dominican Republic, the Rialto in Atlanta, Georgia among others.
Daniel “Brav” Brevil
Daniel “Brav” Brevil was born into a drumming family. He attended Ecole Nationale des Arts, Haiti’s premiere school of the arts. He is also the former Musical Director of Artcho/Ayikodans Company and Tamboula, two of Haiti’s premiere folkloric dance troupes. Over the past 25 years, Daniel has worked to foster an understanding of Haiti, its traditions, and its distinct cultural expressions. Daniel has recorded and performed with luminary figures of Haitian music, such as Azor, Emeline Michel, James Germaine and Daniel Beaubrun (Boukman Eksperyans), among others.
His performing career has brought him to the world’s stages where theater credits include: “Haiti: The Rhythms, The Dances and The Gods,” at Carnegie Hall, which starred Danny Glover. Mr. Brevil toured the United Kingdom with the production “Vodou Nation,” to critical acclaim, and was a featured orchestra percussionist in the December 2004 Lincoln Center performance “How Papa Noel Forgot Haiti.”
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