[ students + alumni ]

Department of Jazz performs in Germany

department-of-jazzDepartment of Jazz, a New Haven-based group of YSM students and alumni, is undertaking a two-week residency in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. As part of the residency, which is connected to Neue Eutiner Festspiele, the ensemble will perform in the historic medieval castle at Schloss Eutin.

Department of Jazz describes itself as a group of curious musical artists that believe in uniting disparate genres and audiences through a fusion of thoughtful, innovative arrangements and breathtaking, spontaneous virtuosity. The quartet’s members are Jonny Allen ’13MM, ’14AD, drums; Molly Netter ’14MM, voice; Doug Perry ’14AD, percussion; and Sam Suggs ’14MM, bass. MORE

Published August 29, 2014
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[ ghana tour ]

CS Monitor: Yale musicians study West Africa’s drumbeats, a village at a time

IMG_6474-dance2Christian Science Monitor 
By Chris Stein, Correspondent

ACCRA, GHANA — In Ghana, traditional drumming continues to play an important role in public and private life – despite the modernization taking place all over West Africa.

When newlyweds leave wedding chapels, or when the president calls on parliament, or when foreign dignitaries arrive at high-profile conferences, drummers are often there to pound out a welcoming beat.

In fishing and farming villages, traditional drumming and dancing is still part of the send-off that men get to war, or in the welcoming of newborn babies.

So when Yale University’s percussion group headed to visit towns and villages on Ghana’s central coast last month, they came not just to drum, but to document. MORE

Published July 2, 2014
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