[ ghana tour ]
On Monday, May 26, the Yale ensembles currently in Ghana visited the University of Cape Coast (UCC). A drumming ensemble from UCC welcomed the group for an afternoon music exchange. Dancers then joined the ensemble for an exciting performance.
The Yale Percussion Group, made up of the School of Music’s six graduate students in percussion, played Steve Reich’s Drumming. (Reich himself had been inspired by a trip to Ghana.) Drumming combines patterns influenced by West African music with Reich’s concept of phasing, in which performers deliberately move out of sync with one another.
John Kuubeterzie, professor from UCC, taught some Ghanaian rhythms to members of the YPG, and other members of the Yale group learned basic dance steps. MORE