THE GLOBAL AFRO LATINO AND CARIBBEAN INITIATIVE (GALCI) AND THE DEPARTMENT OF AFRICANA, PUERTO RICAN and LATINO STUDIES of Hunter College-CUNY
COLOURS OF RITUAL
in CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH
At Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College,Hunter College, Feb 22nd, 2007 @ 8:00 PM
New York, NY -- Take a journey of discovery from tribalism to technology, in honor of Black History Month. Experience a provocative juxtaposition of sacred music, imagery, and dance In Colours of Ritual, at the Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College, Thursday, February 22, 2007 at 8:00 p.m.
Colours of Ritual is a multidisciplinary, cross-cultural performance that melds live and pre-recorded music, dance and video incorporating Yoruba chants from the Afro-Brazilian Candomble ceremonies, the trance music of the Gnawa, from Morocco and mystical Sephardic music from North Africa.
Conceived and directed by Mossa Bildner and headlined by Grammy Nominee, Jay Rodriguez of Groove Collective fame, Colours of Ritual features an ensemble of international musicians living and working in New York City: Bill Ware, Mossa Bildner, Alirio Ferreira, Brahim Fribgane, Hassan El Gnaoui, Yuval Lion, Rita Silva, Ze Mauricio, Mohammed Tblisi Bachir, Emmanuel Mann, Lisette Santiago and DJ. Moose. As part of the Colours of Ritual outreach project, students from the Long Island University Dance Department will be participating in the performance.
The performance reveals the sacred, ceremonial and communal nature of the rituals of the African Diaspora. - COR, the acronym for Colours of Ritual, in Portuguese means Color and refers to people of color; COR in Latin means Heart. Musical arrangements by Mossa Bildner, showcase magnificent invocations, sometimes in the form of a Piyyut (a liturgical poem from the Sephardic Jewish tradition), sometimes in the form of Jazz, Funk or Global Confluence Music, which are accompanied by Africa.n percussion and Electronic music.
Innovative costumes designed by Zac Posen and Pedro Sayad, lend an otherworldly beauty to the visual component of the performance. The New Media Art created by Feedbuck/ Galore and Mossa Bildner serve as virtual 21st century altars where people sharing a common heritage can contemplate the universality of man's purpose.
About Mossa Bildner :Artistic Director, Composer,Vocalist and Multi- Media Artist.
Colours of Ritual began as a musical project in 1997 and has been evolving steadily to incorporate dance, new media, and educational outreach. Raised in Brazil, and exposed to the many facets of multiculturalism which that country presents to the world, Mossa's diverse musical heritage has been filtered through the prism of her vision of cultural globalization.
In a world presently terrified of racial, religious, and cultural differences, Colours of Ritual brilliantly reminds us of the transformative power, and sheer beauty of true multiculturalism. This performance piece unites its constituent parts to educate and inform its audiences, embracing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr'.s inclusionary message for audiences of the 21st Century." J. Michael Turner, Ph.D.
For more information contact Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services.