The Nile Project
The Nile Project brings together artists from countries along the Nile River to examine environmental, political and cultural differences through the power and beauty of music, and inspires, educates and empowers Nile citizens to work together to boost the sustainability of their ecosystem. It was founded to address the Nile basin’s cultural and environmental challenges.
The Nile Project is slated to perform and be in residence at the ASC Jan. 20-23, 2015. The performance will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in the ASC’s Jemison Concert Hall.
The ASC seeks to encourage cross-cultural musical collaborations and inspire curiosity, generate empathy, and promote dialogue. The ASC will present salon discussions, education and outreach events, and workshops throughout winter 2014/2015 to explore the issues raised by The Nile Project, including sustainability, agriculture, watershed issues, geo-political dynamics, health policies, and global development.
The group uses an innovative approach that combines music, education and an enterprise platform, to bring together musicians from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. The Nile Project intertwines these traditions into a unified sound.
The project’s unique sound comes from intensive musical residencies, which gather the musicians together for weeks to learn from one another and then translate that experience into collectively composed, new musical works. A powerful pan-Nile percussion section drives this orchestra of Ethiopian masenko and saxophone, Egyptian ney, oud, violin, simsimiyya, and tanbura, and Ugandan adungu, bass guitar, and six vocalists singing in 11 different languages.
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