This is real short notice but I thought some of you might be interested
in attending this free event by the Inter-American Development Bank
Let me know if any of you think you would like to attend so maybe we can meetup.
In honor of Black History Month, the IDB Cultural Center, the Embassy of Colombia and the Ministry of Culture of Colombia, present a concert by the Colombian quartet GRUPO BAH?A with the collaboration of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Date: Thursday, February 26, 2009
Time: 6:30 PM ? 8pm
Location: Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC
Grupo Bah?a is a musical ensemble that comes from Colombia?s Pacific coast that blends the traditional folkloric sounds of instruments such as the marimba de chonta, cununos and tamboras, with those of Western instruments like the saxophone. The sense of freedom suggested in their music is characteristic of the traditional music of the region.
This unique ensemble maintains the sounds of their indigenous roots while allowing for a greater freedom of interpretation from the marimba and saxophone played by Hugo Candelario. This liberty to improvise guarantees that each performance of the group is unique and original.
Grupo Bah?a?s goal is to rescue the regional sounds of the Colombian Pacific coast with its African heritage, as well as to explore new possibilities with its instruments. Their CD Pura Chonta was named Best CD of the Year by Colombia?s Semana magazine in 2005.
On this occasion, the Minister of Culture of Colombia, Ms. Paula Moreno, will present the project Route of the Marimba that aims at rescuing and preserving the tradition of the marimba de chonta by creating schools to train young musicians in the interpretation and production of the instrument.
This event is free, open to the public and held at the IDB?s Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center, 1330 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC, one block from Metro Center, 13th Street exit.
Photo ID required. Attire is business casual. Seating is unreserved general admission, 400 seats. [masked] www.iadb.org/cultural