The Wind of Nomads concert is a 1.5 hour concert featuring several new works on African and Asian percussion. This is the culmination of a three year project between HANDS and Dafra Drum of Burkina Faso, West Africa. And the first of HANDS Percussion’s 20th anniversary concert this year!
Why the title, Wind of Nomads: Since the beginning of time, humans have migrated, reimagining and rebuilding their lives through beauty, tolerance and innovation. Wind of Nomads is a metaphor reflecting human and cultural migration, the passage of energies throughout generations, globalization and integration. This work is inspired by the soul of two of the world’s great deserts in Africa and China. It will be a travel in time and space with the ancient Manding Empire (West Africa) rhythms on Djembés and Dun Dun bass drums; and ancient Chinese drums and techniques.
This exciting and percussive new work is a multicultural and multi artistic melting pot. The stage will vibrate with rhythm and movement, simulating a poetic earthquake. The coming together of these two musical traditions gives birth to the sunrise. The seven strings of the Djeli ngoni and the twenty one strings of the Kora followed by the complex language of the talking drum in synchronization with the Tabla and hang drum, balanced by the gong will bring peaceful harmonies.
Marimba player, Tan Su Yin will be collaborating in this production.