World_Music_Gang_cropA program of lively percussion music from Africa and Brazil performed by the University of Arizona’s World Music Gang will highlight the Arizona Senior Academy’s weekly concert Tuesday (3/26).

Led by Clifford Berrien, an adjunct instructor in the UA College of Music, the concert begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Room of the ASA Building.  One of several chamber ensembles sponsored by the UA Percussion Studio, the World Music Gang focuses its repertoire on traditional music from other cultures.

The concert at Academy Village will feature music from the Yoruba communities of Nigeria and elsewhere in West Africa; also music from Brazil including a medley that blends Brazilian samba with Jamaican reggae.

A graduate of UA and dedicated student of African Diaspora music, Berrien has had 30 years experience as a musician and professional DJ specializing in world music.  He has served seven years as artistic director of Batucaxé, a Tucson drum and dance ensemble and school inspired by the music and dance of Brazil.  Berrien is also assistant director of Jovert Steel Drum Ensemble at the Tucson Magnet High School and is a drummer in the trio that plays for the Canyon Ranch Health Resort’s popular fitness class, “Worldbeat Aerobics.”

The UA student members of the World Music Gang are Kelsey Ageton, Ryan Brock, Dayna Broder, Lucas Julian Carballeira, Stephen D’Addio, Hillary Engel, Samuel Thomas Fernandez, Sarah Gritis, Shannon Michelle Lilly, Colin Malloy, Chong Michalsky, Angelica Ortega, Roy Petrakis, Grace Polleys, Wesley Smyth and Kyle Wiley.

Submitted by H. Deon Holt, Academy Village Volunteer

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Percussion Ensemble Plays Africa & Brazil: March 2013