Robert Jospe's World Beat Workshop
The World Beat Workshop with drummer Robert Jospé and percussionist Kevin Davis engages audiences of all ages in exploring the diaspora of West African rhythms in the Americas and their influence in current music styles. Using a map, percussion instruments and music charts, this interactive program includes clapping, dancing and singing to salsa, calypso, merengue, samba and hip-hop. Musical, historical, cultural and geographical information is brought to life with the journey of clave.
Born in Manhattan, Robert Jospé was inspired by his Belgian parents love of music and began playing the drums at fourteen. While attending the Cambridge School of Weston in Weston, Massachusetts, Jospé enrolled in the Berklee College of Music summer session and began formal training on drums. Upon graduating from the Cambridge School, Jospé moved to New York City to attend New York University. Over the next twelve years he became an active player in the New York jazz and rock scene as well as co-leader of the fusion band Cosmology. He studied with Tony Williams and Bob Moses and performed with Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, John Schofield and John Abercrombie. Since 1992 he has received an annual touring grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts for the educational, interactive, lecture/demonstration The World Beat Workshop. The program, which is presented to thousands of students every year, highlights the history and varied styles of African influenced dance music throughout the Americas.
For more information, visit www.robertjospe.com.
This event is partially sponsored by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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