Pre-Performance Talk at 6:30
“Nothing else existed but the beautiful sounds of perfectly collaborated music.” — Egypt Independent
Flowing from the rich cultural traditions, geopolitical issues, and the great beauty of the world’s longest river comes the exciting World Music event, THE NILE PROJECT. We launch a three-day residency with this ensemble of musicians and environmental activists from the Nile Region with a spectacular concert on the Flynn Mainstage. Led by charismatic Ethiopian-American singer MEKLIT HADERO, a pan-Nile percussion section drives this orchestra of Ethiopian, Egyptian, and Ugandan instruments along with vocalists singing in eleven different languages. The Nile Project’s unique sound comes from intensive work among various musicians, learning from one another and translating that experience into both traditional and collectively composed new songs. The result is an unprecedented collaboration that garnered the Nile Project’s first recording, Aswan, a coveted spot on NPR’s Top 5 Must-Hear International Albums of 2013.
Co-presented with the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Presented in association with the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs through the UVM President’s Initiative for Diversity.
Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.