Music Program
 


Friday, February 8, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

$15 general admission, $12 students/seniors, $10 members

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

Kahil El'Zabar (drums/percussion)
Ernest Khabeer Dawkins (tenor/alto saxophone)
Corey Wilkes (trumpet/flugelhorn)

The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble was formed 40 years ago! Kahil El'Zabar led its first performance at Child City Arts Center in Chicago in 1973, one year after he had returned from his studies at the University of Ghana. His goal was to combine concepts of African American music making with the earlier roots of traditional African music and make something new. After 40 years, this legendary band is still serving the people worldwide with their special brand of 21st century Griot music. The current band consists of the young trumpet titan, Corey Wilkes, along with Chicago Saxophone legend, Ernest Khabeer Dawkins and the award winning multi percussionist, vocalist, and composer, Kahil El'Zabar.

The EHE is now in the pantheon of jazz history. Few bands have lasted more than four decades and there are no signs of this illustrious ensemble slowing down. Their music conjures a spiritual journey to the inner self. It spans time through multiple expressions that transcend styles and genres. There is an extremely personal virtuosity to the EHE's way of making music. It appears simple on the surface, yet when one goes deeper in the music they are amazed at the density of form.

We are reaching out to our community worldwide in 2013, to collectively celebrate the triumph of the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, in staying true to their mission. It is rare to witness such conviction and commitment in these times. This music has enormous history and incredible love. We are all here to make a difference; we must be about the work of our hearts. Living out your dream is the greatest honor one can express. The EHE is the real deal and they have truly done it their way! Let us celebrate the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble's 40th Anniversary now and forever. Aluta Continua!!

www.kahilelzabar.net

 
 
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