Music Program
 


Monday, February 26 at 8:00 p.m.

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

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Ethnic Heritage Ensemble celebrates 45 years!



Corey Wilkes - trumpet
Alex Harding - baritone saxophone
Kahil El'Zabar - drums, percussion

Join Hallwalls as we celebrate the 45th anniversary of Chicago's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble! 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 45 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 Detroit baritone saxophone legend Alex Harding, 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.