This week on Nick Spitzer’s “American Routes” series on Public Radio International, you can hear portions of the New Orleans premiere of Wynton Marsalis and
Yacub Addy‘s heralded 2+ hour composition “Congo Square”, which combines traditional and creative Ghanaian rhythm and song with jazz orchestra.
At www.americanroutes.org under the section: This week on American Routes, Aug 23-30, 2006, click on “Wynton Marsalis” and enjoy.
For those of you in the U.S., if you haven’t already seen it, Spike Lee’s
“When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts” will play in its entirity (4+
hours) on the first anniversary of Katrina on Tues. Aug. 29 on HBO. In Act III
there is a description of New Orleans music and culture, and brief audio and
Addy‘s Odadaa! and Wynton’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in the final
rehearsal of “Congo Square” prior to the premiere.
Yacub Addy and Wynton Marsalis. Photo credit: Michael P. Farrill