San Francisco, California, USA – The internationally acclaimed master
percussionist from China, Wang Wei, will be presenting a concert on April 3rd at
7pm, along with didjeridu player, Stephen Kent, renowned tabla player, Jim Santi
Owen, African percussionist, Ken Okulolo, and Beijing Opera jinghu player,
Edward Young. This performance will be at the ODC Theater (3153-17th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110) and will
feature traditional Chinese percussion pieces from various regional styles such
as Beijing Opera, Hunan, Shaanxi, and Zhejiang, as well as, collaborative pieces
with instruments from India, Africa, and aboriginal Australia. They will present their unique percussive traditions and combine forces to
create a unique blend of Chinese, African, Indian, and other world influences.
About Master Wang Wei
Mr. Wang is a graduate of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, then later
joined the Shanghai Song and Dance Ensemble as their percussion soloist. In
1994, Wei and musicians from Germany, Inner Mongolia, Nanjing, Chengdu, and
Hangzhou together formed an East-West ensemble called Crossing. Together, they
won first place in the 1994 Beijing Jazz Competition.
Mr. Wang attended the Berlin Conservatory of Music, becoming the school’s
first student ever to pursue a double major
program in both jazz drums and hand drums/world percussion. After his graduation
in 2000, he was invited by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra to perform as a
guest bangu soloist with Maestro Kent Nagano in the “Rhythm and Dance” Concert. He has recorded extensively and has been featured in “Sister Drum” and the music for movie “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon“. In January 2004
and February 2005, he performed with the San Francisco Symphony in a Chinese New
Year Celebration Concert.
Mr. Wang continues to perform all around the nation as well as to actively
promote Chinese percussion through workshops and lectures. In 2004, he
established the North America Chinese Percussion Society to promote the
understanding and performance of Chinese percussion music.
Jim Santi Owen, co-director of the Indian percussion ensemble Tabla Rasa, is
known throughout the musical community as an accomplished tabla player and South
Indian multi-instrumentalist. He has performed with many gurus across genres,
participating in the circles of jazz, song, dance, and education.
Ken Okulolo, Nigerian vocalist, bassist, percussionist, and producer, is a
well respected musician and famous for reviving traditional African music as
well as combing it with jazz, rock, soul, and others. Okulolo is current leader
of three bands, West African Highlight Band, The Nigerian Brothers, and Kotoja.
Stephen Kent, one of the few world renowned didjeridu soloists, has been
critically acclaimed for his performances and recording projects all over the
world. He continues to perform actively as a soloist as well as in collaboration
with other well-known vocal and instrumental artists such as Youssou Ndour,
Baaba Maal, Uma Sumac, Zap Mama, Boukman Eksperyans, Fatala, and Herbie Han*censored*. Edward Young, Beijing Opera jinghu
(fiddle) player, will perform a famous solo work with Master Wang Wei.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.