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Saturday, May 17, 2014

A native of Ethiopia and now a veteran of the local jazz and gospel scene, bassist Yohannes Tona is featured on the next Jazz at Studio Z ("Made in Abyssinia") on May 10th. His trio (Geoff LeCrone on guitar, Shai Hayo on percussion) will present an open, free workshop at 6 pm, followed by the concert ($10 admission) at 7 pm, both in the Studio Z performance space on the second floor of the Northwestern Building in St. Paul's Lowertown.
Yohannes Tona grew up in Awassa in southern Ethiopia, the son of a church organist (father) and vocalist (mother). Studying guitar and then bass in his homeland, he attended Yared, Ethiopia’s lone music school, at sixteen. Yohannes moved on to music studies in the capitol city of Addis, then emigrated in the late 1990s to the U.S. to study at the Berklee College of Music. A few yeas later he was recruited to serve as music director for the Ethiopian Church in Minneapolis. Here he has played with the Grammy-nominated Excelsior Choir , Dr. Mambo’s Combo, Darnell Davis and the Remnant Gospel Group, Nachito Herrera, Kevin Washington, Doug Little, #Mpls, and Foreign Motion. He's also performed with top area vocalists including T. Mychal Rambo, Bruce Henry, Debbie Duncan, and Sounds of Blackness. In addition to leading the Yohannes Tona Band, Yohannes also works as a producer and/or performer with Timotha Lanae, Desdamona, Alicia Wiley, Stokley Williams, Ann Nesby, Jef Lee Johnson, and Benoit Delbecq.
Geoff LeCrone ©Andrea Canter
Yohannes released his first recording in 2007. Sand From the Desert, which Tona dedicated to his mother in Ethiopia, included drummers Stokely Williams (Mint Condition) and Wendell Henry, pianist Nachito Herrera, trumpeters Dave Jensen and John Raymond, tenor saxophonist Jorga Mesfin, guitarist Andres Prado, vocalists Hana Shenkute, Kenn Wannaku and Aimee Bryant, spoken word specialist Shá Cage, and the gospel group Darnell Davis and the Remnant. He is currently focusing on the release of his second album, 13 , featuring his band as well as the premiere of his Made In Abyssinia project -- a bass and drum duo rooted in traditional African grooves and melodies.
Geoff LeCrone earned his degrees in Music and Economics from St. Thomas University, where he studied guitar with Joan Griffith. Even before graduation, Geoff was busy gigging around the Twin Cities, featured in a long list of musical theater productions, accompanying vocalists Debbie Duncan and Arne Fogel, and perofrming with the Kevin Washington Quartet and Acme Jazz Company.
Shai Hayo ©Andrea Canter
Shai Hayo is a percussionist and educator who specializes in traditional and contemporary drumming styles of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean and West Africa. He has performed and taught nationally and internationally, sharing the stage with Tony Orlando, Ann Margaret, Sheila E., Nachito Herrera, Sowah Mensah, Shi-Daa Cultural Troupe, Salsa del Soul, The Macalester College African Music Ensemble, the Minnesota Orchestra, and recently, Paul Anka. An experienced language instructor, Shai teaches Spanish in the Liberal Arts division at McNally Smith College of Music. He's conducted anthropological and ethnomusicological research in Puerto Rico (1994 – 1995) and Ghana, West Africa (1998).
Made in Abyssinia
Abyssinia is one of the earlier names used for the land around the Horn of Africa, most of which is currently known as Ethiopia. Its culture and music include elements from the area extending from across the Red Sea down through the Rift Valley and all the way to Mali. However, some scales and rhythm remain indigenous to the mainland of Ethiopia. Tona's exploration goes even deeper in emulating the characters of traditional instruments and some vocal chanting.

Jazz at Studio Z is curated by Zacc Harris and brings jazz performances and workshops to Studio Z almost every month. Tickets $10 for concerts which begin at 7 pm, following a free workshop at 6 pm. Advance tickets at http://www.studiozstpaul.com/jazz-at-studio-z-may-10.php. The last concert of the season will be June 14, featuring Next Generations - three bands including Steve Kenny's Group 47 (LP Release), No Coast Quintet and Kevin Gastonguay Trio.

በALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER ከጊዜ ወደ ጊዜ ተወዳጅነትን እየተጎናጸፈ ያለው ኣዋሳ ኦስትሪች የኣዋሳ ሰጎን የዳንስ ትያቲር ማነው? ጥቂት ሰለ ትያቲሩ ባለቤት ከታች ያንቡ፦

Awassa Astrige/Ostrich (1932) 
(Company Premiere – 2014) 
Choreography by Asadata Dafora 
Recreated by Charles Moore 
Restaged by Ella Thompson-Moore 
Music by Carl Riley 
Costumes by Catti 
Lighting Design by Craig Miller 

Sierra Leone-born choreographer Asadata Dafora blended his vision of a traditional African dance with Western staging in Awassa Astrige/Ostrich. This groundbreaking 1932 solo, set to Carl Riley’s score of African drumming and flute, was one of the first modern dance compositions to fuse African movements with Western staging. With arms flapping like wings, torso rippling and head held high, a warrior is transformed into the proud, powerful ostrich — the king of birds. 

“After the audience buzz died down and the lights dimmed, you heard the slow beat of an African drum for Asadata Dafora’s Awassa Astrige/Ostrich (1932)—and you’re transported half way round the world…with his undulating arms, thrusting chest, and proud head, took us to an African grassland. Totally satisfying.” 
 Dance Magazine 

“But Carl Riley’s music — rhythmic African drumming and slow flute melody — adds its own coolly double-layered atmosphere; and the choreography makes the ostrich inward and complex…” 
 The New York Times 

“With each step, his supple spine curved forward by a foot, mimicking a bird’s serpentine neck. When he squatted down in a deep, second-position plie, going up on his toes and holding the pose for 10 thigh-burning seconds, the crowd went crazy.” 
 The Washington Post 

Asadata Dafora 

Asadata Dafora (1890-1965), a native of free town Sierra Leone, West Africa, was 

40 years old when he came to New York in 1929. Earlier, he had been in Europe 
teaching African dance while studying music, and for a time, sang at La Scala. 
However his true interest was always the rich heritage of African art and culture. Not 
only did he study the folklore of his own country, but he traveled extensively 
throughout Africa seeking additional knowledge. His unique talents burst upon the 
New York entertainment scene with a short run of the Opera Kykunkor, subtitled the 
Witch Women. Kykunkor not only shattered many myths concerning the potential of 
Black ethnic materials as themes for concert dance, but proved that black dancers 
could be successful on the American concert stage. He later worked with Orson 
Welles and John Houseman on a celebrated Federal Theater production of Macbeth 
set in Haiti. His company Shologa Oloba, was made up of 25 Africans and African 
Americans whose dancing was acclaimed by critics and audiences. Dafora is 
recognized as the first to present African dance on the concert stage, influencing many 

future artists like Pearl Primus and Katherine Dunham. 

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አዲስ አበባ ግንቦት 9/2006 12ኛው የመላው ኢትዮጵያ የባህል ስፖርቶች ውድድርና ፌስቲቫል ነገ በሃዋሳ ይጀመራል።
የኢትዮጵያ የባህል ስፖርት ፌዴሬሽን እንዳስታወቀው ውድድሩ ከነገ ግንቦት 10 ቀን ጀምሮ እስከ ግንቦት 20 ቀን 2006 ዓም ድረስ ይካሄዳል።
የፌዴሬሽኑ ፕሬዝዳንት አቶ ከበደ ደስታ እንደተናገሩት በውድድሩ አዲስ አበባና ድሬዳዋን ጨምሮ ሁሉም ክልሎች በዘጠኝ የውድድር አይነቶች ይሳተፋሉ።
የባህል ስፖርት ውድድሩ አርሶና አርብቶ አደሩን ጨምሮ በርካታ የህብረተሰብ ከፍል የሚሳተፍበት ይሆናል።
ዝግጅቱ በተሳካ ሁኔታ ተጀምሮ እንዲፈጸም ፌዴሬሽኑ አስፈላጊውን ቅድመ ዝግጅት ማድረጉን ፕሬዝዳንቱ ገልጸዋል።
ለ10 ቀናት በሚቆየው በዚህ ውድድርና ፌስቲቫል ላይ ከአንድ ሺህ በላይ ስፖርተኞች ይሳተፋሉ።
በየክልሎቹ የሚገኙ ብሔር ብሔረሰቦችና ህዝቦች የባህል፣ የቋንቋና የታሪክ ልውውጥ እንደሚያደርጉም ይጠበቃል።
የደቡብ ክልል ስፖርት ኮሚሽነር አቶ መዘረዲን ሁሴን በበኩላቸው በሀዋሳ በሚካሄደው የባህል ስፖርቶች ውድድር ላይ ክልሉ ከተሳታፊነት በተጨማሪ ባለፉት ዓመታት ከተከናወኑ ውድድሮች በተሻለ ስኬታማ ለመሆን እየሰራ ነው ብለዋል።
ስፖርታዊ ውድድሩን በተሳካ ሁኔታና ያለምን የጸጥታ ችግር ለማጠናቀቅም ከፖሊስና ከሌሎችም ባለድርሻ አካላት የተውጣጣ ኮሚቴ በማዋቀር ቅድመ ዝግጅት መጠናቀቁን አስታውቀዋል።
በፌዴራል ስፖርት ኮሚሽን የስፖርት ተሳትፎና የውድድር ፌስቲቫል ዳይሬክተር አቶ ተስፋዬ በቀለ እንደገለጹት በውድድሩ የባህልና የቋንቋ ልውውጥ ከመካሄዱ በተጨማሪ በባህል ስፖርት ተተኪ ስፖርተኞችን ለማፍራትም ያስችላል።
ከዘጠኙ ባህላዊ የመወዳደሪያ የስፖርት አይነቶች መካከል የገና ጨዋታ፣ ትግል፣ ኩርቦ፣ ገበጣ፣ ፈረስ ጉግስና ፈረስ ሸርጥ ይገኙበታል።
ወንዶች በዘጠኙም የውድድር ዓይነቶች፣ ሴቶች ደግሞ ከገና ጨዋታ ውጭ በስምንቱ ተካፋይ ይሆናሉ።
12ኛው የመላው ኢትዮጵያ የባህል ስፖርቶች ውድድርና ፌስቲቫል በቆይታው ከስፖርታዊ ጨዋታዎች ባሻገር የፎቶ አውደርዕይ እና የባህል ምሽትንም ያካትታል።