Wynton Marsalis Septet performing with Garth Fagan Dance at the Next Wave Festival

Internationally acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance and the Wynton Marsalis Septet will perform Griot New York at the Eastman Theatre on Saturday, September 6, at 7:30 p.m.

Griot New York made its world premiere in 1991 at the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. A collaboration by three visionaries, concept and choreography by Garth Fagan, music composed and arranged by Wynton Marsalis, and set design by sculptor Martin Puryear, Griot New York explores contemporary urban life, human anguish and exaltation, and humankind’s triumph over adversity.

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  1. That’s where I first met Wynton. He was talking about bell patterns from Ghanaian music and sparked my interest. Hearing him play “Spring Yaounde” live was potently emotional; it was sublime, deep and full of sustained romanticism.

    A few weeks later, Odadaa came to the Eastman. All of this was right after their first collaboration, “Africa Jazz”. Yacub pulled me up on the stage and we danced Kpanlogo together! He said “Oh, you are good.” Well, I did learn those steps in Ghana, they can really shake it.

    Karen on Oct 21st, 2007 at 9:12pm

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