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Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi

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Rhiannon Giddens is an American artist of folk and traditional music, played on fiddle and banjo. Francesco Turrisi is an Italian pianist and percussionist well-versed in jazz, early music and Mediterranean music. At first blush, their worlds don’t overlap.

But at a chance musical meet-up in Ireland, they found that her 19th century American minstrel banjo tunes and his traditional Sicilian tamburello (tambourine) rhythms fit very naturally together. They soon discovered the reason for that — their respective roots coexisted in the past. Pictures of early minstrel bands all represent banjo and tambourine (called tambo) together, and in many cases the tambo is held in the same manner of Southern Italian tamburello traditions today.

The massive effect that West African music and dance has had upon American culture is by now well-known; but centuries before, European music was being transformed by Arabic and North African modes, instruments and rhythms. Working together, they trace this musical globalism by reimagining the encounter of the banjo and the frame drum, and other instruments, through their journey from Africa, the Middle East, through southern Europe and England, and over to the Americas.

Rhiannon Giddens – vocals, banjo, fiddle
Francesco Turrisi – percussion, accordion, piano

Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7:00pm

Alys Robinson Stephens Center, Jemison Concert Hall
1200 10th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205

Topic

Social & Entertainment

Target Audience

Alumni & Donors, Faculty & Staff, Current Students, General Public

Tags

music

Cost

$23 - $58

Department
UAB Visual and Performing Arts
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