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The forward-thinking musicians of the Nile Project present a unique performance with an emphasis on new improvisational music structures that mimic ecological relationships found in the Nile Basin.
Each member collaborates to blend aspects of their respective East African environments—whether desert, urban, highland, or tropical, but always distinctly Nile—with one another’s musical systems, thereby creating a series of musical scenarios that explore new sonic terrains.
The Nile Project channels the unsung beauty of East African traditions. In the collective’s collaborative compositions, resonant harps and lyres from up and down the river have learned new musical modes, while buzzing timbres and ingenious polyrhythms support vocals in more than ten languages.
Designed to captivate local audiences but equally accessible to international listeners, the Nile Project uses music to inspire curiosity about and engagement with the cultural, social, and environmental challenges of the world’s longest river.
This evening is the first of a two-part concert series to be followed by a performance at Pace University on March 20.
Presented in collaboration with Pace University
A Lincoln Center commission