09/12/2016, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bernard Woma is the world’s foremost exponent of the gyil (a curved xylophone from northwest Ghana). He has performed in The United States, Europe and Africa with renowned artists such as Maya Angelou, Yo Yo Ma, and Ethos Percussion Group and his compositions have been performed in prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall and The Lincoln Center by significant orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Symphoniker, and KwaZulu Natal Symphony Orchestra (South Africa). The performance of his gyil concerto “Gyil Nyog Me Na” in 2006 at Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall) is a testimony to Woma’s outstanding talents as a composer and performer. He has played for international dignitaries such as Queen Elizabeth II, Nelson Mandela, and former president Bill Clinton and was honoured as the cultural ambassador for President Barack Obama’s family when they visited Ghana in 2009, at which time he personally tutored President Obama’s two daughters in African instrumental and vocal music. Bernard Woma holds two masters degrees in African Studies and Ethnomusicology from Indiana University (USA,) and has established gyil and Ghanaian drumming ensembles in over twenty universities and colleges in the United States. He is the Artistic Director of the award winning Saakumu Dance Troupe and the founder and director of the Dagara Music and Arts Center in Accra, Ghana.
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