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From our sponsor Luciano Proano:
Ancestral Beads: A Confluence of Dance, Music & Poetry
Friday, April 20 & Saturday, April 21, 2012
7 p.m. | All Ages | $5-25
More Info: www.lucianaproano.com
918 SW Yamhill St # 401 Portland, OR 97205 | (503) 221-5857
Long-time friend originally from South African, London-based Eugene Skeef, joins Luciana ProaÃƒÂ±o for a rare performance and workshop in Portland this April. In this reunion Luciana and Eugene explore rhythm and dance as forms of communication and joy, building off one another as they commune through music and motion.
Eugene is a valued composer, peace activist, poet, percussionist, educator, broadcaster, conflict resolution consultant, and creative leadership consultant. He has been internationally recognized for musical compositions, educational programs and outreach projects. Artistic Director and founder of Umoya Creations a charitable organization for the advancement of peace through music, he is also Artistic Director of the Quartet for Peace and the Udu Project which use music to bring about peaceful resolutions to conflict and poverty, with a special focus on young people.
A solid musical career includes compositions for the Dutch National Ballet, the London Philharmonic, Scottish Philharmonic, the BBC, to name a few. Eugene is at the forefront of the contemporary music scene, collaborating with innovative artists like Anthony Tidd, Brian Eno, Bheki Mseleku, Tunde Jegede, Eddie Parker, Tunde Olatunji, Mamata Shankar, Bawren Tavaziva and Santosh Nair. Co-wrote People Power!, a song commissioned from producer/composer/bassist Anthony Tidd by the climate change campaign group 350.org. The song, which can be seen as an African anthem for this global campaign, features African artists from both the motherland and diaspora, including Zap Mama, Angelique Kidjo, Talib Kweli, Jabba and Zolani.
Eugene’s political and humanitarian views are rooted in his family life and in his involvement with the late South African leader Stephen Biko. Among his many social commitments Eugene is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and sits on the board of directors of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
African Drumming at the core of his musical lexicon, Skeef has led workshops among war traumatized youth and adults that have sparked reconciliation through musical dialog. “The music projects I facilitate around the world are distinguished by a rhythmic intensity that raises the level of the participants’ focus and deepens their sense of relaxation.”
Please visit Eugeneskeef.com for music, video and writing samples as well as an exhaustive CV.