I heard sounds from Syria and Jordan in Egypt, which then melted together with African rhythms in Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya. A vast array of timbral techniques from the different regions of each country were found and the field work project quickly morphed into three years of focused study and performance in Khartoum Sudan. Private study included Sudanese percussionist (Mustafa Eisa); Ethiopian percussionist (Misale Legesse); and South Sudanese percussionist (Stephen Affear Ochalla). Performances include Sudanese Fusion Jazz group 'Blue Magic' and Sudanese contemporary music ensemble 'Orchestra Attibr,' led by Sudanese composer Kamal Yousif.
The Brain in Performance:
York Festival of Ideas, June 15, 2017