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561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

FAU Presents a Concert of Music from Zimbabwe

            BOCA RATON, FL (March 8, 2007) – Florida Atlantic University’s School of the Arts will present a concert of traditional and modern Shona mbira music of Zimbabwe in the “World Music” concert on Sunday, March 25 at 3 p.m. in the Schmidt Gallery in the Performing Arts Building on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. The concert will be performed by Lewis Peterman, president of The Center for World Music, Randall Griswold of California State University and Garit Imhoff, a San Diego-based teacher and artist.   General admission is $15 at the door.   FAU students, faculty, staff and alumni may obtain free admission with ID.  

            The Shona is a group of Bantu people of Zimbabwe.   The mbira, often called the “thumb piano,” is a musical instrument consisting of small tuned metal tongues that are attached to a board.   The metal tongues, or lamellae, of the instrument are plucked with the performers’ thumbs.   The music of the mbira is supported by the rhythms of gourd rattles called hosho. For the Shona People, the mbira, with its long storied history and wide range of contemporary cultural functions, is a continuing tradition in both ceremonial and social contexts.   As an informal audience-participatory event that captures the spirit of traditional performances, the concert will incorporate the intricately interwoven melodies of the mbira with story telling, simple group singing, and easy group dancing.

             Peterman is the past director of musicology and ethnomusicology in The School of Music and Dance at San Diego State University. He has performed as a recitalist and has lectured in Europe, Asia, Canada, Mexico, and across the United States.   Griswold is a member of the music faculty in the visual and performing arts department at California State University at San Marcos.  He has researched and taught traditional music from Indonesia, China, India, Ghana, and Zimbabwe.  Imhoff is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts.  He has performed the traditional music of Zimbabwe as well as Balinese and Javanese at university and public venues for 38 years. 

             The concert is presented by the department of music in FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.   For further information, call 561-297-3820.   For further information on other concerts at FAU, visit www.fau.edu/music.  

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