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School of Music presents the Biakuye Unity Ensemble Feb. 3

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 1, 2007) -- Ohio University's School of Music, College of Fine Arts is pleased to present a Visiting Artist recital featuring the Biakuye Unity Ensemble Saturday, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m. in the School of Music Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Among the Akan people of Ghana, West Africa, Biakuye means unity. It is the spirit of unity that brings the American and African members of Biakuye together to perform "melorhythmic world percussion," uniting the cool sound of American jazz vibraphone, drumset and electric bass with the melorhythmic richness of African marimba, kalimba and hand drums.

Biakuye offers energetic concert programs, educational presentations, and workshops that engage audiences while providing education on African and American culture. The group's original compositions and arrangements draw on a wealth of American and African melodic-percussion traditions including the Ghanaian gyil, Ugandan embaire, South African kalimba, Guatemalan marimba and American vibraphone.

Mark Stone, an expert performer of global melodic-percussion, formed Biakuye in 1993. During the past 14 years, the group has actively spread its message of unity through performances at numerous festivals, art institutes, universities and public schools. Highlights include performances at the 2004 Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Day of Music, the 2005 Tiny Tots Concert Series at Detroit's Orchestra Hall, the 2005 Detroit Festival of the Arts and the 2006 African Xylophone Festival in New York City. In addition to Stone, the group includes master Ghanaian drummer, Kofi Ameyaw, virtuoso American percussionist and Ohio University music professor, Roger Braun, and dynamic Senegalese bass player, Issa Sall.

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