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Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center

A friend, Raya Fagg of And Starring as Herself Mrs. RKFJ asked me to share this information on behalf of the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. If you are in the area, check it out.
The World Music Percussion Ensemble, Spoken Hand, brings its pulsating rhythms to the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center on March 22
Known for its high-energy live performances,the acclaimed percussion orchestra blends North Indian tabla, Afro Cuban bata, Brazilian samba and West African djembe
in an exhilarating evening of traditional and contemporary drumming and choral compositions
DREXEL HILL, PAMarch 6, 2012 The acclaimed world music percussion ensemble, Spoken Hand, blends the pulsating rhythms ofNorth Indian tabla, Afro Cuban bata, Brazilian samba and West African djembe in an exhilarating evening of traditional and contemporary drumming and choral compositions. The high-energy performance takes place at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center on March 22 at 7:30pm.
Tickets are $7-$10 and UDPAC members save $1 off each ticket. Tickets may be purchased online at www.udpac.org or by calling the box office: 610. 622.1189. Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is located at 601 North Lansdowne Avenue in Drexel Hill, PA. The 1,600 seat theater is just minutes from the Main Line and Center City Philadelphia and offers free parking. The performance is one hour and appropriate for all family members ages seven and over.
A celebration of polyphonic rhythms, Spoken Hand unifies four percussion batteries into one distinct voice. Since its inception over fifteen years agothis uniquely robust orchestra of percussionists has traveled the road to perform giving drums their individual voices.  Linking the past and present, the sacred and secular with a symphonically textured fusion of traditional and contemporary drumming and choral compositions, SpokenHand has twice earned the title of “Best World Music/Roots Performance” by Philadelphia City Paper, and continues to share this cultural musical experience with audiences far and wide.
Artistic Director Daryl Kwasi Burgee recently interviewed on WHYY TV discussed formulating Spoken Hand. “The drum is always in accompaniment to something else. And I realized that most people aren’t aware of the harmonic and the melodical aspects of the drum. Giving people the opportunity to experience that in a collage of melody and sound, that’s what this project was all about. It was the opportunity to give the drummer voice.”
The four corners of the world are represented as Spoken Hand fills the stage with percussionists who blend the rhythmic Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, North Indian, and West African sounds in an artistic mission to share with audiences their passion for music.
The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and Upper Darby Summer Stage are jointly sponsored by the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors and Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.
Janeane Davis

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