The NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts will host the premiere of “An African Nubian Suite” by Randy Weston, with his African Rhythms Orchestra, on Sunday, April 8 at 7 p.m. (566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South).
The event is presented by the Institute of African American Affairs at NYU.
Ticket prices: $15 (regular); $10 (NYU students, faculty, staff). For more information, please visit www.nyuskirball.org/calendar/weston. To purchase tickets, please visit the Skirball website or call 212.352.3101/866.811.4111. Subway lines: A, B, C, D, E, F, M (W. 4th St.); 1 (Christopher St.); N, R (8th St.); 6 (Astor Place, Bleecker Street).
Weston is an internationally renowned pianist, composer, and bandleader living in Brooklyn. He has made more than 40 albums and performed throughout the world. Weston has been inducted into the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame, designated a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts, and named Jazz Composer of the Year three times by DownBeat magazine. He is the recipient of many other honors and awards, including France’s Order of Arts and Letters, the Black Star Award from the Arts Critics and Reviewers Association of Ghana, and a five-night tribute at the Montreal Jazz Festival.
“An African Nubian Suite” salutes the Nubians, who were the first human race on earth and the oldest of the great civilizations in Africa. The suite was conceived through Weston’s relationship with the traditional peoples of Aswan, where he married his wife. Listeners can expect to hear the spirituality of Africa with music and poetry. “An African Nubian Suite” was developed with support of the Guggenheim Foundation.
The following books will be available for purchase and signing by the authors: African
Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston and Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times by Robin D. G. Kelley.
NYU Skirball Center
The Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is the premier venue for the presentation of cultural and performing arts events for New York University and lower Manhattan. Led by executive producer Jay Oliva (President Emeritus, NYU) and senior director Michael Harrington, the programs of the Skirball Center reflect NYU's mission as an international center of scholarship, defined by excellence and innovation and shaped by an intellectually rich and diverse environment. A vital aspect of the Center's mission is to build young adult audiences for the future of live performance. For more, go to: www.skirball.org.