Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Ethnographic Explorations in the Global South through Music

Friday, March 2, 2018

6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum

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The percussionist Will Calhoun, most widely known as the drummer for the multiple Grammy-winning rock/funk band, Living Colour, will discuss his extensive travels across the Global South, focusing on his innovative use of percussion not only as a means of bridging cultures but also as a surprisingly effective tool for conflict resolution. Calhoun will be joined by his Living Colour bandmate, the guitarist Vernon Reid, and also by the bassist Melvin Gibbs, whose vast oeuvre features ethnographically-rich research on the cultures and music of the African diaspora in Brazil and across the Caribbean.

During their visit to Providence, Calhoun, Gibbs and Reid, together with Professor Stephon Alexander on saxophone, will give a live performance at Fete Music Hall on Saturday, March 3rd. For tickets and further information about this performance, please see: http://fetemusic.com/events/zigzagpower3.