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Jamey Haddad and Cyra Baptista at Koerner Hall

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Jamey Haddad and Cyra Baptista at Koerner Hall
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Two of the world’s greatest percussionists are joined by stellar improvisors in this double-bill of global music.

Jamey Haddad met saxophone player Billy Drewes when both were music students in Boston. Nearly 45 years later, the longtime friends recorded nine tunes written by Drewes and performed by Under One Sun, eight musicians who represent five countries and whose ages span five decades. “As my musical journey led me from one continent to another, and as I experienced a planet crying out for understanding, this team of players cosmically came forward,” says Haddad, a longtime professor of advanced improvisation and percussion at Oberlin Conservatory. “The sheer joy of every member experiencing their bandmates’ artistry truly exemplifies the human capacity to celebrate what makes us unique.”

Baptista’s program pays tribute to Brasil’s great composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos. “Baptista has a assembled a group both light on its feet and capable of negotiating the trickiest of rhythmic passages and deliriously romantic melodies with wit, enthusiasm, and grace. Highly recommended.” (AllMusic)