Category: Arts Initiative

The Nile Project in Residency at Boston University this March

February 4th, 2015 in 2015, Arts Initiative, News Releases 0 comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 4, 2015

CONTACT: Sarah Collins, BU Arts Initiative, (617) 368-0727 or artsinbu@bu.edu

THE NILE PROJECT IN RESIDENCY AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY THIS MARCH

(Boston, MA)—The Boston University Arts Initiative is pleased to announce that we, in addition to the BU African Studies Center, BU School of Music – College of Fine Arts, and World Music/CRASHarts, will welcome The Nile Project to the Boston University Charles River campus for a five-day residency from Monday, March 23rd to Friday, March 27th, 2015. An additional ten offices and programs at Boston University including the African Students Organization, The BU Art Gallery, and the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future are collaborating on residency activity.

Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian American singer Meklit Hadero conceived the Nile Project in 2011. Their mission is to educate, inspire, and empower the citizens of the Nile basin to foster the sustainability of the Nile River’s ecosystem. The central component of the project is music, working to approach the issues of water politics and cultural conflict in the area through musical collaboration. The Nile Project, which consists of a dozen musicians from every country bordering the Nile River, primarily takes place in North Africa, but the musicians will be touring through the United States to share the fruit of their three-year long collaboration at universities, festivals, and arts centers, as well as the Lincoln Center and the Smithsonian Institute in 2015-2016. Boston University will be their first stop in their New England leg of the tour.

“We are thrilled to host the Nile Project at Boston University. This residency has provided a wonderful opportunity for us partner with a number of academic and programming entities at BU, World Music/CRASHarts, and local schools and teachers to celebrate music and learn more about the beauty and challenges of the Nile River region,” said Ty Furman, Managing Director of the BU Arts Initiative.  “We couldn’t be happier to the share the fantastic and important work and artistry of the Nile Project with the Boston University and Boston-area communities.”

The Nile Project began their U.S. tour in January 2015 at Globalfest in New York City, where The New York Times hailed the performance as “a committed, euphoric international coalition.” Their first recording, Aswan, was named among NPR’s Top Must-Hear International albums of 2013. NPR said “the results are joyous and even raucous… You can hear just how much fun the crowd is having — and how tight the band is, even as their instrumental multitudes adeptly combine everything from indigenous instruments like the Ugandan adungu lyre to saxophone and bass.”

The residency will culminate in a public performance of The Nile Project at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston on Friday, March 27 at 8 p.m., presented by World Music/CRASHarts. Tickets are $28, with reserved seating. For tickets and information, call World Music/CRASHarts at (617) 876-4275 or visit their website www.WorldMusic.org.

In addition to the public performance, in-class presentations, workshops and a performance for local middle school children, the following residency programs with The Nile Project will be free and open to the public:

Lecture Demonstration: Music of The Nile on Tuesday, 3/24 from 3-5 p.m. at the College of Fine Arts Concert Hall, 855 Commonwealth Ave., Boston

Discussion Panel: Arts & Social Engagement on Tuesday, 3/24 from 5:15-7 p.m. at the College of Fine Arts Concert Hall, 855 Commonwealth Ave., Boston

Discussion Panel: Water Politics in the Nile Basin on Friday, 3/27 from 3-4 p.m. at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, 67 Bay State Road, Boston

This residency is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

More information on the Nile Project residency at Boston University including panel participants is available at http://www.bu.edu/arts/nile-project/.  More information on the Nile Project, including images, is available at http://www.rockpaperscissors.biz/artists/7755.

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