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Concert: Joseph Allred / Uasuf Gueye / Phobodeimos

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Saturday November 23 * 3pm * $10 * TICKETS

Joseph Allred is a Boston-based multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, singer, experimental composer, and visual artist who is originally from Jamestown, Tennessee. A large portion of his musical output falls into the American Primitive school of original guitar and banjo music, drawing especially from the folk traditions of the southeastern United States as well as from free improvising and avant-garde and minimalist composers such as Arvo Pärt, Charlemagne Palestine, Terry Riley, and Henry Flynt.

Born in Washington, DC, Uasuf Gueye belongs to a family of Nguewel/Diali, or oral historians and musicians. He began his study and performance of Manding and Wolof music at a very young age. Uasuf is a dynamic djembe and dundun drummer as well as a skilled instrument craftsman. He also plays the 21-key bala, which he learned first with his teacher, Cheick Hamala Diabate and other master artists of the Manding tradition of West Africa. Uasuf has dedicated his life to the task of becoming an ambassador of African culture to the world. The catalyst for such a responsibility is the passion he has for reconnecting those of the African Diaspora to one another. His repertoire ranges from traditional songs from the 13th century to contemporary original compositions incorporating blues and jazz riffs. Uasuf has studied in Senegal, West Africa, as well as the United States with master musicians and craftsmen including Medoune Yacine Gueye, Baile Mcknight, Famoro Dioubate, Mahiri F. Keita, and Amadou Kouyate. He has also acted as a teacher’s assistant to Amadou Kouyate at the University of Maryland and Montgomery College. Uasuf Gueye was a 2017-2018 Strathmore Artist in-Residence.

PHOBODEIMOS - Dan Conrad, Eric Franklin, Jenny Moon Tucker, Pony Payroll Bones - Baltimore quartet trafficking in clattering improvised drones and one-of-a-kind light apparatus, featuring self-made instruments, sax, bowed strings, augmented guitar, found-object percussion, electronically processed flute, all the good things in life.

Flyer: Michael Cabezas / @drivelikeyourkids