Africa-West Percussion Trio performs on the west side

The Rocky River Chamber Music Society presents an exciting concert on Monday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. that features Africa-West Percussion Trio in its first performance for the Society. Africa-West is dedicated to the performance of African and Afro-Caribbean styles of music in addition to Western music for percussion.  

This concert takes place in the superb acoustical environment at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River. There is no admission charge, and all are welcome.  

The musicians of Africa-West are Jamie Ryan, Ryan Korb and Josh Ryan. Not only are these musicians performing, they have also composed most of the works they are playing in Rocky River. Their compositions and arrangements reflect their classical and jazz backgrounds, their studies abroad, and their studies with master musicians in African and Afro-Cuban genres. The concept of “Africa-West” expresses not only the trio’s interest in folkloric music, but also how the experiences of Africans in the Western Hemisphere have shaped Afro-Caribbean music. 

Due to the trio’s unusual repertoire and varied interests, it has performed in a wide variety of settings and venues such as concert halls, jazz festivals, universities, public schools and music conventions. The group has toured nationally and performs regularly at Baldwin Wallace University where it is an ensemble-in-residence. 

Africa-West Percussion Trio has cut three recordings. Their first CD, "Africa West," is available on Stellar Records. Two other recordings are also available – "Togo Road" and "Aburé." The trio’s recordings will be available at the concert. According to Michael Spiro, world renowned Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian musician and scholar, “Africa-West Trio represents simply the best of contemporary percussion music.” 

Carol Jacobs

For seven years I was curator of the Cowan Pottery Museum at Rocky River Public Library. Also I was archivist for The Cleveland Orchestra for 17 years, and a librarian at Lakewood Public Library for 15 years. I am now retired. I lived in Rocky River for 41 years, and recently moved to Westlake.

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