By University Communications
BOONE, N.C.—The Percuba Ensemble of Cuba will perform music for percussion at 8 p.m. March 4 in the Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. This is a Hayes School of Music event. Admission is free.
Percuba, which consists of six musicians, fuses elements of classical, folkloric and popular Cuban music. The result is a “very original style in which the combination of musical and visual elements elevate every instrument or gesture to a main role,” according to program notes for the March 4 performance.
Percuba began life in 2000 as Pi a Pá, having been started by students and professors in the percussion department of Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), also known as Universidad de las Artes, in Havana. The group dissolved in 2003. It reformed in 2006, aiming to restore its role as an alternative working method in the teaching dynamic of the percussion department. In 2007, it took the name of an important international percussion festival in Cuba.
Percuba’s March 4 program will include music conceived by the entire ensemble (e.g., “Bembe elegua”; “Homenaje”; and “Across de Abby Road”) or composed by individual members.
During its stay at Appalachian, Percuba will lead several master classes, which are free and open to…