Artist / Program Description:
Allow A Spiritual Journey Percussion Ensemble to transport you to times and places not yet forgotten. Join them in the joyful and healing powers of sound. This gathering of Chicago-based musicians, dancers, educators, instrument makers, storytellers, and designers blends their vision to reach out to others. A Spiritual Journey Percussion Ensemble weaves storytelling, poetry, song, dance, and chants to continue the oral traditions of diverse cultures. Its featured instrument is the beaded Yoruba calabash gourd called the shekere. Other instruments include the egun-gun bell, spoons, flutes, drums, and other percussion. The Ensemble eliminates the traditional roles between performer and audience by inviting the audience to be an active part of the performance.