West Virginia University at Parkersburg
300 Campus Drive Parkersburg WV 26104
Phone: 304-424-8203 | Fax: 304-424-8315
Free workshop on African percussion to be offered June 16 at the Parkersburg Art Center.
CONTACT: WVU Parkersburg Corporate and Community Education, 304-424-8275; the Parkersburg Art Center, 304-485-4859.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Osubi I. Craig and The Prophecy Music Project will present a free hands-on workshop on the fascinating rhythms of African percussion Friday, June 16, at the Parkersburg Art Center.
The 7:30 p.m. workshop is open to the public and will be held in the center's Art Factory Room.
The one-hour session is co-sponsored by West Virginia University at Parkersburg and the Art Center.
Craig is an ensemble director, rhythmic composer, arts educator and a fourth generation percussionist. The interactive workshop will explore the basic concepts of African percussion rhythms and their impact on jazz, rhythm and blues and hip hop.
Participants are encouraged, but not required, to bring any kind of percussion instrument to the workshop. The session is suitable for all ages and abilities.
Craig has spent numerous years teaching drumming fundamentals to both children and adults. His classes often serve as comprehensive introductions to traditional West African music and culture. He has earned accolades for his programs at the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education in New York. He has also performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Kulu Mele African American Drum and Dance Ensemble.
No pre-registration for the workshop is required. Additional information is available by contacting the college's Corporate and Continuing Education office, 424-8275 or the Art Center at 485-4859.