INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY - AFRICAN TO AMERICAN MUSIC
49 Waltham Avenue, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 9QF UK
Telephone +44 1483 536689 (UK)
Founded in 1996
· Over 45 composers and arrangers of orchestral, operatic, choral, vocal and instrumental music;
· European instrumentalists - pianists, violinists, percussionists, organists, flautists, saxophonists and guitarists;
· Orchestral and choral directors;
· African instrumentalists including xylophone, mbira, kora; membrophones including adowa, dundun and kiriboto;
· Scholars and teachers, including world leaders in musicology;
· Broadcasters, archivists and people in the media;
· Students and people who are interested in music.
The Society presently runs without any public support or commercial sponsorship and a membership contribution of £15 or US$25 is requested from people outside Africa or other developing countries. The efforts and initiatives are the results of its members.
On 15 April, 2000 the Society held its first Festival at Great Torrington. A CD Spiritual Fantasy featuring organ music by African and African American music played at Great Torrington by Lucius Weathersby (with Wendy Hymes) has had critical acclaim and is now available on Albany Records, TROY440. For more on that festival click here.
The Symposium and Festival August 2-4 2001 at Churchill College, Cambridge was partly sponsored by the Society. In addition, the Society sponsored another organ recital and art exhibition at St Pancras Parish Church, London on August 6 2001 with performances by Lucius Weathersby and Gerrit Jordaan (South Africa). Dr Willie Hooker held an exhibition that also featured some works by his students and colleagues.