World-Renowned Musicians Weave a Global Tapestry of Sound

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, September 25, 2018 – Drawing on the musical traditions of their homelands in India, Africa, Europe and America, four world-renowned musicians will perform in George Brooks’ ASPADA at Walton Arts Center on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 pm.

Tickets prices range from $30 to $50 plus applicable fees and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.

Saxophonist and composer George Brooks has successfully bridged the worlds of jazz and Indian classical music along with South Indian virtuoso percussionist, Selvaganesh; global bass master, Kai Eckhardt; and Osam Ezzeldin, a leading North African jazz musician.

Together they create a rhythmic foundation that supports the creative vision of these world-jazz veterans. Bristling with East meets West polytonality and rhythmic intrigue, ASPADA provides a rare opportunity to observe musicians from diverse musical backgrounds conversing in a new musical language.

Brooks is a recipient of the American Composer’s Forum “Global Harmony" Prize and has received grants and commissions from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, New Music USA, USArtists International, MetLife Creative Connections and San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.

His compositions have appeared in films by Merchant Ivory Productions and have been performed by Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Liverpool Philharmonic. His solo harp composition ‘The Alchemy of Happiness” premiered at the 2012 Gaudeamus Muziekweek.

Visit waltonartscenter.org for more information about George Brooks’ASPADA.

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 195,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 400 events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 45,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 200 volunteers donate 21,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors who help bring world-class arts experiences to Northwest Arkansas. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.

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