Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya
Abdullah Ibrahim
South African Jazz Legend

Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya

APR 28-MAY 1 | Abdullah Ibrahim

Apr 28 - May 01, 2022
Miner Auditorium
ThuApr 28
7:30 PM

$30 | $50 | $70 | $90

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FriApr 29
7:30 PM

$30 | $50 | $70 | $90

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SatApr 30
7:30 PM

$35 | $55 | $75 | $95

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SunMay 1
7:00 PM

$30 | $50 | $70 | $90

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The great Nelson Mandela described Cape Town-born piano legend and 2019 NEA Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim as “South Africa’s Mozart.” A performer, composer and outspoken chronicler of South Africa’s struggle with apartheid, Ibrahim became an international figure in jazz, whose music has always been a mixtures of influences from jazz and classical to gospel and traditional African music.

His international career was jump started by the great Duke Ellington, who saw the young pianist at a performance in Zurich and was instrumental in helping him secure a recording contract. Ellington remained a mentor to Ibrahim, who substituted for Ellington on a number of concert dates in 1965, leading the legendary composer’s orchestra. Since his auspicious beginnings, a staggering 50-album career followed, finding Ibrahim recording in settings ranging from solo to orchestral music and soundtrack work. He formed his septet Ekaya in the early 1980s, recording their debut album in 1983 with altoist Carlos Ward, bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Ben Riley. Ibrahim brings the current incarnation of this superb ensemble for this night. Stateside performances by Abdullah Ibrahim are a rare occurrence, and these nights promise an unforgettable experience with a living jazz legend.

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Stateside performances by Abdullah Ibrahim are a rare occurrence, and these nights promise an unforgettable experience with a living jazz legend.

CONCERT SPONSORS
Barbara Z. and Barry X. Lynn
With underwriting from Elba McIntosh

A lifetime of dreams and resistance at the piano

The New York Times

A lifetime of dreams and resistance at the piano

The New York Times

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