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New York University
Artist in Residence
Randy Weston

Each year the Institute of African-American Affairs brings internationally acclaimed Black artists, including writers, musicians, visual and performing artists, to the NYU community. During their residency, the artists participate in academic seminars, offer public presentations of their work, and meet with students and faculty. As with past participants-Salif Keita, Danny Glover, Anna Deavere Smith, Walter Mosley, Jayne Cortez, Amiri Baraka-
Randy Weston's residency is designed to foster stimulating intellectual and creative exchange.


Ancient Future
Moderated by jazz critic and educator Willard Jenkins, this presentation will explore the nature of sound as it relates to the Egyptian universal axiom / principal of vibration as discussed at length in the book Ancient Future: The Teachings and Prophetic Wisdom of the Seven Hermetic Laws of Ancient Egypt by Anthro-photojournalist Dr. Wayne B. Chandler. The impact of various tones and frequencies in the field of healing, music, human anatomy, and shifting into greater states of spiritual consciousness will be explored. Joining Jenkins and Chandler will be Weston and renowned musician Min Xiao Fen.

Film Screening and Conversation
Combining live performance, interview and dramatic sequences, this celluloid montage, shot around the world, documents Weston's music and key events in his extraordinary life. Joining Weston for the post-screening conversation will be noted dancer and choreographer Andrea E. Woods and scholar Yaa lengi Ngemi. Columbia University Professor Robin D.G.Kelley will serve as moderator.

Drum Symposium
Presented with the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University
Inspired by the great Cuban drummer Chano Pozo, Randy Weston's music reflects his lifelong quest to understand and incorporate the power of the drum in his creations. Featuring distinguished scholars C. Daniel Dawson, Wesleyan University Professor Abraham Adzenyah, Boricua College Professor Joseph Gaines, and legendary musicians Chief Bey, Candido Camero, and Neil Clarke, the panel will investigate the importance of the drum in world culture with a particular focus on the drum in Africa and the African Diaspora.

An Evening with 
Randy Weston African Rhythms Quintet and Souloworks/Andrea E.Woods & Dancers.
The common ground for both Weston and Woods is their unquestionable joy in and commitment to reflecting the creative, cultural and spiritual message, beauty, dignity and power of the African Diaspora with music and dance. This event is hosted by NYU Professor Manthia Diawara, director of the Institute of African-American Affairs.


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