Posted By : Mozart
Piece Title : Ubangi Djembe
No. of times Viewed (June 2018) :6
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Composer / Arranger : Reina, Rafael
Composer / Arranger Details: Rafael Reina was born in 1961 in Equatorial Guinea. At the age of seven he moved to Madrid where he later studied bass guitar. In 1984 he left to Boston to study composition at the Berklee College of Music. Then he studied with Mauricio Kagel, Johannes Fritsch and J.L. de Del
Total Number of Percussionists Required :6 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Percussion Ensemble
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Instrumentation : N/A
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Written for / Commissioned by : Spanish Culture Ministry
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 Amsterdam Percussion Group
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Publisher :Edition Svitzer
Publishers Website :www.editionsvitzer.com
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Year Composed / Copyright Date :1992 / 
Duration :16Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :8
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :Although of Spanish nationality, and since 2002 also Dutch, I was born and raised in a former Spanish colony in West Africa called Equatorial Guinea. There I grew up listening to a strange mixture of early Stravinsky, BartC3k, flamenco and a wide variety of African drumming and singing.

This combination, from both musical and existential viewpoints, probably shaped my exploration, years later, of non-western cultures, my taste for a music without frontiers or boundaries, as well as my inclination for writing music for percussion and percussive music.

Ubangi is the name of an instrument that I encountered in my native country and Djembe has become almost a symbol of African drum at this point. The title was and is in fact a tribute to my very African roots. In this composition I travel through the polyrhythms, memories and flavours of the African continent - from the deserts of Morocco where Arabic melodies are harmonised with very dissonant chords, to the jungle of Equatorial Guinea whose sounds I can still hear.

This piece was a commission of the Spanish Culture Ministry for the 1992 Contemporary music Festival of Alicante.
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