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The Dusk-Eyed Queen: Piano Music by Women from Africa & African Diaspora

Monday 22 May, 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm

The Dusk-Eyed Queen: Music by  Women from Africa and the African Diaspora explores the African and African diasporic experience  through the works of some of the  most exciting  composers of the past two centuries. The programme’s diverse women composers fête the cultures of Africa and its diaspora, painting vivid portraits of their communities while provoking a long overdue re-assessment of the classical canon.

Programme

Errollyn Wallen
I wouldn’t normally say

Chiquinha Gonzaga
Heloisa
Meditação
Camilla

Tania Leon
Tumbao
Prelude No. 1: Sorpessa
Prelude No. 2: Pecera

Nahla Mattar
Egyptian Miniatures (selected movements)

Nkeiru Okoye
From African Sketches:
Dancing Barefoot in the Rain
Dusk

Valerie Capers
Canción de Havana
Ella Scats the Little Lamb
Billie’s Song
Cool-trane

Margaret Bonds
Troubled Water

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About the Performer

Liberian-Norwegian pianist Kamilla Arku draws on her diverse background as inspiration for her work as a performer and educator. She has recently performed for the Royal Opera House and the Intercultural Music Initiative, as well as collaborated with choreographer Claudia Schreier for Works & Process at the Guggenheim. In the upcoming season, she looks forward to recitals in the US, UK and Liberia, as well as working with a collective of Black female musicians and filmmakers for the First Step project.

Kamilla is also the founder and Director of charity Music for Liberia, a charity supporting young people in Liberia through music-based fundraising. She is a graduate of Yale University and the Royal Northern College of Music, and is currently a PhD student in Musicology at New York University.

photo credit: Agne Kucinskaite