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Will Calhoun's Mail Project with special guest Cheick-Tidiane Seck Marcus Garvey Park Saturday, June 22nd 6PM

Will Calhoun is a two time Grammy winning interdisciplinary artist who graduated from the Berklee college of music. Although he's mostly known for his drumming/composing with the genre bending Rock Band Living Colour; he's recorded with, toured and/or produced B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Pharaoh Sanders, Wayne Shorter, Lauryn Hill, Yassin Bey (Mos Def) Oumou Sangare, Philip Glass, and many others.

Will has invested over 25 years of personal research in the Outback of Australia, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Belize, and Northern Brazil to document and study the true History of the drums, rhythm, sonic vibrations and their impact on modern music. Will is also an inventor and avid user of technology and its unique role in creating music. Three well known colleagues Will continues to brainstorm with are: Jaron Lanier(Virtual Reality Inventor), Roger Linn, and Mario DeCurtiis.

"Simultaneously studying the past and future of music/rhythm is essential in today's musical environment" -Will Calhoun

Cheick-Tidiane Seck, keyboardist, composer, and performer of popular and traditional Malian music, is one of the most prolific, experienced, and perhaps even under-appreciated musicians from the Manding-speaking region of West Africa. He possesses a rich and undeniably interesting history, filled with a diverse range of musical encounters with such artists as Salif Keita, Mory Kante, Fela Kuti, Youssou N'Dour, Hank Jones, Carlos Santana, Joe Zawinul, and a host of others. As keyboardist, composer, bandleader, singer, arranger, Seck presents a telling portrait of the varied and complex nature of the musician in West Africa, one that often features the mixing of cultures and regions, contemporary and traditional, and global and local.



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