LIVE: “Celebration of Rhythm” @ Proctors, 11/7/13

The Drums of Ghana

The Drums of Ghana

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Proctors in Schenectady debuted a new concert series last week. Produced by Local 518 master percussionist Brian Melick, “Celebration of Rhythm” explores the musical and cultural diversity of Nippertown through the magic of world percussion.

The series opened with Denise Watso and other members of the Abenaki Nation who presented “Here to Stay,” a multi-media narrative of the history of the Abenakis here and throughout Northeastern US and Canada.

The second half of the evening featured percussionist Zorkie Nelson leading the Drums of Ghana. This was also a multi media presentation, featuring dancing, as well as drumming.

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The “Celebration of Rhythm” concert series continues at Proctors at 7:30pm on Thursday, February 13 with the double-bill of North Indian music by Veena and Devesh Chandra and reggae favorites Robanic & the Caribbean Sounds. The series concludes on Thursday, April 10 with performances by Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard and James Weber & Berkshire Bateria.

Here To Stay: Members of The Abenaki Nation

Here To Stay: Members of The Abenaki Nation

Here To Stay: Members of The Abenaki Nation

Here To Stay: Members of The Abenaki Nation

Here To Stay: Members of The Abenaki Nation

Here To Stay: Members of The Abenaki Nation

The Drums of Ghana

The Drums of Ghana

The Drums of Ghana

The Drums of Ghana

The Drums of Ghana

The Drums of Ghana

Brian Melick

Brian Melick

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4 Responses to “LIVE: “Celebration of Rhythm” @ Proctors, 11/7/13”

  1. Thanks for the info on this concert series. Your photos are so clear and the colors draw you in, as if you were there to see the performance. Nice work, Rudy

  2. Rudy says:

    Thank you Wanda.

  3. Brian Melick says:

    Thank you Rudy. Was great seeing you there from a far. I saw you from a distance (I was up on the cat walk) and could not catch up to you. Your photos really captured the event. Wonderfully Vibrant and rich. Thank you so much for coming out. Looking forward to crossing paths again.
    Stay well and safe on the road.

  4. Rudy says:

    Thanks Brian. I tried to catch you also. Looking forward to the remainder of the series.

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