Picture a musical performance that is created from the imagination and talents of many different people from many different communities and expressed through many different mediums. Artistic Director, originator and composer Douglas R. Ewart orchestrates this collective composition/musical theatre that includes scores (sometimes hundreds) of musicians, visual artists, dancers, puppeteers, actors martial artists, maritime practitioners and children.
Crepuscule is a project conceived and directed by Mr. Ewart and is currently based in three U.S cities: Chicago, Minneapolis and Philadelphia. The Jazz Institute and Mr. Ewart recently collaborated with the Banlieues Bleues Festival in Paris, France to unite the diverse artistic and ethnic cultures of Paris’ inner city communities through this singularly unique experience.
The bass drum will sometimes improvise but will return to its time keeping function. Some of the best Nyahbingi drums are constructed of cedar wood, goatskin and steel tuning mechanisms. The Funde and the Repeater are played with bare hands, and the bass drum with a mallet.
Tops are complex in terms of the physical and metaphoric aspects that they represent regarding our planet, the solar system and the countless galaxies and universes. The uses of top-like parts in simple and complex machines/tools are numerous and have been crucial to the advancement and comfort of human life.