About New York University West African Gyil/Percussion Ensemble
The New York University West African Gyil/Percussion Ensemble explores instrumental music, singing, and dance; with emphasis on the gyil of Ghana, Burkina Faso and The Ivory Coast; in the quest to understand the depth, beauty, passion, and intellect of West African performing art. AGPE exists under the department leadership of Jonathan Hass, and is directed by Valerie Naranjo, who studied in Ghana over a span of 35 years, and The Ivory Coast with several artists, most notably Kakraba Lobi and Adama Drame; and has performed gyil concerti several times (once with AGPE members in the percussion section) with the National Symphony of Ghana in Accra. The members of AGPE are Max Meyer (assistant), Per-Nik Barth, Hayley Greco, Adriana Harrison, Brooke Jablonksi, Paden Lindstom, Morgan Parker, Benji Prickett, Miranda Siffer, and Luciano Valdes. Valerie Naranjo is supported by Vic Firth, Zildjian, Pearl, Encore Mallets, Rhythm Tech, WULA Drums, and the NYU Global Institute for Advanced Studies.
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