Consisting of 15-20 student performers, Fuego Tropical meets twice each week during the fall semester to explore the steel band music of Trinidad, the salsa music of Cuba and the Caribbean, the gamelan music of Indonesia, or the samba music of Brazil! Created under the auspices of a MnSCU Center for Teaching and Learning "Learning that Lasts" grant (with generous support from the Bush Foundation), this ensemble frequently performs both on and off campus at private and public events. The ensemble is one of the most in-demand student ensembles in the region and is especially well-known for their innovative public school educational programs, "Carnival Jump-Up" and "World Music Celebrations!" Bookings for the ensemble can be arranged by contacting Dr. Williams at the phone number listed below. To find-out more about the ensemble, including recordings, on-line video clips, and future performances.
Directed by Dr. Kenyon Williams, Fuego Tropical was formed in August of 2003 with generous support from MnSCU CTL and the Bush Foundation. Today, Fuego Tropical continues to bring its unique blend of Trinidadian steeldrums and Afro-Cuban salsa music to the Red River Valley Region! In 2010, the ensemble added a central Javanese gamelan to the mix, allowing the ensemble to rotate emphasis each year between a variety of world cultures: Cuba, Trinidad, Indonesia, West Africa, Middle Eastern, and Brazil!
These activities are funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board
through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the
Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of
the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
For more information contact:
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