July 16, 2016
An original Rosendale Cafe artist of the early 90s, percussionist Jason Finkelman returns to reunite Uji, an improvising world music trio featuring Steve Gorn on bansuri and soprano saxophone, and John Wieczorek on percussion. Also playing will be special guest Geoff Gersh on electric guitar, who is a founding member of the ambient, avant world trio Straylight.
Philadelphia-born percussionist Jason Finkelman specializes in the berimbau, an Afro-Brazilian musical bow, and performs on African and Brazilian instruments, many handcrafted by Adimu Kuumba. Finkelman currently combines laptop electronics and acoustic percussion in several Urbana-Champaign, Illinois based improvising ensembles, and works extensively with choreographer Cynthia Oliver. As director of Global Arts Performance Initiatives, an engagement program of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Finkelman organizes concerts and workshops featuring leading artists in improvised music, avant jazz, and world traditions at the University of Illinois.
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