Violist Kathryn Lockwood and percussionist Yousif Sheronick, better known as the multi-instrument duoJalal, take the stage Sunday, Feb. 23, at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
The 3 p.m. concert is the sixth of the Friends of Good Music 2019-2020 performance season.
Racing along with our new global society, duoJalal surprises the music world with their diverse and stunning artistry and are “fearless seekers and synthesizers of disparate instruments and cultures,” raves the Toronto Star.
Like the marriage between Lockwood and Sheronick, their music represents an organic amalgam of cultural traditions and musical styles. Audiences are enthralled as Lockwood, a classically trained violist from Australia, ignites her instrument with passion — one minute embodying a medieval rebec, the next a Shakuhachi (Japanese flute).
Sheronick, of Lebanese descent, dazzles as he manipulates sound by simply snapping his fingers at the edge of an Egyptian frame drum or dragging his foot across the Peruvian cajon. From their chamber music foundation, duoJalal moves from classical to klezmer, Middle Eastern to jazz, with a skillful confluence that is natural, exploratory and passionate.
Critics hailed “A Different World,” duoJalal’s first CD, as an “exhilarating sonic and somewhat mystical experience.” And of their second CD, “Shadow & Light,” The Toronto Star exclaimed, “If this is what the world music’s future holds, bring on the party.”
Inspired by their namesake, 13th century poet Jalal a din Rumi, whose visions and words brought together people of different religions, cultures and races, duoJalal opens their doors to all communities for a diverse and stimulating intercultural experience.
Also known for their outstanding teaching skills, duoJalal offers masterclasses and clinics for string soloists and ensembles as well as world drumming to both children and adults. Recent masterclasses were held at Manhattan School of Music, New York University and the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention.
Single ticket prices are $20 for the general public, $16 for senior citizens and SBU staff members, and $5 for students. For tickets and information, call The Quick Center at (716) 375-2494.
For each Friends of Good Music performance, The Quick Center will open its galleries one hour before the performance and keep them open throughout the intermission. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. For more information, visit www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.
Friends of Good Music is a nonprofit organization that has been bringing live performances of classical and international music, theater and dance to the region for nearly 40 years. Its annual performance season has been co-presented and hosted by the Quick Center for 15 years.
About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University is a community committed to transforming the lives of our students inside and outside the classroom, inspiring in them a lifelong commitment to service and citizenship. In 2019, St. Bonaventure was named the #1 regional university value in New York and #2 in the North by U.S. News and World Report.
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