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African Gyil and Percussion Ensemble Performance

African Gyil and Percussion Ensemble

Music and Performing Arts Professions Ensembles

The NYU African Gyil and Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Valerie Naranjo (Saturday Night Live! and The Lion King), studies and performs traditional African music for percussion and voice. Perhaps the most unique element of the NYU African Gyil and Percussion Ensemble is its performance on gyil. Although gyils are traditionally played solo or in pairs (with non-pitched percussion instruments), the ensemble encourages its members to experience the gyil art in an academic setting, by sharing the musical "workload.”

Who Can Join

The NYU African Gyil and Percussion Ensemble is open solely to Instrumental Performance majors

Audition Information

One short selected solo on either mallet percussion, snare drum, timpani, or multiple percussion

Rehearsal Information

MPAPS-UE/GE 1090/2190.004, Professor Valerie Naranjo, 0 - 3 Credits, Fall and Spring, Friday from 5:00 - 7:00pm

Multimedia

Kpanlogo - Contemporary Ga, Ghana

For kpanlogo drums, bells, bass drums, voice, and dance.

Yaa Yaa Kole - Sisala, Ghana/Cote D'Ivoire

For gyil, kuar, and dance.

Kuku - Guinea

For djembe and dun-dun. 

Photo by Marc Akiyama

Contact Information

Valerie Naranjo, Director