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Artist-in-Residence: Bakithi Kumalo, International Musician and Bassist for Paul Simon

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - Saturday, February 11, 2017

Artist-in-Residence: Bakithi Kumalo, International Musician and Bassist for Paul Simon

Location: East End Arts School, Carriage House, 141 E. Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
Description: Bakithi Kumalo is a South African bassist, composer and vocalist who has worked with a wide variety of diverse artists including Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Harry Belafonte, Cyndi Lauper, and Paul Simon. He has been active as well as a solo artist, with four albums to his credit – 1998’s San’Bonan, 2000’s In Front of My Eyes, 2008’s Transmigration, and 2011’s Change – as well as three award-winning children’s albums recorded with his wife, vocalist Robbi Kumalo. Kumalo’s bass-playing history began in Soweto where he grew up surrounded by music. “I picked up the bass early and realized I could follow the groove of a tune with it. I could play the bass lines from a cappella music, and I learned how to develop lines based on the left-hand work of accordion players in the township bands.”


Bakithi Kumalo's residency at East End Arts: Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - Saturday, February 11, 2017
Don't miss his workshop, programs and events!
Advance registration required for some programs - see below.


MUSICIAN'S WORKSHOP WITH BAKITHI KUMALO
Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
At East End Arts Carriage House, behind the EEA School, 141 E. Main Street, Riverhead, NY

Musicians are invited to join international musician Bakithi Kumalo, bass player for Paul Simon, for a three-hour adult workshop. This unique opportunity to learn from and jam with one of the great musicians of our time is not to be missed. This will be a hands-on learning experience; participants are invited to bring their instrument of choice. Workshop fee: $45. Space is limited.
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UNDER AFRICAN SKIES DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING & Q&A WITH BASSIST BAKITHI KUMALO
Saturday, February 4, 2017, 4:00 PM
Free, Open to Public
At Peconic Landing Community Center Auditorium, 1500 Brecknock Rd, Greenport NY

Under African Skies chronicles Paul Simon's return to South Africa to explore the journey of his Grammy Award-winning Graceland album, including the political backlash he received for allegedly breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa designed to end the Apartheid regime. After the screening there will be Q&A with bassist Bakithi Kumalo, who is featured in the documentary and on Paul Simon's Graceland album. Advance registration appreciated.
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INSTRUCTOR OF THE MUSIC MASTERS MENTORSHIP PROGRAM FOR TEEN MUSICIANS, WINTER 2017
High School Student Musicians are invited to apply to participate in this program and learn from this talented international musician: Bakithi Kumalo, bassist
Intensive Full-Scholarship, Six-Week Program for Teen Musicians
Application Deadline EXTENDED for Students: Sunday, December 18

Long Island high school music students (ages 14 through 18) with a passion for music are encouraged to apply for this rigorous workshop opportunity for those studying bass, keyboard, drums, guitar, sax, or trumpet. There are no fees for participation in the Music Masters Mentorship Program. Ensemble workshop rehearsals will be held evenings from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the East End Arts School Carriage House in Riverhead on the following dates: Tuesday, January 3; Monday, January 9; Tuesday, January 17; Monday, January 23; Monday, January 30; Monday, February 6. A finale performance will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center which is open to the public. Tickets are $10. To apply, high school student musicians must submit an online application including a recorded performance sample. East End Arts Music Masters Mentorship Program is sponsored by Olivia and Harlan Fischer.
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More about East End Arts Artist-in-Residence Program
East End Arts’ Artist-in-Residence program, started in 2008, is designed to bring established and emerging artists of all disciplines to the East End to showcase their work, and provides opportunities for the community to learn from the artist through exhibitions, lectures, and workshops. The Artist-in-Residence program provides studio space and housing during the residency at the historic Corwin Carriage House on the East End Arts grounds in Riverhead, NY.

Contact Information:
East End Arts School
631-369-2171