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Jan. 17, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Afro-Semitic Experience will perform at Bucknell University Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall.

Sponsored by Campus Jewish Life, the program is open to the public without charge.

The Afro-Semitic Experience is an ensemble dedicated to preserving, promoting and expanding the rich cultural and musical heritage of the Jewish and African diaspora. The group began performing in late 1999 as an off-shoot of the creative work of African American pianist Warren Byrd and Jewish American bassist David Chevan.

In addition to Byrd and Chevan, the group comprises Alvin Carter Jr., drums; Baba David Coleman, percussion; Stacy Phillips, violin and dobro; Will Bartlett, saxophone and clarinet; and Mixashawn, tenor saxophone.

Based in Connecticut, the Afro-Semitic Experience has placed second in the New Haven Advocate's Grand Band Slam in the category of instrumental bands. Their music includes traditional klezmer melodies, bebop, gospel, cantorial songs and African rhythms and melodic lines.

Their first CD, This Is The Afro-Semitic Experience, is a mix of originals, jazz classics, klezmer and a rendition of the Israeli song, "Shir LaShalom"- Song for Peace. It was named one of the top 10 albums of the year by The Jewish Week and album of the week by www.allaboutjazz.com.

"They make the program meaningful by explaining to their audiences the background and history of the music they play. Their combining of the music of traditional Jewish prayers and songs with the Afro-American rhythms made for sweet jazz," said Norman S. Greenstein, executive director, Utica Jewish Community Center.

For more information, see http://www.chevan.addr.com/ase.html

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