Out of Africa


Wednesday, February 7 at 7:30pm

Out of Africa:
A new project by
Amy Lynn Barber, marimba and
Sam Holmstock, world percussion

Please join us for an upcoming performance of our new project together!

We are percussionists with very different backgrounds who have come together to create the “Out of Africa” project - a collaborative performance which showcases the marimba and world drumming.   Amy is a classically trained percussionist and marimbist, with a long international performing career as a soloist, in chamber music, and in orchestras. Sam is a well-known jazz musician and co-founder of the successful fusion group ENTRAIN, who devotes himself to using world drumming for health and healing.

We’ve focused on the common origins and development of our instruments, and will perform separately and together in a range of musical styles – from classical. to African and Latin American traditional music, to the American songbook.

Since both the marimba and the djembe have their origins in Africa, this is a chance to tell this story and to trace their musical connections from Africa to Latin America to the United States.

There will be opportunities for audience participation, and information will be shared about the instruments and the different musical styles. This unique program should appeal to families and people of all ages.

Amy Lynn Barber has had a distinguished career as a performer, teacher, and arts administrator, and has performed and taught on 5 continents. She has degrees from Boston University, UMass Amherst, and a doctorate from the Hartt School of Music and is Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the DePauw University School of Music An active performer on the Cape, she is the founder and artistic director of The Percussion Plus Project, and the ragtime marimba band Xylophonia. She has also worked with the Sandwich 375 committee, the Cotuit Center for the Arts, and curated the Sandwich Arts Alliance's Village Concert Series.

Sam Holmstock is a co-founder the world fusion group ENTRAIN and has played with them for 20 years, as well as with many famous artists including Bo Diddley, James Taylor, and Babatunde Olatunji.  He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, and has also studied  composition  and improvisation with Anthony Braxton and others, as well as percussion at the National School of Music in Havana, Cuba. He is the creator and director of Drum Strategies for Healing, and facilitates drumming activities for the special needs community, working with the Cotuit Center for the Arts, the Youth Arts Program at Brewster Treatment Center, and the Sandwich Arts Alliance.

Out of Africa - A Marimba and Drumming Performance
Wednesday, February 7 at 7:30pm
In the Art Studio
Tickets $25, $23 for seniors/veterans, $20 for members

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