Music Department Presents Performances by Italian Guitarist & West African Drumming Ensemble

Music Department Presents Performances by Italian Guitarist & West African Drumming Ensemble
Italian guitarist Marco Cappelli will perform on Tuesday, May 9, at 8 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall.
West African drumming group Ensemble Kuku will perform on Monday, May 8, at 8 p.m.

The campus community is invited to attend two upcoming musical performances — a concert by Pasadena-based West African drumming group Ensemble Kuku on Monday, May 8, and a return engagement by Italian guitarist Marco Cappelli on Tuesday, May 9. Both performances will take place at 8 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. Tickets are $7.

For more information, contact Music Publicist Teresa Kelly at (909) 869-3554 or

Ensemble Kuku

In 1999, while on sabbatical from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Raynor Carroll began studying West African drumming in Los Angeles. Soon after, he organized monthly workshops in his home with those that shared his desire, interest and passion for the culture of the Malinke, an African ethnic group.

Ensemble Kuku is made up of professional musicians, non-musicians, friends and family. In addition to performing locally, the ensemble has given clinics for the Mancini Institute, the Pacific Crest Youth Organization and for the music programs at Plaza de la Raza and the Watts Towers.

For more information on Ensemble Kuku, visit

Marco Cappelli

Italian guitarist Marco Cappelli alternates from rigorous music writing to the practice of improvisation.

He has performed as both a guest soloist and part of an ensemble in several classical and contemporary music series (Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Associazione A. Scarlatti di Napoli, and the Italian Academy at Columbia Univer¬sity), as well as in jazz and music festivals (Saalfelden Jazz Festival in Austria, Pomigliano Jazz in Italy, Barnsdall Theatre in Los Angeles and Tonic in New York).

Cappelli is a founder of the acclaimed Italian contemporary music group “Ensemble Dissonanzen.” He cur¬rently lives in New York, where he is involved with the contemporary and avant-garde music scene.

Cappelli has recorded for the Italian label TDS as well for the American label Mode Records. Soon his recordings will also be available on Ictus and New World Records.

In addition to his concert career, he provides direction to musicians at the Conservatorio V. Bellini in Palermo and Columbia University in New York, and often is a guest professor at the Julliard School and New York University.