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Newton Piano Summit: Wes Wirth Global Ensemble and Leo Genovese
The Newton Piano Summit is a new tradition from the Waban Improvement Society presenting professional world-class artists in an intimate setting —entirely free to the public. Performers are selected from an A-list of recognized artists from the New England and New York area. Join the Summit Facebook page to keep alerted to videos and performances.
Fluent in many styles including jazz, gospel, reggae, calypso, and Afro-pop, the Wes Wirth Global Ensemble performs music that is a unique blend of haunting melodies, intricate and pulsating rhythms, vocal effects, loops, and improvisation. Members include Joh Camara, a master drummer, dancer, and Griot from West Africa, and David “Fuze” Fiuczynski on double-neck microtonal guitar.
Argentina’s Leo Genovese has been kept busy by Esperanza Spalding since he joined her group in 2005. A reviewer for The New York Times commented on Genovese’s 2013 album, Seeds, that “by refusing to privilege one historical style over another, he strengthens his claim as a polyglot.”.