Monday, March 3, 2008

Review of Feb. 29 Concert of William Chapman Nyaho

Dr. William H. Chapman Nyaho is a classical pianist and educator who was born in the U.S., was raised in his parents' native country of Ghana, then returned to the U.S. He performed works for solo piano at a concert at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles on Friday, Feb. 29, 2008. One of the persons present was John Malveaux, who has kindly given us a detailed account of the program, along with impressions of the performance:

The concert was part of artist-in-residence Black History Month, World Music at LMU, under the direction of Dr. Paul Humphreys.” “Dr. Nyaho was informative with brief comments about each piece and composer along with skillful performance. The performance was greatly appreciated by the intimate audience in a wonderful room with striking elevated view of Westchester area. I purchased the album, Senku, William Chapman Nyaho, Piano Music by Composers of African Descent.” John Malveaux tells us the following works were performed at the concert:

Talking Drums (Ukom, Egwu Amala) by Joshua Uzoigwe (Nigeria), 1946-2005; Three Jamaican Dances by Oswald Russell (Jamaica), 1933-; La Dangereuse (Meringue Haitienne) by Ludovic Lamothe (Haiti) 1882-1953; Dances in the Canebrakes (Nimble Feet, Tropical Noon, Silk Hat and Walking Cane) by Florence Price (USA), 1887-1953; Four Studies in African Rhythm (Udje, Okoye, Iroro, Agbadza) by Fred Onovwerosuoke (Nigeria), 1960-; Deep River (24 Negro Melodies Op. 59 No. 10) by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (England), 1875-1912; Troubled Water by Margaret Bonds (USA), 1913-1972; Flowers in Sand (Part 1: After the First Rain, Part 2: Colours in the Dunes by Bongani Ndodana (South Africa), 1975-; Coma Dance by Halim El Dabh (Egypt), 1921-.

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