Friday, October 8, 2021 Seattle Classical feat. Ghanaian-American pianist William Chapman Nyaho

October 7, 2021

Maggie Molloy

Seattle is a city that likes to experiment. From big tech to bold coffee, glass gardens to snow-capped mountains, Seattleites like to think outside the box — heck, even our hot dogs are a little unconventional. Our skyline's defining landmark is designed to look like a flying saucer from outer space.

So it's only natural that this same inventive spirit carries over into our music. From grunge to rock, pop, hip-hop, and the avant-garde, Seattle music has always been defined by open ears and open minds — shaped by a DIY aesthetic and set free to evolve and mutate in relative geographic isolation.

And those sonic experiments have led us to some pretty fascinating places. In this three-part series, Classical KING FM 98.1 explores the work of three artists who embody Seattle classical: the innovative, the unusual, and the unexpected.

You've probably heard the piano music of composers like Beethoven, Mozart, or Chopin — but what about Nkeiru Okoye, Halim El-Dabh, or Kwabena Nketia?

If you're like most classical listeners, you might not be very familiar with classical music from Africa and the African Diaspora. That's something William Chapman Nyaho is working to change. The Seattle-based, Ghanaian-American pianist has spent his career championing the works of lesser-known composers from across the African continent and beyond.

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