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Tour Dates


Tony Vacca and Massamba Diop: The Senegal-America Project
May
10
8:00 PM20:00

Tony Vacca and Massamba Diop: The Senegal-America Project

May 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$18

What happens when you combine Massamba Diop’s fiery Senegalese tama drumming with Tony Vacca’s spectacle of World Percussion? For over two decades these two musicians have come up with a different answer pretty much every time they perform. Expect some above-and-beyond pyrotechnics, expect some whisper soft gongs, a sonorous avalanche of notes from a giant balafon (West African xylophone), some spoken words in Wolof and English and oh yeah, a palpable vibe of friendship, connection and love these two guys have created from years of working together.

 

Tony Vacca is an innovative American-born percussionist whose music incorporates giant West African xylophones, an incredible collection of over twenty Paiste gongs, hand-drums, and a unique drum set/percussion unit. The range of his work could be summarized by the fact that he has performed and/or recorded with pop icon Sting, Senegalese Afro-Pop star Baaba Maal, Jazz and World Music legend Don Cherry, and the Senegalese hip-hop troupe called Gokh-bi System.

Massamba Diop is internationally recognized as one of the all time masters of the tama drum. He is an extraordinary performer, as well as a knowledgeable and generous teacher. He is one of the original members of Baaba Maal’s world famous band, and has performed with Peter Gabriel, Herbie Hancock, and Carlos Santana. And oh yeah, if you’ve seen The Black Panther then you’ve him play. His playing accompanies most of the action scenes.

Together their performances are a spectacular display of rhythm and a world of percussion, demonstrating the power of cross-cultural collaboration. They have created flexible, cohesive, and extraordinary presentations by virtue of their generous commitment to the music and to each other. And it shows. In performance or in hands-on workshops, they convey their expertise, their reverence of tradition and innovation, and a profound respect for their audience.

If you like contrasts, then you’ll see that their collaboration incorporates and transcends Black and White, Christian and Muslim, ancient and contemporary, African and American. But most of all these two musicians are friends; you can see it, you can hear it, and you can feel it. Just like their friendship, their music is built upon mutual respect and appreciation. The result is this meeting of two mindful, soulful, world-class performers; two rhythm griots meeting on the common ground of rhythm and storytelling.

LINKS:

Massamba Diop in performance with Baaba Maal:

https://youtu.be/2525gcsCqM8

 

Tony Vacca: solo performance excerpt:

https://vimeo.com/17169139

 

The African Embrace:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvZB1OCR7Vk

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World Rhythms Ensemble: World Fusion, Spoken Words, Exquisite Mayhem
Apr
28
8:00 PM20:00

World Rhythms Ensemble: World Fusion, Spoken Words, Exquisite Mayhem

Tony Vacca and Massamba Diop performing together at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, MA

During the past fourteen years Massamba Diop and Tony Vacca have been bringing together the traditions of their music and the peoples of their countries.

$15 Adv / $20 Door $10 Students/Children 18+ 

Doors at 7pm

Info and tickets at https://www.gatewaycityarts.com/tonyvaccaandmassambadiop

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Pennsylvania Cannabis Festival: Solo Concert
Apr
22
10:00 AM10:00

Pennsylvania Cannabis Festival: Solo Concert

Nay Aug Park Scranton, PA

"This public event is to raise awareness for the legalization of cannabis in Pennsylvania. Our mission is to end cannabis prohibition and free all political prisoners of the war on cannabis. Freedom is gained through growth. This mission needs your support. Please shop the vendors, eat plenty of food & enjoy the day’s events."

Free admission. Info at http://www.penncannafest.com

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Magdalena Gomez and Tony Vacca: A Full Force Flow of World Fusion Music and Outspoken Words
Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

Magdalena Gomez and Tony Vacca: A Full Force Flow of World Fusion Music and Outspoken Words

The Bing Arts Center, Springfield, MA

Globally acclaimed artists, poet Magdalena Gomez and percussionist Tony Vacca, present an evening of world music and spoken word. Senegal, Puerto Rico, New Jersey, and the Bronx come together to celebrate the soul’s longing to live a liberated life.

Seating is limited: advance purchase recommended.

Doors open at 7:30. Refreshments available.

Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 students. Purchase using the following link: http://bingartscenter.org/store/tickets/magdalena-gomez-tony-vacca/

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Solo Concert: “Under the Influence of African Art”
Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

Solo Concert: “Under the Influence of African Art”

Fine Arts Center Lobby, UMass Amherst

https://www.umass.edu/events/exhibit-closing-celebration-5

 

5 Takes on African Art/ 42 Flags by Fred Wilson winds down on April 19 with a celebration of this innovative year-long exhibition.

Visitors will move through the Fine Art Center and the UMCA galleries to experience a series of distinct performances inspired by the exhibition: music from renowned local percussionist Tony Vacca, a performance by actor Kymberly Newberry, an original dance, "Alyma", choreographed by Molly Christie Gonzalez and performed by students from the UMass Dance Department, and a performance by the master storyteller Onawumi Jean Moss.

Featuring performances by Tony Vacca, Onawumi Jean Moss, Kymberly Newberry, and UMass Dancers

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IMPULSE ENSEMBLE: Above and Beyond at The Stone Church
Apr
14
8:00 PM20:00

IMPULSE ENSEMBLE: Above and Beyond at The Stone Church

The Stone Church Brattleboro, VT

Ticket prices: $10/$12 

April 14: IMPULSE ENSEMBLE: Above and Beyond. 

Derrik Jordan, electric violin; Jim Matus, laoutar; Tony Vacca, percussion, spoken word.

The Stone Church, Brattleboro, VT. 8pm,  $10/$12. http://stonechurchvt.com/events/

 

Impulse Ensemble’s musical signature comes from our collective effort to obliterate the distinction between tradition and innovation… We’re out to create a dynamic, momentary fusion from a world filled with mind-blowing music, and then take what we discover… above and beyond where we’ve been. 

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Hartford Performs
Jan
24
6:00 AM06:00

Hartford Performs

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This is a year long series of school programs the use World Music as the educational doorway to science and mathematics. Students participate in hands-on workshops, learning how an awareness of patterns in the world around us has lead to the development of the discipline of math and music. 

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Residency with Hartford Performs: The Math of Rhythm; The Science of Sound
Jan
17
8:00 AM08:00

Residency with Hartford Performs: The Math of Rhythm; The Science of Sound

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This is a year long series of school programs the use World Music as the educational doorway to science and mathematics. Students participate in hands-on workshops, learning how an awareness of patterns in the world around us has lead to the development of the discipline of math and music. 

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Projects and Visions Trip to Senegal
Dec
26
to Jan 12

Projects and Visions Trip to Senegal

 

This is a musical and cultural journey into the fusion of West African and American traditions and innovations. Musicians, poets, film makers, educators... all who dare are welcome. The purpose is to create and explore common ground between our worlds and our disciplines.

Date: December 26th, 2017 to January 12th, 2018.

Location: Senegal, West Africa

Contact: jean@arts-are-essential.org

Website: jean@arts-are-essential.org

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Tony Vacca "10 Solos"
Nov
4
8:00 PM20:00

Tony Vacca "10 Solos"

This concert is part of a 10 concert series by Tony that features new and old compositions on balafon, dousn'goni, gongs, mbira and a world of percussion instruments. Several Spoken Word pieces will punctuate this unique World Fusion soundscape.

***Beginning Sunday, November 5th Tony will be doing a series of 5 consecutive Sunday World Percussion Workshops, all at the Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center.

Date: November 4th, 2017.

Time: 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Category: concert

Location: The Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main Street, Greenfield, MA

Contact: www.hawksandreed.com

Website: www.hawksandreed.com

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