Photos by Rob Strong
Well, you’ll want to wash your hands between these two activities but, yes, pizza and percussion do go together nicely, as an event in Brace Commons on Monday, November 7, demonstrated. World Music Percussion Ensemble director Hafiz Shabazz and two of his ensemble members filled a mini-van with drums and brought them to Brace Commons, in the East Wheelock Cluster, for a hands-on percussion session for whomever happened by. Shabazz plans to do this more often as part of a campaign to get young people to set aside virtual music accessed through electronics and earbuds and make actual music with their own hands. The full WMPE–percussion, singers, horns and more–gives its fall concert on Saturday, November 12, 8 pm, in the intimate “studio” setting of Faulkner Recital Hall in the Hopkins Center. The program is inspired by the jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms of Dizzy Gillespie, Mongo Santamaria and Celia Cruz.