For the first time, Centre College’s newest music group Rhythm Fusion will perform a concert with the African Music Ensemble on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. in Weisiger Theatre in the Norton Center for the Arts.
Rhythm Fusion’s director is Tripp Bratton, new to Centre after teaching at Berea College for more than a decade.
Bratton said it’s been a wonderful process getting to know the students and figuring out their abilities.
“He is an excellent, creative, accomplished musician,” said Nathan Link, associate professor of music. “He’s a very creative, thoughtful musician and a great teacher, and we’re excited to have him at Centre. We’re all very eager to see the group in its debut performance.”
The ensemble has a total of 14 students who play a variety of instruments, such as drums, bass, guitar and keyboard. Based off contemporary music with a rhythmic foundation, Bratton has been able to add vocals, flutes and saxophones to the group.
“This ensemble has a really unique sound and twist to it,” he added.
Bratton said the concert on Thursday will show how African music has influenced music styles today, showing “American roots with African seeds.”
Along with the African Music Ensemble, the audience will hear New Orleans-style music from Rhythm Fusion, along with funk and some contemporary music by Peter Gabriel and the band Ween.
“This will be good music they can tap their toe with,” Bratton said. “We try to make it something people can relate to.”
by Kerry Steinhofer
November 29, 2017