American Jazz Quartet Nasar Abadey and SUPERNOVA in Ethiopia September 13, 2010 | Addis Ababa Under the auspices of the U.S. State Department’s The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program, the jazz quartet Nasar Abadey and SUPERNOVA is visiting Ethiopia from September 13-17 for concert performances, master classes and exchanges with Ethiopia’s own famed jazz and traditional musicians.
SUPERNOVA, formed in 1979, is known for its innovative explorations of various jazz elements, including African rhythms, bebop, fusion, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, and free form. The visit of Naser Abadey and SUPERNOVA to Ethiopia is part of the quartet’s 2010 tour to five African countries also including Rwanda, Uganda, Mozambique and Zambia. Nasar Abadey and the other members of the quartet view their African journey as an opportunity to engage in dialogue and performance that reflects and responds to the history and the mixture of cultures that contributed to the creation of jazz as an art form.
In Ethiopia, Nasar Abadey and SUPERNOVA will be performing concerts at the Alliance Ethio-Francaise, the Mekane Yesus Jazz School, and the Ethiopian National Theater. The quartet will also have the opportunity to conduct master classes with students from the African Jazz School, the Mekane Yesus Jazz School and the Yared School of Music at Addis Ababa University. In discussing the group’s upcoming trip to Ethiopia, Nasar Abadey said that he and his colleagues are looking forward to the opportunity to perform before Ethiopian audiences, meet Ethiopian musicians and learn more about Ethiopian jazz and traditional music.
Nasar Abadey and SUPERNOVA will be performing at the Ethiopian National Theater on September 17. Sheger FM will be making a limited number of tickets (on a “first come, first serve” basis) available to Ethiopian jazz lovers who call in to the radio station during the week of September 13. Interested people should tune into Sheger FM’s Tadiyas Addis program or call the radio station at 011-155-4545/46 for further details.
The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad an ongoing collaboration between the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, is intended to promote mutual respect and understanding with audiences worldwide. The Rhythm Road evolved from the American Jazz Ambassadors program, which was conceived by U.S. Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. in 1955. Jazz Ambassadors have included such renowned American musicians as Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck and Duke Ellington. As a Jazz Ambassador, Ellington visited Ethiopia in 1973, receiving a Medal of Honor from Emperor Haile Selassie and improvising with the father of Ethio-Jazz, Mulatu Astatke.