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Concert in honor of Professor Akin Euba holds today at Muson Centre

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The Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) will be hosting a concert in honor of the renowned composer and musicologist, Professor Akin Euba on January 17 in the Agip Recital Hall.

The concert will start at 6pm prompt. Jointly sponsored by MUSON and the University of Lagos, the musical concert will showcase some of Nigeria’s top performers of classical music, including pianists, singers, conductors, and choral groups.

The concert will feature the music of Akin Euba as well as the works of other Nigerian composers, including TKE Phillips, Okechukwu Ndubuisi, and Ayo Bankole.

Sir Emeka Nwokedi, the DeputyDirector of MUSON School of Music will be conducting the MUSON Dip Choir. Also in the line-up of choral groups are the Unilag Chorale, conducted by Dr. Albert Oikelome; and the Mountain Top Chorale, conducted by Aderayo Oyegbade.

The concert will also attract musicians from the United States and Ghana, including the young Ghanaian pianist, David Kafui, and Professor John Robison of the University of South Florida, who, along with Seun Owoaje, will be performing Akin Euba’s Five Pieces for English Horn and Piano.

Akin Euba, who currently resides in the United States, is Emeritus Andrew Mellon Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh in the United States. He will not be able to attend the concert. He will however send a special message to be delivered by Professor Bode Omojola, who will be traveling to Nigeria from the United States. Professor Omojola has been coordinating with the MUSON management and staff, including Banke Ademola (Director of MUSON School of Music), Sir Emeka Nwokedi, the Deputy Director,and Ayo Bankole, to organize the concert.

Renowned globally as the leading composer, performer and scholar of modern African classical music (also known as African art music), Professor Euba taught at Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly University of Ife) and the University of Lagos before moving to the United States in the 1980s.

Sponsored by MUSON and the University of Lagos, the concert is part of a series of events lined up to celebrate the works of Akin Euba and highlight his contributions to the development of modern composition in Africa.

Euba’s contributions to Africanist music scholarship and the growth of African art music are well known. He introduced the concept of African pianism to theorize the ways in which composers could use the Western pianoforte compositionally to reinterpret the structural and performance features of African music.

Also, he coined and popularized the term, creative ethnomusicology to conceptualize the relationship between ethnographic research and musical composition. In addition, for many years, Euba edited a newsletter, directed a research center, and organized an inter-continental symposium series to explore the significance of interculturalism in musical composition and performance.

Euba’s works include numerous academic publications and compositions, prominent examples of which are his book, Yoruba Drumming (Bayreuth: Bayreuth African Studies Series, 1990), and Chaka, an opera in two chants, which was recorded by the City of Birmingham Touring Opera (UK), conducted by Simon Halsey, in 1999.