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  • Dorothée Jourdain

Welcoming Bongani Ndodana-Breen to Latitude 45!

Latitude 45 Arts is very proud to announce that the South African composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen is joining our roster.

Composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen has written a wide range of music encompassing symphonic work, opera, chamber music and vocal music. According to The New York Times his “delicately made music - airy, spacious, terribly complex but never convoluted - has a lot to teach the Western wizards of metric modulation and layered rhythms about grace and balance.”

His piece Safika: Three Tales of African Migration for Piano Quintet will be performed by the Chen String Quartet and the pianist Kuang-Hao Huang on June 8 at the International Music Foundation as part of the Deborah Sobol memorial virtual concert. (more info)

The premiere of Khanyisa (from Xhosa: “to shine light on”) was recently performed by violinist Clara Kim and pianist Angela Kim. This piece is reflective, elegiac music, contemplating the brutal killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many others. This music born of the range of feelings that come with these distressing times, was written as the shadow of the Covid pandemic moved across the US in late Spring 2020.

To learn more about Bongani Ndodana-Breen, click here.

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