Samba Fogo – Xiré
Regent Street Black Box Theater
144 South Regent Street
Contact Name: Lorin Hansen
George Edgar Brown and Samba Fogo proudly present Xiré, an evening of original music and dance.
Xiré (she-reh) is an exciting new collaboration between local composer George Edgar Brown and Samba Fogo. Premiering original compositions by Brown, coupled with choreography by Samba Fogo Artistic Director Lorin Hansen, Xiré is a folkloric adventure featuring an original score of incendiary Afro-Brazilian rhythms and dance combined with the smooth sound of traditional chamber orchestra and mixed vocal quartet.
Xiré is a Yorùbá word that means “dance” or “dance circle.” In Brazil it is used to describe the songs and dances of the Orixá (o-ree-sha), nature spirits found in West African and African diasporic culture. With the forced movement of Africans to Brazil by Portuguese colonizers, the Orixá traveled also to the New World, surviving in part under the guise of Catholicism, as each Orixá was syncretised with a specific Catholic Saint. In the Brazilian religious tradition of Candomblé today, each Orixá is venerated through rich rhythms, songs, and dances representative of their distinct energy and characteristics. The Orixá and their wealth of tradition have continued to thrive to today – despite centuries of stigma and oppression – as an integral part of Brazil’s vibrant culture and artistic legacy.
This live music and dance concert will take audiences on a journey, visiting sixteen unique Orixá through sixteen original pieces. Brown has paired Afro-Brazilian Candomblé rhythms with a traditional classical aesthetic – string quintet and vocal quartet – to blend both African and European influences with ancient and modern expressions. Brown’s compositions will be augmented by dancers performing creative and contemporary movement inspired by each Orixá.
Soprano Emily J. Nelson
Alto Solange Gomes
Tenor Dell Ragone
Bass George Edgar Brown
Jordan Hess - Violin I
Sarah Insalaco Olsen - Violin II
Kaitlin Findlay - Cello
Maeve Barnum - Upright Bass
Danae Snow - Viola
The concert will be conducted by Wayne Burdick and accompanied by drummers and dancers of Samba Fogo.
Come enjoy this unique, creative blend of culture, sound, and movement on November 15 & 16 at 7:00pm the Eccles Blackbox Theater. The evening will open with a pre-show “Talk Forward” - a chance to hear from the composer and choreographer, at 6:15 in the lobby of the blackbox theater. Brown and Hansen will speak about the process of creating Xiré and give insight into the show’s rhythms, melodies, lyrics and dances, exploring their meaning and significance inside the rich traditions that inspired this concert.
For more information, please visit http://sambafogo.com/xire/