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Erie Art Museum Contemporary Music Series Presents Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

Erie, PA, January 10, 2008 --( The Erie Art Museum Contemporary Music Series will present a special Black History Month performance by the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. in the Erie Art Museum’s Annex, 423 State Street.

Admission to this concert is free; suggested donation $10.

For 30 years, Ethnic Heritage Ensemble has combined contemporary jazz with traditional African rhythms. This all- star group of creative jazz legends from Chicago are all band leaders in their own right: Kahil El’Zabar, drums, earth drums, kalimba; Corey Wilkes, trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion; Ernest Dawkins, alto and tenor saxophone, percussions; Fareed Haque, electric and acoustic guitar.

Down Beat describes Ethnic Heritage as “the forms being advanced here – or at least merged in a creative, new way – are African American syncopation (funk, jazz) and the vertically integrated multiple parts of the African drum ensemble music. With folkish simplicity and beguilingly subdued dynamics, Ethnic Heritage Ensemble – drums, guitar and two horns – achieves an effect something like an ad hoc percussion band walking the second line, with a little James Brown.

About the Erie Art Museum Contemporary Music Series
Celebrating over 20 years of great music, the Erie Art Museum Contemporary Music Series is a highly regarded performance series that includes some of the most creative, adventurous and accomplished musicians of our era. The Erie Art Museum brings exciting new music from nationally and internationally renowned artists to Erie each year, encompassing a wide variety of jazz, blues and world music.

The Contemporary Music Series is sponsored by Connoisseur Media.

For additional information, call (814) 459-5477 or visit

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