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Sound above Sound: Piano Music from Black America with Kamilla Arku '05
Sunday, February 28, 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
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Yale Club of DC Virtual Event


Yale Alumni Virtual Performing Artists Series:
Sound above Sound:  Piano Music from Black America
with Kamilla Arku '05


Sunday, February 28, 2021


This meeting will be conducted on Zoom.  Instructions will be provided upon registration

Sound above Sound: Piano Music from Black America ​explores the Black American experience through the works of some of the 20th and 21st century’s most exciting composers. Inspired by Mari Evans’ poem ‘Who can be Black?’ and bookended by virtuosic interpretations of Black spirituals by Florence B. Price and Margaret Bonds, the program presents jazz masterpieces by Duke Ellington and Valerie Capers; poetry-driven, mixed-media explorations by Brittany J. Green; and celebrations of African music traditions by Fred Onovwerosuoke. These composers fête the cultures of the African diaspora, painting vivid portraits of their communities while provoking a long overdue re-assessment of the classical canon.

About the Performer

Pianist​ Kamilla Arku is a graduate of Yale University and the Royal Northern College of Music. Born in Switzerland to Liberian and Norwegian parents, Kamilla began to study the piano after moving to the U.S. at the age of 5. After graduating from the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology in Virginia, she earned her undergraduate degrees in both Music and French from Yale University, where she also studied with Elisabeth Parisot at the Yale School of Music and Elisabeth Sun-Perge in Paris, France. Kamilla completed her postgraduate study at the RNCM, earning her Master's Degree in Piano Performance and Postgraduate Diploma in Accompaniment under the tutelage of Carole Presland and Paul Janes. She has also studied privately with Paul Roberts and Charles Owen.

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