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Drumming is Universal: A multicultural Drum Festival

The Hamilton Hill Arts Center invites the community to Drumming is Universal, a celebration of rhythm and the culture of the drum through out the world! Saturday December 7th, 1pm-5pm, At the 1st Reformed Church, 8th North st. Schenectady NY 12305

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Join Us in honoring Eddi Ade Knowles

A life long student of the drums and Supporter of the Hamilton Hill Arts Center

Dr. Eddie Ade Knowles is an accomplished musician and Professor of Practice in the Arts, with 50 years of performance, residency, workshop, and recording credits, as a percussionist. Ade’s artistic focus is on African, Afro-Cuban, and New World Percussion, and he has performed and/or, recorded with many well-known artists, including Gil Scott-Heron, the Last Poets, and Kim & Reggie Harris.

Presently, Ade teaches Introduction to Afro-Cuban Percussion and the Roots of Africa Music Ensemble. He is also Director of Ensemble Congeros, a group of Rensselaer alums dedicated to the study and performance of African, Afro-Cuban, and New World percussion. The Ensemble was founded in 2004, as an outgrowth of the interest and passion of Rensselaer’s students who excelled in Dr. Knowles’ course, “Introduction to Afro-Cuban Percussion.” On March 30, 2012, Ade celebrated the release of their first DVD entitled, “Ensemble Congeros: Chasing the Rhythms.” With performances at colleges, universities, festivals, and historic concert halls, Ensemble Congeros continues to be a folkloric work in progress.

Ade is a past recipient of the prestigious honor of Artist in Residence through the New York Foundation for the Arts. In 1996, Ade was accepted for residency in Afro-Cuban Folkloric Music at the Banff Center for the Arts, Alberta Canada. He served for many years as a member of the Board of Directors of the historic Troy Music Hall, as president, vice president, and chair of the music program. In 1995, Ade was selected by Metroland, a regional arts publication, as a “Local Hero.” This honor is “an annual tribute to area residents who make a difference.” Ade is listed in Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who Among Black Americans, and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.