September 29, 2003

Music In The Meadows Free Concert Series Presents Jamal Mohamed And The Meadows World Rhythms Ensemble, Oct. 12

DALLAS (SMU) -- The Music in the Meadows monthly concert series at SMU's Meadows Museum will present the Meadows World Rhythms Ensemble, under the direction of Jamal Mohamed, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, in the museum's Smith Auditorium, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus.

Mohamed, a performer and recording artist who serves as a percussion instructor and dance musician at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts, will present a program of Western and ethnic music with his six-student ensemble of undergraduate and graduate percussion majors. The group will perform on a variety of exotic instruments, including balafones, xylophones from West Africa; klong-yau, drums from Thailand; and the Egyptian clay drums known as doumbeks. They'll also incorporate traditional Western instruments, such as vibraphones and marimbas, as they showcase both musical works from around the world and improvisational drumming.

Jamal Mohamed has been a featured artist in international music events in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. Known for his virtuosity on the doumbek, he has incorporated numerous innovative jazz and Latin styles with this ancient instrument. He designs and builds many of the instruments he plays and has worked extensively in dance, theater, film and music therapy. He has recorded for the National Geographic special "Lions of Darkness" and the television documentary "Ramses the Great," and has performed with such artists as Sting, Simon Shaheen, Mark O'Connor and Giovanni Hidalgo. He currently performs with the world music group "Brahma," the Middle Eastern jazz ensemble "Beledi" and the percussion group "D-Drum."

The Music in the Meadows series features performances by the outstanding music faculty and students of SMU's Meadows School of the Arts in an informal setting that encourages audience interaction. All concerts are FREE and open to the public. For more information, please call 214-768-2516.