US musicians to visit POM schools

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AMERICAN jazz ambassadors Freddie Bryant and Gilad Dobreck will be in Papua New Guinea this week to conduct musical workshops and performances with students at Marianville Secondary School, Gordon Secondary School, Korobosea International School, and youths from the Eight-Mile settlement in Port Moresby.
The United States Embassy said in a statement that the duo would also conduct a two-day music clinic at the University of Papua New Guinea with performances at 3pm tomorrow.
The performance is open to the public and will be held in the UPNG Forum Square.
Mr Bryant is a versatile musician skilled both in jazz and classical music. He holds a BA from Amherst College and a master’s degree in classical guitar from the Yale School of Music, and he currently teaches at Williams College in Massachusetts at the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen, Holland.
Mr Dobreck-a percussionist, composer, and clinician had been recognised by Jazziz magazine as one of the world’s top percussionists.
He was considered a child prodigy, when he started performing professionally at the age of seven.
He started playing classical music and moved on to explore other styles.
He performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and had founded many ethnic musical ensembles. He has also performed in theatre and TV productions.