Bewaa Vol. III: The Threesome Sessions

by Brittany Anjou & Mara Rosenbloom

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The Threesome Sessions originated at the helm of performing at the NYC Polyamory Festival in Central Park in 2009. Mara Rosenbloom and Brittany Anjou showcase their intricate musicality and friendship in this collaboration, reflective of their love for music.

Bewaa is a tradition of Ghanaian xylophone music pedagogically taught by master xylophonist Bernard Woma at the Dagara Music Center in Medie, Ghana. Traditional Ghanaian xylophone is performed with two xylophones and a percussionist, often accompanied by a dance and drum troupe during social gatherings and performances. The music is usually taught on one xylophone, with the student opposite the master, who teaches the patterns backwards. The student must learn all patterns facing forward, before attempting to perform them on the opposite side of the gyil.

Pianists Brittany Anjou and Mara Rosenbloom approach bewaa in honor of the oral tradition, sitting opposite each other before their instruments. The Threesome Sessions took shape in Brittany's apartment in 2009, with each musician on nordelectro keyboard, and Brittany additionally on gyil. The tradition of the duo seating arrangement is preserved, while maintaining three instruments and timbres; hence, the Threesome Sessions.

For more information and video of The Threesome Sessions collaboration, please visit youtube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRpXwCqrzYw.

This album is part of Brittany Anjou's BEWAA Chronology:

BEWAA Vol. I:
Brittany Anjou presents solo arrangements of traditional Ghanaian xylophone repertoire for piano, vibraphone, gyil and percussion.

BEWAA Vol. II:
Brittany Anjou presents traditional Ghanaian xylophone arrangements for chamber jazz ensemble.

BEWAA Vol. III: The Threesome Sessions
Duo collaboration between NYC pianists Brittany Anjou & Mara Rosenbloom, entitled The Threesome Sessions, for nordelectro, piano and gyil.

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released August 15, 2015

Brittany Anjou - nordelectro & gyil
Mara Rosenbloom - nordelectro

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Brittany Anjou Brooklyn, New York

Brittany Anjou is a pianist & vibraphonist based in New York City. She leads the Larceny Chamber Orchestra, Brittany Anjou Trio, punk band BI TYRANT, and BEWAA (traditional Ghanaian xylophone arrangements for double piano and mallet percussion).

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