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Nigerian poet and pianist Echezonachukwu Nduka, whose writing has appeared in Brittle Paper, will be performing a selection of African classical music at the 2018 Transformation Spring Recital. The selected pieces—including works by Ghana’s Fred Onovwerosuoke, and Nigeria’s Peter Sylvanus, Chijioke Ngobili, and Christian Onyeji—are part of a collection titled Choreowaves, which he discusses in the video above.

Music website Music in Africa reports:

Nduka will also perform pieces from European composers Prokofiev and Schumann, both of whom have been acknowledged as important figures in the annals of classical music. The mix of Western and African pieces, says Nduka, “introduces diversity into the already monotonous classical repertoire. It’s exciting to play works by Joshua Uzoigwe, Akin Euba, Fred Onovwerosuoke or Christian Onyeji right after a Beethoven sonata.”

“Concertgoers here particularly like the fact that I play African classical piano works. They know their Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert and all, but hardly know anything about classical music from Africa.

“They are curious and I’m happy to fill that gap by bringing new works to the stage. I am hopeful that in the next couple of years, through regular performances, recordings, master classes and lecture recitals, African classical piano music will become a major part of the classical repertoire,” he said.

A graduate of classical pianism from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and of music from Kingston University, London, Echezonachukwu Nduka’s poems, “Where the Road Leads” and “The Initiation,” and his review of Pius Adesanmi’s Naija No Dey Carry Last were published by us. Nduka is among a growing generation of writers who are also skilled in other arts—music, photography, filmmaking.

The Transformation Spring Recitals will be held on 29 April at the Transformation Church, 114 Route 50, Mays Landing, New Jersey.

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He is the curator of the ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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