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The poet-pianist Echezonachukwu Nduka, author of the collection Chrysanthemums for Wide-eyed Ghosts (2018), has been offering a reinterpretation of African classical music. Last April, he performed a mixed program of African and European composers at the 2018 Transformation Spring Recital, featuring pieces from his collection Choreowaves. His performances continue this year. Last month, he delivered a public lecture at Gateway Playhouse, a theatre in Somers Point, New Jersey. The November 12 event, titled “Perspectives on African Pianism: The Piano Music of Nigerian & Ghanaian Composers,” also featured a performance by him.

Sponsored by The Somers Point Arts Commission, the all-African piano program included works by the composers Joshua Uzoigwe, Fred Onovwerosuoke, Zitu D. Benafa, Christian Onyeji, Chijioke Ngobili, and Peter Sylvanus. At its end, following a call for an encore, he added Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Sweet Dreams.”

Here are photos, and a video, from the event. Credit: Nduka.

Read: #PoetryTalk | Every Poem Needs Time to Breathe and Become: Interview with Echezonachukwu Nduka

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he sits on the judging panels of The Miles Morland Writing Scholarships and of The Gerald Kraak Prize. He is Nonfiction Editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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