African Blackwood is the tree from which flutes, oboes, clarinets and bagpipes are made. Growing almost exclusively in Tanzania and Mozambique, it nourishes soil and inhibits global warming. It is used for sculpture, medicine and more. The African Blackwood is a commercially-threatened species.
Virtuoso oboist Brenda Schuman-Post is the first musician in history to witness every detail from finding and harvesting an African Blackwood tree to the making of a top-of-the line instrument. In 2008 she won a Global Connections grant "to create, via improvisation, a new piece of music that would bond the people in whose forests African Blackwood (grenadilla, mpingo, pau preto) grows, with the people who play musical instruments made from that tree." She performed for audiences who had never before seen nor heard any Western keyed woodwind instrument.
Brenda will play the oboe, show slides and video, exhibit authentic Makonde sculptures and engage you with a hands-on display of the wood. She'll talk about the characteristics, uses, search for and harvesting of the tree, about the people and places where it grows and her experiences in East Africa. Brenda will also talk about what is currently being done to lift destitute East Africans out of poverty by preserving, conserving, protecting and replanting African Blackwood trees.
Brenda is the director of Sonic Forest, a diverse musical ensemble devoted to educational/entertaining programs that inform audiences about the relationships of music to nature.
Need a Ride?
The OFJCC provides door-to-door rides for seniors with no transportation to all Community Tuesdays lectures and concerts. The price is $10 for a round trip. All reservations must be made by Thursday morning the week before the event. To make a reservation, contact Betty Saad at [email protected] or (650) 223-8741.
Funded by the Senior Mobility Initiative at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.
Tuesday, November 27
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
$15 or one punch on the Community Tuesdays punch card
No reservations required. Pay at the door.
Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | (650) 223-8616 | [email protected]