Global African Music Festival Series
Dr. Karlton E. Hester, Artistic Director
The Santa Cruz Global African Music Festival is an annual event that features world-class artists in various genres of Global African Music. The initial festival took place in April 2002 at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and featured artists such as the Eddie Gale Quartet, Hotep Idris Galeta (South Africa), the Sam Rivers Trio, Thomas Mapfumo, Mamadou Diabate (Mali) and Hesterian Musicism with guest artists Obo Addy (Ghana) and Nelson Harrison. The Global African Music Festival Series is part of a larger project proposal entitled Rebuilding Global Community Through the Arts. Another of its sub-components is the Encyclopedia of Global African Music.
During his time as Herbert Gussman Director of "Jazz" Studies at Cornell University (1990 - 2001), Dr. Hester organized 9 annual "jazz" festivals at Cornell University and started the Annual Cornell University "Jazz" Festival series. He brought such renowned artists as McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Cecil Taylor, Steve Turre, Jaki Byard, Randy Weston, Billy Taylor and other artists to the Cornell University campus. The guest artists performed with the students, and presented clinics and lectures. Typically invited guest artists worked directly with the student ensembles for 1 or 2 days prior to the performances, often presenting their own original compositions. Please select one of the links below for an overview of all festivals, or to see the events and guest artists presented for each year.
Past Festivals and Events:
* Members of Hesterian Musicism between
1994 and 2000 performing at the above events: Karlton E. Hester (Musical Director,
flutes, saxophones, synthesizers, composer); George Barron (saxophone); Janet
Barron (vocal); Phil Bowler (double bass); Marc Dresser (double bass); Arthur
Fuller (percussion); Jamie Baum (flute); Bill Johnson (trumpet, fluegelhorn);
Maurice Haltom (percussion); Steve Marra (trap drums); Nick Mathis (vocal);
London McDaniel (guitar); Kamau Seitu (percussion); Cecilia Smith (vibraphone);
Edward Biko Smith (percussion); Sera Smolen (cello); Patti Weiss (violin).