On October 2, 2015 Roberts Theater came alive with the return of Ugandan native, flutist, composer, and storyteller Samite. His visit was the first in the Goodman Banks Visiting Artist Series for 2015-2016. Samite and his trio last appeared on the Roberts stage in 2006 and his return was much anticipated by those faculty and staff who were then touched by his presence. Samite’s music is an eclectic mix of rhythms and melodies from his native country as well as jazz, blues, and what some refer to as “world” music. His use of technology added a great deal to the many colors and textures he created.
In addition to sharing how his own life was influenced by music at an early age, Samite invited several choral and instrumental students on stage to perform with him. Clearly these students were inspired by his passion and love of the communicating power of music and movement.
After meeting with students over lunch, the trio returned to the stage to present a participatory workshop with middle school musicians. They had a chance to improvise right along with Samite! The day ended with Samite’s guitarist, Charlie Shew, discussing some of the technology resources Samite uses with students in the digital music class. We look forward to yet another return in the future.
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