Boston-Area Percussionists Drum For The Planet

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When Medford resident Warren Senders first learned about the effects of climate change, he felt helpless.

"I'm no scientist," Senders thought. "What can I possibly do to help?"

After some careful thought, Senders — who teaches Hindustani classical singing and is a faculty member at Tufts University and the New England Conservatory — decided to do what he does best: play music.

During the past year, Senders has produced two concerts to benefit, an international non-profit organization that's looking for solutions to the climate crisis. First was "Playing for the Planet," then "Singing for the Planet." On Saturday, Senders will present a third performance, "Drumming for the Planet."

Members of the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society (Courtesy photo)
Members of the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society (Courtesy photo)

Senders says musicians are uniquely equipped to think critically about the future because of their intimate connection to the past.

"Many of us study music that can be traced back for centuries," Senders said. "This allows us to truly feel like links on a very long human chain."

"Drumming for the Planet" features three drumming traditions from around the world, including Hindustani tabla player Akshay Navaladi and legendary jazz musician and NEC faculty member Bob Moses.  The Agbekor Drum and Dance Society — of which Warren Senders is a member — rounds out the lineup.

Members of the society join us in-studio to discuss and perform pieces from their Ghanaian repertoire.




This program aired on November 5, 2010.


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