Faculty Recital
Tendai Muparutsa

TM-Fac.inddThe Williams College Department of Music presents vocalist/guitarist/percussionist Tendai Muparutsa in a faculty recital on Friday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m., in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the college campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Tendai Muparutsa leads a group that creates Afro-soundscapes infused with soulful imagination. With his unique finger-picking style, Tendai and his band explore popular music of Zimbabwe and other parts of Africa. The performance brings faculty and students together for a joyful sound celebration that crosses many borders on the way to musical fulfillment. Tendai Muparutsa, who teaches African music and dance at Williams College, composes or arranges his music to highlight the spirit of his talented band. Each musician has a chance to shine, and every performance is singular.

Joining Tendai on stage is Jason Ennis, a master guitarist who is a star in his own right. Gary Rzab is a drummer with a deep background in jazz and fusion. Avery Sharpe is a bassist with solid roots in American jazz, whose lengthy resume includes many of the greats. Percussionist Matthew Gold enjoys a wide range of interests and talents that enable him to navigate a vast musical map. In addition, Williams students Ruby Froom ‘17 and Cindy Liao ‘17 contribute their energy, singing and playing the marimba.

The group will perform a set of music inspired by traditional African music, as well as a set of high-voltage Afro-pop interpretations.