Welcome to the Cinqué project. My composition, “Cinqué Suite,” has been presented at Jazz at Lincoln Center to sold-out audiences, and now I am excited to embark on a new journey to capture this music and the story of Cinque in a new recorded media project. You are invited to watch the creative process as we bring this story to life.
The story of Cinqué has been a great inspiration for me and countless others. Joseph Cinqué, a West African born man of the Mende people, born in Sierra Leone is one of extreme courage, incredible intellect, strength and faith.
The project will also showcase the cultural diversity in the five Caribbean islands of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti, The Dominican Republic, and Jamaica, while simultaneously highlighting the African traditions woven into the fabric each of these nations.
Throughout the years, I have traveled and performed comprehensive field research of the music and rhythms in the Caribbean including the rich Cuban musical heritage. The ensemble of twelve amazing musicians creates a wide sonic spectrum with a variety of instruments, including percussion instruments from the five islands.
As the project progresses, participants will be able to follow the entire creative process from start to finish through videos, audio clips, photos, downloads and more. You will have a chance to hear audio selections from my own field recording collection but most importantly you will be joining me on an incredibly inspiring journey. One that I have dreamed of for a very long time.
Become an integral part of Cinqué, and please join us on this journey.