TUNDE JEGEDE & FRIENDS @ Venables Theatre

Event Dates:
  • Fri November 10, 2023 7:30 PM

World-renowned composer, producer, cellist and kora virtuoso Tunde Jegede brings a new vision to contemporary African and Western classical music. A renaissance man of the harp-lute with over twenty years experience, his work is a unique synthesis of classical, jazz and traditional music and embodies the legacy of the idiom; African Classical Music.

Tunde Jegede’s work has changed the face of classical and contemporary music in Europe and Africa. He is one of the only composers in the world to be steeped in both Western and African music who is rooted in two cultural musical legacies. Tunde Jegede studied both Western classical music and the Griot Tradition of West Africa from a very early age, attending the Purcell School of Music in London and learning from a Master of the Kora in the Gambia, Amadu Bansang Jobarteh.

Tunde is joined by Jessica McMann. Jessica is an Alberta -based Cree (Cowessess, SK), multi-disciplinary artist. She interweaves land, Indigenous identity, history, and language throughout her dance and music creation/performance practice. A classically trained flutist, she holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Calgary and an MFA in Contemporary Arts from Simon Fraser University.  Her work fuses together traditional language and dance with her own contemporary experiences as an Indigenous woman and Two-Spirit person.

Also joining Tunde is Daniel Bhattacharya. As a musician, Daniel has performed in most of the major Concert halls of the world, such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Royal Albert Hall ( London), Musikverein(Vienna), Berlin Philharmonic Grand Hall( Berlin), and Queen Elizabeth Hall (London). Recent solo performances have taken him to Spain, Canada, the USA, France and India. He has made broadcasts for BBC radio, Canada and Russian radio and TV. He has directed various ensembles from the violin, performing a wide range of concertos.

​Part of the 2023/2024 South Okanagan Concert Series
Friday October 13, 2023 – Oktopus
Friday November 10th 2023 – Tunde Jegede & friends
Friday January 26th 2024 – Sarah Hagen
Friday March 22nd 2024 – The McDades

4 Events – $25 each
2-3 Events – $27.50 each
Single Event – $29 each
​Students – $2.50 each