A MUSICAL ODYSSEY OF A GUINEAN SLAVE WHO DARED TO DREAM
A touching far-reaching portrait of Joseph Emidy.
New creation by Tunde Jegede (Anglo-Nigerian composer and multi-instrumentalist), THE EMIDY PROJECT tells the extraordinary experience of Joseph Antonio Emidy, a mixed-race violin virtuoso from the 18 th century, who was a slave before becoming a conductor and composer. Tracing Emidy’s path, these chronicles recount an astonishing journey across three continents.
They convey the moving story of someone who travelled oceans, lands and cultures embracing the worlds of classical, African and South American music, more than two hundred years ago. In this multimedia creation, video, images, dance movements, music and words interact and enrich one another.
Tunde Jegede (Nigeria) – direction, kora, cello, composition
Diana Baroni (Argentina) – baroque flute, vocal
Simon Drappier (France) – arpeggione
Rafael Guel (Mexico) – vihuela, percussion, vocal
Lassina Touré (Ivory Coast) – dance
Sunara Begum (Bangladesh) – film
Arthur Daygue (France) – sounds and lights