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Sounds of the Revolution - Revisiting Fife & Drum

Sound Of The Revolution

Sounds of the Revolution - Revisiting Fife & Drum
Saturday, August 17 – Performances at 11am & 1pm
The Museum of the American Revolution

101 S 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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What was the soundtrack of 18th-century America? Fife and Drum was definitely a part of the musical story of the times. A Fife and Drum Corps is a musical ensemble consisting of fifes and drums. In the United States of America, fife and drum corps specializing in colonial period impressions using fifes (a small, high-pitched, flute-like instrument is similar to the piccolo), rope tension snare drums, and (sometimes) bass drums. Many of these ensembles originated from a type of military field music.


On Saturday, August 17, join us at The Museum of the American Revolution for a contemporary interpretation of a fife and drum performance featuring an ensemble of 4 flautists, a tuba player, and 3 percussionists.

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This concert will explore the historic military roots of this music, while also observing the African and Afro Caribbean elements that continued to develop into the 20th century. Presenting music by historic, Philadelphia music pioneer, Francis Johnson, an interpretation of Yankee Doodle Dandy, and other compositions, all with a focus on entertainment, engagement and where possible, dance-ability.


This performance will be free and open to the public on the Museum’s outdoor plaza. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be moved inside the Museum and will be included with Museum Admission.


Participating Musicians:

Marc Adler- flutes

Wali Bickley - flutes

Tim Price - flutes

Papa Ed Stokes - flutes, fife & percussion

Josh Machiz - sousaphone

Kenneth 'Brinquito’ Burney - drums & percussion

Kevin Diehl - drums & percussion

Kim Pedro - drums

Tom Lowery - music director/conductor


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The Museum of the American Revolution is a Philadelphia museum dedicated to telling the story of the American Revolution. The museum was opened to the public on April 19, 2017, the anniversary of the first battle of the war, Lexington and Concord, on April 19, 1775 and features and unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in the ongoing promise of the American Revolution.


*Handcrafted, BAMBOO FLUTES provided by Twin Cities-based, AACM member, multi-disciplinary artist, composer and instrument-maker, Douglas Ewart. You can find out more about Ewart and his phenomenal flutes at his WEBSITE.


Members of the Ensemble:

Marc Adler Marc Adler is a Philly-based flautist, composer and educator. He has recorded numerous albums including the 2012, Arabesque Records release, “Silver Whispers.” Adler has worked with such local music luminaries as Lee Smith, George Wallace, Paul Jost, Cynthia Folio, Steve Giordano, Paul Klinefelter, the Brazilian combo Minas and world music ensemble Siora and was a featured soloist with the NFA Jazz Flute Big Band. Marc Adler has performed at Yellow Springs Institute, Painted Bride Art Center, Zanzibar Blue, the Franklin Institute, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Free Library of Philadelphia, Mellon Jazz Festival, Berks County Jazz Festival, Bethlehem Musik Fest, PhillyFest, Indian Summer Music Festival, Willingboro Jazz Festival, Wolftrappe Jazz Festival and more.






Wali BickleyWilliam "Brother Wali" Bickley is a world class flautist, composer, poet, playwright and theater director.based in Philadelphia. Bickley’s love for the arts, Jazz and all genres of music, allows him to bring together music and stage in a most unique way. Bickley facilitates ‘The Arts Group’ formed in 2015, for the purpose of exploring the therapeutic effect of the arts and the coupling of music and the stage, enhancing both dialogue and music. He served as Director of Therapeutic Arts at Greater Philadelphia Health Action. In 2014, Bickley co-wrote and directed, the music theater production, Graces Redemption and in 2015 written and directed, the music theater production,  The Puppet. Bickley’s band ‘Inner Journey’ formed in Atlanta in 2004 and again in Spain, where he lived from 2008 to 2013. ‘Inner Journey’ continues to perform with a new crew of musicians.




Kenneth Brinquito BurneyKenneth 'Brinquito’ Burney was born in the Bronx, NY in 1953. He has been a ritual musician for most of his life. He worked with Orlando ‘Puntilla’ Rios from the early 80s and regularly traveled to Miami from New York to play in tambores. In the late 80s, he moved to Miami for a number of years in order to work for Juan ‘El Negro’ Raymat. He has toured, recorded or performed with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Sting, McCoy Tyner, Quincy Jones, Dianne Reeves and Phil Collins, to name a few. Burney is a passionate man who has gone to unimaginable lengths to dedicate himself to the ritual oricha music tradition. His oral histories provide a rare insight into the tradition in the United States from a black American perspective. In his frankness, he reveals not only its beauty but also it’s darker underbelly.




Kevin DiehlKevin Diehl is a Philadelphia-based drummer, percussionist and composer. He cut his teeth on the 1970s New York City Loft Jazz scene. There, he worked and studied Afro-Cuban drumming with Jerry Gonzalez. Returning to Philly, Diehl worked with Tyrone Hill and studied Bata drumming and Lukumi music with Nichola Rivera, becoming a member of Rivera’s Lukumi group, “Ochan La Ocha.” In 2000, Diehl formed Sonic Liberation Front (SLF). The ensemble realizes the parallels between Lukumi song composition and that of Jazz musicians. SLF has worked with Marshall Allen, Odean Pope, Billy Bang, Kahil El Zabar, Sunny Murray, Michelle Rosewoman, Thurman Barker, and Chad Taylor. SLF has toured festivals throughout North America and won critical acclaim for their five albums.


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Tom LoweryTom Lowery is an accomplished drummer and percussionist from Philadelphia known for his Latin/Brazilian hand drumming versatility, as well as for his constantly inventive approach to the traditional drum kit. Lowery has performed and recorded with a wide variety of groups including The Imperial Knights, the Realistics, Peridime, DeNova, and world percussion groups Spoken Hand and Zakir Hussain & Friends. He currently performs with the R&B/world beat groups Just Talk, Alo Brasil, Sonic Liberation and Latin Fiesta. Collaborating with Supa Lowery Brothers, comprised of his talented sons, Chris and Wesley who are based in Los Angeles. Tom Lowery is also a member of the roots music duo, Kunu Bi along with collaborator, the multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Ed Stokes.








Joshua MachizJosh Machiz is a Philadelphia-based composer, multi-instrumentalist, and comedian who has been confusing and delighting audiences across North America for the last two decades. He’s worked with several notable collaborators, many of them Grammy winners and nominees, including Mickey Roker, Uri Caine, Chris Botti, Tom Lawton, Bill Moriarty, Bobby Eli, The Wilma Theater, BalletX, Inis Nua, and Pig Iron Theatre Company. He is a member of TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb, Adult Content, Murmuration and The Sunset Club. Machiz has performed all over North America at venues including SXSW, CMJ, Trocadero, Union Transfer, Johnny Brenda’s, World Café Live, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Kimmel Center, West Oak Lane Jazz Fest, Jacob's Pillow, and the 92nd Street Y in New York City. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Jazz performance from Temple University.




Kim Pedro Kimpedro Rodriguez is product of the culturally diverse Spring Garden section of Philadelphia. Rodriguez is a visual artist and musician with 20 years of experience. Rodriguez created Kimpedro's NU GRuV Network in 2012. NU GRuV Network is a diverse collective of artists. Kimpedro has worked with artists like, Pheralyn Dove, Tyrone Brown, DM Hotep, Robert Kenyatta, Byard Lancaster, Raphael Xavier, Marcell Bellinger, Monica Herzig, Reut Regev, Kendrah Butler, Adam Faulk and Tony TNT Jones. Kimpedro has performed at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation, Ardmore Music Hall, World Café Live, The Kimmel Center, The Planetarium of The Franklin Institute, Welcome Americas Festival and many other venues.





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Tim PriceTim Price is a saxophonist, educator and composer from Reading, Pennsylvania. He teaches jazz saxophone at the New School University in New York City. Price has authored three books on sax playing and maintains one of the most innovative sax education websites. Price's writing on jazz appears regularly in the Saxophone Journal, where he has been a writer for 18 years. During his career, Price has performed with musicians like Bennie Green, Lew Tabackin, Ray Drummond, Jon Mayer, Jack McDuff,  Shirley Scott, Trudy Pitts, Don Patterson, Gary Burton, Alan Dawson, Charlie Watts from the Rolling Stones, Major Holly, Phil Woods, Bill Doggett, Rachel Z and many others. Tim Price performs and facilitates music clinics around the globe.




Ed Stokes Papa Ed Stokes is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who plays more than a dozen instruments. He is also an instrument maker and a lifelong student of African Diasporic music. Stokes has studied the Ngoni and Kamale Ngoni, stringed African instruments, with West African Masters: Mamadou Sidibie and Cheick Hamala Diabate. He's also studied the African-inspired, American instrument, the Diddley Bow with Mississippi master, Glen Faulkner. Stokes has performed with Linda Goss, Moguawane Maholele, Lela Aisha Jones and Alex Shaw, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia International House and the  Painted Bride Art Center. Ed Stokes is also a member of the roots music duo, Kunu Bi along with collaborator, the renowned percussionist, Tom Lowery.




This Performance Is Free with Museum Admission

(Admission: $21 for Adults; $18 for Students, Seniors, Active & Retired Military; $13 for Children 6 & up).


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Sounds of the Revolution - Revisiting Fife & Drum
Saturday, August 17 – Performances at 11am & 1pm
The Museum of the American Revolution

101 S 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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