Concert for a Cause – Poster

February 21, 2016
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Brothers and Sisters, Below is the poster for my upcoming concert; please click on it to see it completely. If you can’t attend, please consider a donation to help send the first grand piano ever to reach the country of Tanzania. Kieran Wells, of Wells Piano in Minneapolis, has generously offered to wholesale the piano.. read more →

Creative Collaboration to Send Piano to Tanzania – Press Release

February 6, 2016
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Concert for a Cause: Music for Tanzania! Sunday, February 28, 2016 @ 4:00 pm Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church                                                                        .. read more →

Thanks for helping me name my new composition!

February 1, 2016
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Here’s the journey.  First I asked for suggestions, and I got 25 creative titles.  I liked many of them, but one that jumped out at me happened to be suggested by my SIS (Sister in Spirit) Lily Wu. “I suggest Celtic Djembe. I read that djembe means ‘everyone gathering together for peace.’”  A quick google.. read more →

Please help name my new composition!

January 23, 2016
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Brothers and Sisters, I finished a composition a couple of days ago, and I still don’t have a name for it.  Maybe you can help name it; I am looking for suggestions.  If you have any, please respond to the World House Music Facebook page.  Thanks! – Dr. Abe Here is a brief history and.. read more →

The celebration of Epiphany as a Neoyorriqueño, Part 2

January 10, 2016
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In Puerto Rico there are two counterparts to the American tradition of caroling from house to house.  One is called “parranda,” and the other is called “asalto,” which literally means ”assault.”  The difference is that the first is planned and everyone knows where everyone is going, and the second is an on the spot decision.. read more →

The celebration of Epiphany as a Neoyorriquñeo

January 7, 2016
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January 6, Epiphany, is known as El Día de los Reyes, Three Kings Day, in Puerto Rico. It is a really big celebration, and before the arrival of Santa Claus with the American influence, it was much more important than December 25. It probably continues to be. As I child growing up in New York,.. read more →

Emmanuel Joy – A song for our times

December 28, 2015
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If you would like to hear a high energy, joyous song that highlights the justice issues in the Christmas story, then this is for you.  “Emmanuel Joy” is the third track from my CD, “All Are Welcome Feel the Spirit!  Eight World Music Choral Anthems for Youth, Adults and Congregation.”  It is my gift to.. read more →

Be Thou My Vision – New Lyrics

December 9, 2015
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Brothers and Sisters, As a composer, I have never discussed in public a composition until it was completed. But this time is different. I am in the middle of composing an Afro-Celtic fusion piece which will be premiered in February, 2016 in Cary NC. Am incorporating two famous tunes, one Irish, Slane, and the other,East.. read more →

World Music to Celebrate World Communion Sunday

September 26, 2015
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On Saturday, September 19,  at Albright United Methodist Church, I held a workshop for Music Directors and Church Musicians, who want to add some “world spice” to World Communion Sunday worship and throughout the year. In the first section – Play the Parts – I taught different rhythms on various African, Afro-Latin, Asian, and Native.. read more →

Playing in Puerto Rico

March 21, 2015
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My Brothers and Sisters, This Sunday, I am playing at la Iglesia Evangélica Unida (United Evangelical Church), in Rio Piedras, PR.  Rio Piedras is part of the Greater San Juan area.  I feel honored to be playing in the church where my cousin, the late Rev. Juan Antonio Franco, used to preach. Among the songs I will.. read more →