Featured Violinist Felix Farrar is founder and executive director of the Harlem Festival Orchestra and works as a freelance musician in Atlanta and New York. While attending Manhattan School of Music, he studied with Carroll Glenn and Mary Lou Speaker. He has recorded with Will Downing, McCoy Tyner, BLAQUE, and Spike Lee.
"The recording, 'African-American Sampler', is a refreshing addition to keyboard literature of the twentieth century. The selections reveal how important the African influence is to what we regard as intrinsically American music. Portia Shuler Hawkins is an outstanding pianist whose liner notes enhance the listener's appreciation of this fine repertoire. Her collaboration with Felix Farrar in William Grant Still's visually-inspired Suite for Violin and Piano displays their passion for a work that should be heard more often. WABE listeners have been enjoying selections from 'African-American Sampler' all times of year. I look forward to Ms. Hawkins' next release."
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" A fine collection."
1. Three Visions: I. Summerland
2. Scuppernog: I. At A Certain Church
3. Scuppernog: II. Ring Game
4. Scuppernog: III. Visitor From Town
5. 24 Negro Melodies: They Will Not Lend Me A Child
6. 24 Negro Melodies: Take Nabandji
7. 24 Negro Melodies: Bamboula (African Dance)
8. In The Bottoms Suite: Prelude
9. In The Bottoms Suite: Juba Dance
10. Troubled Water
11. Suite For Violin and Piano: I. Majestically
12. Suite For Violin and Piano: II. Slowly and Expressive
13. Suite For Violin and Piano: III. Rhythmically and Humourously