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New World Stage International Performance at Harbourfront Centre presents the North American Premiere of Griots t’ Garage: A Musical History of the African Diaspora

TORONTO, February 1, 2007. Harbourfront Centre presents the North American premiere of award-winning jazz trombonist Dennis Rollins’ (UK) highly acclaimed Griots t’ Garage: A Musical History of the African Diaspora, the third offering in 2007’s New World Stage International Performance series. Griots t’ Garage: A Musical History of the African Diaspora is being presented in partnership with the Kuumba festival presented by TD Bank Financial Group, a weekend long festival at Harbourfront Centre running February 9 to 11 celebrating Black History Month.

Drawing on his musical experience and background as an educator, RollinsGriots t’ Garage documents the path of peoples and time through music of African origin: the horrors of transportation and slavery; field-work songs; the developments of blues and jazz; through samba, soul and reggae into the urban hip-hop and garage grooves of today.

Using real-time sampling technology, Rollins records his music as he plays, building sound structures over which he solos. A full-screen visual backdrop compliments the historical themes of his music with projected images of pre-recorded and archival video mixed with live performance footage. The convergence of video intensifies the emotional impact of Griots t’ Garages’ powerful story of tragedy and transcendence.

Griots t’ Garage: A Musical History of the African Diaspora
Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11 - 7:00 p.m. (as part of Kuumba)
Tuesday, February 13 and Wednesday, February 148:00 p.m.
Studio Theatre(all performances) -- $25 Admission
The public can call 416-973-4000 or visit to purchase single tickets or packages. The Studio Theatre is located in the York Quay Centre at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West.

Known for his extensive work as a composer, educator and instigator of many innovative projects and collaborations, Rollins' unique and stylish approach to the often underrated trombone has garnered him international acclaim. In 2006 he was awarded the Marston's Pedigree British Jazz Award in the trombone category and his band, Badbone & Co, was awarded the 'Best Band' prize by the BBC Jazz Awards. Rollins also received the 2006 Arts & Kids Award, part of the national UK Arts & Business Awards, for his Rhythms of Fire project - a commission from the first annual HotHouse Festival involving 180 primary school children.

2007 New World Stage International Performance series runs January 24 through June 10, 2007. This signature programme presents a new, contemporary format featuring 17 productions, encompassing multiple performance disciplines including theatre, dance, music and cabaret.

Westin Harbour Castle is the official host hotel of New World Stage.
New World Stage is supported by Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Luminato Festival of Arts and Creativity 2007, Canadian Heritage, and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

Kuumba is presented by TD Bank Financial Group. Also supported by The Jamaican Consulate General, The Jamaican Tourist Board, Urban Music Association of Canada and Girls Unlimited.


Media Contact:
Cary Mignault tel: 416-973-4655

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