West Virginia University music alumnus Mark Stone, who is coordinator of World Music and Percussion at Oakland University, will present a guest artist workshop on Ugandan music Saturday (Feb. 23).

The workshop will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 200B of the Creative Arts Center and is free and open to the public.

As a performer and educator, Stone has an extensive knowledge of global percussion traditions.

He holds a master’s degree in percussion performance from the WVU School of Music and a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from the University of Michigan School of Music.

He has performed with the foremost musicians of Uganda, Ghana, Trinidad, South Africa, India and the United States and his research in Ugandan music has been published in the Journal of the International Library of African Music in South Africa. Stone was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at Makerere University, where he researched traditional Ugandan music and performed with the Nakibembe Xylophone Group.

As co-founder and partner of Jumbie Records, Stone has produced and recorded 11 CDs. Through Jumbie Records, he has also sponsored annual music festivals in Ghana and Uganda, as well as two African xylophone festivals in New York City and two steel drum festivals in Detroit.

Stone currently teaches at Oakland University where he coordinates the World Music and Percussion Programs, while teaching courses in ethnomusicology and international studies. He also directs Oakland University’s African Ensemble, World Percussion Ensemble and Steel Band, and is a member of the Oakland University Faculty Jazz Quartet.

For more information, see Stone’s website at http://markstonepercussion.com, or
visit Jumbie Records at http://jumbierecords.com.

For more information on the event, contact the College of Creative Arts at 304-293-4359.



CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
304-293-4359, Charlene.Lattea@mail.wvu.edu

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