Robert Northern “Brother Ah” (French horn/Flute) is the musical director of the World Music Ensemble, which brings together the best of African, American, Japanese, European, and Indian music. A performer, educator, lecturer, composer and arranger both in Western and non-Western traditions, he has composed and directed numerous extended works, including “Ode to Creation,” “The Forces of Nature,” and “Tribute to the Ancestors.” As a French hornist he has played and recorded with Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Sun Ra, Dizzy Gillespie, Eric Dolphy, Max Roach, John Lewis. His classical performances include the New York Metropolitan Opera (stage band) with Sir George Solti conducting; the Symphony of the Air, Leopold Stokowski conducting; Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, and symphony orchestras in Vienna, Austria, and West Germany, as well as Broadway theater orchestras in New York. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music, the Vienna State Academy, and is a graduate of Howard University.
Members of the World Music Ensemble:
Torcuato Zamora (Flamenco/classical guitar) is a native of Granada, Spain who has studied classical and flamenco guitar in Barcelona and has performed in theaters throughout Europe and on television in Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg. Broto Roy (tabla) has performed with Ganga, the Indian Folk Music Ensemble and at the Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art, the World Bank and the Corocran Gallery for the US premiere of the feature film Gandi. Jimmie Dye (cello) studied at the University of Miami, Northwestern, and Julliard and has perfored with The Alexandria Symphony, Mt. Vernon Chamber Orchestra, Georgetown Symphony, Kinara String Quartet, and Fairhaven String Trio. F. Vattel Cherry (Double Bassist/Composer) is an alumnus of the DC Youth Orchestra received degrees at Howard Univeristy and the Manhattan School of Music. He has recorded with Brother Ah and the World Music Ensemble, The Muicipal Opera Company of Baltimore, Cecil Taylor, and Charli Persip’s Superband. Nantambu Milton Elijah Russ II (Percussion) has performed throughout Europe, Germany, Spain, Holland, Japan, Jamaica, and the US with George Kirby, Jerry Butler, Billy Nicholas, Charles Hudson, and Eddie Kendricks. Phyliss Fleming (Violin/Viola/Piano) is an instructor of instrumental and vocal music with the Levine School and Detroit schools. Her appearances include performances at the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, and Harlem Festival.