Brother Ah and the World Music Ensemble
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.