For the Love of Peace!

A Jazz concert inspired by the World's flag bearers of Peace - Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

From Johannesburg, South Africa, pianist Witness Matlou is a composer and performer whose work is influenced by South African folk music, contemporary classical music, jazz, and other world music. Matlou earned a master’s degree from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, and has performed at Lincoln Center and the Monterey Jazz Festival, and has shared the stage with many renowned artists. Matlou has toured in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the United States. He has performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Panama Jazz Festival, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to name a few. After receiving his master’s degree, Matlou was awarded a post- master’s fellowship in 2017 at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and is currently a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Department of African and African American Studies. Matlou grew up listening to mbaqanga, kwela, and marabi music, and such elements are often reflected in his music. His compositions reflect the vibrant energy of life in the townships of Johannesburg, South Africa where he grew up and the ethnic and cultural diversity of the country, embracing the effect that forms the basis between music and language, through experimentation with time, rhythm, harmony, and melodic inventions. When in South Africa, Matlou gives back to the community by working with the youth at the Moses Molelekwa Arts Foundation. His current composition and research project is a social and political reflection on the history of South Africa, with a message of love, hope, and unity. Matlou currently is an assistant professor in the Harmony and Jazz Composition Department at Berklee College of Music.

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GDT is proud to present this concert in celebration of their 50th Year of being flag bearers of diversity and inclusivity. The dancers of GDT will honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mohandas K. Gandhi through their movement. GDT uses the arts to engage, educate, and collaborate with diverse communities to enrich lives. Our vision is to advance a diverse art movement for all ages, broaden arts outreach, increase cultural sensitivity, and champion social justice

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