King George V Avenue
Berea, KZN
South Africa

The Bow Music Conference at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on 24 - 27 February 2016 is put together in consultation with southern African and international bow music researchers. Participation will include academics from a wide spectrum of indigenous musical arts, practitioners and cultural bearers of diverse bow music traditions in sub-Saharan and abroad.


Jason Finkelman

Steve Jones

Jason Finkelman's art focuses on improvised music, cross-cultural collaborative projects, and composition for dance. A Philadelphia-born percussionist specializing in the berimbau, Finkelman performs on African and Brazilian instruments and laptop electronics and founded the ambient, avant world trio Straylight. Collaborative work with choreographer Cynthia Oliver includes BOOM! (2012-15), Rigidigidim de Bamba de: Ruptured Calypso (2009-10) and “Bessie” award winning performances SHEMAD (2000) and Death’s Door (1996). As Director of Global Arts Performance Initiatives at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Finkelman curates music for several University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign programs including the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music.