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Insight News Features From R & B to Gospel

Insight News Features “From R&B to Gospel”

Check out the excellent article in Insight News about our upcoming free concert, From R&B to Gospel, with Robert Robinson, Debbie Duncan and William Duncan. There are still seats available. RSVP today. The article is reproduced below.

Robinson, Duncan & Duncan to perform free concert at Walker West

Walker West Music Academy (WWMA), 760 Selby Ave., St. Paul, will be transformed by a concert featuring Robinson and Duncan & Duncan – three of the most premiere living music legends in the Twin Cities area.

William Duncan, Debbie Duncan, and Robert Robinson will perform gospel, jazz and R&B songs with the background vocals of the WDP (William Duncan Project). This free concert takes place Saturday (Nov. 16) at 7:30 p.m. and is the third of four presentations of the Rondo Community Music Series presented by WWMA and Harlan Boss Foundation.

The purpose of the concert series is to highlight the work of teaching artists at WWMA, and the organization’s mission to create a music learning community rooted in the African-American cultural experience, where people of all ages and backgrounds can gather, explore and grow through music. Specifically, the concert series is a platform for teaching and performing artists to feature presentations of music rooted in the African-American cultural experience, provide provocative premiers of new music and provide distinct approaches.

The Robinson, Duncan & Duncan concert will be led by William Duncan, a teaching and performing artist that has taught youth and adults piano, organ, and vocals at WWMA since 2006 when he arrived in Minnesota. He teaches a range of genres including gospel, classical and jazz.

As music became a strong influence in his life from youth to adulthood, he encourages his students by asking them what music does for them and how does it speak to them.

“Music is just another form of communication. Make it sing,” said William Duncan. “Let it gravitate towards you. It has to be ingrained in you. Let it speak. Sing and speak what God has given you. I like to see where students come from creatively.”

William Duncan credits the founders of WWMA, The Rev. Carl Walker and Grant West, for creating a space where teaching and performing artists can thrive. Additionally, he credits them for students having learned and traversed the world performing with the skills they have acquired at the school.

“They are so inspirational and great motivators. I love them dearly,” William Duncan said. “(As a teaching and performing artist you walk in WWMA and) everyone is working on a project. There is music all the time. I am paid for playing. I am more inspired to do what I do.”

He strongly encourages prospective students to come to WWMA for instruction because, “it’s one of the best schools in the country. You don’t find too many schools that share the love. Not many still striving for community period. Students are going on to do great things. I pay homage to the founders. They have been a great inspiration to an abundance of people.”

William Duncan encourages the public to come to the Robinson, Duncan & Duncan concert, which includes his sister, a renowned talent in her own right.

“You will be inspired and you won’t walk out the same,” said the instructor and musician.

For more information on the Robinson, Duncan & Duncan concert contact WWMA at (651) 224-2929 or visit www.walkerwest.org.

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  1. The Rondo Community Music Series, a free series of concerts and community-building.

 

  1. Summer Music Camp, where students learn to play 4 instruments and sing in a choir in just 3 weeks!

 

  1. Summer Jazz Intensive, where students learned improvisation, music theory, jazz history, and playing together in an ensemble.

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  1. Music for Families, a collaboration between Walker|West and Sing Play Learn with MacPhail®, this program is open to parents with children ages 0 to 4. Now Walker|West offers music programs for students from infants to senior citizens.

 

  1. Master Classes, including last month’s workshop with jazz great Terence Blanchard and a potential Februrary 2020 workshop with Iraqi-American composer/jazz trumpeter Amir ElSaffar.

 

Jazz Trumpeter Terence Blanchard

  1. Community involvement. Can music instruction help close the achievement gap between minority and white students in St. Paul? Walker|West instructors are working with Barack and Michelle Obama Elementary School to find out. Walker|West co-founder Grant West will provide piano/keyboard instruction and internationally known percussionist Babatunde Lea will teach a percussion class to the young scholars at Obama Elementary, where 80 percent of students are persons of color. We’re also collaborating with St. Paul’s High School of the Recording Arts. Walker|West students will go to HSRA to learn digital recording and technology. HSRA students will come to Walker|West to learn instrumental music and basic music theory.

 

  1. Our Mission: Walker|West creates a music learning community rooted in the African-American cultural experience, where people of all ages and backgrounds can gather, explore, and grow through music.

 

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