Outdoor Concert: Sonny Troupé and Band

Outdoor Concert: Sonny Troupé and Band

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Reflecting Pool Lawn
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This year, the July Outdoor Concert Series celebrates the French Caribbean with some of best musicians from Guadeloupe and Haiti.

Under the influence of his saxophonist father, Sonny Troupé listened to various musical styles, including jazz, Gwo ka jazz, classical, salsa, and Zouk. The tambour ka (ka drum) was his first instrument. Though he was taught to play the traditional way, he soon used modern playing methods. At age six, he joined the Kimból group—a modern Gwo ka group—as a makè (drum ka soloist). At age eight, Troupé began teaching himself how to play the drums and vibraphone. He continued to study with his father in Sainte-Anne, where his father would later create the Marcel Lollia School known as Vélo. To this day, no French Caribbean drummer better fuses modern jazz with traditional rhythms. Don’t miss this virtuosic glimpse into the music of Guadeloupe.

Free. For accessibility concerns, call 413 458 0524. Bring a picnic and your own seating. Rain moves the performance to the auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.

Image courtesy of Sonny Troupé