During the inaugural concert in celebration of the Ken Okoth '01 Black American Music Project, the Campbell Brothers got the campus swinging with an evening concert on Wednesday, Sept. 21 and two masterclasses for St. Lawrence students on Thursday, September 22, at noon and 2:30 pm in Peterson Kermani Hall.
The Ken Okoth '01 Black American Music Project brings to campus a series of visual displays, lectures, seminars, and live performances that explore the history and origins of Black music and the influence of Black American musical traditions on the world. Generously funded by an anonymous donor, the Project honors the legacy of Ken Okoth '01, a beloved friend of many Laurentians whose love of music was exemplified in his performances with the Laurentian Singers and the Singing Saints.
The Campbell Brothers presented a compelling, rich variety of material from the African-American Holiness-Pentecostal repertoire with a new twist: the growling, wailing, shouting, singing, and swinging voice of the steel guitar. They have performed at the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, SF Jazz, North Seat Jazz, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Symphony Space.