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Nome: Ayo
Quem sou Eu: I am a Nigerian composer, conductor, organist, scholar and theorist.
Biografia: Ayò Olúrántí (formerly Ogúnrántí) has worked in the music scenes in Nigeria, UK & USA in the last thirty years. In his intercultural approach to music composition, he experiments with the fusion of elements from Western Art music, Yorùbá and Igbo traditional music of Nigeria. More importantly, Ayò, who believes in both the traditional and the contemporary ‘experimental’ approaches to music within a postmodernist aesthetic, employs African musical processes and resources as the principal basis of his creative expression with the goal of composing modern art works that are a direct progression as well as a departure from African traditional and art musical genres. Having studied pre-colonial art Yorùbá musical forms such as the Yorùbá folk opera, Olúrántí with an Andrew Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowship award in 2010 proceeded to Ìrágbìjí, Òsun State, Nigeria to study and record Dùndún music - aYorùbá instrumental genre. Ayò, a first-class graduate (Composition & Organ Performance) of the University of Southampton, UK, holds an MA and a PhD in Composition & Theory from the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He was privileged to have studied music with distinguished scholars and performers: Sarah Baldock (organ at Winchester Cathedral), William Drabkin (advanced counterpoint & fugue), Michael Finnissy (composition), Michael Zev Gordon (composition), David Owen Norris (organ), Peter White (conducting) in the UK, and Akin Euba (African Music), Don Franklin (Bach Parody), Eric Moe (Composition), Mathew Rosenblum (Composition), Amy Williams (Composition) and Roger Zahab (Composition/Orchestration) in the USA. Olúrántí, who holds the Certificate Diploma of the Royal College of Organists, UK, and the General Musicianship Diploma from the Ecumenical School of Music, Ibadan, has won several awards and scholarships: Andrew Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (USA), St. Michael’s Organ scholarship (UK), Tafawa Balewa Scholarship (UK), Heather Award (for best interpretation of Bach’s keyboard work – Southampton), Michael James Music Trust Award (UK), Sidney Perry Award (UK), Brereton Memorial Fund grants (UK)etc. He was the winner of the 2009 Donald Sutherland Endowment Fund Composition Competition (USA). Living Faith Connections, RCCG, London (2010), the Ibadan Anglican Diocese (2002), Christ Apostolic Church, Yaba (2000), and the Blood of Jesus Apostolic Church, Ibadan (1998), have all presented Ayo with awards in recognition of his contribution to the growth of church music. Ayò, with a background in the fields of Industrial & Production Engineering as well as Computer Hardware Technology, is the Principal Consultant for Sanus Domino, a digital and pipe organ consulting firm. He has also successfully designed and managed both liturgical and pentecostal church music programs. He has conducted professional choirs and orchestras, and given recitals on historic and celebrity organs at home and abroad. His compositions have been performed in Africa, Asia, Europe and N. America. Ayo was previously the Composer-In-Residence and Associate Organist at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh, where he also conducted the Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra. He is a composer-member of Alia Musica, Pittsburgh.
Site: www.ayo-oluranti.com
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