Carol Ann Weaver

Carol Ann Weaver is a Mennonite composer working at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Her last two sabbaticals have seen her dash off to Africa, first to Kenya, then South Africa, for research with African women musicians. Apart from the excellent field recordings which she has kindly allowed me to reproduce on this website, her passion can be heard in own her music.

The CD Daughters of Olapa (1996) takes its name from the Maasai word for the Moon, and features works inspired by Kenyan fables and stories, with Weaver as pianist. Includes chamber and chamber/vocal compositions and settings of Di Brandt's poetry.

Journey Begun (1999) with Cate Friesen, vocalist, "brings forth an innovative, sparkling, zesty fusion of her avant-garde/jazz styles with the engaging, dramatic singing of Cate Friesen."

Her latest CD, recorded in Durban, South Africa, features a much more African style (the other two CDs are firmly rooted in European tradition), with singer Thandeka Mazabuku, bassist Bongani Sokehla, Mageshen Naidoo on guitar, and Lebohaug Mothabeno on drums, as well as Carol on piano. Here's one track from the CD, a funky version of the Maasai bead-making song (see "sound clips"): low quality | high quality.

For further information, contact Carol directly:

tel: 519-576-1068 or 519-885-0220x245
fax: 519-885-0014
mail: 132 Avondale Ave. S., Waterloo ON, N2L 2C3, Canada


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