Charles Lwanga has had a productive and rewarding spring, including the premiere of a new duet for trombone and percussion and being appointed Visiting Assistant Professor at Skidmore College. Lwanga completed his PhD at Pitt in composition/theory and is preparing to defend a second PhD in ethnomusicology, so he is particularly well suited to a position at Skidmore that will call on him to teach both music theory and ethnomusicology courses.
The new academic appointment follows on the heels of premiere of Lwanga’s duet One Buzzy Evening for Tenor Trombone and Percussion in Johannesburg, South Africa on March 1. The work’s unveiling was the culmination of a 10-day residency with the 4th Sterkfontein Composers' Meeting at Nirox Foundation. Lwanga joined 11 other composers, hailing from the Netherlands, USA, Uganda, and South Africa, in presenting his compositions and collaborating with Artists-in Residence Jonny Axelsson (percussion/compostion) and Ivo Nilsson (trombone/composition).
About Lwanga’s composition, South Africa's online new music and jazz blog Sisgwenjazz said, "Lwanga's One Buzzy Evening appealed to the ears of anybody who, like me, is more accustomed to listening to jazz, as it riffed on the possibilities offered by the Baganda pitch spectrum...[The piece] reminded us that much as we may acknowledge African music generally, there remain distinctive sound worlds in the countries around us that we have yet to learn about."
Congratulations to Charles Lwanga on his recent successes! Please join us in wishing him all the best as he undertakes his new academic responsibilities!