“Daraja,” or “bridge” in Swahili, is exactly what the DarajaEnsemble aims to build between art and communities. As the School of Music’s newest graduate fellowship woodwind quintet, Daraja’s goal is to share their love of music through outreach projects and adventurous performances with audiences around the world.
Collectively, the quintet holds a wealth of performance experience; members of the ensemble have concertized in nearly every continent and performed with the Boston Ballet, New World Symphony, Arizona Opera, Lunar Ensemble, Symphoria, and the KBS Symphony. Daraja musicians have won several competitions on their respective instruments and have been awarded fellowships to esteemed music festivals including, Pacific Music Festival, Brevard Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. During the summer of 2016, the ensemble will travel to Tanzania to foster pathways for music education with Clarinets for Conservation.
Daraja’s inaugural recital at The Clarice will take place on Monday, November 2nd at 8pm. In addition, the ensemble plans to give many recitals throughout College Park and Washington DC.