Kera Washington

kara.washington@gmail.com

Music
B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Wesleyan University; Ph.D. Candidate, Tufts University



Kera Washington
Senior Music Performance Faculty in African Diasporic Drumming and Director of Yanvalou

Focused on Yanvalou Drumming and Dance Ensemble, and African Diasporic drumming.


 

My research interests include applied ethnomusicology and bi-musicality in Caribbean and African Diasporic arts; Haiti; identity and tourism; urban education; bridging the gap between the resources of the academy and the “inner city.”

In addition to directing Yanvalou Drum and Dance Ensemble, I am also a part-time music teacher at the Mather Elementary School in Dorchester. I have developed courses at Northeastern University, MIT, Pine Manor, and Brown University.

I lead and arrange music for my ensemble, Zili Misik, and have been featured on Boston’s Chronicle (Channel 5, 2005) and Urban Update (Channel 7, 1997), and Providence’s Caribbean Review (Channel 13, 2003). Recordings include Cross Roads 2012, Zee'lee Mee'seek 2010, zili roots (independent release, 2003); Songs in American History(Houghton Mifflin, 2000); Greatest American Short Stories (Houghton Mifflin, 2001); and on Patrice Williamson’s Free to Dream

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Department of Music
Jewett Arts Center
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481


Tel: 781.283.2077 
Fax: 781.283.3687

 


Claire Fontijn
Chair
cfontijn@wellesley.edu
781.283.2072

 

Marion Dry
Director of the Music Performance Program
mdry@wellesley.edu
781.283.2977

 

Magdalen Christian
Music Program Coordinator
mchristi@wellesley.edu
781.283.2077

 

Isabel Fine
Concert Manager
isabel.fine@wellesley.edu
781.283.2028