Music Beyond Borders is a unique blend of Jazz and multicultural musical forms that span the diverse musical traditions of the planet. For nearly 40 years, Ian Dogole has created music that draws upon the innovations of the jazz tradition, as well as the scales, rhythms and instruments from the indigenous music cultures across the planet. Music Beyond Borders goal is to uplift spirits, open hearts and expand horizons through recordings, live performances and music education.
The new project is entitled Quinta Essentia, which is Latin for the Fifth Essence or Quintessence. Quinta Essentia evokes the presence of an element that transcends the four common physical elements of earth, water, air and fire and exists in its purest form – aether. Quinta Essentia will present a panoramic musical view, featuring a number of original compositions for both solo instruments and small ensembles that are rooted in the traditions of West Africa, Nubia (along the Nile River), Afro-Peruvian Landó music and, of course, the innovators who’ve stretched the parameters of what we call Jazz.