"Music is a Medium for Social Interactions and Dialogue" - Interview with Ronnie Malley, Multi-Instrumentalist, Producer, and Educator -
by Madanmohan Rao
February 22, 2017
This was an interview by World Music Central contributor Madanmohan Rao with whom I shared the pleasure of participating in the Jaipur Literature Festival held in Jaipur, Rajasthan in India. The performances at the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) were part of a larger tour with one of my groups, East Meets Middle East (EMME).
From January 18 through February 7, Ronnie Malley and Zeshan Bagewadi toured the Midwestern cities of Grand Forks, ND, Fergus Falls, MN, and Traverse City, MI. They were accompanied by first class musicians Tessa Brinckman, Terry Longshore, Garrett McGinn, Alec, Lehrman, and Tyler Berg, as well as impresario and tour manager Asad Ali Jafri (a.k.a. Dj Man o Wax). The 2016 Caravanserai: American Voices tour was sponsored by Arts Midwest and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art featuring American artists with Muslim backgrounds.
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It was a July afternoon in Chicago last year, one day after my return from working on a music research project in South Asia, when I received a call from composer and sound designer Andre Pluess. He was calling to ask if I was available to perform and co-arrange music for a new theater production. The play, called The White Snake, was a centuries-old Chinese folk tale and was yet to be written by the Tony Award-winning playwright Mary Zimmerman, who is known for her adaptation of ancient texts. Mr. Pluess and I enjoyed our collaboration on the 2009 and 2010 productions of Arabian Nights, also written by Ms. Zimmerman, and we looked forward to working together on a production from scratch.
THE WHITE SNAKE by Mary Zimmerman at OSF.
Pictured: Amy Kim Waschke, Tanya McBride, Photo by Jenny Graham
I am a professional musician, performer, composer, and educator who enjoys producing projects and teaching about world cultures and the arts. My goal in life is to help people learn about cultures through music and the arts to foster an understanding of global citizenship.