Brenda Schuman-Post has been studying and teaching about African Blackwood since 1992. In 2008, she won a grant enabling her to visit East Africa and Europe where she became the first musician to witness every detail from searching for and harvesting the commercially threatened African Blackwood tree to the production of an oboe in Europe. Engaging in ongoing communication with oboe manufacturers, and lumber and conservation organizations based in Africa and the US, she’s also educated audiences worldwide, about “Sustainable African Blackwood.” She is the winner of the 2003 Star Trek Idol Contest, educator about “Oboes of the World” and the role of the oboe in human culture, private teacher and free-lancer, and plays classical, jazz, American Songbook, Celtic and improvised repertoire, emphasizing music inspired by nature, including human nature, performing about 20 concerts each year with her chamber ensemble Sonic Forest.
This presentation offers both an historical and up-to-date perspective on the status of African Blackwood, with photos, video and a hands-on exhibit. The Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), established a permit system in 2017. We’ll discuss what manufacturers are doing individually and together to preserve, protect and […]