The Missa Kenya composer, Paul Basler (b. 1963), teaches french horn and composition at the University of Florida. He plays horn professionally all over the world, and has performed more than 200 pieces which were written for him. His own works are also performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Kennedy Center, the National Theatres of the Dominican Republic and Kenya, Lincoln Center, the Sydney Opera House, and the Aspen Music Festival.
In the forward to the Missa Kenya, Basler writes "much of the music and gestures owe their existence to East African choral traditions, fusing together Kenyan musical styles with references to late 20th century American classical music." He also says that he composed this piece as a "gift to the warm, loving friends I left behind in Nairobi." The final movement of the piece, the Agnus Dei, is intended to be a "prayer for peace and understanding throughout the world."
Photos by Ron Hoekman.