A number of years have passed since the last performances of James Demars’s Sabar: Concerto for African Drums and Orchestra. But now the time has come again. It’s happening in Memphis, TN, thanks to MSO music director, Robert Moody, who conducted the premiere in Phoenix so many years ago. While it will be the first performance ever done without Mark Sunkett (for whom the piece was composed), I will have the great honor of playing alongside three of the most masterful sabar drummers I’ve known: Medoune Yacine Gueye, Dethie Sarr Diouf, and Abdou Mbaye. They are my Sabar Dream Team!