DSP Shows


Thu · September 27, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15 - $18

Tickets at the Door

RAM's appearance in Ithaca is part of a continuing partnership between the Cornell Wind Symphony and musical organizations in Haiti. All proceeds from the performance will be used to support this ongoing collaboration.

RAM is a drum-roots-driven powerhouse band from Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Ancient folkloric polyrhythms intertwine harmoniously with punk rock guitar riffs and swinging Caribbean keyboard melodies. Led by the entrancing singer Lunise, all those influences combine for a truly magical experience on Thursdays at Hotel Oloffson, where RAM has consistently gigged for the last 25 years.

RAM has also performed at international concerts and festivals in the U.S., France, the U.K., Mexico, and Brazil. Richard Morse, 3rd generation performer, began his career in punk and new wave music in the late 70s. Richard continues to dive deeper, investigating his ethnic roots in Haiti and raising the quality of Haitian music. Band leader Lunise Morse, matriarch of the group, was born in the countryside of Haiti became an icon in the early 90’s when RAM broke out. She has captured the hearts of many generations that listen to her sing. It’s unclear whether people enjoy her singing or her dancing more.

Chenel Belizaire hails from the heart of Port-au-Prince, and grew up playing the kone instrument. The musical gifts that Chenel brings are straight out of the raras (think, improvisational street marching bands), which become hugely popular during carnival time in Haiti.

Emmanuel Jules is a swinging percussionist and the best kone player from Haiti. Emmanuel, nicknamed Manno, grew up listening to the band, when his older brother was an active member of the band. Manno finally had an opportunity to join when he was 18. Neither the band, nor he, have looked back.

Wichemon Thelus grew up in a family of traditional drummers. Since childhood, Wichemon has spent most of his time beating drums at ceremonial gatherings all across the country. He was born and raised to be a drummer, and it shows. Now RAM has the benefit of his expertise.

William Morse was born and raised in Haiti, but never intended to be in a band. Fate had other plans. Using the knowledge he acquired in his teens, William quickly developed into an integral musical contributor within RAM. He is one of two children by Richard and Lunise Morse.

Max Blanc has utmost confidence in himself. When he sits behind the drum kit, people turn their heads to see who is playing. He began in the popular circles of merengue, but has proven himself to be more than capable of playing many, many different styles and cadences. Look out for that cheeky grin.

Yonel Vendredi is our lead guitarist, and quite the capable one at that. He began playing in his school’s band ensemble at age 12. By 17, he was already playing an integral role in major Haitian artists’ albums. Yonel joined RAM in 2009 and remains a pillar in the band.

Willy Calixte, at the bass, is the newest addition to RAM. His personality seem to fit perfectly with his instrument of choice. What makes Willy stand out: he intuitively understands his instrument and embodies that idea.
Venue Information:
The Haunt
702 Willow Ave
Ithaca, NY, 14850