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Nourishing and fertilizing the soil, inhibiting global warming, used for sculpture, medicine and more, African Blackwood is also the tree from which flutes, oboes, clarinets, and bagpipes are made. It’s a commercially threatened species that grows almost exclusively in Tanzania and Mozambique. Conservation efforts currently underway are simultaneously helping to eradicate poverty while preserving this vitally important wood for the music industry. Brenda Schuman-Post is the first musician to witness every detail from searching for this tree, to the making of a top of the line woodwind instrument. Her one hour lecture-performance includes 250 slides and video.