Krannert Uncorked: Knights of Cabiria

Event Information
Event Date: 
December 1, 2016 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL
Description: 

Joining Krannert Uncorked this week, the 11-piece band, Knights of Cabiria, will play high-powered music from all over the world: Bartok, Bechet, sambas, and Stravinsky not to mention boleros, son montunos, waltzes, polkas, rocked-out central European dance numbers, and Fellini film scores by the great Nino Rota. The music is compelling, virtuosic, and rocking. Band members include Sol Baer (clarinet), Tom Faux (guitar), Todd Gallagher (bass), Amanda Harris (vocals), Sally Hoffman (flutes), James Hutchinson (trombone) Robin Kearton (violin/viola), Bob McEntyre (drums), Sal Percoco (trumpets), Chris Petterson (cello), and Maria Del Toro Gomez (violin).

Wine samples selected and served by Radio Maria Restaurant.

Admission: 
Admission Free
More Information

In Concert @ CPL: Jasmine Field Orchestra

Event Information
Event Date: 
February 26, 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue: 
Champaign Public Library
Address: 
200 W. Green St., Champaign, IL
Description: 

In Concert @ CPL: Jasmine Field Orchestra

This bonus installment of our monthly In Concert @ CPL series features the Jasmine Field Orchestra, a student organization from the University of Illinois featuring Chinese undergraduates and graduates from various majors who are interested in cooperative music performance. The ensemble consists of two sections: Chinese instruments and Western instruments, and works on arranging pieces that incorporate a variety of musical elements, including Chinese folk music and pop music. The Jasmine Field Orchestra has performed at a variety of local venues, including the University of Illinois School of Music, Foellinger Auditorium, the Illini Union, and the University YMCA.

Admission: 
Admission Free
More Information

Legends of the Celtic Harp (Patrick Ball w/ Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter)

Event Information
Event Date: 
December 1, 2016 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
The Upper Bout
Address: 
723 S Neil St, Champaign, IL
Description: 

Patrick Ball is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and a captivating spoken word artist. He has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken word albums which have sold well over one-half million copies internationally and won national awards in both the music and spoken word categories.

long with Celtic Harp and Story, his beguiling blend of music and spoken word concerts, Patrick has written and currently performs two acclaimed solo musical theater pieces: O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music, which brings to the stage the legendary life, the turbulent times and the glorious music of Ireland’s most celebrated and beloved musician, Turlough O’Carolan, and The Fine Beauty of the Island, a musical journey to Ireland’s legendary Blasket Islands in search of a deeply haunting tune and the vanished islanders who played it. Patrick also presents an ensemble performance, The Flame of Love, a spoken word and Early Music retelling of the greatest of medieval legends, The Romance of Tristan and Iseult.

Patrick Ball is “a rare artist.” For in playing the ancient, legendary brass-strung harp of Ireland with its crystalline, bell-like voice and performing marvelous tales of wit and enchantment, he not only brings new life to two cherished traditions, but blends them in concert to create “a richly theatrical and hauntingly beautiful performance.”

http://www.patrickball.com

Admission: 
$20 adult, $10 student/senior
More Information

Frankie Gavin - Irish fiddle and flute

Event Information
Event Date: 
November 17, 2016 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
The Upper Bout
Address: 
723 S Neil St, Champaign, IL
Description: 

Frankie Gavin has been playing fiddle & flute since his teenage years. At the age of seventeen, he won two All Ireland competitions – for fiddle and flute. Originally influenced by some of the great Irish and American-Irish fiddle players, James Morrison, & Michael Coleman, he later found himself playing with stars such as The Rolling Stones, Stephane Grappelli, Elvis Costello, Earl Scruggs & Yehudi Menhuin as well as with some of the great contemporary players & singers of traditional Irish music. All have left their mark on his eclectic approach to music.

The name Frankie Gavin is also synonymous with De Dannan the globally renowned band he founded in the mid-1970s. After a short break in the early 2000s, Frankie restarted the band with a new young line-up. The current incarnation maintains the super-stellar quality of those iconic early De Dannans.

In his time, Gavin has played for four American presidents, starting, as a seven-year old, when he played for John F. Kennedy on his 1962 visit to Ireland, for Presidents Clinton & Bush & most recently, Barack and Michelle Obama, when the president visited his ancestral home in the village Moneygall in County Offaly.

The plain fact is that there is no more exciting fiddle player or moving flute player in the world of Irish music today.

Footnote The Guinness Book of Records, that bible of bizarre human conditions & activities, lists Frankie Gavin as the world’s fastest fiddle player. On 20 September 2010, he played a traditional Irish tune, The Foxhunter’s Reel, at a breath-taking 150 beats per minute!

http://www.frankiegavinanddedannan.ie

Admission: 
$20 adult, $10 student/senior
More Information

Jen Shyu - “You are Everything" lecture/workshop on fieldwork research, improvisation, and composition

Event Information
Event Date: 
November 14, 2016 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Unit One / Allen Hall, South Rec Room
Address: 
1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana
Description: 

Jen Shyu
Unit One/Allen Hall 11/13-11/14

2016 Doris Duke Artist and Fulbright scholar, experimental vocalist-composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, and producer Jen Shyu has been named “one of the most creative vocalists in contemporary improvised music” (The Nation). Her most recent album Sounds and Cries of the World on Pi Recordings was listed in the “Top 10 Best Albums of 2015” by The New York Times and The Nation, among others. A Stanford University graduate dedicated to traditional music study, she has performed her own music at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. http://www.jenshyu.com

All events are free and open to the public and take place at Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana. Free parking is available in the garage across the street.

Sunday, November 13

7pm - Solo Rites: Seven Breaths, a solo music ritual-drama (Main Lounge)

Jen Shyu invites you to join her for a musical pilgrimage through Taiwan, China, East Timor, Indonesia, Vietnam, and South Korea. In this solo music ritual-drama, directed by award-winning, renowned Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho, this American-East Timorese-Taiwanese experimental jazz artist sings in seven languages, transporting the audience. Ben Ratliff of The New York Times writes that her concerts, “…involving movement, video and self-accompaniment on the two-stringed Taiwanese moon lute, or the gayageum, a 12-stringed Korean zither,” are “among the most arresting performances I’ve seen over the past five years.”

Monday, November 14

7pm – “You are Everything" lecture/workshop on fieldwork research, improvisation, and composition (South Rec Room)

Jen Shyu will show highlights of her video footage from her traditional music and dance research over the last 10 years from Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, and South Korea, and talk about how it inspired the creation of Solo Rites: Seven Breaths in collaboration with renowned Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho. Then Shyu will guide the group in ear and rhythm training as well as intermedia improvisation for artists and non-artists, meant to give the participants some tools and inspiration to pursue their own creative projects, whether it be a future solo performance piece or writing project or whatever creative work they wish to embark upon.

Admission: 
All events are free and open to the public
More Information

Jen Shyu - Solo Rites: Seven Breaths

Event Information
Event Date: 
November 13, 2016 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Unit One / Allen Hall, Main Lounge
Address: 
1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana
Description: 

Jen Shyu
Unit One/Allen Hall 11/13-11/14

2016 Doris Duke Artist and Fulbright scholar, experimental vocalist-composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, and producer Jen Shyu has been named “one of the most creative vocalists in contemporary improvised music” (The Nation). Her most recent album Sounds and Cries of the World on Pi Recordings was listed in the “Top 10 Best Albums of 2015” by The New York Times and The Nation, among others. A Stanford University graduate dedicated to traditional music study, she has performed her own music at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. http://www.jenshyu.com

All events are free and open to the public and take place at Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana. Free parking is available in the garage across the street.

Sunday, November 13

7pm - Solo Rites: Seven Breaths, a solo music ritual-drama (Main Lounge)

Jen Shyu invites you to join her for a musical pilgrimage through Taiwan, China, East Timor, Indonesia, Vietnam, and South Korea. In this solo music ritual-drama, directed by award-winning, renowned Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho, this American-East Timorese-Taiwanese experimental jazz artist sings in seven languages, transporting the audience. Ben Ratliff of The New York Times writes that her concerts, “…involving movement, video and self-accompaniment on the two-stringed Taiwanese moon lute, or the gayageum, a 12-stringed Korean zither,” are “among the most arresting performances I’ve seen over the past five years.”

Monday, November 14

7pm – “You are Everything" lecture/workshop on fieldwork research, improvisation, and composition (South Rec Room)

Jen Shyu will show highlights of her video footage from her traditional music and dance research over the last 10 years from Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, and South Korea, and talk about how it inspired the creation of Solo Rites: Seven Breaths in collaboration with renowned Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho. Then Shyu will guide the group in ear and rhythm training as well as intermedia improvisation for artists and non-artists, meant to give the participants some tools and inspiration to pursue their own creative projects, whether it be a future solo performance piece or writing project or whatever creative work they wish to embark upon.

Admission: 
All events are free and open to the public
More Information

Art of Resistance - Capoeira Angola Conference at UIUC

Event Information
Event Date: 
October 20, 2016 - 6:00pm - October 23, 2016 - 6:00pm
Venue: 
multiple locations
Description: 

The Capoeira Club at UIUC and Capoeira Angola Center -IL led by Denis Chiaramonte are excited by the opportunity to have Mestre João Grande return to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, from October 20th - 23rd, 2016, for a fabulous weekend of celebrating Brazilian culture. We are honored to have the Great Mestre João Grande leading workshops in Capoeira Angola movement and music workshops. Please view the schedule and information below.

Mestre João Grande (Brasil, New York City, NY)

Schedule

**********
Thursday, October 20th
Unit One /Allen Hall
6:00 – 7:00pm – Maculelê – Afro-stick dance Workshop led by Mestre João Grande

Capoeira Angola Center – Illinois
7:00 – 9:00pm Capoeira Angola Movement Class

**********
Friday, October 21st
Illini Union Quad (if weather permits)
12:00 – 1:00pm Capoeira Angola Roda presentation

UIUC Dance Department Nevada B
6:00 – 8:00pm Capoeira Angola Movement class
8:00 – 9:00pm Capoeira Angola Music Class/Roda

**********
Saturday, October 22nh
Lincoln Square Mall West Wing
10:00 – 10:30am Kids Capoeira Angola/ Maculele class
10:30 – 11:00am Roda Presentation
11:00 – 1:00pm Capoeira Angola Adult Movement class

UIUC Dance Department Nevada B
2:00 – 3:00pm Cultural Lunch
3:00 – 4:00pm Music Workshop and Lecture “Capoeira Angola Art of Resistance”
4:00 – 6:00pm Capoeira Angola Movement class
6:00 – 7:00pm Capoeira Angola Roda

**********
Sunday, October 23th
UIUC Dance Department Nevada B
10:00am – 12:00pm Capoeira Angola Movement workshop
Capoeira Angola Center Illinois
1:00-2:00pm -Maculele Class lead by Mestre João Grande
2:00 – 4:00pm Capoeira Angola Roda
4:00-6:00pm – Potluck

Address Locations:

Unit One /Allen Hall
Main Lounge
1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801

UIUC Dance Department Nevada B
907 West Nevada Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801

Illini Union – Quad (if weather permits)
1401 W. Green St, Urbana, IL 61801
Lincoln Square (West Wing)
201 Lincoln Square,
Urbana, IL 61801

Capoeira Angola Center Illinois
122 W. Springfield Ave.
Urbana, IL 61821

Sponsors:

SORF
Paid for by the Students Cultural Programming fee
Capoeira Club at UIUC
Dance at Illinois
Students of Capoeira Angola Center Champaign Illinois

Free for UIUC student with a UIUC Student ID

Full event $100.00

Prices for per-day rate

Thursday $50.00
Friday $60.00
Saturday $85.00
Sunday $60.00

Instructors, Treinels, Professores and Contra-Mestres, remember this fee is an investment and a donation to support the Capoeira Angola!

Dress Code *
For Capoeira Angola workshops only
– Flat sole shoes
– T-shirt that can be tucked into your pants
– Capoeira Angola or dress pants
– Tank tops not allowed

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT http://www.angolacenterillinois.com

More Information

Cancelled - Bernard Woma & Matt Jacklin - Gyil Music of Ghana

 

The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music is sorry to announce the cancellation of the October 21, 2016 4pm lecture /demonstartion program and 8pm concert by Bernard Woma & Matt Jacklin.  The Center is aiming to reschedule the Gyil Music of Ghana program in Spring 2017.  

 

October 2016 - Gateways to World Music Schedule

Gateways to World Music is a series of free concerts and lectures, open to the public, presented by Robert E. Brown Center for World Music introducing new audiences to both traditional folkloric music and contemporary music developed from these roots. The Fall series will feature three programs beginning on Wednesday, October 5 with Projecto Arcomusical, a percussion sextet reimagining the Afro-Brazilian berimbau through a repertoire of uniquely powerful, original chamber music. Founding member Gregory Beyer will offer a pre-concert, 7:30pm talk titled, “Advancing the Art of the Berimbau: Nana Vasconcelos to Arcomusical,” followed by an 8pm concert at the School of Music Building Auditorium located at 1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana. This performance and lectureship is supported by the Lorado Taft on Art Fund / College of Fine and Applied Arts.

The Gateways series continues on Saturday, October 15 at 8pm with a Music of Asia concert featuring performances of Japanese koto music by Jessica C. Hajek and Hilary Brady Morris, Korean SamulNori percussion by Gah Rahk Mah Dahng, Balinese gamelan and dance by Bali Lantari, and a blend of traditional and contemporary Chinese music by Jasmine Field Orchestra. Presented in conjunction with the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, organized by the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, this concert in the School of Music Building Auditorium showcases University of Illinois students and community members.

(UPDATE 10.10.16 - The following event has been cancelled.) Gyil music of Ghana performed by Bernard Woma and Matt Jacklin will be presented in two parts on Friday, October 21. At 4pm, the Spurlock Museum (600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana) will host a lecture / demonstration by the artists introducing the history, development, and styles of music played on the Gyil, a small xylophone indigenous to Ghana. Mr. Woma, a master Gyil player considered a cultural treasure of Ghana who has performed for many dignitaries including Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, and Bill Clinton, and Dr. Matt Jacklin, who completed his Doctoral of Musical Arts in percussion performance from the U of I in 2011, will present a full concert at 8pm in the School of Music Building Auditorium. These two programs were made possible by a generous grant from the Urbana Public Arts Commission.

Instrument Making Workshop w/Don Pandero and Di Freitas

Event Information
Event Date: 
October 8, 2016 - 11:00am - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Unit One / Allen Hall, University of Illinois
Address: 
1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana
Description: 

Don Pandeiro and Di Freitas:
Brazilian Musicians/Artists at Unit One/Allen Hall
10/4-10/8

Visit the event site for more information: https://spark.adobe.com/page/i70Nc2gtETInB/

All events are free and open to the public and take place in Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, unless noted otherwise. Free parking is available in the garage across the street.

Tuesday, October 4
6:30pm – Samba Percussion Workshop w/ Don Pandeiro (Main Lounge)

6:30pm - Dance Music of Northeastern Brazil: Strings and Flute Workshop w/ Di Freitas (South Rec)

Two concurrent Brazilian music workshops: one for percussionists and percussionist-wannabes interested in Brazil’s samba rhythms, the other for string players (violinists, violists, guitarists, banjo players, and others welcome) and flutists who are interested in learning the dance music of rural northeastern Brazil.

Tuesday, October 4

8pm – Brazilian Music Performance and Q&A: Don Pandeiro and Di Freitas w/friends (Main Lounge)

Join us for a concert featuring Don Pandeiro and Di Freitas, with guest appearances by participants in the Brazilian music workshops.

Thursday, Oct 6

7pm – Northeast by Southeast: a Night of Brazilian Regional Music (Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium)

Saturday, October 8
11am-2pm – Instrument Making Workshop w/Don Pandero and Di Freitas (South Rec)

Build your own playable fiddle out of scraps of wood and found materials, and make shakers and other Brazilian percussion instruments. Lunch break in the middle.

Saturday, October 8

2pm - Samba Percussion Workshop w/ Don Pandeiro (Main Lounge)

2pm - Dance Music of Northeastern Brazil: Strings and Flute Workshop w/ Di Freitas (South Rec)

Two concurrent Brazilian music workshops: one for percussionists and percussionist-wannabes interested in Brazil’s samba rhythms, the other for string players (violinists, violists, guitarists, banjo players, and others welcome) and flutists who are interested in learning the dance music of rural northeastern Brazil. Bring your handmade instruments if you made them.

Don Pandeiro and Di Freitas are performers, artisans, and instrument builders who represent two different Brazilian contexts and musical styles: urban and rural, Southeast and Northeast, and samba and música nordestina. Over the course of the week, we will showcase their unique combination of musical talent and instrument-making abilities.

Percussionist Don Pandeiro is a musical and artistic icon in São Paulo, where he has spent most of his adult life, playing small shows, fabricating samba instruments out of innovative materials, and building public art fixtures, such as a massive peace monument constructed entirely from match sticks.

Francisco Ferreira de Freitas Filho, known by his stage name Di Freitas, is a rabequeiro (fiddler), guitarist, luthier, and music educator based in Juazeiro do Norte, a city in the hinterlands of the Brazilian Northeast. Di Freitas performs on and builds his own string instruments from calabash and other found materials, and he teaches youth in his hometown to build and play their own homemade fiddles in an “orchestra” he directs.

Cosponsored by Center for Advanced Study, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Department of History, Division of Musicology, Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, School of Music, and Unit One/Allen Hall

Admission: 
open to the public, admission free
More Information

News

highlights