Bernard Woma & Matt Jacklin - Gyil Music of Ghana

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Event Date: 
October 21, 2016 - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 West Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

Bringing Ghana to Urbana;
Traditional African Xylophone Music
Bernard Woma and Matt Jacklin

4pm lecture / demonstration
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana

8pm concert
Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana

Both programs are open to the public, admission free

Learn about the Gyil, a small xylophone indigenous to Ghana that the performer sits on the ground to play. Bernard Woma and Matt Jacklin will visit the Spurlock Museum at 4pm to discuss how this fascinating instrument is made and the history of its development. They will also discuss the rich heritage of the Gyil, how its music has shaped the culture of Ghana, and demonstrate the different styles of Gyil music.

The 8pm performance at the School of Music Building Auditorium provides a special opportunity to fully experience the mesmerizing sound of Bernard Woma. Mr. Woma is quite simply the world’s leading performer of the Gyil. He is a cultural treasure in Ghana, who has performed for many dignitaries including Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela,and Bill Clinton, among others. This performance will be one you will not soon forget.

This performance has been made possible by a generous grant from the Urbana Public Arts Commission, hosted by the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music and Spurlock Museum. Part of the Gateways to World Music series.

Biographical Information

Bernard Woma has shared the performance stage with renowned artists such as Maya Angelou, Yo Yo Ma, and Glen Velez. He has performed for international dignitaries and presidents such as U. S. president Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth II. He was honored as the cultural resource person for President Barack Obama’s family when they visited Ghana in 2009. He is a true cultural treasure from Ghana who has toured the world as xylophonist and lead drummer of the National Dance Company of Ghana. Bernard is an extremely dynamic artist and deeply experienced educator. His recent appearances in the US include a performance with New York Philharmonic at the Avery Fisher, Lincoln Center, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, New York, Warren Orchestra, Detroit, the Berliner Symphoniker in Berlin Germany, and the KwaZulu-Natal Symphonu Orchestra in Durban South Africa. He has done residencies with many universities and colleges across the United States as well as performances with major performing ensembles such as the Ethos Percussion group, Jumbie Records, The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), and teaching at New York’s AXF: African Xylophone Festival. The performance of his composition “Gyil Nyog Me Na” in the spring of 2006 at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall is a testimony of his musicianship. Bernard has also performed and toured with the National Dance Company of Ghana to Britain, Denmark, Germany, The Netherland, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, South America, and many African countries. Since 2008, Bernard’s dance company, The Saakumu Dance Troupe has been touring the United States with captivating performances and educational programs in American schools and public venues. Bernard is Partner and Co-Founder of Jumbie Records; the Artistic Director of Saakumu Dance Troupe, and the founder and director of the Dagara Music and Arts Center in Accra, Ghana.

Dr. Matt Jacklin is an engaging artist and educator. Currently, he is director of percussion studies at Olivet Nazarene University, as an adjunct professor, where he teaches applied percussion lessons, arranges for and teaches the drumline and front ensemble for the marching band, directs the percussion ensemble and is also the music recruiter. He has been featured in concerto and solo recital appearances throughout the United States and abroad. He is also active as an orchestral percussionist, performing most recently with the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Heartland Festival Orchestra, and the Sugar Creek Symphony and Song Opera Festival. In addition, Dr. Jacklin performs frequently on steel drums in local venues throughout central Illinois. In 2001, he presented a solo electronic percussion clinic and demonstration at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Dr. Jacklin has earned degrees from the University of Arizona, the University of Akron, and in 2011, Jacklin completed the Doctoral of Musical Arts in percussion performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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open to the public, admission free
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Bringing Ghana to Urbana; Traditional African Xylophone Music

Event Information
Event Date: 
October 21, 2016 - 4:00pm
Venue: 
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana
Description: 

Bringing Ghana to Urbana;
Traditional African Xylophone Music
Bernard Woma and Matt Jacklin

4pm lecture / demonstration
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana

8pm concert
Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana

Both programs are open to the public, admission free

Learn about the Gyil, a small xylophone indigenous to Ghana that the performer sits on the ground to play. Bernard Woma and Matt Jacklin will visit the Spurlock Museum at 4pm to discuss how this fascinating instrument is made and the history of its development. They will also discuss the rich heritage of the Gyil, how its music has shaped the culture of Ghana, and demonstrate the different styles of Gyil music.

The 8pm performance at the School of Music Building Auditorium provides a special opportunity to fully experience the mesmerizing sound of Bernard Woma. Mr. Woma is quite simply the world’s leading performer of the Gyil. He is a cultural treasure in Ghana, who has performed for many dignitaries including Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela,and Bill Clinton, among others. This performance will be one you will not soon forget.

This performance has been made possible by a generous grant from the Urbana Public Arts Commission, hosted by the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music and Spurlock Museum. Part of the Gateways to World Music series.

Biographical Information

Bernard Woma has shared the performance stage with renowned artists such as Maya Angelou, Yo Yo Ma, and Glen Velez. He has performed for international dignitaries and presidents such as U. S. president Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth II. He was honored as the cultural resource person for President Barack Obama’s family when they visited Ghana in 2009. He is a true cultural treasure from Ghana who has toured the world as xylophonist and lead drummer of the National Dance Company of Ghana. Bernard is an extremely dynamic artist and deeply experienced educator. His recent appearances in the US include a performance with New York Philharmonic at the Avery Fisher, Lincoln Center, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, New York, Warren Orchestra, Detroit, the Berliner Symphoniker in Berlin Germany, and the KwaZulu-Natal Symphonu Orchestra in Durban South Africa. He has done residencies with many universities and colleges across the United States as well as performances with major performing ensembles such as the Ethos Percussion group, Jumbie Records, The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), and teaching at New York’s AXF: African Xylophone Festival. The performance of his composition “Gyil Nyog Me Na” in the spring of 2006 at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall is a testimony of his musicianship. Bernard has also performed and toured with the National Dance Company of Ghana to Britain, Denmark, Germany, The Netherland, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, South America, and many African countries. Since 2008, Bernard’s dance company, The Saakumu Dance Troupe has been touring the United States with captivating performances and educational programs in American schools and public venues. Bernard is Partner and Co-Founder of Jumbie Records; the Artistic Director of Saakumu Dance Troupe, and the founder and director of the Dagara Music and Arts Center in Accra, Ghana.

Dr. Matt Jacklin is an engaging artist and educator. Currently, he is director of percussion studies at Olivet Nazarene University, as an adjunct professor, where he teaches applied percussion lessons, arranges for and teaches the drumline and front ensemble for the marching band, directs the percussion ensemble and is also the music recruiter. He has been featured in concerto and solo recital appearances throughout the United States and abroad. He is also active as an orchestral percussionist, performing most recently with the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Heartland Festival Orchestra, and the Sugar Creek Symphony and Song Opera Festival. In addition, Dr. Jacklin performs frequently on steel drums in local venues throughout central Illinois. In 2001, he presented a solo electronic percussion clinic and demonstration at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Dr. Jacklin has earned degrees from the University of Arizona, the University of Akron, and in 2011, Jacklin completed the Doctoral of Musical Arts in percussion performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Admission: 
open to the public, admission free
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Music of Asia

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Event Date: 
October 15, 2016 - 8:00pm
Venue: 
School of Music - Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 West Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

Robert E. Brown Center for World Music and Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies present in conjunction with Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs 2016:

Music of Asia
featuring ensembles from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Koto Performance by Jessica C. Hajek & Hilary Brady Morris

Musicology graduate students Jessica C. Hajek and Hilary Brady Morris will perform "Sunae" (Sand Picture), a koto duet composed by Tadao Sawai in 1973. One of the most recognized traditional Japanese instruments, the koto is a long wooden zither with 13-strings and movable bridges. Hajek and Morris studied koto at the University of Illinois with Anne Prescott, former Associate Director of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, who is now the Director of the Five College Center for East Asian Studies at Smith College.

Gah Rahk Mah Dahng

Gah Rahk Mah Dahng is a traditional Korean percussion performance team at the University of Illinois. As a registered student organization, they aim to raise awareness about Korean culture through its music. The specific type of music they play is samulnori, which is made up of four different instruments--jing (large gong), janggu (hourglass-shaped drum), buk (barrel drum), and ggwaenggwari (small gong)--that represent wind or lightning, rain, clouds, and thunder respectively. Samulnori music was traditionally played in prayer for good harvest, but today may often be played for both musical performance and social protest.

Bali Lantari

Bali Lantari is an Urbana-Champaign based ensemble led by I Ketut Gede Asnawa specializing on the performing arts of Bali, Indonesia. The ensemble performs traditional Balinese gamelan music, along with dance under the direction of Putu Oka Mardiani Asnawa, together celebrating and sharing the beautiful cultural arts of Bali. I Ketut Gede Asnawa is a full-time visiting faculty member of the School of Music and Robert E. Brown Center for World Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jasmine Field Orchestra

Jasmine Field is a collective of nearly thirty Chinese undergraduate and graduate musicians from various majors who perform Chinese folkloric music and contemporary works in unique ensembles blending Chinese and Western instruments. Members of Jasmine Field arrange and compose new works that combine elements of Chinese music traditions with a wide spectrum of Western music including classical, jazz, rock and pop. Jasmine Field is a registered student organization at the University of Illinois, and is associated with the Chinese Student & Scholar Association.

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Gregory Beyer - Advancing the Art of the Berimbau

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Event Date: 
October 5, 2016 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

Gregory Beyer (Associate Professor and Head of Percussion Studies at Northern Illinois University) will present a lecture titled, "Advancing the Art of the Berimbau: Nana Vasconcelos to Arcomusical."

This pre-performance talk will recount Professor Beyer's introduction to the berimbau, an Afro-Brazilian musical bow, and the creation of new repertoire for the chamber berimbau ensemble Projeto Arcomusical.

This program is part of the Gateways to World Music concert series.
Lectureship supported by the Lorado Taft on Art Fund/College of Fine and Applied Arts.

Biographical Info:

Hailed as a “prodigiously talented percussionist” (Chicago Classical Review) Gregory Beyer is a contemporary music specialist with significant experience in orchestral, jazz, and world music who combines the multiple disciplines of 21st Century percussion into a singular artistic voice. He has given solo performances and masterclasses throughout the world.

In 2015 under the auspices of the Fulbright Scholar Program, Beyer is an invited visiting scholar at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte, where he will focus entirely upon his project, Arcomusical – a multi-faceted resource for the Afro-Brazilian berimbau dedicated to performance, publication, research, and community building. Arcomusical has grown steadily for over fifteen years and has recently enjoyed a myriad of successes, including: invited festival performances, capoeira workshops, film scoring contracts, and international percussion convention presentations. In Brazil, Beyer will study the berimbau in the larger context of the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira Angola and will share his knowledge of the instrument with music students UFMG.

Beyer is a member of Dal Niente, the award winning Chicago based contemporary chamber music ensemble, and he has performed as soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Central America, and the United States.

Beyer is Associate Professor and Head of Percussion Studies at Northern Illinois University, where he directs the Percussion Ensemble (performed at PASIC in 2009 and 2013) and New Music Ensemble.

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Northeast by Southeast: A Night of Brazilian Regional Music

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Event Date: 
October 6, 2016 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 South Gregory, Urbana
Description: 

Northeast by Southeast: A Night of Brazilian Regional Music

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. This event will showcase the unique combination of musical talent and instrument-making abilities of these two Musicians in Residence.

Percussionist Don Pandeiro is a local 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 material, 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, Unit One/Allen Hall

Organized by Mike Silvers (Musicology) and Marc Hertzman (History) with the assistance of Marcelo Kuyumjian (Music).

Admission: 
Admission Free
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The Bruno and Wanda Nettl Distinguished Lecture in Ethnomusicology: Performing Blackness: Black Gospel Music in the Netherlands

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Event Date: 
September 16, 2016 - 4:30pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 West Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

The Bruno and Wanda Nettl Distinguished Lecture in Ethnomusicology: Performing Blackness: Black Gospel Music in the Netherlands

Portia K. Maultsby, Laura Boulton Professor Emerita of Ethnomusicology; Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University

Cost Free and Open to the Public

Center for Advanced Study; Department of African American Studies; Department of Anthropology; School of Music; European Union Center (Title VI Grant, Dept. of Education)

Speaker:

Portia K. Maultsby, Laura Boulton Professor Emerita of Ethnomusicology; Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University

Abstract:

Since the 1990s, African American gospel music has become a global phenomenon. Its popularity across national, cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious boundaries has resulted in the proliferation of gospel choirs throughout the world. In this new context, Black gospel music is used in diverse ways and serves multiple functions, giving rise to localized meanings and performance expectations. Although African American expatriates occasionally serve as choir directors, many choirs are led by non-African American musicians. With varying success, some directors strive to preserve “original” performance aesthetics and, often, the rituals associated with African American worship settings. Yet others reference black gospel music as inspiration to create localized religious expressions.

As a case study, my presentation will focus on Edith Casteleyn, the Euro-Dutch director of four choirs in the Netherlands performing what she describes as “authentic” Black American gospel music. Specifically, I will examine the processes for translating and negotiating differences in the musical values, cultural practices, religious orientations, and social conventions distinguishing African American and Dutch societies, and the way these differences impact the teaching, performance, and reception of gospel music in this new context.

Admission: 
Free and Open to the Public

"Brazilian Carnauba Wax at the Dawn of Recorded Sound"

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Event Date: 
September 15, 2016 - 4:00pm
Venue: 
Lucy Ellis Lounge - FLB 1080
Address: 
707 South Mathews Avenue Urbana, IL 61801
Description: 

Spanish and Portuguese Colloquium presents

Mike Silvers (Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, UIUC) - "Brazilian Carnauba Wax at the Dawn of Recorded Sound ."
Music scholars have, in recent years, begun investigating the sustainability of natural materials used in the construction of musical instruments and other music technologies. In this talk, I narrate a commodity biography of carnauba wax from northeastern Brazil as it was used in the fabrication of wax cylinders and 78 RPM records in the early years of sound reproduction. I suggest the story of the exploitation of (sustainably grown) natural resources for mass-produced music technologies is one of labor and trade relationships within the Brazilian Northeast and, above all, between the Global North and the Global South.

Balinese Gamelan Concert

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Event Date: 
December 4, 2016 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 West Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

End of semester concert featuring Balinese Gamelan ensembles under the direction of I Ketut Gede Asnawa.

Traditional works will be performed by the UIUC Student Ensemble and Community Gamelan.

Balinese dance under the direction of Putu Oka Mardiani Asnawa will also be featured in this program.

The performance is open to the public and admission is free.

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Gateways to World Music presents Projeto Arcomusical

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Event Date: 
October 5, 2016 - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 West Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

Featuring Gregory Beyer, Daniel Eastwood, Kyle Flens, Alexis C. Lamb, Ethan Martin, and Raychel Taylor, Projeto Arcomusical is a world music sextet reimagining the Afro-Brazilian berimbau through a repertoire of unique, powerful, original concert chamber music.

Projeto Arcomusical formed in 2013 specifically to interpret MeiaMeia, the collaborative composition cycle co-composed by ensemble members Gregory Beyer and Alexis C. Lamb. MeiaMeia will be released on Innova Recordings in October 2016. The ensemble performs in communities, cafés, schools, and professional venues and has a myriad performances to its credit. Highlights include international conferences in South Africa and the United States and a three-week Brazilian tour in July 2015 that took the ensemble to six locations in the states of Minas Gerais and Bahia.

This program is part of the Gateways to World Music concert series

Lectureship supported by the Lorado Taft on Art Fund/College of Fine and Applied Arts.

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Ken Frieden

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Event Date: 
September 12, 2016 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Smith Memorial Hall
Address: 
805 S. Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL
Description: 

A lecture and concert by Ken Frieden
B.G. Rudolph Chair of Judaic Studies, Syracuse University

Traveling to the Holy Land with Rabbi Nahman: A Literary and
Musical Pilgrimage

Professor Frieden will be playing clarinet along with the wonderful Frances Harris on violin and Sam Gingher on accordion.

This is a Vivian Marcus Memorial Fund Event

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Admission Free
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