Urbana Flamenco-Jazz Reunion (UFJR)

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Event Date: 
August 29, 2021 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Rose Bowl Tavern - Outdoor Patio
Address: 
106 N Race St, Urbana, IL
Description: 

The UFJR reunites guitarist David Chiriboga and a Chicago-based Flamenco dancer with the all-star jazz ensemble of the Illinois Flamenco-Jazz Project (IFJP) and the community-based music and dance performers of the Illinois Flamenco-Jazz Collective (IFJC). This concert continues the exploration of blending traditional flamenco music with the orchestral colors of jazz. Occurring on August 29 from 7-9 pm on the Rose Bowl Tavern's outdoor patio, the UFJR promises to be the first live flamenco event in Urbana-Champaign since the IFJP in October 2019.

Urbana Flamenco-Jazz Reunion (UFJR) is sponsored by Spurlock (with support from the Illinois Arts Council), the Urbana Arts Grant, and the Urbana Free Library with in-kind support from the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music and UPTV.

More details will be posted as they become available.

Peoria Irish Fest

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Event Date: 
August 27, 2021 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Venue: 
Peoria Riverfront Park
Address: 
200 NE Water Street, Peoria IL.
Description: 

Three day festival of Irish and Celtic music and culture. Featured artists include Eileen Ivers, Scythian, Members of Lunasa, JigJam, Bohola, the Gothard Sisters, the Byrne Brothers, Adam & Jon, and more. 3 stages of music, a dance stage, workshops with performing artists, cultural programs.

Peoria Riverfront Park
200 NE Water Street, Peoria IL.
I74 Exit 93 - Adams Street, Peoria.

Admission: 
Advance tickets $9/day; $25 weekend pass. $13/day onsite. Children 12 and under free.
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Spurlock Museum WorldFest 2021

Our friends at Spurlock Museum are presenting their 15th annual WorldFest -- a celebration of the variety of performance arts practiced around the world -- with three online video performance premieres.

Wednesday, June 16 | Bourema “Ibrahim” Ouedraogo and Jason Finkelman
Wednesday, June 23 | Qwanqwa
Wednesday, June 30 | Cody Jensen

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BOUREMA "IBRAHIM" OUEDRAOGO & JASON FINKELMAN

Spurlock Museum WorldFest: Qwanqwa

Event Information
Event Date: 
June 23, 2021 - 8:00am
Venue: 
online video premiere
Description: 

The Spurlock Museum’s 15th annual WorldFest, a celebration of the variety of performance arts practiced around the world, is being held virtually with the release of 3 performance videos. The June 23 video for Qwanqwa can be accessed here: https://www.spurlock.illinois.edu/events/event.php?ID=2017

The June 23 video features the group Qwanqwa, in which the members perform songs and dances from Ethiopia. The style of singing in this video is Azmari. Azmaris are an ethnic subgroup of the northern Ethiopian Amhara people, known to be the keepers of musical traditions, similar to Griots or Troubadours. The word Qwanqwa means "language" in Amharic, and by choosing this name the group is bringing to life the concept of music as a universal language.

The Spurlock Museum acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Admission: 
Free - Online Event
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Spurlock Museum WorldFest: Bourema “Ibrahim” Ouedraogo and Jason Finkelman

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Event Date: 
June 16, 2021 - 8:00am
Venue: 
online video premiere
Description: 

The Spurlock Museum’s 15th annual WorldFest, a celebration of the variety of performance arts practiced around the world, is being held virtually with the release of 3 performance videos. The June 16 video for Bourema “Ibrahim” Ouedraogo and Jason Finkelman can be accessed here: https://www.spurlock.illinois.edu/events/event.php?ID=2016

The June 16 video features local performers Bourema “Ibrahim” Ouedraogo and Jason Finkelman. Ibrahim currently works at Urbana Public Television and comes from a family of musicians in Burkina Faso, West Africa. The pieces performed in the video are original songs composed by Ibrahim. Jason is the Director of Global Arts Performance Initiatives at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and has worked with the Spurlock Museum for many years to engage the musicians, dancers, and storytellers who have been welcomed to the WorldFest stage. In addition to accompanying Ibrahim, Jason explains and demonstrates the many instruments he plays with the songs.

The Spurlock Museum acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Admission: 
Free - Online Event
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Spurlock Museum WorldFest: Cody Jensen

Event Information
Event Date: 
June 30, 2021 - 8:00am
Venue: 
online video premiere
Description: 

Spurlock Museum WorldFest: Cody Jensen

The Spurlock Museum’s 15th annual WorldFest, a celebration of the variety of performance arts practiced around the world, will be held virtually with the release of 3 performance videos on the Museum’s Facebook page (see below). The videos will be released at 8:00 am on June 16, 23, and 30. Each of the videos will remain below, on the Spurlock Museum’s Facebook page (see below), and on the Spurlock Museum's YouTube channel (see below) for viewing at later date after being released.

The June 30 video highlights music from around the world performed by Cody Jensen. Cody is a musician based in Urbana, Illinois. He has found a niche in the Midwest as a touring artist and dance accompanist. In this video, he puts his own spin on traditional and early 20th century tunes on instruments from around the world. Instruments featured in this video include the banjo, balafon, xylophone, rhythm bones, hanging jug, steel pan, and harpejji.

The Spurlock Museum acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

https://www.facebook.com/SpurlockMuseum

https://www.youtube.com/spurlockmuseum

Admission: 
Free - Online Event
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The Illinois Flamenco Jazz Collective: Juerga de Primavera

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Event Date: 
May 1, 2021 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Venue: 
Online Event - registration required
Description: 

The Center for Global Studies and European Union Center Present

A Global Intersections Event

The Illinois Flamenco Jazz Collective: Juerga de Primavera

Directed by Brian Stark and Alyssa Teijeiro-Ficht

Featuring David Chiriboga and La Malou

Please visit the event announcement on the Center for Global Studies News page linked below to register.

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Salutations to the Animated Earth - an Earth Day celebration

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Event Date: 
April 22, 2021 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue: 
Online Zoom Event
Description: 

The Center for African Studies presents:

Salutations to the Animated Earth

Join us for an Earth Day celebration featuring Hamid Drake, world-renowned drummer and percussionist,and Dr. Afia Zakiya, Afri-ecologist, global water, sanitation, and hygiene public health expert, and Tatiana dos Santos Pereira, singer, musician, and researcher.

Please register in advance for this meeting.

After registration, a confirmation email will be sent containing information about joining the meeting.

Admission: 
Admission Free, Registration Required
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Nick Rudd Music Experience

Event Information
Event Date: 
May 15, 2021 - 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Venue: 
Online Video Premiere
Description: 

The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music launches the Nick Rudd Music Experience with a premiere video performance featuring Urbana-Champaign musicians Brian Reedy, Tim McKeage, elizaBeth Simpson, and Jason Finkelman. The collaborative performances in this event reflect the affinity each of these musicians shared with guitarist, composer, writer Nick Rudd.

Drummer Brian Reedy and Rudd performed as the avant, experimental rock duo Water Between Continents. Percussionist Jason Finkelman and vocalist elizaBeth Simpson, along with Rudd (and Brandon Beachum (baritone guitar) performed improvised music as IO Mining Corp. Guitarist Tim McKeage collaborated with Reedy, Finkelman, and Rudd in a Sudden Sound Ensemble performance.

This premiere video performance will feature two duets and a quartet improvisation, interspersed with recently unearthed video footage of Water Between Continents performing in 2003, recorded by Michael Mapes.

This program was made possible by the Nick Rudd Music Fund. Initiated by Rudd’s surviving wife Gina Manola and stepson Townes Durbin with a goal of the fund reaching endowment levels to ensure this series becomes established as an ongoing and permanent part of the music culture of our campus and community.

More information on this event will be added soon.

Admission: 
Free - Online Event
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Music as Poetry: A Conversation With One of the Most Internationally Renowned Brazilian Singers Today

Event Information
Event Date: 
April 22, 2021 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Online Zoom Event
Description: 

Adrianna Calcanhotto

Music as Poetry: A Conversation With One of the Most Internationally Renowned Brazilian Singers Today

Certain poetic effects that seem new and contemporary to us have existed for a long time and have marked the western song. The Brazilian case is as complex as Brazil is, which encourages discussion about the extreme quality of popular poets, samba musicians, who in the vast majority, without further studies, left works of great poetic stature that are still sung and loved to this day. For me, as a singer and songwriter, through these studies of the archeology of the popular song every day I am more convinced that if there are two things that can change the world they are love and music.

Adriana Calcanhotto is a multi-platinum performer and Latin American Grammy Award winner. She won the “Best Portuguese Language Song” for “Tua,” and the Best Children's Album with "Adriana Partimpim.” Her songs have a force of their own, broadcast on radios and picked up by television shows and exported all over the world. Composing widely popular ballads to conceptual art inspired by the greats in Literature and poetry, largely influenced by Brazilian modernism, her original songs continue to be re-recorded by great musicians.

Currently professor and ambassador at University of Coimbra, Adriana showed great devotion for words, books and poetry. She not only wrote melodies for some of her favorite poems, but worked together with important voices of contemporary poetry, performing with Augusto de Campos, Antonio Cicero, Waly Salomão and Ferreira Gullar. Adriana also published poetry anthologies for adults and children, who best know her for her heteronym Adriana Partimpim.

Registation Required. Register at: https://go.illinois.edu/AdriannaCalcanhottoRegistration

Admission: 
Admission Free, Registration Required
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highlights

  • June 30, 2021 - 8:00am

    Spurlock Museum WorldFest: Cody Jensen

    The Spurlock Museum’s 15th annual WorldFest, a...

  • August 27, 2021 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm

    Three day festival of Irish and Celtic music and culture. Featured artists include Eileen Ivers...

  • August 29, 2021 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

    The UFJR reunites guitarist David Chiriboga and a Chicago-based Flamenco dancer with the all-...