BALKANALIA

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Event Date: 
April 26, 2014 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Smith Memorial Hall
Address: 
805 South Mathews Avenue Urbana, IL
Description: 

BALKANALIA

Donna Buchanan, director

Admission: 
free admission

A CELEBRATION OF SOUTH AFRICAN FREEDOM DAY

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Event Date: 
April 23, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: 
TRYON FESTIVAL THEATRE
Address: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Description: 

Throughout the anti-apartheid struggle, the mass movements always began their programs and peppered their marches with music, call-and-response slogans, poetry, and dance. This event, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy, will do the same. The program will focus on the role played by culture in the liberation struggle.

South African Mbhekiseni Madela, a doctoral candidate in the College of Education, will share his experiences of the anti-apartheid movement and the ways in which the youth built a culture of political struggle. Local artist and educator Amira Davis will perform African music pieces that have inspired her over the years and discuss why she uses various forms of African cultural expression as part of her contribution to movements for social justice. This will be an event to be remembered, one that will both inspire and get you up out of your chairs. Joining the celebration will be the Jalimuso SISWA Performing Troupe, instrumentalist Vukoni Lupa-Lasaga, and the jazz group Rick Deja and Friends.

This event will last approximately 2 hours.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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An Evening of Carnatic Music

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Event Date: 
April 29, 2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Venue: 
321 Main Library
Address: 
1408 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana, IL 61801
Description: 

Sara Ranganathan on Veena, Patri Satish Kumar on Mridangam and Ganapathi Ranganathan on Kanjira. Indian snacks will be served.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Paddy Keenan & John Walsh

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Event Date: 
May 16, 2014 - 8:00pm
Venue: 
The Upper Bout
Address: 
723 S Neil St, Champaign, IL 61820
Description: 

Paddy Keenan was born into a traveler family steeped in traditional music. His open-fingered style of playing can be traced directly from the style of such great Travelling pipers as Johnny Doran, as well as that of his own father and grandfather.

In the 1970s Paddy was a founding member of the legendary Bothy Band, and his virtuosity on the pipes, combined with the ferocity of his playing, made him, its driving force. Since the break-up of The Bothy Band, Paddy has pursued a solo career, playing festivals and concerts all over the world. He has composed and arranged music for several film projects; most recently, he's been working on a documentary film in Mali.

In 2002 Paddy was awarded the TG4 (Irish language television) Traditional Music Award (Gradam Cheoil) as Traditional Musician of the Year. This is the most prestigious award given in the genre of Irish traditional music.

Generally acknowledged as the most accomplished uilleann piper performing today, Paddy is certainly one of the most brilliant musicians of his generation.

Songwriter Patsy O'Brien has a penchant for seamless genre-hopping, as well as showing off his critically acclaimed songwriting skills.

Patsy's most obvious influences are blues, traditional Irish music, jazz and country, with obvious nods to such masters as Hank Williams, Rory Gallagher, Son House and a host of others, Patsy's cross cultural explorartions within songwriting and composition genres have lead him on an interesting path.

He has played with Punk Rock bands, country bands, big-band swing and Jazz ensembles, Irish folk groups, tradiional Irish music groups and most recently and most successfully, as a solo guitarist and singer.

He has been known to supply the driving guitar rhythms on Irish/World Music diva Eileen Ivers' European tours, and regularly treads the boards with Piping legend Paddy Keenan, who also sprinkles some of his own magic onto a few tracks on Patsy's last album.

On Patsy's solo recordings, his interest in contemporary songwriting as well as his jazz influences are also apparent - this being most evident in a jazz/blues version of "Star of The County Down" with Paddy Keenan on low whistle, an arrangement of the old Irish ballad that inspired Irish music critic Paul Dromey to declare Patsy "Ireland's best - kept musical secret.", and has recently been featured on NPR's "All Songs Considered"

http://www.paddykeenan.com

Admission: 
$20 adult, $10 student/senior
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Krannert Uncorked with The Afrikania Cultural Troupe featuring Midawo Gideon Foli Alorwoyie

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Event Date: 
April 10, 2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 5 - lobby
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave. Urbana, Il, 61801
Description: 

Krannert Uncorked with The Afrikania Cultural Troupe featuring Midawo Gideon Foli Alorwoyie, Ghanaian music and dancing

The Boneyard Arts Festival connects with Krannert Uncorked this week for a special event with music and dancing. Highly regarded as one of Ghana’s foremost virtuosos of traditional music and dance, master drummer Midawo Gideon Foli Alorwoyie leads his ensemble in the music of the Ewe, Dagbamba, and other cultural groups in Ghana. The Afrikania Cultural Troupe features dancers and drummers from Ghana performing on traditional drums and percussion, assisted by University of North Texas students and members of the local Adzido Drum Club.

This event will last approximately 2 hours.

Admission: 
free admission
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Lecture / Demonstration with Alash

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Event Date: 
April 7, 2014 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music and Spurlock Museum present are pleased to offer an additional engagement with the Tuvan Ensemble ALASH. This lecture / demonstration will introduce audiences to the instruments and throat singing styles of Tuva.

ALASH are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xöömei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time.

One can find complex harmonies, western instruments, and contemporary song forms in Alash’s music, but its overall sound and spirit is decidedly Tuvan.

Admission: 
Free and Open to the Public
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A Highland Bagpipe at Bach's Lunch

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Event Date: 
April 11, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Venue: 
Springer Cultural Center
Address: 
301 North Randolph Street, Champaign, IL
Description: 

This recital will explore a variety of music in the Highland Bagpipe repertoire including airs, dance music, marches, and piobaireachd.

Admission: 
free admission
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CU Days

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Event Date: 
August 9, 2014 - 1:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Douglass Park
Address: 
512 E. Grove St., Champaign
Description: 

CU is a family friendly annual event put on by the Champaign Park District in Douglass Park.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Illinois Sister Cities Association Annual Conference

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Event Date: 
April 12, 2014 - 1:00pm - April 13, 2014 - 9:30pm
Venue: 
Urbana Landmark Hotel
Address: 
210 S. Race Street, in downtown Urbana
Description: 

The Annual Conference of the Illinois Sister Cities Association, a 55+ statewide city and municipality association of Illinois Sister Cities international partnerships. Saturday break out sessions: Empowering Youth for Global Citizenry; Illinois Sister Rivers Program; The China-U of I Relationship, A Century of Connection (Prof. Ian Wang); Chinese International artist Liu Jen Gang. Evening international buffet and Malawi Mixer Dance Party to African music. Sunday: General meeting and Keynote Speaker Lula Chen, Director of Sino-African Initiative grant project (Sister Cities International).

More Information Online: http://urbanaillinois.mobi/posts/2014/01/illinois-sister-cities-associat...

REGISTER ON-LINE: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-isca-annual-conference-tickets-10176806101

Admission: 
full Conference:$90; Sat. session:$69; Sun. session:$40; Malawi Mixer: $25
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31st Annual International Dinner & Performance Night

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Event Date: 
March 9, 2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
University YMCA
Address: 
1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign, IL
Description: 

31st Annual International Dinner & Performance Night

Featuring food from over 30 countries and performances by local musicians and dancers!

Last year tickets quickly SOLD OUT for the 5th year in a row! Tickets may be purchased at the front desk of the University YMCA.

Admission: 
Tickets: $10
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  • April 23, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Throughout the anti-apartheid struggle, the mass movements always began their programs and...

  • April 26, 2014 - 7:30pm

    BALKANALIA

    Donna Buchanan, director

  • April 29, 2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Sara Ranganathan on Veena, Patri Satish Kumar on Mridangam and Ganapathi Ranganathan on Kanjira...

  • May 4, 2014 - 1:00pm

    This end of semester concert features the Balinese Gamelan ensembles under the direction of I...

  • May 16, 2014 - 8:00pm

    Paddy Keenan was born into a traveler family steeped in traditional music. His open-fingered...