Bali Lantari

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Event Date: 
August 29, 2015 - 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Urbana Sweetcorn Festival
Address: 
One Community Together Stage, Downtown Urbana
Description: 

I Ketut Gede Asnawa leads this ensemble of Balinese Gamelan music and dance.

Admission: 
free admission
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Community Gamelan Classes Resume Monday, August 31, 2015

The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music offers community members the opportunity to learn and play traditional Balinese Gamelan music under the direction of I Ketut Gede Asnawa, a master gamelan musician and composer at the University of Illinois. A gamelan is an orchestra consisting mainly of keyed metallophones, gongs, and drums, often functioning as accompaniment to dance, dramas, and other Balinese performance arts.

As part of the center’s outreach programming, these Monday evening classes from 6pm to 8pm are open to all, free of charge, with no prior experience required. Classes are located in Room 1188 of School of Music at 1114 W. Nevada Street, with the closest entrance located on the Oregon Street side of the building. No credit is offered and registration is not needed for these classes. However, participants join the ensemble with an understanding that regular attendance is required in order to enjoy the responsibility of making music in an orchestra where everyone depends on the contribution of every player.

For more information, please email the center at worldmusic [at] illinois.edu

ELLNORA 2015: Min Xiao-Fen: Mao, Monk, and Me Simon Shaheen, Sashank Navaladi, Juan Perez Rodriguez, and Tareq Rantisi

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Event Date: 
September 12, 2015 - 1:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana
Description: 

Ellnora | The Guitar Festival | With her skilled use of a four-stringed Chinese pipa, Min Xiao-Fen provides the perfect kick-off for this amazing selection of world artists. Join this fascinating fusion performer for Mao, Monk, and Me, a unique solo performance blending the jazz standards of Thelonious Monk with historical counterparts of Chinese music.

Book your passage on a trip around the world, with three exciting artists sharing their rich musical heritage on a fascinating selection of stringed instruments from around the globe. Sample the sweeping sounds of Arabia with Simon Shaheen on oud, a swirling swing through India with Sashank Navaladi on sarod, the fiery Latin passion of flamenco guitarist Juan Perez Rodriguez, all backed by Tareq Rantisi playing a variety of percussion instruments.

Admission: 
SINGLE: 29 / SC 24 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10
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Opening Night Party with Terakaft, Mia Dyson, AJ Ghent Band, John Jorgenson Quintet, and North Mississippi Allstars

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Event Date: 
September 10, 2015 - 6:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana
Description: 

Ellnora | The Guitar Festival | Kick off the evening with genuine desert-blues rock. The stark, harsh conditions of the Sahara have permeated the wild riffs of Terakaft, which means “caravan” in Tamasheq, a Tuareg language. Fronted by Malian exiles Liya Ag Ablil (aka Diara) and his two nephews, Sanou and Abdallah Ag Ahmed, Terakaft’s music is “old and new, peaceful but agitated, joyous and outraged...revolution rock born amid violent conflict, but rooted in tradition” (The Boston Globe).

In the Amphitheatre, we welcome Mia Dyson for her first appearance at ELLNORA! Ranked as one of Australia’s “top 25 guitarists” (News Corp Australia), the ARIA award-winning musician accents her blues-rock with a spare, tough femininity, recalling a young Bonnie Raitt. With soulful vocals and influences ranging from Ry Cooder to Nirvana.

Stage 5 is the setting for a blistering performance by slide guitarist AJ Ghent and his Atlanta-based “sacred steel Southern blues band.” Ghent has played alongside the Allman Brothers Band, opened for Robert Cray and Zac Brown, and recorded tracks for Brown’s Grohl Sessions Vol. 1, alongside Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and bassist Oteil Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band).

The evening continues at the west terrace Amphitheatre with “gypsy jazz” performed by the John Jorgenson Quintet. A dynamic string-driven swing created by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in 1930s Paris, the style draws on elements of Latin, Romanian, Greek, and classical music.

Wind up your night with the North Mississippi Allstars. One of the most intriguing acts to emerge from Southern blues and roots rock, the raucous Allstars- brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson- have soaked up the music of their father, Memphis legend Jim Dickinson, and blues ancestors R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough to conjure up a blend of “seamless...Mississippi country-folk boogie” (AllMusic.com).

The following food vendors will be on site throughout the weekend (subject to change):
- Caribbean Grill
- Ko Fusion
- Manolo’s
- Piato
- Rick’s Bakery
- Siam Terrace

Admission: 
$5.00
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Global Transfer Afterglow with Allos Musica Ensemble

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Event Date: 
November 5, 2015 - 9:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 5
Address: 
500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana
Description: 

Founded in 2006 and featuring clarinet and various ethnic winds, the oud (an ancient Arabic lute), voice, accordion, and percussion instruments from around the world, Allos Musica explores the intersection of divergent streams of contemporary classical, jazz, and traditional music from the Middle East and Europe. The sound created through James Falzone’s compositions and the ensemble's arrangements of Arabic and European folk music blends tradition and experimentation seamlessly.

Admission: 
free admission
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MATSURI! A Japanese Festival at Japan House

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Event Date: 
August 30, 2015 - 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Japan House
Address: 
2000 S. Lincoln Avenue Urbana, IL
Description: 

Join us for a Japanese style festival on the grounds of Japan House. Japanese food and drink, taiko drum performances, the Candy Man (Japanese candy artistry), martial arts demos, fashion shows, Shiatsu massage, tea ceremonies, Ikebana and Bonsai demonstrations and displays and more!

Admission Free, purchase tickets in order to buy food or drink. Tickets will be in increments of $1.

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A Moving Sound - music and dance from Taiwan

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Event Date: 
October 4, 2015 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S. Gregory, Urbana
Description: 

The music of this Taiwanese quintet features a fusion of traditional and western instrumentation, including bass/zhong ruan, vocals, erhu, zhong ruan, and percussion, with modern dance and Tai-chi movement. Featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, the ensemble’s music has been described as “joyous, evocative, and enchanting” by the New York Public Theater. This concert is co-sponsored by the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music, the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, the Spurlock Museum, and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Admission: 
free admission
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Dr. Martin Stokes - Bruno and Wanda Nettl Distinguished Lecture

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Event Date: 
September 4, 2015 - 4:00pm
Venue: 
Smith Memorial Hall, Smith 25
Address: 
805 South Mathews Avenue, Urbana
Description: 

Bruno and Wanda Nettl Distinguished Lecture:

Dr. Martin Stokes of King's College, London.

Music and Citizenship.

Citizenship debates - traditionally focused on questions about property, liberty of the person, representation - shifted radically in the 1990s. Globalization pushed questions about ‘flexible citizenship’, about problems of inclusion and exclusion in a world of migrancy, war, and failed states. Feminist and queer movements made questions about sexual rights central to citizenship discourse, and with them the politics of feeling, emotion, and care. Responses to Habermas explored the idea of counter-publics, spaces of citizenly participation involving alternative structures of emotional disclosure and recognition. Preoccupied with matters of identity in the 1990s, ethnomusicology has, arguably, been slow to respond. This lecture looks at the place of music and musicians in constructions of citizenly virtue with four foci: emotion, environment, the body, the public sphere. It springs from questions that I explored in a recent book on Turkish music (The Republic of Love, University of Chicago Press, 2010), but traces the configurations of a more general and more global inquiry from the middle of the twentieth century on.

Admission: 
free admission

Sandunga Reunion

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Event Date: 
May 23, 2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
The Iron Post
Address: 
120 S. Race St, Urbana
Description: 

Sandunga draws its inspiration from the Cuban musical traditions of son, guajira son, and trova/ bolero. With its historic roots in the interweaving of African and Iberian rhythms and melodies, the Cuban son remains today a vibrant musical and dance form across the island and throughout the Americas.

Sandunga consists of Julián Norato (guitar), William Hope (Cuban tres and laúd), Tina Hope, (claves and guacharaca), Eduardo Herrera (bass), Adam Walton (congas), and Andy Miller (bongó and maracas).

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C-U Rhythm and Raag presents: Subrata Bhattacharya & Abhisek Lahiri in concert

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Event Date: 
May 22, 2015 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Venue: 
Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center
Address: 
202 S. Broadway, Urbana (old post office)
Description: 

This concert kicks off a 7-month residency with C-U Rhythm and Raag, a project of the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, during which Subrata and Abhisek will be available for classes and workshops.

Abhisek is considered a child prodigy and he is one of the youngest top-notch sarod artistes of All India Radio & National Television—Kolkata. His sarod recital blends three major gharanas (schools) of sarod playing: Shajahanpur, Senia Maihar & Senia Bangash gharana (Gwalior).

Abhisek's two solo albums “Sparkling Sarod" and "Mood of Puriya Kalyan" released by Bihaan Music received nominations in the Global Indian Music Awards (GiMA) of Mumbai in “Best Hindustani Classical Album—Instrumental” category for the year 2010 & 2013 respectively.

Subrata Bhattacharya is one of the leading tabla players in India today, both on the Indian classical music scene and with this fusion band Naad—The Everlasting Sound. Subrata is amazingly talented and his accomplishments and achievements in the field of percussion music have earned him name and enviable fame. Subrata's solo renderings reveal his knowledge of the art and his creativity at their best. Subrata hosted a Krannert Afterglow concert during the Ellnora guitar festival in 2009 and played a house concert in Champaign in 2013.

Admission: 
Tickets: $15 (or pay what you can)
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