Roots Walk 2016

Event Information
Event Date: 
May 13, 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Crystal Lake Park
Address: 
206 W. Park St. Urbana, IL 61801
Description: 

Roots Walk 2016

Stroll the north end of Urbana's Crystal Lake Park and listen to free roots, folk and Americana music from local artists.

Co-sponsored by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, C-U Folk and Roots Festival and the Urbana Park District.

Rain location is inside the nature center.

Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Anita Purves Nature Center and Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center.

Admission: 
Free to all!
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Mama Edie: Musician, Artist, and Storyteller

Event Information
Event Date: 
April 23, 2016 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library, The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Address: 
210 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Let Mama Edie Armstrong take you on a journey through time and through space with stories you can tell and percussion you too can play, as we re-awaken the storyteller in all of us.

Mama Edie is a bilingual storyteller (Spanish/English), published writer, percussionist, speech/language pathologist, and voice-over artist. Whether fun and frolicky or somber and serene, Mama Edie's presentations are powerful reminders of our own beauty and strength and the gifts we are to the world.

Co-sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Urbana Sister Cities Program

Help Build a School Library in Zomba, Malawi! The Urbana Sister Cities Program and Students of the University of Illinois are working in partnership to help raise literacy rates at a selected primary school in Zomba, Malawi. Under the project title Readers are Leaders, the students have set a goal to collect 1,000 gently used, early-to-young-reader level books to ship to Malawi with the help of The African Library Project. Students from the UIUC AGED 480 class will be on hand to explain their project.

The public is invited to attend this FREE event. Book donations for the Namiwawa Primary School Library will be accepted during the performance.

Admission: 
free admission
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Bernard Woma: Master of the Ghanaian Xylophone

Event Information
Event Date: 
May 10, 2016 - 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library, The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Address: 
210 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Bernard Woma: Master of the Ghanaian Xylophone

This special performance features Bernard Woma, a nationally recognized master musician from Ghana who has toured the world as xylophonist and lead drummer of the National Dance Company of Ghana. He is an extremely dynamic artist and deeply experienced educator. Woma will play the Gyil, a small African xylophone that is indigenous to Ghana.

For this performance, he will be joined by Matt Jacklin, the director of percussion studies at Olivet Nazarene University. Jacklin has made concerto and solo recital appearances throughout the United States and abroad.

This event is made possible in part by a grant from the Urbana Arts Council.

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Jazz Without Borders: New York, Paris, Havana, Rio

Event Information
Event Date: 
April 26, 2016 - 5:30pm
Venue: 
The Art Theater & Esquire Lounge
Address: 
Downtown Champaign
Description: 

Join us for the 3rd annual International Jazz Day Celebration in Champaign-Urbana on Tuesday April 26 starting at 5:30 pm The Art Theater in downtown Champaign after party at the nearby Esquire Lounge at 7:00 pm
At the Art, we will watch five short film excerpts featuring gypsy jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz and Brazillian bossa nova jazz. Commentaries and live music demonstrations by Almost "A" Quintet.
Continue this celebration by heading to the Esquire Lounge for the after party at 7:00 pm, we will thrill to live Brazillian Jazz with Samba Soul

Sponsored by:
UNESCO Center for Global Citizenship in Champaign-Urbana
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois Library
Conservatory of Central Illinois
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Admission: 
This event is free and open to the public.
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Celebrating Spring: Seasonal Music for the Koto

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Event Date: 
April 25, 2016 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Japan House
Address: 
2000 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL
Description: 

The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies presents:

Celebrating Spring: Seasonal Music for the Koto
Performer: Anne Prescott (Director, Five College Center for East Asian Studies, Smith College)

Admission: 
Free Admission
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BRIDGING CULTURES

Event Information
Event Date: 
April 24, 2016 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
McKinley Presbyterian Church
Address: 
809 S. Fifth St. Champaign, IL
Description: 

Featuring Japanese and American choral and instrumental music in folk, classical, and gospel styles. Presented by McKinley Presbyterian Church choir and invited guests playing koto.

Part I: Music from Japan: Organ & Koto (Japanese zither)
Part II: Choral Music from several cultures: McKinley Choir

Utopian Songwriting. Music, Nation, Modernity and Censorship in 1960s Brazil

Event Information
Event Date: 
April 8, 2016 - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Iron Post
Address: 
120 S. Race Street, Urbana, IL.
Description: 

Pre-concert discussion and program notes:
Prof. Marc Hertzman (History), Prof. Mike Silvers (Musicilogy).
Concert:
Piano, Marcelo Boccato; Trumpet, Tito Carrillo; Sax, Geof Bradfield; Bass, Clark Sommers; Drums and cymbals, Dana Hall.

Sponsored by Center for the Historical Interpreations. Co-sponsor: Department of History, Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Admission: 
$5.00

Amasong Spring Concert

Event Information
Event Date: 
April 9, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
McKinley Presbyterian Church
Address: 
809 S. Fifth St. Champaign, IL
Description: 

Amasong, Champaign-Urbana's Premier Lesbian/Feminist Chorus, presents its Spring concert, "Flight: Songs of Migration", Saturday April 9 at 7 pm and Sunday April 10 at 4 p.m., McKinley Presbyterian Church, corner of 5th and John, Champaign. With this performance, Amasong honors and affirms the humanity of refugees, migrants and displaced people everywhere. Songs from all corners of the world invite listeners to contemplate the varied meanings of flight: from harrowing escape to soaring freedom. Please join us; all are welcome. Suggested donation $20. More if you can, less if you can't.

Admission: 
Suggested donation $20. More if you can, less if you can't.
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Meet & Greet with Kenny Endo

Event Information
Event Date: 
April 6, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Venue: 
Asian American Cultural Center
Address: 
1210 W. Nevada Street, Urbana, IL
Description: 

On Wednesday, April 6th come to the Asian American Culture Center for Meet and Greet Reception with Kenny Endo!

Kenny Endo is a leading artist in contemporary percussion and rhythm, who at the vanguard of the taiko genre, continues to pave new paths in this Japanese style drumming after forty years as a career taiko player. A performer, composer, and teacher of taiko with numerous awards and accolades, Endo is a consummate artist, leading an ensemble blending Japanese taiko with rhythms influenced from around the world into original melodies and improvisation.

Additionally, Kenny Endo will be performeing at the Knight Auditorium in Spurlock Museum. Join Kenny Endo for “Kenny Endo Ensemble: Celebrating 40 Years of Taiko and Cross-Cultural Asian American Arts”

Admission: 
free admission

Support The Center

Programs of the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music are dependent upon grants, gifts, and funds raised through concerts, performances and services. The Center was established at the University of Illinois on the basis of two acts of generosity: the donation of Indonesian gamelan orchestras and other instruments from the Estate of Robert E. Brown, and seed money from the University’s Office of the Provost and the School of Music. These funds enabled us to transport the instruments from the California estate, outfit a teaching space, hire a director and visiting artists, and get the program started.

If we are to continue to share music of the world’s cultures—engaging visiting artists from myriad traditions, acquiring the instruments they need to teach their music, presenting concerts, lectures, and workshops, and sending our artists out into the schools as they strive to enrich their curricula, we will need the support of alumni and friends who see the importance of our efforts to bring awareness of the richness of the world’s performing arts to the University and our community.

If you would like to learn more about the ways you can support the Center, please contact David Allen, Associate Director of Development, at 217/333-6453, or allend@illinois.edu, or click the GIVING link in the menu to your left.

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highlights

  • May 1, 2016 - 2:00pm

    The end of semester concert featuring the Balinese Gamelan ensembles under the direction of I...

  • May 10, 2016 - 6:30pm - 7:15pm

    Bernard Woma: Master of the Ghanaian Xylophone

    This special performance features Bernard...

  • May 13, 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Roots Walk 2016

    Stroll the north end of Urbana's Crystal Lake Park and listen to free...