eSwatini Music and Nationalism - Cara Stacey

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Event Date: 
March 5, 2020 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S. Gregory St. Urbana, IL
Description: 

George A. Miller Visiting Scholar Cara Stacey will present a "Sensing Water" lecture titled “eSwatini Music and Nationalism, as related to drought, cattle, and their symbol of the ocean.” This paper is part of Stacey's forthcoming book manuscript "eSwatini Music and Nationalism."

"Sensing Water" is a series of programs arranged by eco-musicologist Michael Silvers supported by the Presidential Initiative to Celebrate the Impact of the Arts and the Humanities at the University of Illinois.

Cara Stacey is a George A. Miller Visiting Scholar in residence at the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music from March 4 - 14.

Stacey's visit is co-sponsored in part by Spurlock Museum, School of Music, Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois, and the George A. Miller Programs Committee.

CARA STACEY - BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Cara Stacey is a South African musician, composer and researcher. She is a pianist and plays southern African musical bows (umrhubhe, uhadi, makhweyane). Cara holds a Masters in Musicology (Edinburgh), a MMus in Performance from SOAS (London). As a Commonwealth Scholar, she completed her PhD through the University of Cape Town and SOAS (London). Her doctoral research investigated practice and innovation in the music of the makhweyane musical bow in the Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland). Cara is currently an ACLS African Humanities Programme postdoctoral fellow.

Beyond her solo performance and composition work, Cara collaborates with percussionist and drummer Sarathy Korwar in the project Pergola and is a member of the Night Light Collective. Her debut album 'Things that grow' features Shabaka Hutchings, Seb Rochford, Ruth Goller, and Crewdson (2015, Kit Records). Her latest album, 'Ceder', is of her duo project with Peruvian flutist and composer Camilo Ángeles (2018, Kit Records). Cara has performed across southern Africa, in the United Kingdom, Brazil, Peru, the USA and Switzerland with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings, Sarathy Korwar, Dan Leavers, Galina Juritz, Beat Keller, Matchume Zango, Jason Singh and Juliana Venter.

Cara is the founder of the Betwixt concert series with cellist Nicola du Toit. She sits on the executive committee for the South African Society for Research in Music and is the International Council for Traditional Music country liaison office for the kingdom of eSwatini. She is based between Johannesburg and Mbabane.

Admission: 
open to the public, admission free
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Gateways to World Music: Music Traditions of eSwatini and South Africa

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Event Date: 
March 7, 2020 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S. Gregory St. Urbana, IL
Description: 

Johannesburg-based scholar/artist Cara Stacey will present a lecture/performance introducing southern African instruments including the musical bows umrhubhe, uhadi, and makhweyane. This presentation will offer insight on how these instruments function in society from historical and modern perspectives.

As a member of the International Council for Traditional Music representing eSwatini (Swaziland), and as acting coordinator of the Swaziland Traditional Music Association, Stacey’s presentation also includes unique perspectives of traditional music production, presentation and collaboration from Swaziland.

Cara Stacey is a George A. Miller Visiting Scholar in residence at the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music from March 4 - 14.

This lecture/performance is co-sponsored by Spurlock Museum and Illinois Art Council Agency. Stacey's visit is co-sponsored in part by School of Music, Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois, and the George A. Miller Programs Committee.

CARA STACEY - BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Cara Stacey is a South African musician, composer and researcher. She is a pianist and plays southern African musical bows (umrhubhe, uhadi, makhweyane). Cara holds a Masters in Musicology (Edinburgh), a MMus in Performance from SOAS (London). As a Commonwealth Scholar, she completed her PhD through the University of Cape Town and SOAS (London). Her doctoral research investigated practice and innovation in the music of the makhweyane musical bow in the Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland). Cara is currently an ACLS African Humanities Programme postdoctoral fellow.

Beyond her solo performance and composition work, Cara collaborates with percussionist and drummer Sarathy Korwar in the project Pergola and is a member of the Night Light Collective. Her debut album 'Things that grow' features Shabaka Hutchings, Seb Rochford, Ruth Goller, and Crewdson (2015, Kit Records). Her latest album, 'Ceder', is of her duo project with Peruvian flutist and composer Camilo Ángeles (2018, Kit Records). Cara has performed across southern Africa, in the United Kingdom, Brazil, Peru, the USA and Switzerland with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings, Sarathy Korwar, Dan Leavers, Galina Juritz, Beat Keller, Matchume Zango, Jason Singh and Juliana Venter.

Cara is the founder of the Betwixt concert series with cellist Nicola du Toit. She sits on the executive committee for the South African Society for Research in Music and is the International Council for Traditional Music country liaison office for the kingdom of eSwatini. She is based between Johannesburg and Mbabane.

http://www.carastacey.com/

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open to the public, admission free
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Champaign-Urbana’s Women’s Slavic Choir seeking members

Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the Caucuses have a rich, ancient, and distinct folk music tradition. A local group is building a Slavic choir right here in Central Illinois. If you're interested in singing music from this area, please reach out to the new Slavic choir! Familiarity with Slavic languages not necessary. Prior singing experience preferred. To learn more or come to a rehearsal, contact us at 217-722-4610 or kfloess@gmail.com

Balinese Gamelan Concert

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Event Date: 
May 2, 2020 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 W. Nevada Street
Description: 

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

New and 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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free admission
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Community Gamelan

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Event Date: 
January 27, 2020 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Room 0300, School of Music Building
Address: 
1114 W. Nevada Street
Description: 

As part of the center’s programming, 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.

Our Monday evening classes run from 6pm to 8pm in Room 0300 at the School of Music, 1114 W. Nevada Street. Community gamelan is open to all, free of charge, with no prior experience required. No credit is offered. There is no need for registration, but participants who join the ensemble should understand that regular attendance is expected in order to enjoy making music in an orchestra dependent upon the contribution of every player. Community Gamelan members will be asked to perform at our end of semester concert on Saturday, May 2 at 2pm

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Love Light: Songs of Life

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Event Date: 
January 25, 2020 - 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Venue: 
McKinley Presbyterian Church
Address: 
809 S. Fifth Street, Champaign
Description: 

Amasong will present a concert featuring compositions by American women composers. The Bow-Dacious String Band will be our special guest.

This program will be performed again on January 26, same time and location.

Admission: 
Suggested donation $15 - more if you can, less if you can't
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Winter Tales Program: How the West Was Spun

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Event Date: 
February 20, 2020 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S. Gregory St, Urbana
Description: 

Storyteller and activist Dovie Thomason (Lakota, Apache and Scot descent) uses her indigenous ancestry to weave an epic story that deconstructs the phenomenon of Buffalo Bill Cody’s 1880s “Wild West” spectacle, which depicted Indians, buffalo, and horses, pursued by cowboys, cavalry, and publicists seeking a “New World to conquer.” Over a century later, Thomason upgrades Cody’s so-called history lesson in her insightful, wise and unsparing performance, reframing this narrative through Native experience.

This talk is part of the Spurlock Museum’s 18th annual Winter Tales celebration honoring the cultures of Indigenous Americans and the wisdom and practices they share with others. Also included in this year’s events are a family concert of storytelling and traditional teachings and a talk on the American Indian boarding school experience. Visit the Museum’s online events page (https://www.spurlock.illinois.edu/events/#all) for dates and times. All events are free.

This event is supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Admission: 
free and open to the public
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Workshop: Introduction to Afro-Brazilian Percussion

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Event Date: 
March 1, 2020 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Venue: 
Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande – Illinois
Address: 
201 Lincoln Square, Space 157, Urbana
Description: 

Robert E. Brown Center for World Music is collaborating with Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande – Illinois to offer a series of free community workshops on Afro-Brazilian drumming traditions including samba, samba-reggae, and maracatu. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the richness of these traditions in a small-group setting designed to be both fun and challenging. The aim of this introductory series is to establish an ongoing community ensemble.

Workshops will be led by Mark Becker, a student of Contra-Mestre Denis Chiaramonte in the Capoeira Angola tradition and a musician who has participated in and led 'blocos' in both Brazil and the United States.

Beginner and experienced players welcome. Instruments will be provided.

Three classes will be offered on:

Sunday, Feb 2, 2020 – 1:00 – 2:30p
Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 – 1:00 – 2:30p
Sunday, Mar 1, 2020 – 1:00 – 2:30p

Admission: 
free and open to the public
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Workshop: Introduction to Afro-Brazilian Percussion

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Event Date: 
February 16, 2020 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Venue: 
Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande – Illinois
Address: 
201 Lincoln Square, Space 157, Urbana
Description: 

Robert E. Brown Center for World Music is collaborating with Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande – Illinois to offer a series of free community workshops on Afro-Brazilian drumming traditions including samba, samba-reggae, and maracatu. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the richness of these traditions in a small-group setting designed to be both fun and challenging. The aim of this introductory series is to establish an ongoing community ensemble.

Workshops will be led by Mark Becker, a student of Contra-Mestre Denis Chiaramonte in the Capoeira Angola tradition and a musician who has participated in and led 'blocos' in both Brazil and the United States.

Beginner and experienced players welcome. Instruments will be provided.

Three classes will be offered on:

Sunday, Feb 2, 2020 – 1:00 – 2:30p
Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 – 1:00 – 2:30p
Sunday, Mar 1, 2020 – 1:00 – 2:30p

Admission: 
free and open to the public
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Workshop: Introduction to Afro-Brazilian Percussion

Event Information
Event Date: 
February 2, 2020 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Venue: 
Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande – Illinois
Address: 
201 Lincoln Square, Space 157, Urbana
Description: 

Robert E. Brown Center for World Music is collaborating with Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande – Illinois to offer a series of free community workshops on Afro-Brazilian drumming traditions including samba, samba-reggae, and maracatu. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the richness of these traditions in a small-group setting designed to be both fun and challenging. The aim of this introductory series is to establish an ongoing community ensemble.

Workshops will be led by Mark Becker, a student of Contra-Mestre Denis Chiaramonte in the Capoeira Angola tradition and a musician who has participated in and led 'blocos' in both Brazil and the United States.

Beginner and experienced players welcome. Instruments will be provided.

Three classes will be offered on:

Sunday, Feb 2, 2020 – 1:00 – 2:30p
Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 – 1:00 – 2:30p
Sunday, Mar 1, 2020 – 1:00 – 2:30p

Admission: 
free and open to the public
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