Otaak Band

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Event Date: 
October 18, 2014 - 9:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 5 - lobby
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave. Urbana, Il, 61801
Description: 

Global Transfer Afterglow: Otaak Band

Otaak Band resonates with the ancient traditions of the Beja and the fresh sounds of contemporary pop-rock. Indigenous to western Eritrea, southeastern Egypt, and eastern Sudan, the Beja employ muscular vocals and the masankop, a lyre that allows a musician to create melody, harmony, and rhythm simultaneously and is thought to be one of the world’s oldest instruments. Led by masankop master and vocalist Ahmed Said Abuamna from eastern Sudan and Miguel Merino—a percussionist and composer from Indiana who was educated in the University of Miami’s jazz program and then moved to Egypt to learn from area performers—Otaak Band connects primeval songs with modern sonic experimentation and lets the versatility and beauty of this traditional instrument shine.

Admission: 
free admission
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Niamh Dunne & Seán Óg Graham

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Event Date: 
September 15, 2014 - 8:00pm
Venue: 
The Upper Bout
Address: 
723 S Neil St, Champaign, IL 61820
Description: 

Piper's Hut presents Niamh Dunne & Seán Óg Graham
(2/5ths of the band Beoga.

http://www.beogamusic.com/beoga/home.html

Tickets are available on-line and should be available at the door.
http://www.pipers-hut.com/concerts/

Niamh Dunne is a highly accomplished singer, fiddler and composer from Co. Limerick, and has just released her debut solo song album,
"Portraits". With master guitar player and producer Seán Óg Graham,
Niamh's first song album is a mix of traditional songs and folk material with an emphasis on her home town of Limerick. She has been a member with the world renowned band Beoga for the last 7 years with whom she has toured extensively and recorded 3 CDs.

She began to play fiddle at the age of 4, and learned her music from
Mickey Dunne, the well-known piper from Limerick who is part of a rich cultural heritage of traveling musicians. For generations, the Dunne's traveled the country playing fiddles and pipes at any social events (football matches, markets days, fairs), and had a rich understanding of the musical traditions of Ireland that existed all over the country, especially at a time when there were no recordings and this was the only means of transmission.
http://niamhdunne.com

Seán Óg Graham, from Portglenone, Co. Antrim, is one of Ireland's most dynamic young button accordion players. He has achieved numerous
All-Ireland titles and is also a gifted, self-taught guitarist. He has several television appearances to his credit, and has appeared as guest soloist with the Irish Harp Orchestra, the Canadian Youth Orchestra and Alan Kelly's 'Celtic Legends' show. He has recorded with various Irish musicians and recently he has been accompanying Solas members Winifred Horan and Mick McAuley at their 'Serenade' concerts in Ireland and Europe. He is also a talented composer and a wide range of influences is evident in his music writing. Seán Óg is a graduate of the Limerick based Irish World Academy of Music.

Admission: 
$20 adult, $10 student/senior
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Sweetcorn Festival - One Community Together Stage

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Event Date: 
August 22, 2014 - 6:00pm - 10:30pm
Description: 

The Sweetcorn Festival has a few performances featuring international music and dance, including the indie/pop/folk/andean stylings of Hathaways on Friday and the Brazilian martial art capoeira and West African drum and dance on Saturday.

Friday, August 22:
Traditional Jazz Orchestra — 6–6:45 p.m.
Hathaways — 7–7:45 p.m.
The Painkillers Blues Band — 8–8:45 p.m.
Sun Stereo — 9–10:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 23:
Bow-Dacious String Band and BBL Fine Arts Jazz Ensemble — 12–1 p.m.
Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre Joao Grande — 1–1:15 p.m.
Champaign Park District Dance Arts School — 1:15–1:30 p.m.
Classy Combinations — 1:30–1:45 p.m.
Djibril Camara and the Mara Giri Dance Ensemble — 2–2:45 p.m.
Bones, Jugs, & Harmony — 3–3:45 p.m.
Killer Bee Honey — 4–4:45 p.m.
Central, Centennial, and Urbana High School Marching Bands — 5–6:15 p.m.

Admission: 
free admission
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Community Gamelan Classes Resume September 8

Community Gamelan resumes on Monday, September 8 for the Fall 2014 semester.

As part of the center’s outreach 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 1188 of School of Music at 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 invited to perform at our end of semester concert scheduled for Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 2pm.

We look forward to having new members join community gamelan this Fall.

Feel free to contact us at worldmusic@illinois.edu to express your interest or to request more information.

Opening Night Party with Tiempo Libre, Mariachi Sol de México® de José Hernández, and Samba Soul

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Event Date: 
September 12, 2014 - 6:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave. Urbana, Il, 61801
Description: 

Opening Night Party with Tiempo Libre, Mariachi Sol de México® de José Hernández, and Samba Soul

Friday, September 12, 2014, at 6pm; food sales begin and doors open at 6pm; Mariachi Sol de México® de José Hernández at 6:30pm in the Lobby; Samba Soul at 7:45pm in the Lobby; Tiempo Libre at 8:45pm in the Lobby | Lobby and Terraces

¡Qué bueno!

Summer might be at its end, but at Krannert Center things are just beginning to heat up! We’re bursting into the new season with all-ages energy, a fresh mix of revelers, activity around every corner, the wafting invitation from fabulous outdoor food vendors, and a show-stopping set of Latin music masters.

Fifth-generation mariachi master José Hernández ignites the evening with his dazzling, Grammy-nominated, 13-member folk ensemble Mariachi Sol de México.® With brass fanfare, nimble strings, and powerful vocals, these cultural ambassadors preserve traditional Mexican tunes while peppering performances with novel renditions of pop, classical, and swing numbers.

After local favorite Samba Soul stirs in its trademark combination of classic Brazilian samba and sophisticated bossa nova, bandleader Jorge Gómez and the sensational Miami-based timba kings of Tiempo Libre are up. This is the third Krannert Center stop for these three-time Grammy nominees. Classically trained in Cuba’s top music conservatories, Tiempo Libre is celebrated for its sophisticated performances of timba, a joyous mix of high-voltage R&B, pop, jazz, and the seductive rhythms of son.

For our Opening Night Party, the rhythm is unstoppable, the price is unbeatable, and the fun is unforgettable!

Admission: 
$5
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Midwest Mandeng 2014: West African Drum and Dance

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Event Date: 
September 12, 2014 - 6:00pm - September 14, 2014 - 7:15pm
Venue: 
Urbana Landmark Hotel
Address: 
210 South Race Street Urbana, IL
Description: 

Midwest Mandeng 2014: September 12-14

Brace yourselves Central Illinois for the first ever Midwest Mandeng--a full weekend of dancing, drumming, partying, shopping, and community building. This year the festival will take place September 12-14 at the historic Urbana Landmark Hotel in the heart of downtown Urbana!

Midwest Mandeng will feature 9 drum workshops and 7 dance workshops led by some of the most talented instructors from Guinea, Senegal and Mali. The classes are "all levels" and will be open to people of all ages, races, sizes, classes and fitness ability. In fact, kids under 13 who are accompanying a paying adult attendee and senior citizens dance for free!

In addition to the workshops, there will also be a demonstration and Q&A session geared towards kids at the Urbana Free Library and a "dundunba" party which is an open dance party with live drumming. And to top it all off we are inviting vendors to participate in our African Marketplace to sell clothes, food, instruments or other small items.

Here is the tentative schedule for Midwest Mandeng 2014! Schedule is subject to change.

Friday, September 12
Afternoon: Free demonstration at Urbana Free Library
6:00-7:30: Concurrent Guinea drum & dance workshops featuring Youssouf Koumbassa and Bolokada Conde

Saturday, September 13
8:30-10:00-- Concurrent sessions: Intermediate/Advanced Malian dance with Djeneba Sako & Senegalese Djembe with Assane Seck
10:15-11:45--All Levels Guinea Dance with Youssouf Koumbassa
11:45-1:00-- Lunch break
1-2:30-- All Levels Malian Djembe with Moussa Traore
2:30- 4:00-- All Levels Guinea Dance with Djibril Camara
4:00- 5:30-- All Levels Dundun with Abass Camara
5:45- 7:15-- Concurrent sessions: Beginner Malian dance with Djeneba Sako/Guinean Djembe with Bolokada Conde

8:00-Midnight-- Performance featuring Afro-pop band Super Mazumzum followed by a dundunba party!

Sunday, September 14
8:30-10:00-- Concurrent sessions: Beginner Guinea dance with Djibril Camara & Guinean DJembe with Bolokada Conde
10:15-11:45--All Levels Malian Dance with Djeneba Sako
11:45-1:00-- Lunch break
1-2:30-- Malian Djembe with Moussa Traore
2:30- 4:00-- All Levels Guinea Dance with Djibril Camara
4:00- 5:30-- All Levels Dundun with Abass Camara
5:45- 7:15-- Concurrent sessions: Intermediate/Advanced Guinea Dance with Youssouf Koumbassa & Senegalese Djembe with Assane Seck

Admission: 
Pre-registration Rates (full payment received by August 31, 2014) Adult: $125 Student: $100 Children Under 13: Free (with registered parent or guardian) Senior Citizens: Free | Regular Registration Rates (full payment received after August 31, 2014) Adult: $150 Student: $125 Children Under 13: Free (with registered parent or guardian) Senior Citizens: Free | Single Class Drop-in Fee: $20 per class | Spectator Fee: $5 per class
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Large-Scale Calligraphy Hands-On Workshop

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Event Date: 
August 26, 2014 - 5:30pm
Venue: 
Japan House
Address: 
2000 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL
Description: 

On Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. there will be a hands-on workshop on large scale calligraphy with Ms. Chiba. No experience is needed and supplies are provided. You will be able to take home your own large calligraphy! This is a rare opportunity to explore large scale calligraphy using the traditional big horsehair brushes. Space is limited to twelve participants so don't hesitate to make a reservation by calling us at 217-244-9934 with your credit card information. UIUC Students with valid ID $18, Tomonokai members $20, all others $25

Calligrapher Seiran Chiba explores the beauty of the natural world through large-scale calligraphies. Since the great Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster of 2011, she has been traveling throughout the Fukushima area. In 2013 she became the Fukushima Tourism Ambassador and continues to hold workshops at temporary housing where some of the disaster victims still live. She then travels the world, sharing stories of the beauty and peace that is found, even after extreme disasters such as the one Fukushima experienced. Don't miss this special opportunity.

Admission: 
$18 for UIUC students with valid ID | $20 for Tomonokai members | $25 all others
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Large-Scale Calligraphy by Japanese Artist Seiran Chiba

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Event Date: 
August 25, 2014 - 5:30pm
Venue: 
Japan House
Address: 
2000 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Fall Semester Kick-Off at Japan House!
Demonstration of Large-Scale Calligraphy by Japanese Artist Seiran Chiba in the Japan House Gardens, reception to follow.

Japan House is pleased to welcome back Mr. Michio Ajito, and Ms. Seiran Chiba to Japan House.

Calligrapher Seiran Chiba explores the beauty of the natural world through large-scale calligraphies. Since the great Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster of 2011, she has been traveling throughout the Fukushima area. In 2013 she became the Fukushima Tourism Ambassador and continues to hold workshops at temporary housing where some of the disaster victims still live. She then travels the world, sharing stories of the beauty and peace that is found, even after extreme disasters such as the one Fukushima experienced. Don't miss this special opportunity.

On Monday, August 25, 2014 at 5:30 p.m., Mr. Michio Ajito, of Fukushima (Mr. Ajito is the CEO of Ajito Group, a charter member of the Sukugawa Rotary Club, and President of the Koriyama Chapter of Chado Urasenke Tankokai) will give a brief talk on the state of Fukushima and its residents since the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster of 2011.

Ms. Chiba will then demonstrate large-scale calligraphy in the gardens of Japan House. Afterward, there will be a reception and opportunity for visitors to try their hand at calligraphy. This event is free and open to all. Please let your friends know about this wonderful way to start the school year!

On Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. there will be a hands-on workshop on large scale calligraphy with Ms. Chiba. No experience is needed and supplies are provided. You will be able to take home your own large calligraphy! This is a rare opportunity to explore large scale calligraphy using the traditional big horsehair brushes. Space is limited to twelve participants so don't hesitate to make a reservation by calling us at 217-244-9934 with your credit card information. UIUC Students with valid ID $18, Tomonokai members $20, all others $25

Admission: 
Free and Open to the Public
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Michael Jacobs: Cherokee Performing Artist

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Event Date: 
August 29, 2014 - 12:00pm
Venue: 
Illini Union Courtyard Cafe
Address: 
1401 West Green Street, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Michael Jacobs: Cherokee Performing Artist

Michael Jobs has won many awards for his music, including three 2012 Indian Music Awards and nominations for two 2013 Native American Music Awards.

FUNDED BY THE STUDENT CULTURAL PROGRAMMING FEE. Sponsored by Native American House in collaboration with Illini Union Courtyard.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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2nd Annual Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival at Rockome Gardens

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Event Date: 
May 17, 2014 - 11:00am - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Rockome Gardens
Address: 
125 N. County Road 425 E., Arcola, IL
Description: 

2nd Annual Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival at Rockome Gardens

2ND Annual Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival, Saturday, May 17. Music all day and evening featuring the outstanding lineup of nationally award winning bands and local favorites - BALSAM RANGE, JAMES KING BAND, JEFF BROWN AND STILL LONESOME, MACKVILLE and FIREBOX BLUEGRASS BAND. Music starting at noon. Bands will perform an afternoon and evening concert with Balsam Range doing one big show to close the festival at 7 p.m.

Bluegrass jamming is welcomed and encouraged inside the park, but not in the concert area.

Outdoor festival in the heart of Amish Country, Central Illinois at Rockome Gardens, Arcola! One of the best bluegrass festivals in the area!

Please visit www.rockome.com for more information.

Admission: 
Cost: $15 adults, $6 children
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