CU Folk & Roots Festival

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Event Date: 
November 7, 2014 - 5:00pm - November 9, 2014 - 2:00am
Venue: 
multiple locations
Description: 

6th Annual C-U Folk & Roots Festival: NOVEMBER 7-8, 2014!
This year’s festival kick-off at Krannert Uncorked (Thursday, November 6th) features American songster and multi-instrumentalist, Dom Flemons, along with everyone’s favorite, Bones, Jugs, ‘N Harmony. Your ears and feet won’t know what hit them!

The 2014 downtown Urbana festival will be the best one yet. Featuring — Dom Flemons, The Tillers, Reverend Robert C. Jones, Jr., Old Salt Union, Mother Banjo, Frank Fairfield, Anne Feeney, the Cajun Strangers, Pop Wagner, Bucky Halker, Maja Kjaer Jacobsen and David Boulanger, Woody Pines, Volo Bogtrotters, Blue Mafia, Mama Edie Armstrong, and – back by popular demand – Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards and Billy Strings and Don Julin!

The Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival is an all-volunteer-run, grassroots festival that brings together national, regional and local artists and folk organizations for over 80 high-quality folk performances and participatory activities throughout downtown Urbana. The festival includes performances, dances, instructional sessions, jams, song-circles, family activities, storytelling, instrument-making and much, much more! The festival has a particular interest in evolving and unique forms of folk music and art, especially forms that break down barriers between audience and performers, while also providing the occasion to preserve local traditions and histories.

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See CU Folk & Roots Festival Website for details
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INDONESIAN CULTURAL NIGHT 2014

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Event Date: 
November 1, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Lincoln Hall Theater
Description: 

ndonesian Students Club Proudly Presents

INDONESIAN CULTURAL NIGHT 2014

Where: Lincoln Hall Theater
When: Saturday, November 1st, 6.00pm-7.30pm

You are invited to experience the wonders of Indonesian Culture through traditional dances and musical performances. From Balinese Gamelan and dances, to our Angklung ensemble and Saman, or dance of a thousand hands. We will take you for a ride around Indonesia and what its rich culture has to offer.

The show is free of charge and authentic Indonesian cuisines will be served for dinner after the show. FREE ADMISSIONS AND FREE FOOD!

What are you waiting for?! Come and bring your friends to enjoy the night together!

Admission: 
FREE ADMISSION
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Amasong Concert - “Gathering In—Songs of the Harvest"

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Event Date: 
November 1, 2014 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
McKinley Presbyterian Church
Address: 
809 S. Fifth St, Champaign, IL
Description: 

Amasong’s Fall concert, “Gathering In—Songs of the Harvest,” will be in early November, ushering in a change of schedule for the Amasong season. The concert features music from around the world about reaping the fruits of our year of labor, no matter how great or small. Amasong is happy to welcome members of the klezmer string band Don’t Ask, as well as the always-fabulous pianist Rachel Jensen. Free parking is available in the parking garage across from the church.

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Suggested Donation $15-$25 "More if you can, Less if you can't"
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Meeta Pandit - Hindustani Vocal Virtuoso

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Event Date: 
October 26, 2014 - 1:00pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 West Nevada Street Urbana, IL
Description: 

Meeta Pandit with Manpreet Bedi (tabla) and Prasanna Mate (harmonium)

Meeta Pandit’s performances of classical Hindustani vocal music, continues a 200 year old legacy of traditional music from Gwalior. As the grand-daughter and disciple of Padma Bhushan Pt Krishna Rao Shankar Pandit, the doyen of Northern Indian Classical music in the 20th century, and the daughter and disciple of legendary Pt L K Pandit, Meeta has the unique distinction of being the first woman musician in six generations of the unbroken Pandit line. Her melodious and robust three octave voice, coupled with intricate handling of ragas has won her critical acclaim and several national awards. More information is available at http://meetapandit.com/

Admission: 
free admission
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Alash

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Event Date: 
October 19, 2014 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana
Description: 

The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music and Spurlock Museum are pleased to present the Tuvan throat singing ensemble ALASH.

Back by popular demand, 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.

This program is partially supported by Professor Bruno and Mrs. Wanda Nettl and by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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"Singing P’ansori, Korean Theatre of Storytelling, in Search of Narrative Interiority”

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Event Date: 
October 31, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Venue: 
Conference Room 126, Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Address: 
501 E. Daniel Street, Champaign, IL
Description: 

CEAPS Speakers Series Presents

Chan E. Park
Professor of Korean Language, Literature, and Performance
Ohio State University

“Singing P’ansori, Korean Theatre of Storytelling, in Search of Narrative Interiority”

How “ancient” is a “traditional” storytelling? What frame of consciousness does a singer strive to maintain in practice and performance? P’ansori is a storytelling art precariously remaining from the ancient Korea and systematically preserved today. Its narrative structure alternates between spoken passages that move the storytelling forward and singing that slows the narrative flow for impressionistic elaboration or highlighting. The singers today strive to emulate and embody the voices of their predecessors. As our contemporary consciousness progressively becomes distanced from the life of the past, embodiment of old vocal expressions as a way of inheriting the tradition has added challenges, i.e., familiarizing what is no longer familiar. As in any vocal music practice, singers of p’ansori aspire to achieve fluency with which to express the narrative or poetic interiority, i.e., the “meaning” behind the verse. Consider p’ansori at emergence was a popular entertainment and not “national treasure,” and singers had the freedom to create and discard what is now preserved as “cultural asset.” A singer today ideally must stretch imagination and expand knowledge needed to travel between the narrative and our contemporary reality, to enhance communication with the audience. This presentation discuss p’ansori as a deeply mental labor, a cognitive process of familiarizing a remote epic reality, and includes a demonstration.

Speaker Bio
Chan E. Park earned her Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii (1995), and is currently Professor of Korean Language, Literature, and Performance at The Ohio State University. Her specializations include research and performance of Korean lyrical and narrative tradition including the story-singing tradition of p’ansori. Park has published extensively on the Korean performativity and its interdisciplinary implication, including her monograph, Voices from the Straw Mat: Toward an Ethnography of Korean Story Singing (University of Hawaii Press, 2003), and Songs of Thorns and Flowers: Bilingual Performance and Discourse on Modern Korean Poetry Series (Foreign Language Publications, 2010). Park is the innovator of ‘bilingual p’ansori,’ and she has premiered her adaptations of classical p’ansori as well as new plays around the world.

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The Bruno and Wanda Nettl Distinguished Lecture in Ethnomusicology: Philip Bohlman

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Event Date: 
September 26, 2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Venue: 
Smith Memorial Hall, Room 25
Address: 
805 South Mathews Avenue Urbana, IL
Description: 

The School of Music is proud to present:
Philip Bohlman (Mary Werkman Distinguished Service Professor in Music, University of Chicago)
“Again, Herder”

This Bruno and Wanda Nettl Distinguished Lecture in Ethnomusicology will situate the reception history of Johann Gottfried Herder's work in music and nationalism as a narrative framework for the history of ethnomusicology. In relation to my current work on a translation into English of Herder's writings on music and nationalism, my concern in the Nettl lecture will be the ways in which various returns to Herder (the "again" part) shaped particular moments in the history of world music (from German idealism to the GDR engagement with folk music in Eastern Europe, with rather less savory historicism in-between, for example, fascism). These moments actually form in a discursive domain between Rezeptionsgeschichte and Wirkungsgeschichte. I also take the opportunity of the closing of Rosh Hashana to return, again, as in the spirit of the Jewish New Year, to Herder's engagement with Jewish tradition. Herder wrote in complex ways about Jewish tradition, arguing for the poetics of the Hebrew Bible in The Spirit of Hebrew Poesy, and translating from the Hebrew Bible to reflect its musicality, for example, in the Psalms. How, I ask, does Herder return, again, to the past in order to create a counterpoint for the future, in which we, and other generations of music scholars, engage with the complex phenomena of music in the world?

Admission: 
free and open to the public

Prairie Breezes Presents Bolokada Conde & Friends

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Event Date: 
September 12, 2014 - 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library
Address: 
210 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801
Description: 

Prairie Breezes Presents Bolokada Conde & Friends

Join us for a spirited and energetic West African drumming and dance performance led by master drummer Bolokada Conde. For families.

Bolokada Conde, Born in Morowaya, Guinea, is one of the most celebrated master drummers in the world. He was the lead soloist of Les Percussions de Guinee for over a decade. He has taught workshops worldwide to beginning and advanced students. He currently lives in South Carolina, and previously he worked at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he was a Visiting Professor and taught Mande drumming, rhythms, and songs.

Prairie Breezes concerts are for children and their families and take place on the second Friday of most months. The series is generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss. Bolokoda Conde & Friends is presented in cooperation with the C-U West African Drum & Dance Collective's Midwest Mandeng 2014. More information about Midwest Mandeng is available here: http://cuwaddc.weebly.com/midwest-mandeng.html

Admission: 
free admission
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Super Mazumzum and Dundunba Party

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Event Date: 
September 13, 2014 - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Black Rock Pizza Co.
Address: 
88 Broadway inside Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana
Description: 

Playing Afro Beat, Soukous, Township Jive, Malawian Afroma, and more, Super Mazumzum is Champaign-Urbana’s premier African Jazz band performing music from artists ranging from Manu Dibango to Mafikizolo. This 8-piece dance group features lead singer Chipo Sakufiwa together with a full brass and rhythm section playing their best arrangements of classic and contemporary African music.

This performance is part of Midwest Mandeng 2014: September 12-14. It will be followed by a dundunba party. More information about the West African drum and dance conference is available here: http://cuwaddc.weebly.com/midwest-mandeng.html

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$5 cover charge
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Otaak Band - Family Performance

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Event Date: 
October 18, 2014 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library
Address: 
210 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801
Description: 

Ahmed Said Abuamna and Miguel Merino of the Otaak Band will introduce family audiences to music, instruments and dance of the Beja.

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. 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— lead the Otaak Band which resonates with the ancient traditions of the Beja and the fresh sounds of contemporary pop-rock.

Otaak Band is performing a free concert in the evening at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at 9:30pm. For more information, please visit their website listing: http://www.krannertcenter.com/performance.aspx?id=2014813172555541281741...

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free admission
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