Clark Park Sounds at Sunset ft. Jean Rene Balekita & Bomoyi

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Event Date: 
May 19, 2019 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Clark Park
Address: 
1100 W Daniel St, Champaign
Description: 

This summer, gather your friends, family, and neighbors as the Champaign Park District host the Sounds at Sunset at Clark Park featuring Jean Rene Balekita & Bomoyi. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and refreshments.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Indian Classical Flute | Pt. Ronu Majumdar, Pt. Harshad Kanetkar

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Event Date: 
April 21, 2019 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Channing Murray Foundation
Address: 
1209 W Oregon St, Urbana
Description: 

Please join UIUC student organization SPICMACAY Illinois for an Indian classical music concert by Pandit Ronu Majumdar, one of the most popular and renowned flautists today. He will be accompanied by Pandit Harshad Kanetkar on the tabla.

SPICMACAY Illinois is a registered student organization at the University of Illinois aimed at promoting Indian arts in the Midwestern United States.

This event is supported by the Program Coordinating Council (PCC), University of Illinois, Student Organization Resource Fee (SORF) and the Student Cultural Programming Fee (SCPF)

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Balkanalia-Annual Concert: "Songs and Dances from the Adriatic to the Black Sea"

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Event Date: 
May 1, 2019 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Smith Memorial Hall, Room 25
Address: 
805 S Mathews Ave, Urbana
Description: 

The University of Illinois Balkan Music Ensemble, Balkanalia, performs traditional village, urban, and popular music styles of Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey on indigenous, orchestral, and electronic instruments. The ensemble is open to undergraduate and graduate students, and is directed by UIUC musicologist Dr. Donna Buchanan.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Lemann Lecture Series - "Samba and Black Surveillance"

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Event Date: 
April 16, 2019 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Venue: 
101 International Studies Building
Address: 
910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign
Description: 

As part of its ongoing lecture series, the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies welcomes Dr. Stephen Bocskay, a professor of Romance Languages & Literatures at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Bocskay's talk is entitled "Samba and Black Surveillance: Narratives in Conflict during Brazilian Military Rule."

Admission: 
Free Admission
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"Musical Bows": Lecture-Performance & Film Screening

On Thursday, April 18th, the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music and Center for Global Studies will present two events exploring the legacy of the Berimbau, an Afro-Brazilian musical bow.

Film Screening - Jogo de Corpo: Capoeira and Ancestry

Event Information
Event Date: 
April 18, 2019 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium
Address: 
600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Description: 

The film Jogo de Corpo: Capoeira and Ancestry (2013), explores the transatlantic roots of Afro-Brazilian Capoeira, an art form that is at once musical and performance practice, combat game, and form of resistance. The event will feature an introduction and post-screening discussion by Mestre Cobra Mansa, a master practitioner of Capoeira Angola and co-director of the film.

Part of the Gateways to World Music series, this screening follows a lecture-demonstration taking place the same afternoon from 4-5pm in the Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium.

The lecture-demonstration, entitled “Musical Bows: The Afro-Brazilian Berimbau in Capoeira & Contemporary Composition,” will focus on berimbau practices in both traditional and contemporary musical settings. Featuring special guests Mestre Cobra Mansa, Gregory Beyer, and Jason Finkelman, the event will explore the roots of the instrument, a type of musical bow, and its use in the musical/martial arts practice of Capoeira Angola, as well as in contemporary composition.

Sponsored in part by the Center for Global Studies through support from the US Department of Education’s Title VI NRC Program.

Guest Bios:

Mestre Cobra Mansa (Cinézio Peçanha) has been a Master of Capoeira Angola since 1986. He is one of the principal figures responsible for the revitalization of Capoeira Angola. In 1996, he founded the International Foundation of Capoeira Angola (FICA) in Washington DC, and participated as producer, consultant, and actor in diverse documentary films about capoeira. He is the co-director of the film Jogo de corpo: Capoeira and Ancestry (2013). He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in the multi- institutional and multidisciplinary program (DMMDC) at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

Gregory Beyer is a Fulbright Scholar and a contemporary music specialist with significant experience in orchestral, jazz, and world music who combines the multiple disciplines of 21st Century percussion into a singular artistic voice. He has given solo performances and masterclasses throughout the world. Beyer is Associate Professor and Head of Percussion Studies at Northern Illinois University, where he directs the Percussion Ensemble (performed at PASIC in 2009 and 2013) and New Music Ensemble. He is also the director of Arcomusical, an organization that creates and promotes contemporary music for tuned gourd-resonated musical bows.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Musical Bows: The Afro-Brazilian Berimbau in Capoeira & Contemporary Composition

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Event Date: 
April 18, 2019 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium
Address: 
600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Description: 

Part of the Gateways to World Music series, this lecture-performance will focus on berimbau practices in both traditional and contemporary musical settings. Featuring special guests Mestre Cobra Mansa, Gregory Beyer, and Jason Finkelman, the event will explore the Afro-Brazilian roots of the instrument, a type of musical bow, and its use in the musical/martial arts practice of Capoeira Angola, as well as in contemporary composition.

The lecture-performance will be followed by a screening of the film Jogo de Corpo: Capoeira and Ancestry (2013), at 7pm in the Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium, with an introduction and post-screening discussion by Mestre Cobra Mansa.

Sponsored in part by the Center for Global Studies through support from the US Department of Education’s Title VI NRC Program.

Guest Bios:

Mestre Cobra Mansa (Cinézio Peçanha) has been a Master of Capoeira Angola since 1986. He is one of the principal figures responsible for the revitalization of Capoeira Angola. In 1996, he founded the International Foundation of Capoeira Angola (FICA) in Washington DC, and participated as producer, consultant, and actor in diverse documentary films about capoeira. He is the co-director of the film Jogo de Corpo: Capoeira and Ancestry (2013). He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in the multi- institutional and multidisciplinary program (DMMDC) at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

Gregory Beyer is a Fulbright Scholar and a contemporary music specialist with significant experience in orchestral, jazz, and world music who combines the multiple disciplines of 21st Century percussion into a singular artistic voice. He has given solo performances and masterclasses throughout the world. Beyer is Associate Professor and Head of Percussion Studies at Northern Illinois University, where he directs the Percussion Ensemble (performed at PASIC in 2009 and 2013) and New Music Ensemble. He is also the director of Arcomusical, an organization that creates and promotes contemporary music for tuned gourd-resonated musical bows.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Adelei: Georgian Ensemble featured in WorldFest 2019 Program

The center is proud to welcome Ensemble Adilei, a vocal group hailing from the republic of Georgia, to the UIUC campus as part of the Spurlock Museum’s celebration of its 14th annual WorldFest event. Ensemble Adilei will perform this Sunday, April 7th, from 4-5pm in the Spurlock Museum’s Knight Auditorium.

Powwow Dance and Singing Exhibition by Bizhiki

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Event Date: 
April 12, 2019 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S. Gregory St. Urbana, IL
Description: 

The Spurlock Museum invites you to a Powwow Dance and Singing exhibition by Bizhiki Culture & Dance Company. The Company was founded on the pillars of public engagement and education, with the goal of furthering peoples understanding of Indigenous cultures through interactive workshops, presentations, and exhibitions. The dedicated professionals of Bizhiki engage audiences of all ages through intricate stories, traditional and contemporary dance and song, and demonstration of traditional ecological knowledge, guiding participates to a better understanding of cultural resiliency and revitalization.

The event is free and all ages are welcome. This event is co-sponsored by the Spurlock Museum and Native American House. It is supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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UFLive! presents Papashoy

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Event Date: 
April 14, 2019 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library, Busey-Mills Reading Room
Address: 
210 W Green St. Urbana, IL
Description: 

Papashoy plays old-time klezmer music in the style of the village bands of Yiddish Eastern Europe’s own corn country. Bring your dancing shoes for our assortment of lively tunes, and your hankies for some sweet, sad melodies. Surprises at every turn. Members are Frances Harris and Amanda Ramey (fiddles), Rob Sweedler (accordion), Rob Krumm (guitar), Charlie Harris (bass), and Cody Jensen (mandolin, xylophone).

UFLive! concerts take place on the third Sunday of most months and are made possible by the generous support of The Urbana Free Library Foundation

Admission: 
Free Admission
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