The Spurlock Museum is hosting WorldFest 2015 on Saturday, April 4th from 12:30-4pm. At WorldFest you can enjoy many performances from around the world in one afternoon… plus crafts for all ages
The Spurlock Museum is hosting WorldFest 2015 on Saturday, April 4th from 12:30-4pm. At WorldFest you can enjoy many performances from around the world in one afternoon… plus crafts for all ages! This year's event, sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council, features performances of Brazilian guitar music by Renato Anesi, Middle Eastern Fusion music by the Wanees Zarour Ensemble, Indonesian dance by the Saman Dance Group, and storytelling by Kim Sheahan. Please view the schedule information below. Spurlock Museum is located at 600 S. Gregory in Urbana. Formore information please visit: http://www.spurlock.illinois.edu/
Knight Auditorium • 1:00-1:45 and 2:00-2:45 PM
Wanees Zarour Ensemble
Wanees Zarour, a composer, buzuq player, violinist and educator, started his musical training in both Middle Eastern and western traditions at the age of 7. Demonstrating extraordinary skill on his instruments at an early age, Zarour has been featured in major musical festivals and concerts around the world. Specialized in Maqam music and well versed in musical traditions ranging from free jazz to Eastern European folk, Wanees’s compositions and works employ traditional instrumentation and unique arrangements, with an emphasis on the classical Maqam system unique to the Middle East.
Based in Chicago, Wanees Zarour is currently the director of the Middle East Music Ensemble at the University of Chicago, a 50 piece orchestra dedicated to the performance and study of a wide range of Middle Eastern music traditions, including Arab, Turkish and Persian.
Wanees Zarour leads, composes and performs with several ensembles including Duzan Ensemble, the Wanees Zarour Ensemble, and others. Zarour released his newest album Quarter to Midnight in fall, 2014.
Wanees Zarour: oud/buzuq, Nick Macri: bass, Tareq Rantisi: percussion, Elizabeth Diaz: flute, Bryan Pardo: clarinet, Hannah Vis: cello, Alex Wing: guitar
Ancient Mediterranean Gallery • 1:45-2:10, 2:30-2:55, and 3:00-3:25 PM
Renato Anesi, hailing from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is an instrumentalist, composer, and arranger currently living and working in Chicago, IL. His repertoire includes mastery of over 10 string instruments including the mandolin, tenor and electric guitar, cavaco, and viola. Anesi belongs to the young rock and jazz generation of contemporary Brazil, however, his musical roots integrate the tradition of many different styles of Brazilian instrumental music - choro, waltz, baião, frevo, maracatu, etc. With a lifetime of musical experiences, which have taken him all over the world to collaborate with many artists and integrate many genres, he has built a unique style featuring a music universe committed only to creativity.
Ancient Egypt Exhibit • 12:30-12:55, 1:45-2:10, 2:45-3:10, and 3:30-3:55 PM
Kim is the Assistant Director of Education and Resident Storyteller at the Spurlock Museum, using multicultural stories in many of her programs. In addition, Kim does freelance storytelling and has performed folktales and one-woman shows at storytelling festivals, school assemblies, city-wide celebrations, personal parties, and gatherings of all kinds all over Illinois.
Knight Auditorium • 3:30-3:45 and 3:45-4:00 PM
Saman Dance Group
This group performs the lively Saman Dance, which is one of the many Indonesian traditional dances. Originating in Aceh province, Sumatra, the dance is usually performed to celebrate important occasions. It is famous of its fast-paced rhythm and the dancers’ harmony.
Group members: Cindy Budiman, Cynthia Suminto, Estherlita A. Saerang, Fayrani Armand, Frederick Luhur, Hanna Wong, Jelita Pertiwi, Paulina Ongkowijoyo, Ricky Adiwinata, Yonitika Asnawa, Yunirika Asnawa, Ferrona Lie.
In addition to the performances, crafts for all ages will be available in the American Indian Gallery from 12:30-3:45 PM.
A concert of Arabic music by A. J. Racy will be taking place on March 18 at 4:30, in the Studio Theater of the Krannert Center. Bruno Nettl, Professor Emeritus of Music and Anthropology, had the following to share about this concert and related events.
"I'm writing to call your attention to this event, but also to tell you a bit more about Dr. Racy. He is probably the most distinguished performer of Arabic traditional classical music living in the United States, and he will play this music on the buzuq (a kind of lute) and the nei (a flute), and he'll be accompanied by percussionist Omar al Musfi. Some of the music will be quite traditional, and some -- Racy's own compositions -- will show the confluence of tradition and modernity.
BUT -- I want also to tell you a bit more about A. J. Racy. Born in Lebanon, a member of a distinguished family of scholars and artists, he came to the United States in 1968 to study ethnomusicology, and ended up here at the University of Illinois, and I was (am still) very pleased indeed to have been his advisor in his master's thesis about funeral songs of the Druze people of Lebanon, and more important, of his dissertation, a pioneering study, "Musical Change and Commercial Recording in Egypt, 1904-1932."
Completing his graduate study here in 1977, Dr. Racy taught briefly at the University of Washington before moving to the Department of Ethnomusicology at UCLA, where he has been a professor for over thirty years. In addition to being a great performer, Dr. Racy is one of the most prominent scholars in the field of Middle Eastern music, his most important publication being "Making Music in the Arab World" (Cambridge U. Press, 2003).
Dr. Racy's visit here, from March 15 to March 18, which will also include visits to come classes in the School of Music, is taking place under the auspices of the Center for Advanced Study.
I wish, finally, to call to your attention a related event. On Tuesday, March 17, Dr. Racy will participate in a brief informal panel discussion, related to his dissertation work, and titled "Early Commercial Recordings in Ethnomusicological Research." It's a subject of considerable currency in today's ethnomusicology. He will be joined by scholars with parallel interests, Dr. Philip Yampolsky and Professor Harry Liebersohn, with Dr. Lillie Gordon as chair. This panel will take place from 12:30 to 1:45 (March 17), in Room 1140, Music Building (bring a brownbag).
But if you possibly can, come to the concert on March 18. It will be a treat."
Professor Emeritus of Music and Anthropology
This free event, open to the public, is being held in the Studio Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana.
A concert of Arabic music by A. J. Racy will be taking place on March 18 at 4:30, in the Studio Theater of the Krannert Center. Bruno Nettl, Professor Emeritus of Music and Anthropology, had the
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