Audible Africanity: Ululation in Popular Music

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Event Date: 
October 18, 2019 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

Please join us on October 18 at 5 pm in the Music Building auditorium for a colloquium presentation by ethnomusicologist Louise Meintjes (Duke U).

Audible Africanity: Ululation in Popular Music

Ululation, women’s exclamatory trilling, is a sound of the global South. I listen in to its lively inclusion in popular recordings from South Africa and beyond to ask what kind of Africanity it projects and to whom this audibility is directed. Audible Africanity produced in relation to elsewhere (and elsewhere’s ideas about history) of course returns home. I will use ethnography about Zulu ngoma production to demonstrate its reverberant reclamation.

Louise Meintjes is Associate Professor of Music and Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. Her most recent book, Dust of the Zulu: Ngoma Aesthetics after Apartheid, explores political and aesthetic significance of ngoma, a competitive form of dance and music that emerged out of the legacies of colonialism and apartheid in South Africa. She is also the author of Sound of Africa! Making Music Zulu in a South African Studio, a book which offers a rare portrait of the music recording process during South Africa’s tumultuous transition from apartheid to democratic rule.

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An Afternoon of Rakugo (Japanese traditional storytelling)

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Event Date: 
October 8, 2019 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium
Address: 
600 S. Gregory St, Urbana
Description: 

Join us for an afternoon of rakugo with Kazumi Hatasa (Professor of Japanese, Purdue University) and Ryutei Saryu (rakugo master from Japan). Rakugo is a traditional Japanese form of comedic storytelling. A solo performer dressed in kimono sits throughout his performance in the formal sitting position on a three-by-three-foot cushion called a zabuton. Using only sensu (a fan) and tenugui (a Japanese-style towel), the rakugo master tells vivid stories relying solely on voice, gestures, and facial expressions. Prof. Hatasa and master Ryutei will introduce and demonstrate the art of rakugo. Students from the Japanese language class will also perform kobanashi (short jokes) guided by Prof. Hatasa and master Ryutei. (Performance will be in Japanese with English subtitles.)

Admission: 
Free and open to the public
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The Illinois Flamenco-Jazz Project, featuring Flamenco guitarist David Chiriboga

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Event Date: 
October 10, 2019 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium
Address: 
600 S. Gregory St, Urbana
Description: 

The Illinois Flamenco-Jazz Project, featuring Flamenco guitarist David Chiriboga

Chiriboga’s guitar will be joined by singer Patricia Ortega and dancer Malu amidst the instrumental colors of an expanded ensemble of Illinois Jazz Studies students performing arrangements of traditional Flamenco pieces, popular Spanish folk songs and Chiriboga’s own Flamenco compositions.

David Chiriboga is a full-time professional Flamenco guitarist based in Chicago. Chiriboga’s style was nurtured in Andalusia in studies with prominent guitarists Paco Serrano, Jose Antonio Rodriguez, Emilio Maya, and Antonio Heredia. He received his degree in Music Performance at Northeastern Illinois University under the instruction of Professor Brian Torosian.

Chiriboga has been performing professionally since the year 2000. He previously performed with The Guitars of Spain, Bandoleros and Spanish Flow, and currently plays with the Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Company, Guitarra Azul and Flamenco Cuadro El Payo. With these ensembles, he has toured extensively in the USA and also internationally in Spain and Mexico. He has also been involved with the Old Town School of Folk Music both as an instructor and as an accompanist for Flamenco dance classes.

In addition to a busy performance schedule, Chiriboga’s music has appeared on TV commercials for Chase Bank, Glade Internet, Subway, and Potbelly’s, and in the TV shows Empire (Fox) and Chicago Med (NBC).

Hosted by: Robert E. Brown Center for World Music

In conjunction with: Department of Dance, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, European Union Center, Jazz Division, Musicology Division, School of Music, Spurlock Museum

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Fallin' Into Blues

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Event Date: 
October 5, 2019 - 4:00pm - 9:30pm
Venue: 
Lincoln Square Mall
Address: 
201 Lincoln Square, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Local blues dance organization, BluesCENTRAL is delighted to present Fallin’ Into Blues, a blues dance festival with live music in the heart of Downtown Urbana! This free festival invites the community to try out blues dancing with free dance lessons every half hour! Come learn about the culture, characteristics and history of blues dance. Participants will find out about community support of blues music, dance, and the arts, as well as dance to live music with the Painkillers Blues Band!

Local BBQ will be available for purchase. Take advantage of the one-day sale for CU’s Annual Blues Dance Festival, SnowMELT 2020. For detailed schedule and more info go to bluesCENTRAL.org.

The festival is sponsored by BluesCENTRAL, a not-for-profit organization promoting blues dance and appreciation of its African American vernacular heritage. The event is made possible through an arts grant from the City of Urbana’s Arts and Culture Program.

Please email the Festival Organizing Team with any questions at dancewithus@bluescentral.org. For more information, visit https://www.bluescentral.org/fallin/or @bluescentral on Facebook.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Homecoming 2019: Global Talent Show

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Event Date: 
October 16, 2019 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S. Gregory St, Urbana
Description: 

International students and members of international registered student organizations will share their talent at our first-ever Homecoming talent show!

Organized by International Student and Scholar Services and Spurlock Museum.

Global Talent Show: International students, international registered student organization members, and more will share their talents at our first-ever Homecoming talent show! Will there be prizes? Absolutely there will be prizes! Will there be free food? Absolutely there will be free food (desserts, snacks, and beverages)!

October 16, 2019
Global Talent Show: 7 - 8:30 PM
After Party Reception: 8:30 - 10 PM

Call for Performers and more information available here:
https://emails.illinois.edu/newsletter/236872.html

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Global Talent Show - Call for Performers

Hello from International Student and Scholar Services!

During the week of October 13th, the University of Illinois will be hosting Homecoming, a long-standing annual American tradition. As a member of our University, you are invited to represent our international community in our first ever Global Talent Show.

Gateways To World Music: Mark Deutsch (Bazantar)

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Event Date: 
November 6, 2019 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

Mark Deutsch is a visionary artist with a background in nonlinear mathematics, sacred systems, and cosmology. As a classically trained bassist and sitar player, he pursued the creation of a new instrument – the Bazantar – a six-string acoustic bass fitted with an additional twenty-nine sympathetic strings and four drone strings. The result is a remarkable instrument that weaves a mesmerizing soundscape of resonance, and evokes all the power of Western classical music with the depth and nuance of Eastern traditions. Co-sponsored by Unit One / Allen Hall.

The Gateways to World Music Series is supported by School of Music and College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois.

Admission: 
free and open to the public
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Gateways To World Music: Veretski Pass (Music from the Carpathian Bow)

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Event Date: 
October 28, 2019 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

Veretski Pass features Cookie Segelstein (violin), Joshua Horowitz (chromatic button accordion) and Stuart Brotman (bass) performing music from the Carpathian Bow. Together they offer a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy that has excited concertgoers across the world. With colorful instrumentation, unique arrangements and compositions, Veretski Pass plays "Old Country" music; music with origins in the Ottoman Empire, once fabled as the borderlands of the East and the West. Co-sponsored by C-U Folk and Roots Festival; Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation Endowment Fund of the C-U Jewish Federation; Hillel at the University of Illinois; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center and Program in Jewish Culture and Society, UIUC.

The Gateways to World Music Series is supported by School of Music and College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois.

Admission: 
free and open to the public
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Gateways To World Music: David Chiriboga (Flamenco Guitar)

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Event Date: 
October 7, 2019 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

David Chiriboga is a full-time professional Flamenco guitarist based in Chicago. David’s style was nurtured in Andalusia in studies with prominent guitarists Paco Serrano, Jose Antonio Rodriguez, Emilio Maya, and Antonio Heredia. He received his degree in Music Performance at Northeastern Illinois University under the instruction of Dr. Brian Torosian. David plays with Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Company, Guitarra Azul and
Flamenco Cuadro El Payo, which have toured in the USA, Spain and Mexico. Co-sponsored by George A. Miller Programs Committee.

The Gateways to World Music Series is supported by School of Music and College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois.

Admission: 
free and open to the public
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Gateways To World Music: Sean Gaskell (West African Kora)

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Event Date: 
September 30, 2019 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

Sean Gaskell features traditional songs on the Kora, a 21 string harp that he learned how to play throughout the course of multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, West Africa. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh, both of Brikama, Gambia. He has been featured at a number of music festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal. Co-sponsored by Spurlock Museum with support from the Illinois Arts Council.

The Gateways to World Music Series is supported by School of Music and College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois.

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free and open to the public
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