Sandunga Reunion

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Event Date: 
May 23, 2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
The Iron Post
Address: 
120 S. Race St, Urbana
Description: 

Sandunga draws its inspiration from the Cuban musical traditions of son, guajira son, and trova/ bolero. With its historic roots in the interweaving of African and Iberian rhythms and melodies, the Cuban son remains today a vibrant musical and dance form across the island and throughout the Americas.

Sandunga consists of Julián Norato (guitar), William Hope (Cuban tres and laúd), Tina Hope, (claves and guacharaca), Eduardo Herrera (bass), Adam Walton (congas), and Andy Miller (bongó and maracas).

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C-U Rhythm and Raag presents: Subrata Bhattacharya & Abhisek Lahiri in concert

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Event Date: 
May 22, 2015 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Venue: 
Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center
Address: 
202 S. Broadway, Urbana (old post office)
Description: 

This concert kicks off a 7-month residency with C-U Rhythm and Raag, a project of the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, during which Subrata and Abhisek will be available for classes and workshops.

Abhisek is considered a child prodigy and he is one of the youngest top-notch sarod artistes of All India Radio & National Television—Kolkata. His sarod recital blends three major gharanas (schools) of sarod playing: Shajahanpur, Senia Maihar & Senia Bangash gharana (Gwalior).

Abhisek's two solo albums “Sparkling Sarod" and "Mood of Puriya Kalyan" released by Bihaan Music received nominations in the Global Indian Music Awards (GiMA) of Mumbai in “Best Hindustani Classical Album—Instrumental” category for the year 2010 & 2013 respectively.

Subrata Bhattacharya is one of the leading tabla players in India today, both on the Indian classical music scene and with this fusion band Naad—The Everlasting Sound. Subrata is amazingly talented and his accomplishments and achievements in the field of percussion music have earned him name and enviable fame. Subrata's solo renderings reveal his knowledge of the art and his creativity at their best. Subrata hosted a Krannert Afterglow concert during the Ellnora guitar festival in 2009 and played a house concert in Champaign in 2013.

Admission: 
Tickets: $15 (or pay what you can)
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7th Annual C-U Folk & Roots Festival

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Event Date: 
November 6, 2015 (All day) - November 7, 2015 (All day)
Venue: 
The festival takes place in various places within a several block radius in downtown Urbana
Address: 
Urbana
Description: 

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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Please see "Event FAQ" on our website
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Balinese Gamelan at UIUC

The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music would like to thank I Ketut Gede Asnawa and his family for the tremendous contribution they have given our program over the past year. On May 3, 2015 the student and community gamelan ensembles performed in a wonderful end-of-semester concert that was attended by 170 students and community members. The hour long program included three dance works, two of which were solo performances by our community gamelan dance instructor Putu Oka Mardiani Asnawa.

Allerton Irish Fest

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Event Date: 
June 5, 2015 - 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Venue: 
Allerton Park and Retreat Center (Gate House Lawn)
Address: 
515 Old Timber Road Monticello, Illinois 61856
Description: 

The Allerton Park Concert Series presented by U of I Employees Credit Union, featuring:

The Shanties 6-7:30pm
FiddleFire 8-9:30pm

Presenting a fusion of multiple genres and taking the best of bluegrass, classical, Irish, and French-Canadian, FIDDLEFIRE (aka The Panning Family) creates a unique blend of their own.

This “contemporary folk” has audiences of all demographics tapping their toes in time to the lively syncopations of the dynamic group.

The Shanties “New Irish” music is filled with rocked-up Irish favorites, old, new and originals. Though there is nothing sweeter than an Irish ballad, the focus is the up-tempo rowdier melodies with pop Irish influence from Solas, Gaelic Storm, Great Big Sea and Flogging Molly to name a few.

The blended singing and instrument sounds of fiddle, mandolin, whistle, guitar, and the Irish (drum) bodhran create the unique sound of The Shanties.

Food and drink available for purchase
Bring the whole family and stop by the Celtic Kids Playground from 6-7:30pm!

Admission: 
Suggested Entry Donation: $5/person $10/Family
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Amasong Concert "Not For Sale"

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Event Date: 
April 25, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Venue: 
McKinley Presbyterian Church
Address: 
Corner of Fifth and John, Champaign
Description: 

"Not For Sale" features songs celebrating women's work and women's worth. This concert has its roots in world music influences from Chinese folklore to Latin American folk songs to Georgian polyphony, and even a dash of 90s punk rock. Join us Saturday, Apr. 25 at 7 pm and Sunday, Apr. 26 at 4 pm. McKinley Presbyterian Church at the corner of 5th and John, Champaign.

Admission: 
Pay what you can, suggested $15-$20
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Traditional Azerbaijani Mugham Music

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Event Date: 
April 22, 2015 - 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana, IL
Description: 

The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center present Jeffrey Werbock, who will perform instrumental solo improvisations based on traditional Azerbaijani mugham, played on a variety of authentic instruments. Mr. Werbock has been giving presentations for well over three decades and has performed at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, Asia Society, and World Music Institute.

Admission: 
Open to the public, Free Admission
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GLOBAL TRANSFER AFTERGLOW: ROB MAZUREK BLACK CUBE SP (SÃO PAULO UNDERGROUND FEATURING RABECA MASTER THOMAS ROHRER)

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Event Date: 
April 18, 2015 - 9:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 5
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL
Description: 

The duality of the human experience—sorrow and joy, silence and song, action and reflection, vulnerability and strength—deluges the senses in the latest work of Rob Mazurek. In the face of his mother’s sudden death, he turned to his longtime collaborators in the São Paulo Underground to embark on what he calls “a shamanistic journey” expressing his profound love, loss, and exultation at this transitional moment. Return the Tides, which was written and recorded in Brazil only weeks after her death, can barely contain the torrent of emotions of that time, and its beauty and transcendent power are meant to cleanse and heal as it honors her spirit. Mazurek’s cornet lines are daring and more intense than ever, and the most heartfelt sounds erupt during the band’s improvisational passages that coil with psychedelic backtracking and shoot skyward like a chorale. Joining Mazurek and São Paulo Underground members Mauricio Takara—drums, electronics, and cavaquinho (Brazilian ukulele)—and Guilherme Granado—keyboards, synthesizers, and sampler—to form Black Cube SP is Thomas Rohrer, who has spent two decades studying the rabeca, a Brazilian fiddle, and wields a masterful soprano saxophone. With tropicalia rhythms and an unbridled approach, the cathartic music ultimately provides clarity, release, and transformation.

Admission: 
free admission
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Balkanalia (UI Balkan Music Ensemble) Annual Spring Concert

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Event Date: 
April 18, 2015 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Smith Recital Hall
Address: 
805 S. Mathews, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Balkanalia (UI Balkan Music Ensemble) Annual Spring Concert

"At the Wedding, On the Square: Selections from the Balkan Dance Floor (and More)"
Dedicated to the memory of Professor Emeritus Ralph T. Fisher
Donna A. Buchanan, Director; Lillie S. Gordon, Associate Director
Program includes music of Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Greece, the Levant, Macedonia, Moldova, and Turkey

Admission: 
free admission

Midwest Chapter of the Society for Musicology Annual Meeting

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Event Date: 
April 17, 2015 - 4:00pm - April 19, 2015 - 1:00pm
Venue: 
Smith Hall room 25
Address: 
805 South Mathews Avenue Urbana, IL
Description: 

Program
Schedule for MIDSEM 2015

The keynote and all panels except 4b will be held in Smith Hall room 25; panel 4b will be held in Smith Hall Memorial Room

Friday 4/17

Keynote 4:00-5:30, Richard Wolf: Music and Moral Being in Central South Asia

Reception 5:30-6:30

Dinner 6:30

Saturday 4/18

Panel 1
9:30-11:00, Owning Music, Owning the Nation
Thalea Stokes, “UNESCO Awarding Khoomei as a Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage
Mili Leitner, “Composing Racial Diversity in Israel”
Joseph Maurer, “Negotiating National Identity through American Patriotic Song in the Tea Party Era”

Panel 2
11:15-12:15, Music, Healing, and Politics
Heather MacLachlan, “The Gay Choral Movement and Progressive Social Change”
Rohan Shirali, “Songmaking as Healing in Diverse Sociocultural Settings”

Lunch 12:15-1:30

Panel 3
1:30-3:30, Music and Embodiement
Emily Rose McManus, “Tango and Musicality: Toward a Theory of Gendered Listening Practices on the Dance Floor”
Jennifer McKenzie, “’You Know How You Always Imagined Spain to Be? That’s the Way It Really Is’: Flamenco, Gitanidad, and the Construction of a National Image in Franco’s Spain”
Brian Oberlander, “Ghostly Aesthetics: Flamenco-Arab Fusion, Moorish History, and Moroccan Immigration during the 2013 Millenial of Granada”
Kelsey Klotz, “Sweating Sound: Labor, Intellect, and Race in Miles Davis’s Sound Discourse”

Panel 4a
3:45-5:15, Filmic Ethnomusicology
Ines Guanchez, “Visualizing Radiohead: A Fan-Made Video Goes Mainstream
Heike Hoffer, “Ode to Joy: Beethoven’s Daiku in Anime
Joshua Henry, “Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho: From Groundbreaking to Iconic
Panel 4b 3:45-5:15, Historical Ethnomusicology

Kelli McQueen, “Changing Identities: Blues Fiddle and the Mississippi Sheiks”
Joe Soonthornsawad, “What’s Real is the Music: Listening for Hybridity in the Music of Indian American Jazz Artists”
Jason Busniewski, “The Great Highland Bagpipe: Race, Military Service, and Processional Music from Scotland to Garhwal, North India”

Dinner 5:30-7:00

Concert
Balkanalia (UI Balkan Music Ensemble), 7:30 pm, Smith Recital Hall, Free Admission
“At the Wedding, on the Square: Selections from the Balkan Dance Floor”
Donna A. Buchanan, Director
Lillie S. Gordon, Associate Director

Global Transfer Afterglow: Rob Mazurek Black Cube SP
(SÃO PAULO UNDERGROUND FEATURING RABECA MASTER THOMAS ROHRER)
9:30, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 5, Free Admission

http://www.krannertcenter.com/performance.aspx?id=2014121015274143912817...

Sunday 4/19

Panel 5
9:30-11:00 Gender and Pedagogy in Sacred Music
Chair: Donna Buchanan
Angela Glaros, “The Sound of Orthodoxy: Gender, Power, and Liturgical Singing in Greek-American Churches in Downstate Illinois”
Emmanuel J. Stokes, “Crossing Boundaries: Investigating Gospel Music on College and University Campuses through a Gospel Music Workshop Case Study”

Panel 6
11:15-12:45, Perspectives on African Music
Yu Fan, “Ethnomusicology, Jazz, and the Idea of African Music”
Hilarius Wauku, “Brass Band Music in the Volta Region of Ghana: A Funeral Context for Repertoire and Performance Style”
Dylan McDonnell, “Framing the ‘Active’: Negotiating Political and Creative Agency in Senegalese Hip Hop and Beyond”

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