Matsuri Festival | Michiyoshi Sato | Ho Etsu Taiko

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Event Date: 
August 28, 2016 - 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Japan House and the University Arboretum
Address: 
2000 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, Illinois 61802
Description: 

Join us on the grounds of Japan House and the University Arboretum for our second annual Japanese festival, Matsuri. There will be Japanese food and drink, powerful drum performances by Ho Etsu Taiko, Tsugaru-shamisen performer Michiyoshi Sato, martial arts demos, fashion shows, yukata and cosplay dressing, bubbles and Pokemon face painting, Shiatsu massage, tea ceremonies, Ikebana and Bonsai demonstrations and displays and more! Rain or shine.

Shamisen, Michiyoshi Sato
3:00-3:15; Stage, Performance Tent
4:45-5:00; Stage, Performance Tent
5:45-6:30; Stage, Performance Tent

Taiko, Ho Etsu Taiko
4:00-4:15; Stage, Performance Tent
6:45-7:30; Stage, Performance Tent

Admission: 
free admission, ticket sales for food and beverages
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Community Gamelan Classes Resume Monday, August 29

The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music offers community members the opportunity to learn and play traditional Balinese Gamelan music under the direction of I Ketut Gede Asnawa, a master gamelan musician and composer at the University of Illinois. A gamelan is an orchestra consisting mainly of keyed metallophones, gongs, and drums, often functioning as accompaniment to dance, dramas, and other Balinese performance arts.

As part of the center’s programming, these Monday evening classes from 6pm to 8pm are open to all, free of charge, with no prior experience required. Classes are located in Room 0300(formerly Room 1188) of School of Music at 1114 W. Nevada Street, with the closest entrance located on the Oregon Street side of the building. No credit is offered and registration is not needed for these classes. However, participants join the ensemble with an understanding that regular attendance is required in order to enjoy the responsibility of making music in an orchestra where everyone depends on the contribution of every player.

For more information, please email the center at worldmusic [at] illinois.edu

The Havana Cuba All-Stars: Cuban Nights

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Event Date: 
November 16, 2016 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL
Description: 

A rich fusion of creative forces gave birth to son—a musical legacy combining African rhythms and Spanish lyricism that first rose to popularity in the early part of the 20th century and now serves as the national music and dance style of Cuba. In a celebratory evening entitled Cuban Nights, the 11-member Havana Cuba All-Stars, also known as Asere (the Cuban word for friendship), honor this traditional acoustic form while innovating delightfully with inventive songwriting, irresistible musicianship, and undeniable charm.

Admission: 
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Drummers of Sonic Liberation 8

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Event Date: 
September 24, 2016 - 11:00am - 11:45am
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library
Address: 
210 West Green Street, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Live performance by the Drummers of Sonic Liberation 8

Join us for a rare chance to hear the dynamic folkloric drummers of the Afro-Cuban group Sonic Liberation 8. You'll hear an amazing variety of traditional rhythms including drum toques saluting the Afro-Cuban Orishas and song adaptations to secular Rumba Guaguanco. All ages welcome.

This performance is supported by the Global Transfer Afterglow series at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music.

Location: The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Event Type: Arts & Music
Age Group(s): All Ages, Family

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Aida Cuevas and Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles: México y su Mujer

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Event Date: 
October 29, 2016 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Known as the "queen of ranchera music," famed Mexican singer and Latin Grammy Award winner Aida Cuevas unites with America's trailblazing all-female mariachi ensemble Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles for a powerhouse performance celebrating the women of mariachi. Music and dance both explosive and tender create a concert spectacle featuring greatest hits of Cuevas and the band, as well as new musical arrangements by mariachi legend José Hernández.

Admission: 
Admission fees available at KCPA website link below
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Sonic Liberation 8

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Event Date: 
September 23, 2016 - 9:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Enjoy free late-night music as part of Krannert Center's Global Transfer Afterglow series featuring Sonic Liberation 8, an eight-member ensemble that melds together sounds and time periods. Sonic Liberation 8 is deeply rooted in the traditions of Afro-Cuban music and has spent years fusing that grand tradition with new sounds including composed jazz, modern chamber composition, and the powerful Orisha spirit.

More information is available at the Krannert Center website link below.

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Hidden Gems of Champaign: Archeophone Records

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Event Date: 
September 21, 2016 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Champaign Public Library
Address: 
200 W. Green St., Champaign, Illinois
Description: 

In 1998, Richard Martin and Meagan Hennessey founded Archeophone Records, a label dedicated to restoring and preserving the music of the acoustic era. Their releases have been nominated for twelve Grammy awards, and their 2006 compilation "Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1891-1922," won the Grammy award for Best Historical Album. Martin and Hennessey will discuss acoustic-era history and their process for restoring and releasing these forgotten pieces of American popular culture.

Library: Main Library, 200 W. Green St. Map
Location: Robeson Pavilion Room A & B

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Pablo Sáinz Villegas

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Event Date: 
November 3, 2016 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Born and raised in La Rioja, Spain, guitarist Pablo Villegas is distinguished by performances as charismatic as they are intimate. With singing tone and consummate technique, his interpretations conjure the passion, playfulness, and drama of his homeland's rich musical heritage, routinely drawing comparisons with such legendary exponents of his instrument as Andrés Segovia. He has performed for both the Dalai Lama and the Spanish royal family, and it was he who gave the world premiere of Rounds, the first composition for guitar by five-time Academy Award-winner John Williams. A born communicator, Villegas explains: "Music is a social tool, and opening people's hearts, and helping them connect to the inner life of the emotions, is my mission."

In his new album and accompanying tour, Americano, Villegas treats audiences to a musical journey from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, featuring sensual Brazilian beats, vivid Venezuelan rhythms, and vibrant American bluegrass, and highlighting favorite composers of the Americas, including John Williams, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Agustín Lara, and Leonard Bernstein.

ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival special event

Admission: 
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Ensemble Basiani

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Event Date: 
November 1, 2016 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL
Description: 

The crowning jewel of the country of Georgia's rich musical tradition is men's three-part singing, and the premier practitioners of this art are the members of Ensemble Basiani. Under the auspices of the Tbilisi Holy Trinity Cathedral Choir, these singers—many of whom were raised in families of traditional musicians—perform songs of work, celebration, worship, and more, with extraordinary vocal technique, striking harmonies, and powerful tone. This Georgian singing style that has infused and informed community life for over 1,000 years, yet sounds amazingly modern, has been proclaimed by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

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KCPA Opening Night Party with The Pedrito Martinez Group, Davina and The Vagabonds, and Red Baraat

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Event Date: 
September 9, 2016 - 6:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL
Description: 

You know we like a good party—one with revelry all around, amazing outdoor food vendors, activities in each corner—and most importantly, you! Come get your first taste of the new season with a triple lineup and enough energy to last all year.

Grammy-nominated Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martinez brings to life the sophisticated and high-energy Afro-Cuban rhythms of his homeland. Seamlessly blending pop and folk music, Martinez is a first-rate, charismatic entertainer, prized in collaborations with Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, and Krannert Center favorite Wynton Marsalis, who says "Pedrito is a genius."

And speaking of favorites—if you were at OUTSIDE at the Research Park 2014, then we're sure you're eager for the rollicking return of the smoky-voiced Davina Sowers with the solid backing of her Memphis-meets-Chicago blues band, The Vagabonds. With dazzling keyboard skills, sultry soul swagger, and a dash of wit, Davina infuses the American Songbook with appealing panache and just the right amount of nostalgia.

Rounding out the night is the crew NPR called "the best party band in years." The pioneering eight-piece force of nature known as Red Baraat was founded in New York by dhol player Sunny Jain and merges the sounds of hard-driving North Indian Bhangra with a twist of rock, jazz, and go-go. A raucous horn section, three master percussionists, and don't forget the guitarist and sousaphone players, make it their mission to manifest joy and unity through scorching sets of unstoppable rhythmic fun. In other words, get ready to dance!

Fr Sep 9 at 6pm (food sales begin and doors open at 6pm)
The Pedrito Martinez Group, 6:30pm, Lobby (Stage 6)
Davina and The Vagabonds, 7:45pm, Lobby (Stage 5)
Red Baraat, 8:45pm, Lobby (Stage 6)
Lobby and Terraces

Admission: 
$5.00 general admission; Kids under 5 years of age are free; complimentary ticket required
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News

  • The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music offers community members the opportunity to learn and play traditional Balinese Gamelan music under the direction of I Ketut Gede Asnawa, a master

  • Programs of the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music are dependent upon grants, gifts, and funds raised through concerts, performances and services. The Center was established at the University

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