Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble

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Event Date: 
January 19, 2019 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Grammy Award-winner Arturo O’Farrill descends from the “first family of Afro-Cuban jazz” (The New York Times). Born in Mexico and raised in New York City—the son of legendary Cuban bandleader/ arranger Chico O’Farrill—the pianist/composer is Director of Jazz Studies at CUNY’s Brooklyn College and founder of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, an organization dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of Afro Latin jazz, supporting its performance for new audiences, and educating young people in the understanding and performance of this cultural treasure. O’Farrill honed his chops in Carla Bley’s Big Band and earned a reputation as a soloist in groups led by icons Dizzy Gillespie, Freddy Cole, Harry Belafonte, and Wynton Marsalis before taking the reins of his own group, passionately dedicated to both the heritage and progress of Afro Latin jazz.

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Community Gamelan - New Session Begins

Community Gamelan - New Session Begins

January 14, 2019 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 0300, School of Music Building
1114 W. Nevada Street

Community Gamelan

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Event Date: 
January 14, 2019 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Room 0300, School of Music Building
Address: 
1114 W. Nevada Street
Description: 

As part of the center’s programming, 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.

Our Monday evening classes run from 6pm to 8pm in Room 0300 at the School of Music, 1114 W. Nevada Street. Community gamelan is open to all, free of charge, with no prior experience required. No credit is offered. There is no need for registration, but participants who join the ensemble should understand that regular attendance is expected in order to enjoy making music in an orchestra dependent upon the contribution of every player. Community Gamelan members will be asked to perform at our end of semester concert on April 27th, 2019.

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Iranian Cultural Association Yalda Night 2018

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Event Date: 
December 15, 2018 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Asian American Cultural Center
Address: 
1210 W Nevada St, Urbana, Illinois 61801
Description: 

The Iranian Cultural Association (ICA) will be hosting a Yalda event this year at the Asian American Cultural Center on December 15th! Come celebrate the winter solstice, the longest night of the year with music, dance, and Hafez's poetry.

Program:

Music Performance:
Presentation on Yalda Night in Persian Poetry
Hafiz Khani accompanied by violin improvisation
traditional Iranian Dance performance
Fal e Hafiz

This event is sponsored in part by the Student Affairs Program Coordinating Council.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Musical Showcase: Hathaways

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Event Date: 
December 5, 2018 - 4:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S. Gregory, Urbana
Description: 

The Spurlock Museum presents a concert by Hathaways on Wednesday, December 5 at 4:00 pm. The group will perform an hour of traditional Andean charango music, as well as some original pieces that allow the audience to hear how the performers have blended musical traditions.

Hathaways are known for their depth in songwriting, but also for the unique Andean folk influence on their music, which is evidenced most clearly by Kate's use of a petite ten-string South American instrument called the charango. The pair has repeatedly toured and played at festivals in Peru, always to a warm reception and great acclaim for the way they infuse American pop music with Peruvian soul. Siblings Kate and James Hathaway, who head up the indie-pop band, have studied Andean music since 2006 under the tutelage of Thomas Turino, ethnomusicologist and professor emeritus at the University of Illinois.

The concert is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. This free event will be held in the Museum’s Ancient Mediterranean Gallery.

This event is part of a series of programming initiatives accompanying special exhibit "The Hidden Life of Things: Andean and Amazonian Cultural Artifacts and the Stories They Tell," on loan from The Ohio State University through December 16.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Musicology Colloquium Lecture Series: Ayana Smith

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Event Date: 
December 7, 2018 - 4:00pm
Venue: 
Music Building, "Fishbowl" Room 0359
Address: 
1114 W. Nevada, Urbana
Description: 

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Musicology Colloquium 2018-19 continues its series of distinguished lectures. Ayana Smith (Indiana University) will give a talk entitled "Fake News and False Images: Ocularcentrism and Operatic Culture in Seventeenth-Century Rome."

About the lecture:

In November of 1680, a Great Comet streaked across the sky, simultaneously fascinating and frightening observers across Europe, North America, and other “divers places beyond the seas.” Contemporary accounts of this “prodigious appearance” reflect much superstition, but also demonstrate emerging cultural rifts in accepting visual methods of empirical inquiry.

While scientific publications discussed ocular devices and mathematical calculations, popular pamphlets focused on astrology, prognostication, and religion. Whatever the tool, both sides debated the nature of visual observation. Images, both literal and figurative, became mechanisms of proof yet subject to disbelief. Smith's presentation will discuss several case studies, drawn from art, science, and music, including examples from George Frideric Handel (Il Trionfo del Tempo; Agrippina; and Semele) and Carlo Francesco Pollarolo (La forza della virtù).

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BALINESE GAMELAN CONCERT

The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music is pleased to announce an exciting end of semester program of music and dance, performed by UIUC Balinese Gamelan ensembles under the direction of I Ketut Gede Asnawa. Traditional and contemporary works will be performed by the UIUC Student Ensemble and Community Gamelan, including several newly composed works.

Balinese dance under the direction of Putu Oka Mardiani Asnawa will also be featured in this program. Performers will be joined by several guests including dancers Leah Wilks and Mauriah Kraker, and local improvised metal band TATWD.

Native November Dance Exhibition

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Event Date: 
November 16, 2018 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S Gregory St, Urbana, Illinois 61801
Description: 

Native American House and Spurlock Museum present a dance exhibition in celebration of Native November. Friday, November 16 at 4pm, Spurlock Museum will host an interactive Native American dance exhibition highlighting the Men’s Traditional and Woodlands styles. This event will also feature Northern style singing by the Bad River Singers. The group comes to us from the Bad River and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Nations. The Ojibwe are among the Tribal Nations whose homelands included what is now known as Illinois.

Guests can expect to learn the importance of regalia worn in the dances, including aspects of its creation, meaning, and use. The artists will help guests understand how songs and dances hold significance for Tribal communities. The audience will be able to participate in round and two-step dances. This free public program welcomes both families and adults.

The Spurlock galleries will be open before and during this program and visitors can take a look at objects in the North American gallery, including Grass Dance regalia.

This month is Native November. You can find all of NAH’s Native November programs at https://www.facebook.com/TheNativeAmericanHouse/

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Piper's Hut Concerts: Daymark

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Event Date: 
November 15, 2018 - 6:00pm
Venue: 
House Concert: Home of Dean Karres
Address: 
Email to confirm
Description: 

Part of a series of house concerts, this performance will be the last show of 2018, featuring the band Daymark (https://daymarkmusic.com/).

Daymark is an international trio performing traditional Irish music infused with infectious energy, raw power, and Northern swagger. Fusing the talents of Will Woodson (flute, uilleann pipes), Dan Foster (fiddle) and Eric McDonald (guitar, vocals) the group presents a classic blend of wind and string as driving flute meets virtuosic fiddle, underpinned by well-considered and expertly delivered guitar.

WHAT: Potluck and House concert. Details at https://www.pipers-hut.com/concerts/.
WHEN: Thursday, November 15: Potluck starts at 6PM / Concert at 7PM
WHERE: Home of Dean Karres, near downtown Champaign, IL. Reservation holders will receive a note close to the concert date with address information.

Reservations: The cap for attendees is 25, including the band, so reservations are strongly encouraged. You may buy tickets on-line on the concert web page (https://www.pipers-hut.com/concerts/) or email Dean Karres at pipers.hut@gmail.com.

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Puerto Rico with Music

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Event Date: 
November 14, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Asian American Cultural Center
Address: 
1210 W. Nevada Street, Urbana, IL
Description: 

iCU (Now I See What You Mean) OIIR Intercultural Dialogue Series presents

Puerto Rico with Music

The Caribbean island of Puerto Rico often referred to as the Island of Enchantment, is a cultural mix of West African, Taino and Spanish influence. The mixing of these traditions for over 500 years has resulted in the very rich musical genres of Bomba, Creole, Plena and Salsa. Come and enjoy an evening with accomplished Puerto Rican musicians as they share the history, rhythms and flavor of Puerto Rican music.

Sponsored by OIIR - IE, La Casa Cultural Latina, Puerto Rico Student Association and CLACS

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