Acknowledge. Disrupt. Listen. Amplify.

The following statement from the Illinois Musicology Faculty was issued on June 4, 2020.

To our UIUC musicological community,

We write to you to express our anger, our grief, and our resolve, in harmony with messages from the campus, College of FAA, and School of Music. Recent events urge us to reflect deeply on white supremacy in our society, in our police force, and indeed in our work as musicologists.

We acknowledge our disciplinary complicity in reifying structures of power that all too often suppress the voices and sounds of the most vulnerable among us. We are resolved to foster and sustain efforts that seek to disrupt the pernicious narratives of supremacy that have shaped our academic and pedagogical practices.

We believe that one of the crucial ways to tackle these challenges is to provide spaces for those voices that have been silenced for too long, because listening is an inextricable part of the work that we do as scholars and practitioners of sonic arts. As we work to tackle these inequalities, we commit to amplifying the work of minority scholars and practitioners of music so that we may continually grow as a community that is strengthened by the creative tension that arises from diversity.

--Illinois Musicology Faculty

Virtual World Music Festival Chicago

Event Information
Event Date: 
September 6, 2020 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue: 
online event
Description: 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Virtual World Music Festival Chicago

Sunday, September 6, 1–3pm

Ragamala: A Centennial Tribute to Ravi Shankar
Programmed with People of Rhythm. Recorded in Chicago, New Delhi, Oakland and Kolkata.
The festival’s annual celebration of Indian classical music, Ragamala will continue to showcase Hindustani music from North India and Carnatic music from South India with a very special online centennial tribute to legendary maestro and ambassador of Indian classical music, sitarist Ravi Shankar.

Saraswathi Ranganathan (veena), Dhananjay Kunte (tabla), Heather Boehm (violin)
Gaurav Mazumdar (sitar)
Aditya Prakash (vocals), Shiva Ramamurthi (violin), Rohan Krishnamurthy (mridangam)
Tejendra Narayan Majumdar (sarod), Arup Chatterjee (tabla)

Sunday, September 13, 1–3pm

Afro-Diáspora y Folklore
Programmed with and recorded at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
Chicago-based music groups highlight and celebrate the Afro-Latin folkloric musical traditions of some of the Latin American communities who call this city home.

Bombazo con Buya + special guest Eli Samuel Rodríguez (Bomba from Puerto Rico)
Los Pleneros de Don Segundo (Plena from Puerto Rico)
Ecos del Pacifico Afrocolombia (Bullarengue and Marimba from Colombia)
Tambor Chicago (Afro Cuban spiritual music and Rumba from Cuba)

Sunday, September 20, 1–3pm

Anam Mór
Programmed with and recorded at Martyrs’
The Chicago-based traditional Irish supergroup is led by master percussionist Jackie Moran and features Laurence Nugent on flutes and whistles, Brendan Bulger on fiddle, and Jesse Langen on guitar.

Sunday, September 27, 1–3pm

Chicago Immigrant Orchestra
Recorded at Epiphany Center for the Arts
The Chicago Immigrant Orchestra returns with a new vision under the direction of Fareed Haque and Wanees Zarour as a 12-piece ensemble of musicians from Chicago’s diverse immigrant community and representing music traditions from all over the world. Artists including Alex Chen (Chinese pipa), Fareed Haque (guitar, keys, percussion), Hitesh Master (North Indian vocals), Juan Pastor (Latin percussion), Paul Cotton (African percussion), Richard Christian (tabla/dhol), Sam Tahiri (Persian vocals), Saraswathi Ranganathan (South Indian veena), Tamir Hargana (throat singer / horsehair fiddle), Tzu-Tzen Wu (Chinese ruan) Ugochi (Nigerian vocals), and Wanees Zarour (oud, buzuq, percussion).

World Music Festival Chicago is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and is sponsored by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).

World Music Festival Chicago is presented as part of Global Music Month 2020 – a month-long, online celebration of music from around the world. Running from August 29 through October 1, 2020, Global Music Month features concerts, presentations and panels from 19 different U.S. and Canadian festivals and presenters under one banner. More information at globalmusicmonth.org

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Virtual World Music Festival Chicago

Event Information
Event Date: 
September 27, 2020 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue: 
online event
Description: 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Virtual World Music Festival Chicago

Sunday, September 6, 1–3pm

Ragamala: A Centennial Tribute to Ravi Shankar
Programmed with People of Rhythm. Recorded in Chicago, New Delhi, Oakland and Kolkata.
The festival’s annual celebration of Indian classical music, Ragamala will continue to showcase Hindustani music from North India and Carnatic music from South India with a very special online centennial tribute to legendary maestro and ambassador of Indian classical music, sitarist Ravi Shankar.

Saraswathi Ranganathan (veena), Dhananjay Kunte (tabla), Heather Boehm (violin)
Gaurav Mazumdar (sitar)
Aditya Prakash (vocals), Shiva Ramamurthi (violin), Rohan Krishnamurthy (mridangam)
Tejendra Narayan Majumdar (sarod), Arup Chatterjee (tabla)

Sunday, September 13, 1–3pm

Afro-Diáspora y Folklore
Programmed with and recorded at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
Chicago-based music groups highlight and celebrate the Afro-Latin folkloric musical traditions of some of the Latin American communities who call this city home.

Bombazo con Buya + special guest Eli Samuel Rodríguez (Bomba from Puerto Rico)
Los Pleneros de Don Segundo (Plena from Puerto Rico)
Ecos del Pacifico Afrocolombia (Bullarengue and Marimba from Colombia)
Tambor Chicago (Afro Cuban spiritual music and Rumba from Cuba)

Sunday, September 20, 1–3pm

Anam Mór
Programmed with and recorded at Martyrs’
The Chicago-based traditional Irish supergroup is led by master percussionist Jackie Moran and features Laurence Nugent on flutes and whistles, Brendan Bulger on fiddle, and Jesse Langen on guitar.

Sunday, September 27, 1–3pm

Chicago Immigrant Orchestra
Recorded at Epiphany Center for the Arts
The Chicago Immigrant Orchestra returns with a new vision under the direction of Fareed Haque and Wanees Zarour as a 12-piece ensemble of musicians from Chicago’s diverse immigrant community and representing music traditions from all over the world. Artists including Alex Chen (Chinese pipa), Fareed Haque (guitar, keys, percussion), Hitesh Master (North Indian vocals), Juan Pastor (Latin percussion), Paul Cotton (African percussion), Richard Christian (tabla/dhol), Sam Tahiri (Persian vocals), Saraswathi Ranganathan (South Indian veena), Tamir Hargana (throat singer / horsehair fiddle), Tzu-Tzen Wu (Chinese ruan) Ugochi (Nigerian vocals), and Wanees Zarour (oud, buzuq, percussion).

World Music Festival Chicago is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and is sponsored by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).

World Music Festival Chicago is presented as part of Global Music Month 2020 – a month-long, online celebration of music from around the world. Running from August 29 through October 1, 2020, Global Music Month features concerts, presentations and panels from 19 different U.S. and Canadian festivals and presenters under one banner. More information at globalmusicmonth.org

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Virtual World Music Festival Chicago

Event Information
Event Date: 
September 20, 2020 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue: 
online event
Description: 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Virtual World Music Festival Chicago

Sunday, September 6, 1–3pm

Ragamala: A Centennial Tribute to Ravi Shankar
Programmed with People of Rhythm. Recorded in Chicago, New Delhi, Oakland and Kolkata.
The festival’s annual celebration of Indian classical music, Ragamala will continue to showcase Hindustani music from North India and Carnatic music from South India with a very special online centennial tribute to legendary maestro and ambassador of Indian classical music, sitarist Ravi Shankar.

Saraswathi Ranganathan (veena), Dhananjay Kunte (tabla), Heather Boehm (violin)
Gaurav Mazumdar (sitar)
Aditya Prakash (vocals), Shiva Ramamurthi (violin), Rohan Krishnamurthy (mridangam)
Tejendra Narayan Majumdar (sarod), Arup Chatterjee (tabla)

Sunday, September 13, 1–3pm

Afro-Diáspora y Folklore
Programmed with and recorded at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
Chicago-based music groups highlight and celebrate the Afro-Latin folkloric musical traditions of some of the Latin American communities who call this city home.

Bombazo con Buya + special guest Eli Samuel Rodríguez (Bomba from Puerto Rico)
Los Pleneros de Don Segundo (Plena from Puerto Rico)
Ecos del Pacifico Afrocolombia (Bullarengue and Marimba from Colombia)
Tambor Chicago (Afro Cuban spiritual music and Rumba from Cuba)

Sunday, September 20, 1–3pm

Anam Mór
Programmed with and recorded at Martyrs’
The Chicago-based traditional Irish supergroup is led by master percussionist Jackie Moran and features Laurence Nugent on flutes and whistles, Brendan Bulger on fiddle, and Jesse Langen on guitar.

Sunday, September 27, 1–3pm

Chicago Immigrant Orchestra
Recorded at Epiphany Center for the Arts
The Chicago Immigrant Orchestra returns with a new vision under the direction of Fareed Haque and Wanees Zarour as a 12-piece ensemble of musicians from Chicago’s diverse immigrant community and representing music traditions from all over the world. Artists including Alex Chen (Chinese pipa), Fareed Haque (guitar, keys, percussion), Hitesh Master (North Indian vocals), Juan Pastor (Latin percussion), Paul Cotton (African percussion), Richard Christian (tabla/dhol), Sam Tahiri (Persian vocals), Saraswathi Ranganathan (South Indian veena), Tamir Hargana (throat singer / horsehair fiddle), Tzu-Tzen Wu (Chinese ruan) Ugochi (Nigerian vocals), and Wanees Zarour (oud, buzuq, percussion).

World Music Festival Chicago is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and is sponsored by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).

World Music Festival Chicago is presented as part of Global Music Month 2020 – a month-long, online celebration of music from around the world. Running from August 29 through October 1, 2020, Global Music Month features concerts, presentations and panels from 19 different U.S. and Canadian festivals and presenters under one banner. More information at globalmusicmonth.org

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Virtual World Music Festival Chicago

Event Information
Event Date: 
September 13, 2020 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue: 
online event
Description: 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Virtual World Music Festival Chicago

Sunday, September 6, 1–3pm

Ragamala: A Centennial Tribute to Ravi Shankar
Programmed with People of Rhythm. Recorded in Chicago, New Delhi, Oakland and Kolkata.
The festival’s annual celebration of Indian classical music, Ragamala will continue to showcase Hindustani music from North India and Carnatic music from South India with a very special online centennial tribute to legendary maestro and ambassador of Indian classical music, sitarist Ravi Shankar.

Saraswathi Ranganathan (veena), Dhananjay Kunte (tabla), Heather Boehm (violin)
Gaurav Mazumdar (sitar)
Aditya Prakash (vocals), Shiva Ramamurthi (violin), Rohan Krishnamurthy (mridangam)
Tejendra Narayan Majumdar (sarod), Arup Chatterjee (tabla)

Sunday, September 13, 1–3pm

Afro-Diáspora y Folklore
Programmed with and recorded at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
Chicago-based music groups highlight and celebrate the Afro-Latin folkloric musical traditions of some of the Latin American communities who call this city home.

Bombazo con Buya + special guest Eli Samuel Rodríguez (Bomba from Puerto Rico)
Los Pleneros de Don Segundo (Plena from Puerto Rico)
Ecos del Pacifico Afrocolombia (Bullarengue and Marimba from Colombia)
Tambor Chicago (Afro Cuban spiritual music and Rumba from Cuba)

Sunday, September 20, 1–3pm

Anam Mór
Programmed with and recorded at Martyrs’
The Chicago-based traditional Irish supergroup is led by master percussionist Jackie Moran and features Laurence Nugent on flutes and whistles, Brendan Bulger on fiddle, and Jesse Langen on guitar.

Sunday, September 27, 1–3pm

Chicago Immigrant Orchestra
Recorded at Epiphany Center for the Arts
The Chicago Immigrant Orchestra returns with a new vision under the direction of Fareed Haque and Wanees Zarour as a 12-piece ensemble of musicians from Chicago’s diverse immigrant community and representing music traditions from all over the world. Artists including Alex Chen (Chinese pipa), Fareed Haque (guitar, keys, percussion), Hitesh Master (North Indian vocals), Juan Pastor (Latin percussion), Paul Cotton (African percussion), Richard Christian (tabla/dhol), Sam Tahiri (Persian vocals), Saraswathi Ranganathan (South Indian veena), Tamir Hargana (throat singer / horsehair fiddle), Tzu-Tzen Wu (Chinese ruan) Ugochi (Nigerian vocals), and Wanees Zarour (oud, buzuq, percussion).

World Music Festival Chicago is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and is sponsored by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).

World Music Festival Chicago is presented as part of Global Music Month 2020 – a month-long, online celebration of music from around the world. Running from August 29 through October 1, 2020, Global Music Month features concerts, presentations and panels from 19 different U.S. and Canadian festivals and presenters under one banner. More information at globalmusicmonth.org

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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration 2020!

Event Information
Event Date: 
September 26, 2020 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Venue: 
online event - Urbana Free Library
Description: 

Stories in Spanish and English!

Join us to celebrate the diversity of Latin American cultural heritage through wonderful traditional music and bilingual storytelling in Latin American Languages!

¡Los esperamos para celebrar la diversidad de la herencia cultural de América Latina y el Caribe través de su música tradicional y lectura bilingüe en distintos idiomas de América Latina!

Co-sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois.

AGE GROUP: | Toddlers | Pre-Schoolers | Families | Elementary Students | Babies |

EVENT TYPE: | Children |

TAGS: | Story Time |

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Backdoor Cajun Band - outdoor and distanced

Event Information
Event Date: 
September 6, 2020 - 6:00pm
Venue: 
The Rose Bowl Tavern (outside)
Address: 
106 N. Race Street, Urbana
Description: 

Cajun & Zydeco music and more on Sunday, Sept. 6 from local band, the Urbana Backdoor Cajun Band (aka the Occasional Cajun Band or the "Aux Cajun-els"), with Matt Turino on fiddle, Sam Payne on guitar, Dave Pride on percussion, Charlie Harris on bass and Robert Krumm on accordion.

Two sets of traditional Cajun, soulful Creole and get-down Zydeco, wrapping up by 8:30pm

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Young Artist's Studio | Kids Learn African Dance!

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Event Date: 
September 20, 2020 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Venue: 
free online event - registration required
Description: 

Come learn techniques of African dance!

During this time of social distancing, the Young Artist’s Studio is coming to you. Join us for the next installment of our Young Artist’s Studio with local artist Tatianna Ammons of Ngoma Expressions, who will introduce our young participants to dance movement inspired by the rhythms of Senegal, Mali, and Guinea in West Africa! The class is appropriate for all ages, fitness, and experience levels. Youth participants will explore movement, rhythm, and culture! The Young Artist's Studio is a series of art workshops sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and The Urbana Arts & Culture Program designed to offer youth an opportunity to explore the arts. All events in the series are free and open to the public. For children ages 5 to 11 and their families.

We can’t wait to see you there! Please register here through the Library’s event calendar. We’ll email a link and a phone number to the email you provide in your registration so that you can join us online with Zoom.

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On a Personal Note: A Conversation with Violinists Joseph Deninzon and Yulia Ziskel

Event Information
Event Date: 
August 31, 2020 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Zoom (registration required)
Description: 

The Program in Jewish Culture & Society presents:

On a Personal Note: A Conversation with Violinists Joseph Deninzon and Yulia Ziskel.
Monday, Aug 31, 2020, 7:30 pm

Registration at the following website:
https://jewishculture.illinois.edu/future-events

A conversation with Yulia Ziskel & Joe Deninzon about their journey from their Russian-Jewish roots to current positions and relationship with Jewishness/Judaism and how that has evolved over the years.

Yulia Ziskel has established herself as a highly acclaimed violinist. A member of the New York Philharmonic’s First Violin section (Friends and Patrons Chair), she has also performed all over the world as a soloist and chamber musician. Ms. Ziskel has been praised by the Strad Magazine for “The sweetness of her sound.” Ms.Ziskel arrived to the United States as a refugee from St. Petersburg, Russia in 1994 when she was 17 years old with help of HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society; now the global Jewish non-profit that protects refugees). Her parents settled in Atlanta, Georgia and have been living there since. 6 months after her arrival to the US, she was accepted to the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, where she completed her Bachelor of Music Degree. Yulia received her Master’s Degree at the Juilliard School in New York City.

Joe Deninzon has been hailed by critics as “The Jimi Hendrix of the Violin,” because of his innovative style on the “Viper” seven-string electric violin. Joe has worked with the Who, Bruce Springsteen, 50 Cent, Sheryl Crow, Ritchie Blackmore, Alex Skolnick, Smokey Robinson, Les Paul, Peter Criss from KISS, Renaissance with Annie Haslam, Kurt Elling, and as a soloist with Jazz at Lincoln Center, NY All Star Jazz Orchestra, and the New York City Ballet.

Joe is the lead singer and electric violinist for the progressive rock band, Stratospheerius, and the Latin Jazz String Quartet Sweet Plantain. In 2015, Joe premiered his “Concerto for Seven String Electric Violin and Orchestra”.

CO-SPONSORED BY:
Krouse Family Visiting Scholars in Judaism and Western Culture Fund |Program in Jewish Culture & Society | Illinois Humanities Research Institute |Slavic Languages and Literature | Champaign Urbana Jewish Federation | Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity Equity & Inclusion | Illini Hillel

Admission: 
free and open to the public
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