Robert E. Brown Center for World Music and Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies present in conjunction with Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs 2016:
Music of Asia
featuring ensembles from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Koto Performance by Jessica C. Hajek & Hilary Brady Morris
Musicology graduate students Jessica C. Hajek and Hilary Brady Morris will perform "Sunae" (Sand Picture), a koto duet composed by Tadao Sawai in 1973. One of the most recognized traditional Japanese instruments, the koto is a long wooden zither with 13-strings and movable bridges. Hajek and Morris studied koto at the University of Illinois with Anne Prescott, former Associate Director of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, who is now the Director of the Five College Center for East Asian Studies at Smith College.
Gah Rahk Mah Dahng
Gah Rahk Mah Dahng is a traditional Korean percussion performance team at the University of Illinois. As a registered student organization, they aim to raise awareness about Korean culture through its music. The specific type of music they play is samulnori, which is made up of four different instruments--jing (large gong), janggu (hourglass-shaped drum), buk (barrel drum), and ggwaenggwari (small gong)--that represent wind or lightning, rain, clouds, and thunder respectively. Samulnori music was traditionally played in prayer for good harvest, but today may often be played for both musical performance and social protest.
Bali Lantari is an Urbana-Champaign based ensemble led by I Ketut Gede Asnawa specializing on the performing arts of Bali, Indonesia. The ensemble performs traditional Balinese gamelan music, along with dance under the direction of Putu Oka Mardiani Asnawa, together celebrating and sharing the beautiful cultural arts of Bali. I Ketut Gede Asnawa is a full-time visiting faculty member of the School of Music and Robert E. Brown Center for World Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Jasmine Field Orchestra
Jasmine Field is a collective of nearly thirty Chinese undergraduate and graduate musicians from various majors who perform Chinese folkloric music and contemporary works in unique ensembles blending Chinese and Western instruments. Members of Jasmine Field arrange and compose new works that combine elements of Chinese music traditions with a wide spectrum of Western music including classical, jazz, rock and pop. Jasmine Field is a registered student organization at the University of Illinois, and is associated with the Chinese Student & Scholar Association.