Isango Ensemble: Aesop's Fables

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Event Date: 
October 1, 2019 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
KCPA, Tryon Festival Theatre
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

Isango came to life in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2000—the creation of director Mark Dornford-May and music director Pauline Malefane, who draw artists from surrounding townships to reimagine the Western theatre canon within a South African setting. Isango brought Krannert Center audiences joyfully to their feet in 2014, and the company returns to the Center with its vibrant and comedic turn on Aesop’s Fables. Based on a brilliant script from playwright Peter Terson, the expressive tale portrays the ancient Greek story of a servant on a journey to Mount Olympus, contextualized in the recent history of South Africa and sung in English, Tswana, and Zulu. Travel with Aesop as he encounters a host of colorful animal characters, such as the tortoise and the hare, and learns the balance of liberty and responsibility in this contemporary, playfully energetic, and beautifully rendered music, theatre, and dance production.

Recommended for ages 5 and up.

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Bizhiki Culture & Dance Company

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Event Date: 
September 20, 2019 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
KCPA, Tryon Festival Theatre
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

Intricate storytelling, a blending of traditional and contemporary song and dance, and a deep connection to traditional ecological knowledge form the heart of Bizhiki Culture & Dance Company. Krannert Center is joined by the University of Illinois Native American House for this powerful, intriguing, and informative powwow dance exhibition—a beautiful representation of the company’s commitment to public engagement, education, and to furthering the understanding of Indigenous cultures, resiliency, and revitalization. Powwow dance categories including Traditional, Jingle, and Woodlands will all highlight the artistry and athleticism of these present-day dance styles.

Recommended for ages 9 and up.

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Tony McManus and Julia Toaspern at Krannert Center

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Event Date: 
September 7, 2019 - 6:00pm
Venue: 
KCPA, Foellinger Great Hall
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

Tony McManus, recently named one of Guitar Player magazine’s “50 transcendent acoustic guitarists,” weaves beautifully ornamented musical tapestries of Celtic music in masterfully picked patterns that astound the eyes and ears of audiences worldwide. For this, his second Krannert Center appearance, he’s joined by the classically trained German “folk jazz” artist Julia Toaspern, whose lilting, clear vocals and remarkable guitar and fiddle talents combine with McManus’ signature style to create an evening of “breathtaking duets” (Folker).

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Danilo Brito Quartet

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Event Date: 
September 7, 2019 - 4:00pm
Venue: 
KCPA, Studio Theatre
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

As a young prodigy, Danilo Brito would play the bandolim, a Brazilian-style mandolin, alongside his elders at rodas de choro—informal gatherings of musicians that celebrated Brazil’s popular choro music style. He quickly earned comparisons to Brazil’s pioneering mandolin player Jacob do Bandolim, from whom the bandolim takes its name. Joined by collaborators on seven-string guitar, six-string guitar, and pandeiro (percussion), Brito will dazzle ELLNORA audiences with his dexterity, romanticism, and verve.

Club-style performances offer first-come, first-served seating at tables of four in the Studio Theatre. Full bar service with snacks is available during the performance.

Brito will perform two sets on Saturday, September 7th; one at 2:30pm and a second at 4:00pm. See Krannert Center website for details and to purchase tickets.

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Danilo Brito Quartet

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Event Date: 
September 7, 2019 - 2:30pm
Venue: 
KCPA, Studio Theatre
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

As a young prodigy, Danilo Brito would play the bandolim, a Brazilian-style mandolin, alongside his elders at rodas de choro—informal gatherings of musicians that celebrated Brazil’s popular choro music style. He quickly earned comparisons to Brazil’s pioneering mandolin player Jacob do Bandolim, from whom the bandolim takes its name. Joined by collaborators on seven-string guitar, six-string guitar, and pandeiro (percussion), Brito will dazzle ELLNORA audiences with his dexterity, romanticism, and verve.

Club-style performances offer first-come, first-served seating at tables of four in the Studio Theatre. Full bar service with snacks is available during the performance.

Brito will perform two sets on Saturday, September 7th; one at 2:30pm and a second at 4:00pm. See Krannert Center website for details and to purchase tickets.

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Anat Cohen and Marcello Goncalves; Aritmia: MERIMA KLJUČO and MIROSLAV TADIĆ

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Event Date: 
September 7, 2019 - 2:30pm
Venue: 
KCPA, Foellinger Great Hall
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

Noted musical director, arranger, and performing artist Marcello Gonçalves’ seven-stringed spontaneity is born of his Rio de Janeiro roots—celebrating Brazil’s great classical tradition but sprinkled with the mischief of popular music. He joins forces with clarinetist Anat Cohen, whose sensitive interpretations and charming stage presence are “a woodwind revelation” (DownBeat).

Acclaimed guitarist Miroslav Tadić and renowned accordionist Merima Ključo celebrate their common Balkan heritage in their duo, Aritmia, performing original work, exquisite arrangements of music by Erik Satie and Manuel de Falla, and the expressive music of sevdah—sometimes called “Bosnian blues.” This virtuosic pair shares the fruits of their unique musical partnership, offering a singular mix of joy, yearning, and aching beauty.

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Sona Jobarteh at Krannert Center

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Event Date: 
September 6, 2019 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 5
Address: 
500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

The African kora legacy has been handed down for seven centuries from father to son, but Sona Jobarteh has broken new ground as a female pioneer in this male-dominated tradition. Jobarteh, born into a griot hereditary music family, is the first female of West Africa’s Manding peoples to pursue the 21-stringed instrument professionally and has quickly found her own voice as an exceptional artist who connects ancient tradition with contemporary Afropop sensibilities.

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Sávila at Krannert Center

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Event Date: 
September 7, 2019 - 1:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 5
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

Sávila is a medicinal plant that grows wild in tropical climates all over the world, as well as the name of the cumbia/Latin/world/R&B-inspired ensemble of guitarist Fabi Reyna, vocalist Brisa Gonzalez, and percussionist Papi Fimbres. English and Spanish vocals mix in the hypnotizing music of this trio that was recently named one of the Portland, Oregon, area’s best new bands. Their otherworldly blend has been compared to “a warm embrace . . . everything melds into a groove so deep, you can’t help but sink in, too” (Willamette Week).

Also, hear a free panel discussion about gender and genre in the music industry led by Sávila guitarist Fabi Reyna on Friday, September 6, at 1:30pm.

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Across the Sea: Jeff Peterson, Greg Sardinha, Tsun-Hui Hung

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Event Date: 
September 6, 2019 - 12:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 5
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

Slow life down for a moment with the tranquil sounds of slack key guitar—the distinctly Hawaiian finger-style genre known as kī hō’alu in the islands. ELLNORA alum and Grammy Award winner Jeff Peterson returns with his versatile, jazz-influenced sound in an imaginative program that unites the beauty of Peterson’s slack key with the Hawaiian steel guitar of Greg Sardinha and Tsun-Hui Hung’s innovative interpretations on the two-stringed Chinese erhu.

Followed by a Talkback with the artists, moderated by Rachel Rosenkrantz, luthier.

Admission: 
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Krannert Center Opening Night: Toko Telo, Bombino, and Samantha Fish with Luther Dickinson

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Event Date: 
September 5, 2019 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for Performing Arts, Lobby
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

Krannert Center’s 50th season opens at high speed with the return of ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival and the Opening Night Party! Get ready to gather and groove as the entire community comes together for a night of exceptional music-making, fabulous food and drink, and all-ages amenities.

Slide in by 6pm when music begins with Toko Telo. This Madagascar-based supergroup features two of the country’s most renowned guitarists—D’Gary and Joël Rabesolo—who dazzle audiences on sparkling, island-inspired folk compositions in the tsapiky, jihe, and beko styles that glitter with the soulful vocals of Monika Njava. (Catch Toko Telo again at 7:30pm.)

At 6:30pm, enjoy a sizzling set of tichumaren (North African desert blues) from Niger-born artist Bombino. He says of his Sahara homeland that “sound and music there carries a power with it, so you get the feeling when you’re holding an instrument in your hand and playing it, you’re completing a picture that was otherwise incomplete” (The New York Times).

A pair of ELLNORA alums takes to the stage at 8pm. Long-time Krannert Center collaborator Luther Dickinson frequents the “best of” lists in the guitar world and garners devotion for his powerful slide style, exceptional songwriting, and deep connection to the music of Memphis. Kansas City-born guitarist/singer/songwriter Samantha Fish continues her meteoric rise as a blues artist who really knows how to rock. Together with Fish‘s band, you can expect them to deliver an over-the-top Opening Night Party finale to remember.

Food sales begin and doors open at 5:30pm.
Toko Telo, 6pm and 7:30pm—Amphitheatre (rain location Studio Theatre)
Bombino, 6:30pm, Lobby—Stage 6
Samantha Fish with Luther Dickinson, 8pm, Lobby—Stage 6
Following the Opening Night Party, head to the Studio Theatre at 9:30pm for Spontaneous Combustion, a late-night, ticketed set featuring a powerhouse lineup of six-string practitioners.

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