Prairie Breezes Presents Jean René Balekita and Bomoyi

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Event Date: 
September 3, 2016 - 11:15am - 11:45am
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library
Address: 
210 West Green Street, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Professional musical ensemble Jean René Balekita and Bomoyi will share African rhythms with flavors of gospel, jazz, and Congolese rumba. Jean René on acoustic guitar is joined by vocalists Laeticia Kyungu and Joyce Nkama with Victor Matondo on bass guitar and ibo.

Prairie Breezes concerts are scheduled once a month and are generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.

Location: The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Event Type: Children
Age Group(s): Family

Admission: 
Admission Free
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UFLive! presents the Knights of Cabiria

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Event Date: 
August 21, 2016 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library
Address: 
210 West Green Street, Urbana, IL
Description: 

The new UFLive! season is kicking off big with a performance by the Knights of Cabiria, a new 12-piece “super-group" from Central Illinois. The band plays high-powered music from all over the world: Bartok, Bechet, sambas, and Stravinsky, not to mention boleros, son montunos, waltzes, polkas, rocked out central European dance numbers, and Fellini film scores by the great Nino Rota. The music is compelling, virtuosic, and rocking.

Robin Kearton (violin), Amanda Harris(vocals), Chris Petterson (cello), Sal Percoco (trumpets), James Andrew Hutchinson (trombone), Todd Gallagher (bass), Sol Baer (clarinet), Celia Faux (accordion), Bob McEntyre (drums), Sally Hoffman (flute), Tom Faux (guitar), and Maria Del Toro (violin).

UFLive! concerts are generously sponsored by The Urbana Free Library Foundation and are scheduled on the third Sunday of most months.

Location: The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Midwest Mandeng

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Event Date: 
October 7, 2016 (All day) - October 9, 2016 (All day)
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - DRK
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

The 2016 African Drum and Dance Festival: Midwest Mandeng

Oct. 7-9, 2016

Krannert Center, 500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana

DRK on the Production Level of the Facility

Highlights include:

16 dance and drum workshops with 8 master teachers over 3 days. Details found at:
http://cuwaddc.weebly.com/midwest-mandeng.html

Friday, Oct. 7th from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Free Drum Demonstration with Bolokada Conde at the International and Area Studies Library (1408 W. Gregory Dr., Rm. 321, Urbana)

Friday, Oct. 7th from 4:30- 5:15 pm
Free Drum and Dance Demonstration at the Urbana Free Library (210 W. Green St., Urbana) -- For kids and families

Saturday, October 8th from 9- 11 pm.

A Drum and Dance Party! At Pizza M (208 W. Main St. Urbana)

Thanks to our many sponsors and supporters:

Urbana Public Arts Program

City of Urbana

Common Ground Food Co-Operative, Urbana

C-U Folk and Roots Festival, Urbana
H20 Salon, Urbana
Maize Mexican Grill, Champaign

Manolo's Pizza and Empanadas, Urbana

The Urbana Free Library, Urbana

Urbana Business Association, Urbana

University of Illinois, Urbana

Center for African Studies
Center for Global Studies
Department of Dance
Krannert Art Museum
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Robert E. Brown Center for World Music
School of Music
University Library

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OUTSIDE at the Research Park: Las Cafeteras and Bones Jugs

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Event Date: 
July 8, 2016 - 6:30pm
Venue: 
Research Park
Address: 
Just southwest of State Farm Center on First Street in the Research Park. Parking is available in the lot south of the Caterpillar building at 1901 South First Street.
Description: 

Krannert Center continues our OUTSIDE at the Research Park concerts with Las Cafeteras and Bones Jugs.

6:30pm: A local favorite, Bones Jugs kicks off the evening of great music. Bones, jug, xylophone, kazoos, resonator guitar, upright bass, trap kit, horns, and all sorts of noise makers. These are just some of the instruments Bones Jugs use to conjure up their eclectic acoustic sound.

7:30pm: A remix of traditional Son Jarocho sounds, Las Cafeteras add Afro-Caribbean marimbol and cajón, poetry in English and Spanglish, and instruments like jarana, requinto, a donkey jawbone and a wooden platform called the Tarima.

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Alma Afrobeat Ensemble

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Event Date: 
May 28, 2016 - 9:30pm
Venue: 
Cowboy Monkey
Address: 
6 E Taylor St, Champaign, Illinois 61820
Description: 

The band locks into a fierce soulful groove. With a laugh, the singer enters, Rhodes and percussion percolating behind him. “It’s a beautiful world,” he chuckles, and the music starts to lift off. The Alma Afrobeat Ensemble is on the stage. And that’s where they’ll be starting on May 19th, 2016, as they begin a 10-day Midwestern tour to support their third album, It’s Time (to be released April 15, 2016). It’s definitely time for the band, bringing the heartening sound of Afrobeat from Barcelona, Spain to the American heartland.

“It’s a little weird,” says guitarist and group founder Aaron Feder. “I actually started the band in Chicago in 2003. But I moved to Barcelona 10 years ago and that’s where it really began to happen. So this is actually our first proper American tour.”

To say it’s taken off hardly does the band justice. They’ve closed out the last night of WOMAD Canary Islands, taking the coveted headlining slot, and shared the stage with the legendary master of Ghanaian highlife music, Ebo Taylor, as well as the junkyard pioneers Konono No 1. Afropop Worldwide has called the band’s sound “as dark and intensely danceable as any African musical experience can be,” and their songs have been featured on PRI’s The World, in movies and on TV shows. It’s very definitely time.

http://almaafrobeat.com/

Admission: 
admission charged
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Duo YUMENO (Koto, Shamisen, and Cello)

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Event Date: 
May 21, 2016 - 4:30pm
Venue: 
Japan House
Address: 
2000 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana, Illinois 61802
Description: 

Join us for an afternoon of music at Japan House, a fusion of the east and the west music, the program includes the following:

Haru No Umi for koto & cello (Michio Miyagi)
Cantabile for koto & cello (Daron Hagen)
In the Land of Dreams for shamisen & cello (Yoko Sato)
Send Off at the Yellow Crane Tower for koto & cello (Marty Regan)
Murasaki no Fu (Minoru Miki)
Suite for violoncello no. 2 (J.S. Bach)

Duo YUMENO is New York based koto / shamisen player and singer Yoko Reikano Kimura and cellist Hikaru Tamaki, who together create a singular fusion sound, inspired by tradition but with a contemporary sensibility. Duo YUMENO’s repertoire includes a dynamic range of compositions – both traditional and contemporary - all of which explore the dialogue between classical Japanese and western music. Duo YUMENO champions works by contemporary American and Japanese composers, including Marty Regan, Daron Hagen, James Nyoraku Schlefer, Gene Coleman, Yoko Sato, Martin Max Shreiner, Lou Harrison, Minoru Miki, Takatomi Nobunaga and Hiroki Tamaki. In 2014, they were awarded the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program grant to commission a new work by Gene Coleman, and in 2015, received the Aoyama Baroque Saal Award. Their activities have been featured in the media, like the New York Times, Chamber Music Magazine, New York Classical Review, Yomiuri Shimbun, Hōgaku Journal and NPR.

The duo’s name YUMENO 夢乃 means “of dreams” in Japanese. It is taken from a scroll which was given to Hikaru by Soko Morinaga, the Zen Buddhist master from whom Hikaru received his name. The text reads 夢乃里無片雲 (In the land of dreams, not a single cloud exists.) The duo cherishes the scroll and took the first two characters for their name, hoping that their dreams will be as clear as a pure blue sky.

Admission: 
Suggested donation: $20 ($10 for Student/Over 65) CASH ONLY
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Roots Walk 2016

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Event Date: 
May 13, 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Crystal Lake Park
Address: 
206 W. Park St. Urbana, IL 61801
Description: 

Roots Walk 2016

Stroll the north end of Urbana's Crystal Lake Park and listen to free roots, folk and Americana music from local artists.

Co-sponsored by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, C-U Folk and Roots Festival and the Urbana Park District.

Rain location is inside the nature center.

Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Anita Purves Nature Center and Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center.

Admission: 
Free to all!
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Mama Edie: Musician, Artist, and Storyteller

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Event Date: 
April 23, 2016 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library, The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Address: 
210 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Let Mama Edie Armstrong take you on a journey through time and through space with stories you can tell and percussion you too can play, as we re-awaken the storyteller in all of us.

Mama Edie is a bilingual storyteller (Spanish/English), published writer, percussionist, speech/language pathologist, and voice-over artist. Whether fun and frolicky or somber and serene, Mama Edie's presentations are powerful reminders of our own beauty and strength and the gifts we are to the world.

Co-sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Urbana Sister Cities Program

Help Build a School Library in Zomba, Malawi! The Urbana Sister Cities Program and Students of the University of Illinois are working in partnership to help raise literacy rates at a selected primary school in Zomba, Malawi. Under the project title Readers are Leaders, the students have set a goal to collect 1,000 gently used, early-to-young-reader level books to ship to Malawi with the help of The African Library Project. Students from the UIUC AGED 480 class will be on hand to explain their project.

The public is invited to attend this FREE event. Book donations for the Namiwawa Primary School Library will be accepted during the performance.

Admission: 
free admission
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Bernard Woma: Master of the Ghanaian Xylophone

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Event Date: 
May 10, 2016 - 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library, The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Address: 
210 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Bernard Woma: Master of the Ghanaian Xylophone

This special performance features Bernard Woma, a nationally recognized master musician from Ghana who has toured the world as xylophonist and lead drummer of the National Dance Company of Ghana. He is an extremely dynamic artist and deeply experienced educator. Woma will play the Gyil, a small African xylophone that is indigenous to Ghana.

For this performance, he will be joined by Matt Jacklin, the director of percussion studies at Olivet Nazarene University. Jacklin has made concerto and solo recital appearances throughout the United States and abroad.

This event is made possible in part by a grant from the Urbana Arts Council.

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Jazz Without Borders: New York, Paris, Havana, Rio

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Event Date: 
April 26, 2016 - 5:30pm
Venue: 
The Art Theater & Esquire Lounge
Address: 
Downtown Champaign
Description: 

Join us for the 3rd annual International Jazz Day Celebration in Champaign-Urbana on Tuesday April 26 starting at 5:30 pm The Art Theater in downtown Champaign after party at the nearby Esquire Lounge at 7:00 pm
At the Art, we will watch five short film excerpts featuring gypsy jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz and Brazillian bossa nova jazz. Commentaries and live music demonstrations by Almost "A" Quintet.
Continue this celebration by heading to the Esquire Lounge for the after party at 7:00 pm, we will thrill to live Brazillian Jazz with Samba Soul

Sponsored by:
UNESCO Center for Global Citizenship in Champaign-Urbana
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois Library
Conservatory of Central Illinois
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Admission: 
This event is free and open to the public.
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