Somi: The Lagos Music Salon

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Event Date: 
November 5, 2015 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts | Studio Theatre
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL
Description: 

Somi: The Lagos Music Salon
Big Mix Series | In late 2011, acclaimed Champaign-Urbana native and East African vocalist-songwriter Somi decided to move from New York City to Lagos, Nigeria for 18 months in search of new inspiration. The result is The Lagos Music Salon, her 2014 debut on Sony Music/OKeh that rocketed to the top of the US jazz charts, straddling the worlds of African jazz, soul, and pop with a newfound ease. In this special homecoming appearance, she performs with her all-acoustic chamber jazz ensemble in a club-style setting, celebrating global inspiration with a voice that Vogue Magazine simply declares “superb!”

The music ensemble for these performances will include:
Somi, vocals
Keith Witty, bass
Toru Dodo, piano
Nir Felder, guitar
Otis Brown, drums
Juliette Jones, violin
TBD, cello

Additional Dates:
Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 7:30pm | Friday, November 6, 2015 at 7pm | Friday, November 6, 2015 at 9:30pm | Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 7pm | Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 9:30pm

Admission: 
SINGLE: 44 / SC 39 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10
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OUD WORKSHOP WITH RONNIE MALLEY

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Event Date: 
November 7, 2015 - 10:00am
Venue: 
C4A
Address: 
202 West Main Street, Urbana
Description: 

Multi-instrumentalist Ronnie Malley will outline the history of the Oud, an ancient Arabic lute and pre-curser to the modern guitar, and demonstrate playing styles from various Middle Eastern traditions. Emphasis will be placed on the modal system known as Maqam and its role in the history of Arabic music. All are welcome and no experience with the oud or Arabic music is needed.

This workshop is presented by Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival and the Global Transfer Afterglow Series at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Allos Musica performs on November 5, 2015 - 9:30pm,on Stage 5, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Admission: 
free admission
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BODHRÁN WORKSHOP WITH TIM MULVENNA

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Event Date: 
November 7, 2015 - 10:00am
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library
Address: 
210 West Green Street, Urbana
Description: 

Percussionist Tim Mulvenna will lead a workshop and demonstration on the Irish frame drum, the Bodhrán. A history of the instrument and its place in traditional and contemporary Celtic music will be discussed, followed by a demonstration of the Bodhrán’s many playing styles and techniques. No experience with the instrument is required though players with experience in traditional Irish music are encouraged to bring their instruments.

This workshop is presented by Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival and the Global Transfer Afterglow Series at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Allos Musica performs on November 5, 2015 - 9:30pm,on Stage 5, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Admission: 
free admission
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Carnatic Vocal Recital by Priyanka Prakash

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Event Date: 
October 4, 2015 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Courtyard Cafe, Illini Union
Address: 
1401 W Green St, Urbana
Description: 

SPICMACAY UIUC in association with The Illini Union Courtyard Cafe is delighted to invite you all to a melodious evening of Carnatic Vocal Recital by Priyanka Prakash. Priyanka Prakash will be accompanied by Prasod Ramachandran on Violin and Athrey Nadhan on Mrudangam.

About the Artist:
Priyanka Prakash is a well-known Classical Vocalist from India, and a disciple of Sangita-Kala-Acharya Vidushi Neela Ramgopal, and a descendant of the great Vidwan of the yesteryears, Palakkad Sri Rama Bhagavathar. She is a seasoned young artiste, having performed over 300 concerts across several states in India and abroad. Some notable performances include at prestigious venues such as the Madras Music Academy, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Kartik Fine Arts, Naada Inbam (Chennai), Gayana Samaja (Bangalore), Shanmukhananda Sabha (Mumbai), Sathguru Samajam (Madurai), Chembai Sangeetolsavam (Guruvayoor), to name a few. She is amongst the Top-11 vocalists chosen from across India to perform at the National Festival Kalavanta 2014. She has been extensively performing during the December Margazhi Festival in Chennai for the past few years, including 12 concerts in December-2014.

Priyanka has won numerous awards and prizes such as the Sri D K Jayaraman Award from Krishna Gana Sabha – Chennai, the MS Subbalakshmi Award (Bhramara Trust, Mysore), TRV Shastri and Dr. Rangaswamy Iyer Prizes (The Music Academy, Madras), Maharajapuram Santhanam Award from Krishna Gana Sabha and the first ever Yuva Nirman Puraskar by the Governor of Karnataka. Her concerts are critically acclaimed by the leading Media Houses. As renowned critic, Mysore Subramanya once wrote, ‘Priyanka Prakash is not a new name to connoisseurs of Bangalore. Being a disciple of veteran musician Neela Ramgopal, she has received a very good training. She writes frequently for leading Art magazines, including Sruti. She was part of the core team that introduced acclaimed cultural festival Svanubhava to Karnataka, working with musician TM Krishna.

Admission: 
Admission is Free
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Midwest Mandeng 2015 - West African Drum and Dance Festival

Our friends at the C-U West African Drum & Dance Collective are presenting Midwest Mandeng 2015, a four day festival September 24 - 27. Over the extended weekend, dance and drum classes will be offered at multiple Urbana locations, a free performance demo at Urbana Free Library is scheduled on Friday afternoon, and a Dundunba Party at Pizza M concludes Saturday night. We welcome back Bolokada Conde, a former teaching artist of the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music and are excited to have world class West African drum and dance teachers sharing their knowledge with our community. View the schedule below and find more info at the Midwest Mandeng 2015 website: http://cuwaddc.weebly.com/midwest-mandeng.html

Midwest Mandeng 2015-- Schedule of Events
**Please note this is the probable schedule but is subject to change**

Thursday, September 24-
(Channing-Murray Foundation-- 1209 W. Oregon St., Urbana, IL 61801)
6:00-7:30pm-- Beginner's Guinean Djembe Workshop with Bolokada Conde
7:30-9:00pm-- Beginner's Guinean Dance Workshop with Djibril Camara

Friday, September 25
(Urbana Landmark Hotel-- 210 S. Race St., Urbana, IL 61801)
12:30-2:00pm--Guinean Dance with Youssouf Koumbassa
2:15-3:45-- Guinean Djembe with Fode Bangoura

**4:00-5:00-- Free Drum and Dance Demonstration at the Urbana Free Library

5:30-7:00-- Malian Dance with Djeneba Sako
7:15-8:45--Guinean Djembe with Bolokada Conde

Saturday, September 26
(Urbana Landmark Hotel-- 210 S. Race St., Urbana, IL 61801)
9:30-11:00-- Guinean Dance with Marietou Camara
11:15-12:45--Malian Djembe with Moussa Traore
1:00-2:30-- Guinean Dance with Djibril Camara
2:45-4:15-- Guinean Dunun with Abass Camara
4:30-6:00-- Guinean Dance with Youssouf Koumbassa
6:15-7:45-- Guinean Djembe with Fode Bangoura

**9-11-- Dundunba Party at Pizza M!!!! (208 W Main St, Urbana, IL 61801)

Sunday, September 27
(Urbana Landmark Hotel-- 210 S. Race St., Urbana, IL 61801)
9:30-11:00-- Guinean Djembe with Bolokada Conde
11:15-12:45--Malian Dance with Djeneba Sako
1:00-2:30-- Guinean Dunun with Abass Camara
2:45-4:15-- Guinean Dance with Marietou Camara
4:30-6:00-- Malian Djembe with Moussa Traore
6:15-7:45-- Guinean Dance with Djibril Camara

In Concert @ CPL: Samba Soul

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Event Date: 
September 20, 2015 - 2:00pm - 3:27pm
Venue: 
Champaign Public Library
Address: 
200 W. Green Street
Description: 

Samba Soul brings the sunny sounds of Brazil alive at the September installment of In Concert @ CPL. This local ensemble, featuring vocalist Vivian Felicio, specializes in samba, bossa nova, and jazz.

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Arts Program with Tashi Kyil Tibetan Buddhist Monks

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Event Date: 
September 21, 2015 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Asian American Cultural Center
Address: 
1210 Nevada St, Urbana - University of Illinois Campus
Description: 

AACC Chai Time presents
Arts Program with Tashi Kyil Tibetan Buddhist Monks

-Make Butter Sculpture, Sand Painting, Prayer Flags, Coloring of Eight Auspicious Symbols. Please bring a stone that will fit in your hand to draw a Tibetan symbol of "OM" or "OM MANI PAD ME HUM."

Admission: 
Donations Accepted
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Midwest Mandeng 2015 - West African Drum and Dance Festival

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Event Date: 
September 24, 2015 - 6:00pm - September 27, 2015 - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Multiple Venues - see schedule below
Description: 

Midwest Mandeng 2015--a full weekend of dancing, drumming, partying, shopping, and community building. This year the festival will take place September 24-27 at the historic Urbana Landmark Hotel in the heart of downtown Urbana!

Midwest Mandeng 2015-- Schedule of Events
**Please note this is the probable schedule but is subject to change**

Thursday, September 24-
(Channing-Murray Foundation-- 1209 W. Oregon St., Urbana, IL 61801)
6:00-7:30pm-- Beginner's Guinean Djembe Workshop with Bolokada Conde
7:30-9:00pm-- Beginner's Guinean Dance Workshop with Djibril Camara

Friday, September 25
(Urbana Landmark Hotel-- 210 S. Race St., Urbana, IL 61801)
12:30-2:00pm--Guinean Dance with Youssouf Koumbassa
2:15-3:45-- Guinean Djembe with Fode Bangoura

**4:00-5:00-- Free Drum and Dance Demonstration at the Urbana Free Library

5:30-7:00-- Malian Dance with Djeneba Sako
7:15-8:45--Guinean Djembe with Bolokada Conde

Saturday, September 26
(Urbana Landmark Hotel-- 210 S. Race St., Urbana, IL 61801)
9:30-11:00-- Guinean Dance with Marietou Camara
11:15-12:45--Malian Djembe with Moussa Traore
1:00-2:30-- Guinean Dance with Djibril Camara
2:45-4:15-- Guinean Dunun with Abass Camara
4:30-6:00-- Guinean Dance with Youssouf Koumbassa
6:15-7:45-- Guinean Djembe with Fode Bangoura

**9-11-- Dundunba Party at Pizza M!!!! (208 W Main St, Urbana, IL 61801)

Sunday, September 27
(Urbana Landmark Hotel-- 210 S. Race St., Urbana, IL 61801)
9:30-11:00-- Guinean Djembe with Bolokada Conde
11:15-12:45--Malian Dance with Djeneba Sako
1:00-2:30-- Guinean Dunun with Abass Camara
2:45-4:15-- Guinean Dance with Marietou Camara
4:30-6:00-- Malian Djembe with Moussa Traore
6:15-7:45-- Guinean Dance with Djibril Camara

Admission: 
For info visit: http://cuwaddc.weebly.com/registration--payment.html
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Learn African Dancing with Djibril Camara -A Special Beginners' Class-

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Event Date: 
September 24, 2015 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Channing Murray Foundation
Address: 
1209 W. Oregon, Urbana
Description: 

Learn African Dancing with Djibril Camara -A Special Beginners' Class-
Part of a weekend Festival of African Drumming and Dancing: Midwest Mandeng 2015

Djibril was the principal dancer and choreographer with the international touring company, Ballet du Afrique Noir of Senegal.

His class is open to people of all fitness levels, ages and experience. Classes begin with a warm-up, followed by work on specific techniques and movement set to different West African rhythms, and end with a lively community circle.

Most people choose to dance barefoot, but you can wear athletic shoes if that is more comfortable. Otherwise wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring plenty of water.

Admission: 
$18 (children under 13 dance for free with a paying adult/guardian) (But mention this notice and get a $2 discount!)
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Learn African Drumming with Bolokada Conde -A Special Beginners' Class-

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Event Date: 
September 24, 2015 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Channing Murray Foundation
Address: 
1209 W. Oregon, Urbana
Description: 

Learn African Drumming with Bolokada Conde
-A Special Beginners' Class-

Part of a weekend Festival of African Drumming and Dancing: Midwest Mandeng 2015

Bolokada is a master drummer and masterful teacher from Guinea, West Africa. Learn beginning techniques and rhythms from Baba Bolo!

Bring a djembe, if you have one. Or contact us early to see if we have one for you to borrow.

Admission: 
$18 (children under 13 drum for free with a paying adult/guardian) (But mention this notice and get a $2 discount!)
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