"Musical Bows": Lecture-Performance & Film Screening

On Thursday, April 18th, the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music and Center for Global Studies will present two events exploring the legacy of the Berimbau, an Afro-Brazilian musical bow.

Film Screening - Jogo de Corpo: Capoeira and Ancestry

Event Information
Event Date: 
April 18, 2019 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium
Address: 
600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Description: 

The film Jogo de Corpo: Capoeira and Ancestry (2013), explores the transatlantic roots of Afro-Brazilian Capoeira, an art form that is at once musical and performance practice, combat game, and form of resistance. The event will feature an introduction and post-screening discussion by Mestre Cobra Mansa, a master practitioner of Capoeira Angola and co-director of the film.

Part of the Gateways to World Music series, this screening follows a lecture-demonstration taking place the same afternoon from 4-5pm in the Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium.

The lecture-demonstration, entitled “Musical Bows: The Afro-Brazilian Berimbau in Capoeira & Contemporary Composition,” will focus on berimbau practices in both traditional and contemporary musical settings. Featuring special guests Mestre Cobra Mansa, Gregory Beyer, and Jason Finkelman, the event will explore the roots of the instrument, a type of musical bow, and its use in the musical/martial arts practice of Capoeira Angola, as well as in contemporary composition.

Sponsored in part by the Center for Global Studies through support from the US Department of Education’s Title VI NRC Program.

Guest Bios:

Mestre Cobra Mansa (Cinézio Peçanha) has been a Master of Capoeira Angola since 1986. He is one of the principal figures responsible for the revitalization of Capoeira Angola. In 1996, he founded the International Foundation of Capoeira Angola (FICA) in Washington DC, and participated as producer, consultant, and actor in diverse documentary films about capoeira. He is the co-director of the film Jogo de corpo: Capoeira and Ancestry (2013). He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in the multi- institutional and multidisciplinary program (DMMDC) at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

Gregory Beyer is a Fulbright Scholar and a contemporary music specialist with significant experience in orchestral, jazz, and world music who combines the multiple disciplines of 21st Century percussion into a singular artistic voice. He has given solo performances and masterclasses throughout the world. Beyer is Associate Professor and Head of Percussion Studies at Northern Illinois University, where he directs the Percussion Ensemble (performed at PASIC in 2009 and 2013) and New Music Ensemble. He is also the director of Arcomusical, an organization that creates and promotes contemporary music for tuned gourd-resonated musical bows.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Musical Bows: The Afro-Brazilian Berimbau in Capoeira & Contemporary Composition

Event Information
Event Date: 
April 18, 2019 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium
Address: 
600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Description: 

Part of the Gateways to World Music series, this lecture-performance will focus on berimbau practices in both traditional and contemporary musical settings. Featuring special guests Mestre Cobra Mansa, Gregory Beyer, and Jason Finkelman, the event will explore the Afro-Brazilian roots of the instrument, a type of musical bow, and its use in the musical/martial arts practice of Capoeira Angola, as well as in contemporary composition.

The lecture-performance will be followed by a screening of the film Jogo de Corpo: Capoeira and Ancestry (2013), at 7pm in the Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium, with an introduction and post-screening discussion by Mestre Cobra Mansa.

Sponsored in part by the Center for Global Studies through support from the US Department of Education’s Title VI NRC Program.

Guest Bios:

Mestre Cobra Mansa (Cinézio Peçanha) has been a Master of Capoeira Angola since 1986. He is one of the principal figures responsible for the revitalization of Capoeira Angola. In 1996, he founded the International Foundation of Capoeira Angola (FICA) in Washington DC, and participated as producer, consultant, and actor in diverse documentary films about capoeira. He is the co-director of the film Jogo de Corpo: Capoeira and Ancestry (2013). He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in the multi- institutional and multidisciplinary program (DMMDC) at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

Gregory Beyer is a Fulbright Scholar and a contemporary music specialist with significant experience in orchestral, jazz, and world music who combines the multiple disciplines of 21st Century percussion into a singular artistic voice. He has given solo performances and masterclasses throughout the world. Beyer is Associate Professor and Head of Percussion Studies at Northern Illinois University, where he directs the Percussion Ensemble (performed at PASIC in 2009 and 2013) and New Music Ensemble. He is also the director of Arcomusical, an organization that creates and promotes contemporary music for tuned gourd-resonated musical bows.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Adelei: Georgian Ensemble featured in WorldFest 2019 Program

The center is proud to welcome Ensemble Adilei, a vocal group hailing from the republic of Georgia, to the UIUC campus as part of the Spurlock Museum’s celebration of its 14th annual WorldFest event. Ensemble Adilei will perform this Sunday, April 7th, from 4-5pm in the Spurlock Museum’s Knight Auditorium.

Powwow Dance and Singing Exhibition by Bizhiki

Event Information
Event Date: 
April 12, 2019 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S. Gregory St. Urbana, IL
Description: 

The Spurlock Museum invites you to a Powwow Dance and Singing exhibition by Bizhiki Culture & Dance Company. The Company was founded on the pillars of public engagement and education, with the goal of furthering peoples understanding of Indigenous cultures through interactive workshops, presentations, and exhibitions. The dedicated professionals of Bizhiki engage audiences of all ages through intricate stories, traditional and contemporary dance and song, and demonstration of traditional ecological knowledge, guiding participates to a better understanding of cultural resiliency and revitalization.

The event is free and all ages are welcome. This event is co-sponsored by the Spurlock Museum and Native American House. It is supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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UFLive! presents Papashoy

Event Information
Event Date: 
April 14, 2019 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library, Busey-Mills Reading Room
Address: 
210 W Green St. Urbana, IL
Description: 

Papashoy plays old-time klezmer music in the style of the village bands of Yiddish Eastern Europe’s own corn country. Bring your dancing shoes for our assortment of lively tunes, and your hankies for some sweet, sad melodies. Surprises at every turn. Members are Frances Harris and Amanda Ramey (fiddles), Rob Sweedler (accordion), Rob Krumm (guitar), Charlie Harris (bass), and Cody Jensen (mandolin, xylophone).

UFLive! concerts take place on the third Sunday of most months and are made possible by the generous support of The Urbana Free Library Foundation

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Film: Forgetting Vietnam with filmmaker/theorist Trinh T. Minh-ha

Event Information
Event Date: 
April 3, 2019 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium
Address: 
600 S. Gregory St. Urbana, IL
Description: 

Part of the CAS/MillerComm Lecture Series.

Moving between footage shot in 1995 and 2012 in multiple formats, Forgetting Vietnam offers a lyrical dialogue between the two elements—land and water—that underlie the formation of the Vietnamese term for “country.” Through folksongs, popular and classical music as well as through local people’s voices—via insurgent poetry, sayings and everyday comments—the film comments on the residue of one of America’s most divisive wars, and its ongoing presence and simultaneous absence in our historical reckoning.

Renowned filmmaker and feminist postcolonial theorist Trinh T. Minh-ha will introduce her most recent film Forgetting Vietnam and take questions from the audience afterwards. Professor Trinh is an alumna of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a Ph.D. in French and Ethnomusicology, and masters degrees in Music Composition and in French Literature.

The CAS/MillerComm public events series brings to campus people who offer unique cross-disciplinary contributions to the intellectual and cultural life of the university.

This Center for Advanced Study event is hosted by the Department of Gender and Women's Studies in conjunction with the Center for Writing Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Asian American Studies, Department of French and Italian, Department of Geography & Geographic Information Science, Department of History, Department of Media and Cinema Studies, Department of Political Science, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Krannert Art Museum, Program in Comparative and World Literature, Program in Women and Gender in Global Perspectives, School of Music, Spurlock Museum, and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory.

This event is also part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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WorldFest 2019

Event Information
Event Date: 
April 7, 2019 - 12:30pm - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Description: 

Join the Spurlock Museum in the celebration of its 14th annual WorldFest event. Enjoy performances from around the world in one afternoon... plus crafts for all ages! The afternoon features a variety of international music and storytelling. This family-friendly event is free and sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council.

Featured Performers:

Murilo Mendes, a performer of the pífano, a Brazilian flute, and an expert in forró, a Brazilian genre from its northeastern region.

Ensemble Adilei, specializing in traditional polyphonic songs and chants of the Eurasian nation of Georgia.

Minu Pasupathi, leading an ensemble performing classical and light classical South Indian Carnatic Music.

Mike Speller, a teller of stories from around the world.

Full Schedule:

Music of India
Time: 12:30 pm–1:10 pm and 2:30 pm–3:10 pm
Location: Knight Auditorium

Music of the Eurasian Country of Georgia
Time: 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
Location: Knight Auditorium

Music of Brazil
Time: 1:30 pm–1:55 pm and 3:00 pm–3:25 pm
Location: Ancient Mediterranean Gallery

Stories from around the World
Time: 1:10 pm–1:25 pm, 2:00 pm–2:25 pm, and 3:30 pm–3:55 pm
Location: African Gallery

Crafts for All Ages
Time: 12:30 pm–4:00 pm
Location: American Indian Gallery

Ensemble Adilei's performance is co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies through support from the US Department of Education’s Title VI NRC Program.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Piper's Hut Concert: Dylan Foley

Event Information
Event Date: 
April 9, 2019 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
House Concert
Address: 
location provided with reservation
Description: 

Dylan Foley, A 4-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, was a student of the great Rose Flanagan (the original fiddler in Cherish the Ladies) and counts Joanie Madden, Brian Conway, Mike McHale, and Monsignor Charlie Coen among his primary influences. He is a vibrant stylist whose playing has been called "impeccable and spirited." In this first show of the 2019 Piper's Hut season, Foley will perform a concert of solo fiddle music.

Dylan has performed at Lincoln Center, Joanie Madden’s Folk N' Irish Cruise, Austin Celtic Festival, at Gracie Mansion for NYC Mayor Bloomberg, on Jay Unger's Dancing On the Air show on WAMC, also Foley has been featured on Irish Television channels RTE and TG4's fleadh programme. At age 12, Dylan made an appearance on the HBO special "The Music In Me". With the the help of Irish Aid, In January 2013, Foley traveled with Dr. Mick Moloney (NYU Ethnomusicologist and Folklorist) to Vietnam in order to bring Irish music, song, dance and culture to those who were effected by Agent Orange and other Vietnam War atrocities. Dylan also performed with Mick Moloney, Joanie Madden, Bobby Hicks, Matt Molloy and Sharon Shannon.

Learn more about his music here:
http://www.dylanfoleymusic.com/index.html

This is a HOUSE CONCERT. Seating is extreemly limited so reservations are required. You may reserve a seat by buying a ticket here or by emailing pipers.hut@gmail.com and stating the number of seats you need and a phone number in case of last minute changes

Admission: 
$20
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My Life in Song: Palestinian Rapper Tamer Nafar

Event Information
Event Date: 
March 25, 2019 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Allen Hall, Main Lounge
Address: 
1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana
Description: 

Allen Hall/Unit One presents "My Life in Song: A Night with Palestinian Rapper Tamer Nafar." The evening will include a performance by Nafar, discussion, and Mediterranean/Levantine cuisine. The event is free and open to the public.

Tamer Nafar is a Palestinian rapper, actor, screenwriter, and social activist. He is the premier voice of Palestinian hip-hop and leader of the world's first Palestinian hip-hop group DAM. Tamer Nafar co-wrote and starred in the award-winning feature film Junction 48, inspired by his youth and early years as a rapper.

Nafar grew up in Lod, a poor Israeli city where Arabs and Jews live side-by-side. It's a place rife with violence, crime, and drug-dealers, just twenty minutes from metropolitan Tel Aviv and right next to Ben Gurion airport -- the only gateway to the State of Israel. In this impoverished place, Nafar reinvented hip-hop in its purest form: rage without hate, social-political awareness without empty materialism, and large audiences without selling out. He imported hip-hop into the Arab-Muslim ghetto and exported it back to the world with an Arabic flavor and a feminist message. Today, millions of fans worldwide follow Nafar's rap group, DAM, which has released two albums and multiple music videos. Nafar serves as a role model for young Arabs across the globe.

Co-Sponsored by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Unit One/Allen Hall, Students for Justice in Palestine, Center for Global Studies, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, and the Central Residential Funding Board.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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