AsiaLENS: "The Song Collector"

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Event Date: 
March 12, 2019 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium
Address: 
600 South Gregory Street, Urbana IL
Description: 

Through the intimate interactions of three generations of the Namgyal family, "The Song Collector" explores the uneasy relationship between culture and development and ultimately offers a new vision, inspired by the Buddhist concept of the ‘middle path’, that seeks to find a lasting coexistence between tradition and modernization. (Directed by Erik Koto. 2016. Ladakh, India. 54 minutes.)

Introduction and post-screening discussion with Stefan P. Fiol
Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati.

AsiaLENS is a series of free public film screenings and discussion programs—organized by the Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS)/Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) in collaboration with the Spurlock Museum and the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music—presenting recent documentary and independent films on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia. Local and visiting experts introduce the films and lead audiences in post-screening discussions.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/294547284580197/

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AsiaLENS: "The Silk Road of Pop"

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Event Date: 
February 12, 2019 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium
Address: 
600 South Gregory Street, Urbana, IL
Description: 

"The Silk Road of Pop" sketches a unique portrait of the vibrant pop music scene among the Uyghur Muslims in North-West China. Featuring traditional musicians, hip-hop crews, rock stars and dynamic music fans, this documentary taps into the rhythmical zeitgeist of what it means to be young and Uyghur in China, showing how music becomes a liberating element for a minority trying to assert its identity within a repressive environment. (Directed by Sameer Farooq. Co-directed by Ursula Engel. Produced by Stijn Deklerck. 2013. China. 53 minutes.)

Post-screening discussion with Liwei Zhang
Department of Political Science, Jilin University, China and VASP Scholar, UofI.

AsiaLENS is a series of free public film screenings and discussion programs—organized by the Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS)/Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) in collaboration with the Spurlock Museum—presenting recent documentary and independent films on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia. Local and visiting experts introduce the films and lead audiences in post-screening discussions.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/250765899154818/

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Lecture: Kayhan Kalhor

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Event Date: 
February 14, 2019 - 5:30pm
Venue: 
Smith Memorial Hall, Room 25
Address: 
805 S Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801
Description: 

The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music and Improvisers Exchange, alongside the UIUC Iranian Cultural Association (ICA-UIUC), and Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES), are proud to present a lecture on Improvisation in Persian Music by three-time Grammy nominee and renowned kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor.

Kalhor is an internationally acclaimed artist who has been instrumental in popularizing Persian music in the West through his many collaborations, and is a creative force in today’s music scene.

The lecture will be held in Smith Memorial Hall, Room 25, located in the lower level at 805 S. Mathews Avenue.

Open to the public, admission free.

Kayhan Kalhor will also be performing on campus the following day. Please see this Facebook Event for more details about the concert: https://www.facebook.com/events/436496573558261/

These events are co-sponsored by a number of programs including the Center for Global Studies through support from the US Department of Education's Title VI NRC Program.

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Kayhan Kalhor at the University of Illinois

The UIUC Iranian Cultural Association (ICA-UIUC) and Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES) are proud to present three-time Grammy nominee and renowned kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor in concert at the University of Illinois on Friday, February 15, 2019 from 7-9pm in Gregory Hall (810 S Wright St, Urbana). The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music is one of several co-sponsors of this event, including the Center for Global Studies through support from the US Department of Education's Title VI NRC Program.

Kayhan Kalhor Live at UIUC

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Event Date: 
February 15, 2019 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Gregory Hall
Address: 
810 S Wright St, Urbana, Illinois 61801
Description: 

The UIUC Iranian Cultural Association (ICA-UIUC) and Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES) are proud to present three-time Grammy nominee and renowned kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor in concert at the University of Illinois on Friday, February 15, 2019 from 7-9pm in Gregory Hall (810 S Wright St, Urbana). The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music is one of several co-sponsors of this event, including the Center for Global Studies through support from the US Department of Education's Title VI NRC Program.

Kalhor is an internationally acclaimed artist who has been instrumental in popularizing Persian music in the West through his many collaborations, and is a creative force in today’s music scene. His performances of traditional Persian music have attracted audiences from around the globe. He is known for studying the music of Iran’s many regions, in particular those of Khorason and Kordestan, and has toured the world as a soloist with various ensembles and orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and the Orchestre National de Lyon.

Kalhor is also the co-founder of the renowned ensembles Dastan, Ghazal: Persian & Indian Improvisations, and Masters of Persian Music, and has composed works for Iran’s most renowned vocalists including Mohammad Reza Shajarian and Shahram Nazeri. He has composed music for television and film, and was most recently featured on the soundtrack of Francis Ford Copolla’s Youth Without Youth. Kayhan Kalhor has also collaborated with many other well known composers including Osvaldo Golijov and John Adams, and his compositions appear on several albums by Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble, of which he is a member.

This concert is free and open to the public, but numbered seats can be secured by reserving a free ticket. Please see the Facebook Event page below for ticketing details.

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Michael Silvers

Michael
Silvers

Assistant Professor of Musicology

Aniket Ravan

Aniket
Ravan

President, Spicmacay Illinois

Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (Spicmacay Illinois):

Our organisation is dedicated to bringing world class Indian Classical Music/Performing arts to the campus community. Indian Classical Music, both North Indian and South Indian, Vocal and Instrumental and Classical Arts and artists are invited to perform for the benefit of the students and community members of UIUC and Urbana-Champaign.

Yiddish Cabaret Night

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Event Date: 
February 2, 2019 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Sinai Temple
Address: 
3104 W. Windsor Rd., Champaign, IL
Description: 

Please join the Urbana Yiddish Ensemble for a free evening of Yiddish music at Sinai Temple. This cabaret event showcases Yiddish theater songs, Yiddish traditional folk songs, and lively klezmer instrumental music (with dancing!).

You are invited to bring wine, beer, and other libations. Some snacks will be provided; snacks to share are welcome.

The Urbana Yiddish Ensemble features Jacqueline Ross and Lev Marshall (vocals), Frances Harris (violin), Maria Merkelo (accordion), and Mitch Harris (Tumler/Master of Ceremonies)
 
Everyone is welcome!  Please come enjoy an evening of Yiddishkeit.

Admission: 
Free Admission

2018-19 Nettl Lecture: Dr. Kay Kaufman Shelemay

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Event Date: 
January 25, 2019 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana, IL 61801
Description: 

The 2018-19 Bruno and Wanda Nettl Distinguished Lecture in Ethnomusicology will be given by Dr. Kay Kaufman Shelemay, on Friday, January 25 from 4-5:30 pm in the Music Building Auditorium. This year's lecture will be drawn from Dr. Shelemay's new book in progress, and will be titled "Moral Leaders, Guards, and Guides: Musicians in Society." The lecture will be free and open to the public. Please join us!

Admission: 
Free Admission

CAS Associates and Fellows: Dr. Donna Buchanan

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Event Date: 
January 31, 2019 - 12:00pm
Venue: 
Levis Faculty Center, Suite 200, Music Room
Address: 
919 West Illinois Street, Urbana, IL 61801
Description: 

The Center for Advanced Study provides this opportunity to explore pioneering scholarship produced at the University of Illinois, through its "Noonhour Presentations" series. Bring your lunch for for an exciting talk by UIUC Musicology Division Associate Professor, Dr. Donna Buchanan.

Dr. Buchanan's paper is entitled "Audible Cosmology: Belfries, Minarets, and the Sounding of Ethnoreligious Sentiment in Post-2000 Bulgaria." In this presentation, she explores how the interface of the everyday and the cosmological in postsocialist Bulgaria is being sounded, heard, and enacted through cultural performance. Specifically, she will juxtapose three incidents, each encountered during a year's fieldwork in 2010-11, when the sound worlds of Christianity and Islam collided, revealing a politics of religious nationalism whose contested audibility, through bellringing and the call to prayer, staked a certain moral claim on the public space of Bulgaria's future.

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