Step Afrika!: Drumfolk

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Event Date: 
February 6, 2020 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Perfoming Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Step Afrika!, the first professional organization dedicated to the African-American tradition of stepping, has amazed Krannert Center audiences twice before with its lightning-fast footwork, percussive chants, and incredible synchronicity. Its newest creation, Drumfolk, celebrates the early development of African-American percussive traditions including patting juba, hambone, and ring shout—leading to art forms such as tap dance and, of course, stepping. While exploring this important heritage, Drumfolk reflects on the harsh conditions in the American South that coincided with the practice of these transcendent musical forms and how the fortitude of people who were enslaved enabled the birth of new, inspiring traditions such as spirituals, field hollers, and shouts.

Recommended for ages 9 and up.

Admission: 
Single: 25 / Senior 20 / Student 15 / UI student & YTH 10
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Step Afrika!: Drumfolk

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Event Date: 
February 7, 2020 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Perfoming Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Step Afrika!, the first professional organization dedicated to the African-American tradition of stepping, has amazed Krannert Center audiences twice before with its lightning-fast footwork, percussive chants, and incredible synchronicity. Its newest creation, Drumfolk, celebrates the early development of African-American percussive traditions including patting juba, hambone, and ring shout—leading to art forms such as tap dance and, of course, stepping. While exploring this important heritage, Drumfolk reflects on the harsh conditions in the American South that coincided with the practice of these transcendent musical forms and how the fortitude of people who were enslaved enabled the birth of new, inspiring traditions such as spirituals, field hollers, and shouts.

Recommended for ages 9 and up.

Admission: 
Single: 25 / Senior 20 / Student 15 / UI student & YTH 10
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“Pastures of Love and Mountains of Sacrifice. Pontic Parakathi Singing and the memory of violence.”

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Event Date: 
February 10, 2020 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Venue: 
109 English Building
Address: 
608 S. Wright St, Urbana
Description: 

Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies invites you to attend a workshop led by Dr. Ioannis Tsekouras (School of Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

“Pastures of Love and Mountains of Sacrifice: Pontic Parakathi Singing and the Memory of Violence.”

Tsekouras' research and teaching interests include issues of ethnicity, nationalism, and collective memory, musical affect and emotionality, the cultural objectification of the singing voice, issues of timbre, the relation between sound and natural environment, musical negotiations of community, music and politics, and in general the musical realities of Balkan, Southeastern Europe, Turkey, and the Middle East.

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Water, drought and song in the Kingdom of eSwatini - Cara Stacey

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Event Date: 
March 5, 2020 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S. Gregory St. Urbana, IL
Description: 

George A. Miller Visiting Scholar Cara Stacey will present a "Sensing Water" lecture titled “Water, drought and song in the Kingdom of eSwatini." This paper is part of Stacey's forthcoming book manuscript "eSwatini Music and Nationalism."

Abstract

This paper explores ideas surrounding water within the musical world of eSwatini in southern Africa. As a country plagued by severe and regular drought and as southern African moves permanently into a state of water stress, the research presented aims to understand how indigenous musical forms of expression have portrayed ideas relating to water. In eSwatini, water is intrinsically linked to cattle (and so, to wealth and prosperity), to ecology and rural life and, to domestic, cultural and commercial work, and to spiritualism. Within the rich world of Swazi religious and cultural belief, water is a key signifier of power, communication and change. The supreme god, Mvelinchanti, is closely associated with the animals and land of this kingdom, with the river pools, the sea and lightning being symbols of or homes to other notable spiritual and ancestral beings. In order to retain power, the bemanti (‘people of the water’) and belwandle (‘people of the sea’) are involved in water collection rites for the King (Kuper 1944).

These diverse meanings associated with water can be read in a variety of musical songs and genres. From regimental songs performed at the annual Incwala ceremony to makhweyane bow songs about courtship, rain, water, rivers and the sea perform a lyrical and relational function through these musics in this society. This paper investigates the forms these lyrical associations take on as local hydroscapes are drastically altered by environmental and climate flux.

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"Sensing Water" is a series of programs arranged by eco-musicologist Michael Silvers supported by the Presidential Initiative to Celebrate the Impact of the Arts and the Humanities at the University of Illinois.

Cara Stacey is a George A. Miller Visiting Scholar in residence at the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music from March 4 - 14.

Stacey's visit is co-sponsored in part by Spurlock Museum, School of Music, Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois, and the George A. Miller Programs Committee.

CARA STACEY - BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Cara Stacey is a South African musician, composer and researcher. She is a pianist and plays southern African musical bows (umrhubhe, uhadi, makhweyane). Cara holds a Masters in Musicology (Edinburgh), a MMus in Performance from SOAS (London). As a Commonwealth Scholar, she completed her PhD through the University of Cape Town and SOAS (London). Her doctoral research investigated practice and innovation in the music of the makhweyane musical bow in the Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland). Cara is currently an ACLS African Humanities Programme postdoctoral fellow.

Beyond her solo performance and composition work, Cara collaborates with percussionist and drummer Sarathy Korwar in the project Pergola and is a member of the Night Light Collective. Her debut album 'Things that grow' features Shabaka Hutchings, Seb Rochford, Ruth Goller, and Crewdson (2015, Kit Records). Her latest album, 'Ceder', is of her duo project with Peruvian flutist and composer Camilo Ángeles (2018, Kit Records). Cara has performed across southern Africa, in the United Kingdom, Brazil, Peru, the USA and Switzerland with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings, Sarathy Korwar, Dan Leavers, Galina Juritz, Beat Keller, Matchume Zango, Jason Singh and Juliana Venter.

Cara is the founder of the Betwixt concert series with cellist Nicola du Toit. She sits on the executive committee for the South African Society for Research in Music and is the International Council for Traditional Music country liaison office for the kingdom of eSwatini. She is based between Johannesburg and Mbabane.

Admission: 
open to the public, admission free
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Gateways to World Music: Music Traditions of Southern Africa

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Event Date: 
March 7, 2020 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S. Gregory St. Urbana, IL
Description: 

Johannesburg-based scholar/artist Cara Stacey will present a lecture/performance introducing southern African instruments including the musical bows umrhubhe, uhadi, and makhweyane. This presentation will offer music demonstrations and insight on how these instruments function in society from historical and modern perspectives.

As a member of the International Council for Traditional Music representing eSwatini (Swaziland), and as acting coordinator of the Swaziland Traditional Music Association, Stacey’s presentation also includes unique perspectives of traditional music production, presentation and collaboration from Swaziland.

Cara Stacey is a George A. Miller Visiting Scholar in residence at the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music from March 4 - 14.

This lecture/performance is co-sponsored by Spurlock Museum and Illinois Art Council Agency. Stacey's visit is co-sponsored in part by School of Music, Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois, and the George A. Miller Programs Committee.

CARA STACEY - BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Cara Stacey is a South African musician, composer and researcher. She is a pianist and plays southern African musical bows (umrhubhe, uhadi, makhweyane). Cara holds a Masters in Musicology (Edinburgh), a MMus in Performance from SOAS (London). As a Commonwealth Scholar, she completed her PhD through the University of Cape Town and SOAS (London). Her doctoral research investigated practice and innovation in the music of the makhweyane musical bow in the Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland). Cara is currently an ACLS African Humanities Programme postdoctoral fellow.

Beyond her solo performance and composition work, Cara collaborates with percussionist and drummer Sarathy Korwar in the project Pergola and is a member of the Night Light Collective. Her debut album 'Things that grow' features Shabaka Hutchings, Seb Rochford, Ruth Goller, and Crewdson (2015, Kit Records). Her latest album, 'Ceder', is of her duo project with Peruvian flutist and composer Camilo Ángeles (2018, Kit Records). Cara has performed across southern Africa, in the United Kingdom, Brazil, Peru, the USA and Switzerland with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings, Sarathy Korwar, Dan Leavers, Galina Juritz, Beat Keller, Matchume Zango, Jason Singh and Juliana Venter.

Cara is the founder of the Betwixt concert series with cellist Nicola du Toit. She sits on the executive committee for the South African Society for Research in Music and is the International Council for Traditional Music country liaison office for the kingdom of eSwatini. She is based between Johannesburg and Mbabane.

http://www.carastacey.com/

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open to the public, admission free
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Champaign-Urbana’s Women’s Slavic Choir seeking members

Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the Caucuses have a rich, ancient, and distinct folk music tradition. A local group is building a Slavic choir right here in Central Illinois. If you're interested in singing music from this area, please reach out to the new Slavic choir! Familiarity with Slavic languages not necessary. Prior singing experience preferred. To learn more or come to a rehearsal, contact us at 217-722-4610 or kfloess@gmail.com

Cancelled - Balinese Gamelan Concert

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Event Date: 
May 2, 2020 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 W. Nevada Street
Description: 

End of semester concert featuring Balinese Gamelan ensembles under the direction of I Ketut Gede Asnawa.

New and traditional works will be performed by the UIUC Student Ensemble and Community Gamelan.

Balinese dance under the direction of Putu Oka Mardiani Asnawa will also be featured in this program.

The performance is open to the public and admission is free.

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free admission
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Community Gamelan

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Event Date: 
January 27, 2020 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Room 0300, School of Music Building
Address: 
1114 W. Nevada Street
Description: 

As part of the center’s programming, the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music offers community members the opportunity to learn and play traditional Balinese Gamelan music under the direction of I Ketut Gede Asnawa, a master gamelan musician and composer at the University of Illinois. A gamelan is an orchestra consisting mainly of keyed metallophones, gongs, and drums, often functioning as accompaniment to dance, dramas, and other Balinese performance arts.

Our Monday evening classes run from 6pm to 8pm in Room 0300 at the School of Music, 1114 W. Nevada Street. Community gamelan is open to all, free of charge, with no prior experience required. No credit is offered. There is no need for registration, but participants who join the ensemble should understand that regular attendance is expected in order to enjoy making music in an orchestra dependent upon the contribution of every player. Community Gamelan members will be asked to perform at our end of semester concert on Saturday, May 2 at 2pm

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Love Light: Songs of Life

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Event Date: 
January 25, 2020 - 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Venue: 
McKinley Presbyterian Church
Address: 
809 S. Fifth Street, Champaign
Description: 

Amasong will present a concert featuring compositions by American women composers. The Bow-Dacious String Band will be our special guest.

This program will be performed again on January 26, same time and location.

Admission: 
Suggested donation $15 - more if you can, less if you can't
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Winter Tales Program: How the West Was Spun

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Event Date: 
February 20, 2020 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S. Gregory St, Urbana
Description: 

Storyteller and activist Dovie Thomason (Lakota, Apache and Scot descent) uses her indigenous ancestry to weave an epic story that deconstructs the phenomenon of Buffalo Bill Cody’s 1880s “Wild West” spectacle, which depicted Indians, buffalo, and horses, pursued by cowboys, cavalry, and publicists seeking a “New World to conquer.” Over a century later, Thomason upgrades Cody’s so-called history lesson in her insightful, wise and unsparing performance, reframing this narrative through Native experience.

This talk is part of the Spurlock Museum’s 18th annual Winter Tales celebration honoring the cultures of Indigenous Americans and the wisdom and practices they share with others. Also included in this year’s events are a family concert of storytelling and traditional teachings and a talk on the American Indian boarding school experience. Visit the Museum’s online events page (https://www.spurlock.illinois.edu/events/#all) for dates and times. All events are free.

This event is supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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free and open to the public
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