Cultural Celebration Series at Spurlock Museum

Our friends at Spurlock Museum are launching their new Cultural Celebration Performance Series on January 22, 2017 with a concert by the Korean Percussion group, Gah Rank Mah Dahng (GRMD). This monthly, family-friendly performance series is a joyful, continuing recognition of the diversity of cultures and types of music, dance, and storytelling available in our area. For more information, please contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244-3355 or visit the Spurlock Museum website: http://www.spurlock.illinois.edu

Community Gamelan Classes Resume Monday, January 23

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.

As part of the center’s programming, these Monday evening classes from 6pm to 8pm are open to all, free of charge, with no prior experience required. Classes are located in Room 0300(formerly Room 1188) of School of Music at 1114 W. Nevada Street, with the closest entrance located on the Oregon Street side of the building. No credit is offered and registration is not needed for these classes. However, participants join the ensemble with an understanding that regular attendance is required in order to enjoy the responsibility of making music in an orchestra where everyone depends on the contribution of every player.

For more information, please email the center at worldmusic [at] illinois.edu

Bharatanatyam Salangai Pooja

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Event Date: 
December 11, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Venue: 
Illini Union Ballroom
Address: 
1401 W Green St, Urbana
Description: 

SPICMACAY presents
Bharatanatyam Salangai Pooja,
an ode to the dancing bells

Salangai (dance bells) puja (obescience) marks an important landmark in dance education and is considered a Indian classical dance (Bharatanatyam) pre-graduation event. Four University of Illinois graduate students who have been retraining for the past two years after having discontinued their dance training at a young age will be presenting an hour and a half long live dance recital. Varsha Kaushik, Banu Muthukumar, Ashwathi Iyer and Revathi Jambunathan, are delighted to perform under the guidance of Guru Dr. Subhalakshmi Kumar. They humbly request everyone to come support them on this important day.

There will be live Indian classical music Orchestra for this event comprising University of Illinois undergraduate students, staff and alumni.
Carnatic Vocal - Varshini Ramanathan
Carnatic Violin - Aadith Vijey
Flute - Chetan Ananth
Mridangam - Nanjundamurthy VenkataSubbu
Nattuvangam and instruction - Dr. Subhalakshmi Kumar

This event is PAID FOR BY THE STUDENT CULTURAL PROGRAMMING FEE. It is free for all!

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Krannert Uncorked: Knights of Cabiria

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Event Date: 
December 1, 2016 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL
Description: 

Joining Krannert Uncorked this week, the 11-piece band, Knights of Cabiria, will play 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. Band members include Sol Baer (clarinet), Tom Faux (guitar), Todd Gallagher (bass), Amanda Harris (vocals), Sally Hoffman (flutes), James Hutchinson (trombone) Robin Kearton (violin/viola), Bob McEntyre (drums), Sal Percoco (trumpets), Chris Petterson (cello), and Maria Del Toro Gomez (violin).

Wine samples selected and served by Radio Maria Restaurant.

Admission: 
Admission Free
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In Concert @ CPL: Jasmine Field Orchestra

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Event Date: 
February 26, 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue: 
Champaign Public Library
Address: 
200 W. Green St., Champaign, IL
Description: 

In Concert @ CPL: Jasmine Field Orchestra

This bonus installment of our monthly In Concert @ CPL series features the Jasmine Field Orchestra, a student organization from the University of Illinois featuring Chinese undergraduates and graduates from various majors who are interested in cooperative music performance. The ensemble consists of two sections: Chinese instruments and Western instruments, and works on arranging pieces that incorporate a variety of musical elements, including Chinese folk music and pop music. The Jasmine Field Orchestra has performed at a variety of local venues, including the University of Illinois School of Music, Foellinger Auditorium, the Illini Union, and the University YMCA.

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Legends of the Celtic Harp (Patrick Ball w/ Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter)

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Event Date: 
December 1, 2016 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
The Upper Bout
Address: 
723 S Neil St, Champaign, IL
Description: 

Patrick Ball is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and a captivating spoken word artist. He has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken word albums which have sold well over one-half million copies internationally and won national awards in both the music and spoken word categories.

long with Celtic Harp and Story, his beguiling blend of music and spoken word concerts, Patrick has written and currently performs two acclaimed solo musical theater pieces: O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music, which brings to the stage the legendary life, the turbulent times and the glorious music of Ireland’s most celebrated and beloved musician, Turlough O’Carolan, and The Fine Beauty of the Island, a musical journey to Ireland’s legendary Blasket Islands in search of a deeply haunting tune and the vanished islanders who played it. Patrick also presents an ensemble performance, The Flame of Love, a spoken word and Early Music retelling of the greatest of medieval legends, The Romance of Tristan and Iseult.

Patrick Ball is “a rare artist.” For in playing the ancient, legendary brass-strung harp of Ireland with its crystalline, bell-like voice and performing marvelous tales of wit and enchantment, he not only brings new life to two cherished traditions, but blends them in concert to create “a richly theatrical and hauntingly beautiful performance.”

http://www.patrickball.com

Admission: 
$20 adult, $10 student/senior
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Frankie Gavin - Irish fiddle and flute

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Event Date: 
November 17, 2016 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
The Upper Bout
Address: 
723 S Neil St, Champaign, IL
Description: 

Frankie Gavin has been playing fiddle & flute since his teenage years. At the age of seventeen, he won two All Ireland competitions – for fiddle and flute. Originally influenced by some of the great Irish and American-Irish fiddle players, James Morrison, & Michael Coleman, he later found himself playing with stars such as The Rolling Stones, Stephane Grappelli, Elvis Costello, Earl Scruggs & Yehudi Menhuin as well as with some of the great contemporary players & singers of traditional Irish music. All have left their mark on his eclectic approach to music.

The name Frankie Gavin is also synonymous with De Dannan the globally renowned band he founded in the mid-1970s. After a short break in the early 2000s, Frankie restarted the band with a new young line-up. The current incarnation maintains the super-stellar quality of those iconic early De Dannans.

In his time, Gavin has played for four American presidents, starting, as a seven-year old, when he played for John F. Kennedy on his 1962 visit to Ireland, for Presidents Clinton & Bush & most recently, Barack and Michelle Obama, when the president visited his ancestral home in the village Moneygall in County Offaly.

The plain fact is that there is no more exciting fiddle player or moving flute player in the world of Irish music today.

Footnote The Guinness Book of Records, that bible of bizarre human conditions & activities, lists Frankie Gavin as the world’s fastest fiddle player. On 20 September 2010, he played a traditional Irish tune, The Foxhunter’s Reel, at a breath-taking 150 beats per minute!

http://www.frankiegavinanddedannan.ie

Admission: 
$20 adult, $10 student/senior
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Jen Shyu - “You are Everything" lecture/workshop on fieldwork research, improvisation, and composition

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Event Date: 
November 14, 2016 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Unit One / Allen Hall, South Rec Room
Address: 
1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana
Description: 

Jen Shyu
Unit One/Allen Hall 11/13-11/14

2016 Doris Duke Artist and Fulbright scholar, experimental vocalist-composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, and producer Jen Shyu has been named “one of the most creative vocalists in contemporary improvised music” (The Nation). Her most recent album Sounds and Cries of the World on Pi Recordings was listed in the “Top 10 Best Albums of 2015” by The New York Times and The Nation, among others. A Stanford University graduate dedicated to traditional music study, she has performed her own music at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. http://www.jenshyu.com

All events are free and open to the public and take place at Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana. Free parking is available in the garage across the street.

Sunday, November 13

7pm - Solo Rites: Seven Breaths, a solo music ritual-drama (Main Lounge)

Jen Shyu invites you to join her for a musical pilgrimage through Taiwan, China, East Timor, Indonesia, Vietnam, and South Korea. In this solo music ritual-drama, directed by award-winning, renowned Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho, this American-East Timorese-Taiwanese experimental jazz artist sings in seven languages, transporting the audience. Ben Ratliff of The New York Times writes that her concerts, “…involving movement, video and self-accompaniment on the two-stringed Taiwanese moon lute, or the gayageum, a 12-stringed Korean zither,” are “among the most arresting performances I’ve seen over the past five years.”

Monday, November 14

7pm – “You are Everything" lecture/workshop on fieldwork research, improvisation, and composition (South Rec Room)

Jen Shyu will show highlights of her video footage from her traditional music and dance research over the last 10 years from Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, and South Korea, and talk about how it inspired the creation of Solo Rites: Seven Breaths in collaboration with renowned Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho. Then Shyu will guide the group in ear and rhythm training as well as intermedia improvisation for artists and non-artists, meant to give the participants some tools and inspiration to pursue their own creative projects, whether it be a future solo performance piece or writing project or whatever creative work they wish to embark upon.

Admission: 
All events are free and open to the public
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Jen Shyu - Solo Rites: Seven Breaths

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Event Date: 
November 13, 2016 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Unit One / Allen Hall, Main Lounge
Address: 
1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana
Description: 

Jen Shyu
Unit One/Allen Hall 11/13-11/14

2016 Doris Duke Artist and Fulbright scholar, experimental vocalist-composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, and producer Jen Shyu has been named “one of the most creative vocalists in contemporary improvised music” (The Nation). Her most recent album Sounds and Cries of the World on Pi Recordings was listed in the “Top 10 Best Albums of 2015” by The New York Times and The Nation, among others. A Stanford University graduate dedicated to traditional music study, she has performed her own music at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. http://www.jenshyu.com

All events are free and open to the public and take place at Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana. Free parking is available in the garage across the street.

Sunday, November 13

7pm - Solo Rites: Seven Breaths, a solo music ritual-drama (Main Lounge)

Jen Shyu invites you to join her for a musical pilgrimage through Taiwan, China, East Timor, Indonesia, Vietnam, and South Korea. In this solo music ritual-drama, directed by award-winning, renowned Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho, this American-East Timorese-Taiwanese experimental jazz artist sings in seven languages, transporting the audience. Ben Ratliff of The New York Times writes that her concerts, “…involving movement, video and self-accompaniment on the two-stringed Taiwanese moon lute, or the gayageum, a 12-stringed Korean zither,” are “among the most arresting performances I’ve seen over the past five years.”

Monday, November 14

7pm – “You are Everything" lecture/workshop on fieldwork research, improvisation, and composition (South Rec Room)

Jen Shyu will show highlights of her video footage from her traditional music and dance research over the last 10 years from Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, and South Korea, and talk about how it inspired the creation of Solo Rites: Seven Breaths in collaboration with renowned Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho. Then Shyu will guide the group in ear and rhythm training as well as intermedia improvisation for artists and non-artists, meant to give the participants some tools and inspiration to pursue their own creative projects, whether it be a future solo performance piece or writing project or whatever creative work they wish to embark upon.

Admission: 
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Art of Resistance - Capoeira Angola Conference at UIUC

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Event Date: 
October 20, 2016 - 6:00pm - October 23, 2016 - 6:00pm
Venue: 
multiple locations
Description: 

The Capoeira Club at UIUC and Capoeira Angola Center -IL led by Denis Chiaramonte are excited by the opportunity to have Mestre João Grande return to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, from October 20th - 23rd, 2016, for a fabulous weekend of celebrating Brazilian culture. We are honored to have the Great Mestre João Grande leading workshops in Capoeira Angola movement and music workshops. Please view the schedule and information below.

Mestre João Grande (Brasil, New York City, NY)

Schedule

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Thursday, October 20th
Unit One /Allen Hall
6:00 – 7:00pm – Maculelê – Afro-stick dance Workshop led by Mestre João Grande

Capoeira Angola Center – Illinois
7:00 – 9:00pm Capoeira Angola Movement Class

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Friday, October 21st
Illini Union Quad (if weather permits)
12:00 – 1:00pm Capoeira Angola Roda presentation

UIUC Dance Department Nevada B
6:00 – 8:00pm Capoeira Angola Movement class
8:00 – 9:00pm Capoeira Angola Music Class/Roda

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Saturday, October 22nh
Lincoln Square Mall West Wing
10:00 – 10:30am Kids Capoeira Angola/ Maculele class
10:30 – 11:00am Roda Presentation
11:00 – 1:00pm Capoeira Angola Adult Movement class

UIUC Dance Department Nevada B
2:00 – 3:00pm Cultural Lunch
3:00 – 4:00pm Music Workshop and Lecture “Capoeira Angola Art of Resistance”
4:00 – 6:00pm Capoeira Angola Movement class
6:00 – 7:00pm Capoeira Angola Roda

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Sunday, October 23th
UIUC Dance Department Nevada B
10:00am – 12:00pm Capoeira Angola Movement workshop
Capoeira Angola Center Illinois
1:00-2:00pm -Maculele Class lead by Mestre João Grande
2:00 – 4:00pm Capoeira Angola Roda
4:00-6:00pm – Potluck

Address Locations:

Unit One /Allen Hall
Main Lounge
1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801

UIUC Dance Department Nevada B
907 West Nevada Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801

Illini Union – Quad (if weather permits)
1401 W. Green St, Urbana, IL 61801
Lincoln Square (West Wing)
201 Lincoln Square,
Urbana, IL 61801

Capoeira Angola Center Illinois
122 W. Springfield Ave.
Urbana, IL 61821

Sponsors:

SORF
Paid for by the Students Cultural Programming fee
Capoeira Club at UIUC
Dance at Illinois
Students of Capoeira Angola Center Champaign Illinois

Free for UIUC student with a UIUC Student ID

Full event $100.00

Prices for per-day rate

Thursday $50.00
Friday $60.00
Saturday $85.00
Sunday $60.00

Instructors, Treinels, Professores and Contra-Mestres, remember this fee is an investment and a donation to support the Capoeira Angola!

Dress Code *
For Capoeira Angola workshops only
– Flat sole shoes
– T-shirt that can be tucked into your pants
– Capoeira Angola or dress pants
– Tank tops not allowed

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT http://www.angolacenterillinois.com

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