Lecture by Cheick Hamala Diabate

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Event Date: 
September 19, 2019 - 12:00pm
Venue: 
Room 101 International Studies Bldg
Address: 
910 S. Fifth St.; Champaign
Description: 

My Musical Journey: A Lecture by Malian Musician Cheick Hamala Diabate

Cheick (pronounced "shake"), is a West African historian in the Griot tradition, and a world-recognized master of the ngoni, a Malian traditional instrument. A sought after performer, lecturer, storyteller and choreographer throughout Africa, Europe, Asia and Canada, Cheick Hamala began touring in the U.S. in 1995. His performances have been featured at such notable venues as The Smithsonian Institute, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest and many of the top festivals across the U.S.

A steward of the 800 year-old tradition of the Griot, the storytellers of West Africa, Cheick Hamala shares the oral history, music and song of his culture as it was passed on to him from birth by parent to child. At an early age, Cheick Hamala easily mastered the ngoni, a stringed lute and ancestor to the banjo. He later learned to play the guitar from his uncle, legendary Super Rail Band guitarist Djelimady Tounkara.

Now residing in Washington, DC, Cheick Hamala works with notable traditional African dance companies, serving as instructor, choreographer and performer. He also performs solo and with his ensemble playing traditional Manding Griot instruments. With the release of his most recent album, Ake Doni Doni – Take it Slow, Cheick Hamala has successfully fused the traditional rhythms and vocals of his ancestors with the more electric, American sounds he has absorbed over the past decade living in the US, including guest appearances by celebrated bluesman and good friend Corey Harris.

Co-sponsored by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and Robert E. Brown Center for World Music.

Admission: 
free and open to the public
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Community Gamelan

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Event Date: 
September 9, 2019 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Room 0300, School of Music Building
Address: 
1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

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, December 7, 2019, at 2pm.

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Global Transfer Afterglow: Cheick Hamala Diabate

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Event Date: 
September 20, 2019 - 9:15pm - 10:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Diabate leads a six-member ensemble in the tradition of his West African griot roots, merged with a wide range of musical styles he has embraced in the United States. A virtuoso of the traditional griot instrument n’goni, Diabate unites this animal-skin-covered string instrument with its American descendent, the banjo—along with the guitar and numerous other instruments played by the ensemble—to create a lively, joyous musical experience sure to have you moving to the beat!

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Abhisek Lahiri (sarod) and Subrata Bhattacharya (tabla)

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Event Date: 
September 10, 2019 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center
Address: 
202 S Broadway Ave, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Abhisek Lahiri (sarod) and Subrata Bhattacharya (tabla)

http://www.sarodabhisek.com/
http://subratabhattacharya.com/

Admission: 
Donations Requested at the door

Japan House Matsuri 2019

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Event Date: 
September 8, 2019 - 12:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Japan House at the University of Illinois
Address: 
2000 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana, Illinois
Description: 

Japan House will celebrate summer with a day of Asian-inspired performers, food and artists inside and around Japan House and the Arboretum at the University of Illinois.

The fifth annual Matsuri Festival will be held Sunday, Sept. 8 from 12pm to 9pm. Matsuri will include a variety of free performances, including Ho Etsu Taiko drum group, martial arts demonstrations, “The Candyman” street performer who makes candy sculptures and “wows” audiences with his style of magic, traditional dance, and Japanese tsugaru-jamisen player Michiyoshi Sato. Returning for their 2nd year, the crowd favorite international Japanese all-female band the 5. 6. 7. 8’s will end the night rocking out until the fireworks start at 8:30.

Main Stage

12:00 | Opening Remarks
12:05 | Michiyoshi Sato - Japanese tsugaru-jamisen player
12:45 | Central Illinois Aikikai - Local Martial Arts Group demonstrating Aikido
1:30 | Illini Ishaara - UI Registered Student Organization performing new classical Indian Dance
2:15 | Kokushi Midwest Judo - Local Martial Arts Group demonstrating Judo
3:00 | Ho Etsu Taiko and Large Scale Origami - Japanese drum ensemble based in Chicago and local origami Artist Mark Hirsbrunner
3:45 | Kobudokan Dojo - Local Martial Arts Group demonstrating Kobudo and Iaido
4:30 | Illini Ishaara - UI Registered Student Organization performing new classical Indian Dance
5:15 | Shorin-Ryu Academy of Martial Arts - Local Martial Arts Group demonstrating Karate
5:45 | Michiyoshi Sato - Japanese tsugaru-jamisen player
6:30 | Ho Etsu Taiko - Japanese drum ensemble based in Chicago
7:30 | 5. 6. 7. 8's - World famous Tokyo Rockin’ Garage trio

Admission: 
Free Admission / Tickets for food vendors on sale
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Food For the Soul at BNAACC: Capoeira Angola

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Event Date: 
October 23, 2019 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center
Address: 
1212 W. Nevada St., Urbana
Description: 

Food For the Soul at BNAACC

The Past, The Present and the Future of Capoeira Angola Dance, Capoeira Angola Center

*Dance workshop immediately following from 1-2pm*

Admission: 
free admission
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Tagore Festival

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Event Date: 
September 14, 2019 - 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Channing Murray Foundation
Address: 
1209 W. Oregon St. Urbana, IL
Description: 

An evening of celebration with a catered Indian dinner, a keynote adddrss, and Indian music and dance. Rabindnath Tagore, poet,educational reformer and philosopher, was the first non-European to win the Nobel prize for literature in 1913. A year before, he gave a series of lectures at Channing Murray, then the Unitarian Church of Urbana.

Theme: 100 Years after Jallianwala Bagh Massacre: Remembering Tagore’s Political Legacy

Keynote Lecture by Dr. Pradeep Barua, University of Nebraska

4:00pm-9:00pm

Located at Channing-Murray Foundation, 1209 W Oregon St., Urbana, IL

Welcoming sponsor: Channing-Murray Foundation

Admission: 
visit the Tagore Website for more details
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Welcoming Week Kick-Off

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Event Date: 
September 13, 2019 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Orpheum Theater Parking Lot
Address: 
Corner of E. Washington St. and N. Neil St., Champaign, IL 61820
Description: 

Join us for the Champaign County kick-off of Welcoming Week 2019! Bring your family and friends for an evening of dynamic international music and entertainment, mouth-watering food, community art-making, giveaways, and an opportunity to welcome our newest neighbors in a safe, fun, and welcoming atmosphere! The event will be held in the parking lot of the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum in Downtown Champaign. This event is free and open to all.

Welcoming Week, an annual series of events held in communities across the United States, brings together immigrants and U.S.-born community members to get to know one another and build community cohesion. This year, events will take place from Friday, September 13 through Sunday, September 22. Visit the University YMCA’s Welcoming Week webpage to see a full list of events or to volunteer.

4:00pm-7:00pm

Located at Orpheum Theater Parking Lot, Corner of E. Washington St. and N. Neil St., Champaign, IL 61820

Welcoming sponsors: City of Champaign, City of Urbana, University YMCA, Welcoming Collaborative

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LADAMA

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Event Date: 
September 6, 2019 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Stage 5, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801
Description: 

LADAMA embodies a virtuosic tapestry of female artists and passionate educators that draws from the traditions of Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, and the United States to create “a vivid montage of music of the Americas with irresistible spirit and universal appeal" (All Things Considered, NPR). Guitar, percussion, and the four-stringed bandola llanera drive LADAMA’s chart-topping sound that blends diverse traditional roots music with a twist of pop and R&B to create a Latin Alternative sonic experience!

Admission: 
Free (Donations Encouraged)
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Community Gamelan - New Fall Session Begins

Community Gamelan - New Session Begins

September 9, 2019 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 0300, School of Music Building
1114 W. Nevada Street

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.

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