West African Drumming Class w/ Gordon Kay

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Event Date: 
July 7, 2019 - 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Venue: 
Channing Murray Foundation
Address: 
1209 W. Oregon St. Urbana
Description: 

All-LEVELS WEST AFRICAN DRUM CLASSES. Sundays, 3:45-4:45 p.m., Channing Murray Foundation. $7 per class ($5 students). The class is an ongoing drop-in format, but it is preferable to be at the first class, and to attend regularly. Session 1 of the course begins Sunday, June 2, and runs through the end of July 2019.

The focus of the class will be West African rhythms used by dance instructor Tatianna Mays in her weekly dance class (Sundays, 5 p.m. at Channing Murray).

All drummers will learn/improve on their hand drum technique on the djembe, and stick technique on the dunduns, through practice exercises and playing the accompaniment parts to the rhythms. Intermediate and advanced players will learn and practice the role of the lead drummer, as well as advanced dundun parts and variations. This class is a great opportunity for dancers to gain a better understanding of the rhythms!

The class is taught by Gordon Kay, who has studied and performed West African drumming for 18 years. Please email Gordon (gkay01@gmail.com) with any questions, if you do not have your own drum to bring, and to confirm ahead of time that you will be attending the class.

Admission: 
$7 per class
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West African Drumming Class w/ Gordon Kay

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Event Date: 
June 30, 2019 - 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Venue: 
Channing Murray Foundation
Address: 
1209 W. Oregon St. Urbana
Description: 

All-LEVELS WEST AFRICAN DRUM CLASSES. Sundays, 3:45-4:45 p.m., Channing Murray Foundation. $7 per class ($5 students). The class is an ongoing drop-in format, but it is preferable to be at the first class, and to attend regularly. Session 1 of the course begins Sunday, June 2, and runs through the end of July 2019.

The focus of the class will be West African rhythms used by dance instructor Tatianna Mays in her weekly dance class (Sundays, 5 p.m. at Channing Murray).

All drummers will learn/improve on their hand drum technique on the djembe, and stick technique on the dunduns, through practice exercises and playing the accompaniment parts to the rhythms. Intermediate and advanced players will learn and practice the role of the lead drummer, as well as advanced dundun parts and variations. This class is a great opportunity for dancers to gain a better understanding of the rhythms!

The class is taught by Gordon Kay, who has studied and performed West African drumming for 18 years. Please email Gordon (gkay01@gmail.com) with any questions, if you do not have your own drum to bring, and to confirm ahead of time that you will be attending the class.

Admission: 
$7 per class
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West African Drumming Class w/ Gordon Kay

Event Information
Event Date: 
July 21, 2019 - 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Venue: 
Channing Murray Foundation
Address: 
1209 W. Oregon St. Urbana
Description: 

All-LEVELS WEST AFRICAN DRUM CLASSES. Sundays, 3:45-4:45 p.m., Channing Murray Foundation. $7 per class ($5 students). The class is an ongoing drop-in format, but it is preferable to be at the first class, and to attend regularly. Session 1 of the course begins Sunday, June 2, and runs through the end of July 2019.

The focus of the class will be West African rhythms used by dance instructor Tatianna Mays in her weekly dance class (Sundays, 5 p.m. at Channing Murray).

All drummers will learn/improve on their hand drum technique on the djembe, and stick technique on the dunduns, through practice exercises and playing the accompaniment parts to the rhythms. Intermediate and advanced players will learn and practice the role of the lead drummer, as well as advanced dundun parts and variations. This class is a great opportunity for dancers to gain a better understanding of the rhythms!

The class is taught by Gordon Kay, who has studied and performed West African drumming for 18 years. Please email Gordon (gkay01@gmail.com) with any questions, if you do not have your own drum to bring, and to confirm ahead of time that you will be attending the class.

Admission: 
$7 per class
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Mariachi Herencia de México

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Event Date: 
May 5, 2020 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
KCPA, Tryon Festival Theatre
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

This ensemble of young musicians who live in Chicago’s Mexican-American neighborhoods has made a glittering debut in the Latin music scene, celebrating and defining an aspect of Mexican heritage (herencia) for a new generation. Participants in the Mariachi Heritage Foundation program, which incorporates mariachi music education into the curriculum of eight of Chicago’s public schools, the students’ 2017 first album (Nuestra Herencia) scored a Latin Grammy Award nomination for Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album. Their 2018 follow-up recording Herencia De La Tierra Mía (The Heritage Of My Land)—produced by mariachi master José Hernández— debuted at #1 on iTunes and #2 on the Billboard charts and features guest superstars Lila Downs and Aida Cuevas. Mariachi Herencia de México joins Krannert Center on Cinco de Mayo with the traditional sounds of violins, guitarrón, vihuela, and vocals and the distinctive traje de charro attire in a celebratory concert that both preserves the legacy of Mexican culture and trailblazes an artistic path all its own.

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Amir ElSaffar's Rivers of Sound Orchestra

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Event Date: 
April 18, 2020 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
KCPA, Colwell Playhouse
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

Iraqi-American trumpeter, santur (hammered dulcimer) player, vocalist, and composer Amir ElSaffar has mastered disparate musical styles and created a singular approach to combining aspects of Middle Eastern music with American jazz, extending the boundaries of each tradition. A recipient of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and a 2018 United States Artists Fellow, he is also a purveyor of the centuries old, now endangered, Iraqi maqam tradition, which he performs actively. ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound Orchestra brings together 17 musicians from a broad spectrum of traditions, creating an entirely new musical vocabulary that transcends established notions of style. As the orchestra’s treatment of pitches and rhythms become fluid, so do cultural boundaries; elements that traditionally divide musicians into separate genres are recontextualized in a fresh transcultural soundscape. This musical alchemy led the Chicago Tribune to call ElSaffar “one of the most promising figures in jazz today.”

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Tao: Drum Heart

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Event Date: 
March 11, 2020 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
KCPA, Tryon Festival Theatre
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

Over eight million spectators worldwide have experienced the “extraordinarily talented percussion artists” of the Aichi, Japan-based TAO (Chicago Tribune). The members of TAO, who are both expressive musicians and highly trained athletes, are preserving and expanding upon the ancient Japanese drumming tradition with their modern showcases that include dynamic choreography, engaging visuals, and striking costumes.

Recommended for ages 9 and up.

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Shanghai Ballet: The Butterfly Lovers

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Event Date: 
January 29, 2020 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
KCPA, Tryon Festival Theatre
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

Krannert Center has a beloved tradition of leaping into the spring semester with the beauty of classical dance performances—and this season we uphold that legacy with the exquisite artistry of the award-winning Shanghai Ballet. For over 30 years, this heralded troupe has presented repertoire from both the Eastern and Western canons, earning recognition for “technically exquisite and emotionally moving” performances (Ottawa Citizen). The Butterfly Lovers, a dramatic and soaring tale of complicated love, hidden identities, and the overcoming of great obstacles, is choreographed by company director Xin Lili and incorporates Chinese aesthetic elements in its design and movement.

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Admission: 
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Shanghai Ballet: The Butterfly Lovers

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Event Date: 
January 28, 2020 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
KCPA, Tryon Festival Theatre
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

Krannert Center has a beloved tradition of leaping into the spring semester with the beauty of classical dance performances—and this season we uphold that legacy with the exquisite artistry of the award-winning Shanghai Ballet. For over 30 years, this heralded troupe has presented repertoire from both the Eastern and Western canons, earning recognition for “technically exquisite and emotionally moving” performances (Ottawa Citizen). The Butterfly Lovers, a dramatic and soaring tale of complicated love, hidden identities, and the overcoming of great obstacles, is choreographed by company director Xin Lili and incorporates Chinese aesthetic elements in its design and movement.

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Admission: 
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Isango Ensemble: Aesop's Fables

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Event Date: 
October 1, 2019 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
KCPA, Tryon Festival Theatre
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

Isango came to life in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2000—the creation of director Mark Dornford-May and music director Pauline Malefane, who draw artists from surrounding townships to reimagine the Western theatre canon within a South African setting. Isango brought Krannert Center audiences joyfully to their feet in 2014, and the company returns to the Center with its vibrant and comedic turn on Aesop’s Fables. Based on a brilliant script from playwright Peter Terson, the expressive tale portrays the ancient Greek story of a servant on a journey to Mount Olympus, contextualized in the recent history of South Africa and sung in English, Tswana, and Zulu. Travel with Aesop as he encounters a host of colorful animal characters, such as the tortoise and the hare, and learns the balance of liberty and responsibility in this contemporary, playfully energetic, and beautifully rendered music, theatre, and dance production.

Recommended for ages 5 and up.

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Bizhiki Culture & Dance Company

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Event Date: 
September 20, 2019 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
KCPA, Tryon Festival Theatre
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

Intricate storytelling, a blending of traditional and contemporary song and dance, and a deep connection to traditional ecological knowledge form the heart of Bizhiki Culture & Dance Company. Krannert Center is joined by the University of Illinois Native American House for this powerful, intriguing, and informative powwow dance exhibition—a beautiful representation of the company’s commitment to public engagement, education, and to furthering the understanding of Indigenous cultures, resiliency, and revitalization. Powwow dance categories including Traditional, Jingle, and Woodlands will all highlight the artistry and athleticism of these present-day dance styles.

Recommended for ages 9 and up.

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