Makana

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Event Date: 
September 16, 2017 - 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - Stage 5
Address: 
500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana, Illinois 61801
Description: 

Makana

Described as “dazzling” by The New York Times, Hawaiian slack key guitarist Makana is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, composer, and activist who is widely known for lending his musical talent for social change. Makana’s captivating and wide-ranging performance style has led him to share the stage with Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson; open for music legends Sting, Carlos Santana, Elvis Costello, and Common; and perform in venues from Asian and European opera houses to The White House. Slack key, or ki ho’alu, was created by families on the Hawaiian islands as a personal expression of their beautiful surroundings and way of life. The style is characterized by “slacking” the strings to open chords, thus freeing the hands to alter the sound. From this tradition Makana has evolved his own dynamic, high-octane style, dubbed “slack rock:” slack key infused with elements of bluegrass, rock, blues, and raga.

Part of ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival (biennial festival)
https://krannertcenter.com/ellnora

Admission: 
Free (Donations Welcome)
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Latin Dance Night / Noce de Baile Latino

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Event Date: 
September 30, 2017 - 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - Stage 5
Address: 
500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana, Illinois 61801
Description: 

Dance the night away at Krannert Center! Come enjoy a FREE Latin Dance Night in the Krannert Center Lobby, co-sponsored by La Casa Cultural Latina. Celebrate the fall semester with rhythms from Latin America and the Caribbean—reggaeton, bachata, cumbia, salsa, merengue, and more! Free garage parking. Cash bar available. iVengan a bailar! Please join us!

Admission: 
Free
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Mathe-magic-music Show

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Event Date: 
September 9, 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Venue: 
314 Altgeld Hall, UIUC
Address: 
1409 West Green Street; Urbana, Illinois
Description: 

Mathe-magic-music Show

There is going to be a never before seen Mathemagic show by our guest, Raghavendra, a teenager visiting from India on Saturday, September 9th. There will be mathematics, music and magic all by the same person in one place.

Admission: 
Free

Nettl Distinguished Lecture in Ethnomusicology: Diversity and Inclusion - Ghostly Gimmicks and the Relevance of Contemporary U.S. Music Academic Institutions

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Event Date: 
September 22, 2017 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 W Nevada St., Urbana
Description: 

The UIUC Musicology Division presents the annual Bruno and Wanda Nettl Distinguished Lecture in Ethnomusicology. 4-6 pm, September 22, in the Music Building Auditorium

Alejandro Madrid (Cornell)

Diversity and Inclusion: Ghostly Gimmicks and the Relevance of Contemporary U.S. Music Academic Institutions

Diversity has been a buzzword in U.S. academia for several decades. However, in many cases, calls for diversity have translated into tokenist instances that often reproduce oppressive social structures within and outside of academia. The current political climate in the United States has forced disciplinary fields in the humanities to become more aware of their social relevance. By taking musical mementoes of Americana that conceal a Mexican heritage as points of departure this lecture explores what diversity would mean in a socially and intellectually relevant music academia.

Admission: 
Free and Open to the Public
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Lemann Lecture Series: Rap and the Brazilian Pop Music Tradition

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Event Date: 
September 12, 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Venue: 
101 International Studies Building
Address: 
910 S. Fifth St, Champaign
Description: 

Lemann Institute Lecture Series - Fall 2017

Liv Sovik, Department of Communication
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

The Lemann Institute presents a lecture by Prof. Liv Sovik, entitled "Rap and the Brazilian Pop Music Tradition." Brazilian popular music, perhaps more than many music traditions, has long been a flagship for nationality. Controversies have formed around foreign influence on commodified popular music forms, the relationship between those forms and "the people," and music as a business enterprise. Rap, when it emerged on the Brazilian mainstream scene in the late 1990s, was seen as an adaptation of foreign cultural forms. This presentation argues that it has become part of the Brazilian popular music tradition and discusses how that happened and what changes it brought to that tradition.

Liv Sovik is a professor of Communication at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. A graduate of Yale, she completed her doctorate at the University of São Paulo in 1994. She is the author of Aqui ninguém é branco (2009), which analyzes whiteness through prism of the Brazilian pop music tradition, and editor of the major collection of Stuart Hall's work in Portuguese, Da diáspora (2003).

Admission: 
Free and open to the public
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Midwest Mandeng 2017

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Event Date: 
October 13, 2017 - 12:30pm - 8:45pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in DRK Production Level
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

Midwest Mandeng 2017

C-U West African Drum & Dance Collective presents Midwest Mandeng--a full weekend of dancing, drumming, partying, shopping, and community building. This year the festival will take place October 13-15 at our favorite Urbana venue, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts right on the University of Illinois campus!

More details about registration, festival activities, housing, travel, etc. will be announced as planning develops.

Preliminary Schedule of Events
***Subject to change***
Classes will take place at the
Krannert Center
In DRK on the Production Level of the facility

Friday, October 13
12:30-2:00pm-- Malian Dance with Djeneba Sako
2:15-3:45-- Guinean Djembe & Dundun with Mangue Sylla

**4:30-5:15-- Free Drum and Dance Demonstration at the Urbana Free Library (210 W. Green St., Urbana)

5:30-7:00-- Guinean Dance with Youssouf Koumbassa
7:15-8:45--Guinean Djembe with Bolokada Conde

Saturday, October 14
9:30-11:00-- Malian Djembe with Moussa Traore
11:15-12:45-- Guinean Dance with Marietou Camara
1:00-2:30-- Guinean Djembe with Bolokada Conde
2:45-4:15--Malian Dance with Djeneba Sako
4:30-6:00-- Guinean Djembe & Dundun with Mangue Sylla
6:15-7:45-- Guinean Dance with Youssouf Koumbassa

**9-11:30-- Dundunba Party at Pizza M!!!! (208 W Main St, Urbana, IL 61801)

Sunday, October 15
9:30-11:00-- Guinean Djembe with Bolokada Conde
11:15-12:45--Malian Dance with Djeneba Sako
1:00-2:30-- Guinean Dundun with Abass Camara
2:45-4:15-- Guinean Dance with Marietou Camara
4:30-6:00-- Malian Djembe with Moussa Traore
6:15-7:45-- Guinean Dance with Youssouf Koumbassa

Admission: 
Refer to Midwest Mandeng for Pricing
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From Middle-East to Midwest: Evoking Solidarities Across Time & Space

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Event Date: 
September 7, 2017 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Venue: 
University YMCA | Murphy Gallery
Address: 
1001 S. Wright St., Champaign
Description: 

Art @ the Y presents
From Middle-East to Midwest:
Evoking Solidarities Across Time & Space
Nasrin Navab and Nahid Navab

Exhibition Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 7, 5pm-7pm
Artists Talk at 5:30pm

Exhibition on view M-F from 9am-9pm
through November 2, 2017

Show Description:
Imprisonment of women activists in Tehran’s Evin prison. Bombardment of neighborhoods and cities in Afghanistan and Syria. Looting of national museums and libraries in Iraq. Massacre of Rana Plaza garment factory workers in Bangladesh. Ongoing murder and imprisonment of journalists and activists around the world. In this exhibition, the works of two sisters bring into focus the kaleidoscopic injustices of the capitalist world order.

Nasrin Navab and Nahid Navab, sisters and displaced Iranian artists, capture the struggles of people across time and place through a collection of drawings, installations, paintings, and printmaking. The art of Navab sisters spring from their social and political struggles against forced gender and social identity in both Iran and in the U.S. In bringing together memories, voices, and struggles, the artworks invoke an urgent need for transnational solidarities.

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UFLive! presents Jean Rene Balekita and Bomoyi

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Event Date: 
October 15, 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library
Address: 
210 W. Green Street, Urbana
Description: 

UFLive! presents Jean Rene Balekita and Bomoyi

The musical style of Congolese musicians Jean Rene Balekita and Bomoyi is a rich mix of Gospel and Jazz with an African rhythm. They sing in English, French, Lingala, Kikongo and Tshiluba. They have toured in Africa, Europe and the United States and now live in Urbana, IL.

UFLive! concerts take place on the third Sunday of most months
and are made possible by the generous support of The Urbana Free Library Foundation.

Location: Adult Services
Event Type: Arts & Music
Age Group(s): All Ages

Admission: 
Free Admission
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UFLive! presents Big Bluestem

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Event Date: 
September 17, 2017 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library
Address: 
210 W. Green Street, Urbana
Description: 

UFLive! presents Big Bluestem

Big Bluestem has delighted local and regional audiences for many years with an array of musical styles, including bluegrass breakdowns, country ballads, Cajun laments, folk songs, cowboy blues, and hot fiddle reels. Their signature sound, with its dynamic rhythms, soul-stirring arrangements, and terrific vocal harmonies, has a timeless appeal.

Fiddle: Kathleen Everingham • Guitars: Jose Agusti & Rebecca Grosser • Mandolin: Drew Phillips • Bass: Todd Kinney • Banjo: Robert Pearse

UFLive! concerts take place on the third Sunday of most months
and are made possible by the generous support of The Urbana Free Library Foundation.

Location: The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Event Type: Arts & Music
Age Group(s): All Ages

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Lulo Reinhardt and Daniel Stelter

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Event Date: 
September 15, 2017 - 9:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - Studio Theatre
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

Lulo Reinhardt and Daniel Stelter

Music is at the root of Lulo Reinhardt’s Romani family tree—his great-uncle is jazz legend Django; his uncle, the Gypsy violin master Shnuckenack; and his father, Bawo, a guitarist who handed Lulo his first set of six strings at age five. Lulo’s own growth as an artist was inspired by multiple musical influences—not only the Gypsy jazz sounds of his formative years in Germany but the sonic landscapes of Brazil, Spain, and Africa that helped him hone a rhythmically diverse, Latin swing approach to Gypsy music that has won over global audiences. Guitarist Daniel Stelter has also forged a unique and versatile voice in the German jazz scene, surfing with skill among blues, rock, and pop styles.

Part of ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival (biennial festival)
https://krannertcenter.com/ellnora

Admission: 
Single: 49 / Senior citizens: age 65 or over, or retired U of I faculty and staff 44 / Non-U of I college students 15 / UI Current, full-time U of I student & Youth: high school and younger 10
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