Introduction to Congolese Rumba Ensemble Workshops with Jean-René Balekita

On Tuesdays 6-8pm, starting October 2, through Tuesday November 27, 2018, the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music is offering University of Illinois students, faculty and staff the opportunity to learn Congolese Rumba from guitarist, singer and percussionist Jean-René Balekita. Over the course of eight weekly sessions, in Music Building, Room 0304, participants will be introduced to Congolese Rumba styles and the rhythms associated with the music. School of Music building is located at 1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana, IL. These non-credit sessions are offered free of charge.

Sounding Community, Communities of Sound-ISAMS Symposium 2018

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The Illinois Student Association of Music Scholars (ISAMS) will host their third graduate symposium, with an exciting program that includes the work of ISAMS members and graduate students from across North America and Europe. The diverse papers, discussions, and performances scheduled promise to make this a stimulating and thought-provoking weekend. Keynote speaker Dr. David Novak from the University of California, Santa Barbara, will present a lecture entitled "Global Sound Networks and the Politics of Accessibility.”

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Program:

FRIDAY, OCT. 5TH

Sounding Community, Communities of Sound - ISAMS Symposium 2018

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Event Date: 
October 5, 2018 - 5:00pm - October 6, 2018 - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Smith Memorial Hall and Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
805 S Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801 and 1114 W Nevada St, Urbana, IL 61801
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The Illinois Student Association of Music Scholars (ISAMS) will host their third graduate symposium, with an exciting program that includes the work of ISAMS members and graduate students from across North America and Europe. The diverse papers, discussions, and performances scheduled promise to make this a stimulating and thought-provoking weekend. Keynote speaker Dr. David Novak from the University of California, Santa Barbara, will present a lecture entitled "Global Sound Networks and the Politics of Accessibility.”

Program:

FRIDAY, OCT. 5TH
The Keynote will be held in Smith Hall, and the concert will be held at the Music Building.

5:15pm (220) Keynote
7:30pm (Aud.) Improvisers Exchange concert - Brandon Seabrook Trio (optional)

SATURDAY, OCT. 6TH
All events will be held in Smith Hall, except for the final performances.

9:00am (25) Breakfast
9:30am (25) Panel 1
11:30am Lunch (provided for presenters)
12:30pm Optional Lunch Activity

1:00pm (25) Panel 2
3:30pm (25) Panel 3
5:00pm Dinner
Optional Dinner Activity

7:30pm (Aud.) Performances

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Introduction to Congolese Rumba Ensemble Workshops with Jean-René Balekita

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Event Date: 
October 2, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Music Building, Room 0304
Address: 
1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana, IL
Description: 

These non-credit sessions are offered free of charge. Register by email with Jason Finkelman, finkelma@illinois.edu

The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music is offering University of Illinois students, faculty and staff the opportunity to learn Congolese Rumba from guitarist, singer and percussionist Jean-René Balekita. Over the course of eight weekly sessions, participants will be introduced to Congolese Rumba styles and the rhythms associated with the music.

Jean-René Balekita, taught songwriting and choral classes to undergraduates at the National Institute of Arts in Kinshasa from 2008-2015 where he earned Bachelor (2013) and Associate (2000) degrees. In 2001 he founded the group Bomoyi to perform original songs blending Congolese Rumba and Gospel styles, released popular recordings and music videos in DR Congo, which led Bomoyi to tours of Europe and the United States in 2009. When Bomoyi returned to the United States in 2015, Balekita settled in Urbana-Champaign, IL where he has since performed on the University of Illinois campus at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Spurlock Museum and University YMCA, in our community at Urbana Free Library and Crystal Lake Park, in local elementary schools including Westview and St. Matthew, and in many area churches including First Presbyterian Church of Champaign and First United Methodist Church of Champaign. Balekita is committed to sharing cultural arts of his country and reaching people from different socio-cultural backgrounds through music. He is currently a teaching artist at the Community Center for the Arts in Urbana.

The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music is pleased to present Jean-René Balekita as a visiting artist-in-residence of the center. This engagement program is support by the School of Music and the College of FAA.

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Moon Festival Celebration with Jasmine Field Orchestra

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Event Date: 
September 19, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Asian American Cultural Center
Address: 
1210 W. Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

iCU OIIR Intercultural Dialogue Series presents
Moon Festival Celebration with Jasmine Field Orchestra

Moon Festival, also known as Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival celebrated notably by Chinese and Vietnamese people. During this event, Jasmine Field Orchestra (JFO) will celebrate with iCU by performing classical Chinese folk music. Come learn about traditional Chinese instruments and famous Moon Festival celebration practices! Delicious Chinese cuisine will be provided.

The goal of iCU is to provide opportunities for the domestic and international students to engage in meaningful interaction in small group settings. For more program details, please visit here.
Sponsored by OIIR - IE, AACC, and Jasmine Field Orchestra

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Introduction to Oud and Middle Eastern Music Classes at C4A

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Event Date: 
September 22, 2018 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Venue: 
C4A | Community Center for the Arts
Address: 
202 West Main Street, Urbana
Description: 

For fall 2018 C4A is offering 3 classes in middle eastern music.

Join them on September 22, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm for an “open day” to meet our instructor and learn about middle eastern music!

The oud is a stringed instrument commonly played in the Middle East, North Africa, and throughout the Mediterranean region. It has a fretless short-neck with 5 or 6 double strings and a round box at the back. It is plucked using a special pick called a “risha.”

Oud instructor Fadi Alnaji was trained at the renowned Taqasim Music School in London.  His course will include basics of Middle Eastern music as well as oud technique. The classes are oriented toward oud players; other instruments may join with permission of the instructor.

For more information on class times and fees, please consult the C4A link below.

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In Concert at Champaign Public Library: Jean-René Balekita

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Event Date: 
September 30, 2018 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue: 
Champaign Public Library, Robeson Pavilion Room A & B
Address: 
Main Library, 200 W. Green St
Description: 

The Champaign Public Library presents a family concert with Congolese guitarist and vocalist Jean-René Balekita, who will share African rhythms with flavors of gospel, jazz, and Congolese rumba. For all ages.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Latin Dance Night / Noche de Baile Latino

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Event Date: 
September 22, 2018 - 9:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 5
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin, Urbana
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!

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Community Gamelan - New Session Begins

Community Gamelan - New Session Begins

September 10, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 0300, School of Music Building
1114 W. Nevada Street

Community Gamelan - New Session Begins

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Event Date: 
September 10, 2018 - 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, December 8, 2pm.

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