Marcus Tardelli - Brazilian guitarist

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Event Date: 
October 3, 2018 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin, Urbana
Description: 

Every other year, Krannert Center produces ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival, the internationally recognized, three-day event described as “one of the world’s most forward-thinking guitar festivals” (Fretboard Journal). In a celebration of the guitar and its close relatives from around the globe, each ELLNORA gathers remarkable musicians and passionate audience members, and the result is magic.

The ninth biennial ELLNORA will take place in fall 2019, but you can get a taste of it now with this ELLNORA | Reverb concert featuring Brazilian guitarist Marcus Tardelli. From a very young age, Tardelli was profoundly interested in music and drawn particularly to orchestral works. The guitar, however, was the only instrument available to him, so he developed ways to play the orchestral harmonies he heard, ultimately creating a new school of guitar technique. From popular Brazilian music to the classical compositions that have influenced it, Tardelli performs with unsurpassed technical mastery and an unwavering devotion to expression.

Admission: 
Single $30 / Senior $25 / STU $15 / U of I STU & YTH $10
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Global Transfer Afterglow: Zeshan B

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Event Date: 
September 14, 2018 - 9:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 5
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin, Urbana
Description: 

Join us after the performance by The Hot Sardines for a free Global Transfer Afterglow concert by Zeshan B at Stage 5.

Virtuoso vocalist Zeshan B blends hard-driving rhythms and horn-heavy soul sounds with Indo-Pakistani folk music to create his own unique, trilingual genre: Brown Skinned Soul. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, Zeshan B has established himself as a powerful voice from Chicago’s music scene with his band, The Translators. Together, they have sold out venues from Detroit to London to Chicago, and opened for acclaimed artists and leaders like Mos Def, Aasif Mandvi, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, and President Barack Obama (at the White House’s inaugural Eid celebration), all while honing a distinct, multicultural identity that celebrates the universal language of music.

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Free Admission
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Krannert Center's 50th-Anniversary Celebration Family Day

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Event Date: 
September 8, 2018 - 9:00am
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin, Urbana
Description: 

After our Opening Night Party on Friday night, the fun continues on Saturday with craft activities, a Rocky Maffit-led music parade, BowDacious String Band, a didgeridoo demo, Chinese Heritage Association Dancers, Urbana High School Vocal Chords Required, and Banks Bridgewater Lewis Fine Arts Academy Drumline. Intermezzo cafe and Promenade Showcase + Gift Shop will also be open starting at 9am.

Admission: 
Free Admission - donations encouraged
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Krannert Center's Opening Night Party - 50th Anniversary Celebration

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Event Date: 
September 7, 2018 - 6:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin, Urbana
Description: 

An Opening Night Party that’s been five decades in the making! Krannert Center invites all to celebrate its vibrant history with fabulous artists, dancing, food and beverage, interactive outdoor chalk art on the Center’s Goodwin Avenue stairs led by Scott Barber, and a by-the-decades car display surrounding the Center. Come dressed from a decade of your choice, 1960s to the future!

South Carolina-based Ranky Tanky—whose name is loosely translated as “get funky”—performs timeless music of Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. Combining influences from West Africa and American jazz into arrangements all its own, Ranky Tanky “is a joyous listen” (Elmore Magazine).

Baracutanga, with members representing four countries (Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, US), prides itself on arranging traditional South American rhythms in new ways. This blending of ancestral traditions with a modern sensibility results in an exciting Latin flavor all its own that leaves dancers always wanting more.

Steel guitarist AJ Ghent returns by popular demand after setting the stage ablaze at ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival 2015. Ghent, who calls James Brown and Prince big influences and whose family helped to create the “sacred steel” tradition, plays his steel stand-up style, constructing a musical sound that can be heard howling from the church to the streets to the clubs. Fusing blues, funk, rock, and pop, Ghent creates an unforgettable experience for audiences, an energized and soulful musical paradise!

Musical breezes will blow through the Amphitheatre as local favorites New Orleans Jazz Machine and clarinet/sax player Carl Johnson serve up Dixieland and swing classics, and we’ve got even a little more fun up our sleeves—throughout the night, Chicago’s own Mucca Pazza will pop up in performance, combining marching band traditions and street theatre with rock band sensibilities to create eccentric, frenetic fun. The kickoff of Krannert Center’s two-season 50th-anniversary celebration promises to be a one-of-a-kind, sound-good, feel-good occasion!

New to the Opening Night Party this year is a ticketless system for food and beverage purchases—all purchases can be made via cash or credit/debit card at each individual vendor. Joining the Center on the Terrace will be Siam Terrace, Caribbean Grill, Piato, Rosati’s Pizza, and Rick’s Bakery, and on Oregon Street will be Betsy’s Bistro food truck, Oh, Honey Pie food truck, and Chester’s BBQ food truck.

Free parking is available in the garages underneath Krannert Center. Surrounding street parking is free after 6pm. Parking on Goodwin Avenue in front of the Center will not be available.

Ranky Tanky, 6:30pm—Lobby, Stage 6
Baracutanga, 7:45pm—Lobby, Stage 5
AJ Ghent, 9pm—Lobby, Stage 6
New Orleans Jazz Machine, 6:15pm and 8:15pm—Amphitheatre (rain location: Studio Theatre)
Mucca Pazza—wait and see!

All ages are welcome.

Doors open and food and beverage sales begin at 6pm.

Admission: 
Free Admission - donations encouraged
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Japan House Matsuri

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Event Date: 
September 9, 2018 - 2:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Arboretum
Address: 
1800 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, Illinois 61801
Description: 

Japan House Matsuri

Come celebrate our Fourth annual Matsuri! It is our end-of-summer festival that will feature musical performances, martial arts demonstrations, hands-on activities, Asian inspired food and sake! This will also be a celebration of Japan House at its current location for 20 years! Mark your calendars and join us for the fun!

Admission: 
FREE - except for food/drink purchases
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Japan House 20th-Anniversary Celebration

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Event Date: 
September 8, 2018 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Tryon Festival Theatre
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin, Urbana
Description: 

The lush, immersive setting of the University of Illinois’ Japan House mirrors the embrace of tranquility so central to its mission. For 20 years, this institution of the College of Fine and Applied Arts has provided experiential learning, exposure to new perspectives, and rich study of Japanese aesthetic and traditional arts. Upon its 20th anniversary, Japan House will offer a program that transitions from reflective to festive, beginning with Kosho Fukushima’s Shinto blessing accompanied by violin music and floral arranging. The event will continue with remarks from dignitaries and special guests, a tea ceremony offered by Urasenke Kyoto, lively taiko drumming from the Chicago-based ensemble Ho Etsu, Michiyoshi Sato’s contemporary tsugaru-jamisen musical performance, a traditional koto (both 17-string and 25-string) and shamisen ensemble by faculty members of Toho Gakuen College of Drama & Music artists, a kimono parade, and large-scale calligraphy executed by artist Seiran Chiba. The program will culminate with Bon Odori, a traditional style of Japanese dancing performed at festivals.

Japan House: http://japanhouse.art.illinois.edu/en/

Admission: 
Single: $65; Senior citizens: $55; STU $25; UI students & YTH $10
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Karuna featuring Adam Rudolph, Hamid Drake, and Ralph M. Jones

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Event Date: 
September 16, 2018 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL
Description: 

The Spurlock Museum, Center for Advanced Study and Robert E. Brown Center for World Music celebrate 2018 Welcoming Week with a free performance by music trio Karuna.

Hamid Drake (drumset, percussion)
Ralph M. Jones (woodwinds, flutes)
Adam Rudolph (handrumset, electronics, percussion)

What makes Karuna's music magic is the special history and decades of shared experiences among Drake, Jones and Rudolph, who bring their unique and evolved rhythm and sonic languages to the fore, reaching to inspire any audience though spirited dialogue.

Deep roots were established between Hamid and Adam in 1969, when they met in a Chicago drum shop, started studying music together, and began performing regularly with the great Baba Fred Anderson by 1972. The 1974 Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival would bring Adam and Ralph together in performance in groups led by Detroit artist / mentors Kenne Cox and Charles Moore.

When Drake, Jones and Rudolph started performing together in the Moving Pictures ensemble in 1997, it was immediately clear a special chemistry was at play. Karuna reflects their ongoing research into the connection of the inner life to musical expression and speaks to the idea of creative action as a gesture of compassion.

This performance is presented as part of Improvisers Exchange, the annual CAS Initiative for 2018-19 broadly exploring the field of music improvisation.

Improvisers Exchange is a two-year initiative deeply investigating the field of music improvisation. This multifaceted program features performance and engagement residencies by leading artists representative of a wide spectrum of the practice, initiates a new performance course on improvisation for students, and promotes scholarly discourse through lectures and panel discussions.

Jason Finkelman (KCPA) and Mike Silvers (Musicology) have been appointed CAS Resident Associates for AY2018-19, which includes a graduate seminar (CAS 587) in Spring 2019.

For more information please consult cas.illinois.edu

Cosponsored by
Division of Musicology
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
School of Music

Admission: 
admission free
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VojoDeyl Trio

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Event Date: 
August 26, 2018 - 1:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S Gregory St, Urbana, Illinois
Description: 

The VojoDeyl Trio (Radim Vojtek, Martin Deyl and Karolina Magdelena Kupczyk) from the Czech Republic will be offering a sampling of Czech folk music from their homeland at several venues during an August visit to Illinois this year. The trio will perform at the Pilsen Fest in Chicago on 18 & 19 August, and will then spend a week in Mahomet, to learn firsthand what life in America’s heartland is like. While here, they will bring a little of their own culture to our community. Their visit in Mahomet is being hosted by Trudy & Gary Matthews, Debra & Dennis Kimme, and the Matt DiFanis Family, who are arranging several opportunities for local families to hear them perform.

The idea for the Trio’s visit was born when their host families from Mahomet visited the Czech Republic last year and had an opportunity to hear Radim perform during a visit to the Jan Deyl Conservatory and Secondary School for the Visually Impaired in Prague. Radim, who is blind, so impressed his American guests with his multiple talents (voice, piano & violin), that an invitation was later initiated via the Czech Consulate in Chicago to bring his trio to the U.S. Following acceptance of the invitation, representatives of the T. G. Masaryk Czech School in Chicago facilitated arrangements for their visit, including their performance at the Pilsen Fest event.

Radim is from the small village of Boršice u Blatnice in the Czech Republic. Although blind since birth, he has studied music since he was 4, starting with the flute and graduating to the piano at age 5. He obtained his secondary school education at the Jan Deyl Conservatory, where he also studied piano and piano tuning, violin and voice. He has been performing in public since childhood, and at age 11, he received the most outstanding talent award at a music festival for blind children from the Czech Radio Foundation. He has won numerous other music competitions, and has also recorded and toured with Aneta Langerová, a popular Czech pop star. In addition to performing professionally, he now teaches piano and violin in the Primary School of Music in his home town.

Martin is from the village of Hulk, about 4 miles from Radim’s home. He and Radim are childhood friends, who have frequently performed together at folklore festivals, as well as for weddings and private parties. Martin has been playing guitar and winning music awards since elementary school. During his boyhood years, he also sang and danced in a children’s folk group that performed at many international festivals. In high school, he founded his own band, which won a regional competition of high school bands. Martin graduated from the Prague Conservatory where he studied bass and guitar. Currently, Martin teaches guitar at a Music School in Uherské Hradiště.

Karolina is from Jaworzynka on the border between the Czech Republic and Poland. She is currently an Erasmus (European exchange program) student at the Comenius University in Bratislava, where she is studying the Slovakian language. She has studied both violin and viola and now plays the viola in the Trio.

Radim and Martin first met Karolina at a folk festival in Hungary in 2014 and the three have performed together on various occasions since. When Radim was approached about performing in the U.S., he proposed coming with his friends Martin and Karolina, and the VojoDeyl trio was born. A sample (external link) of their folk music can be found on YouTube.

This event is cosponsored by the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

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Event Date: 
August 25, 2018 - 11:00am - 11:59pm
Venue: 
Downtown Urbana
Description: 

The Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is host to two nights of live music and this year will be focusing on our local gems. International and folkloric music is scheduled on both the Folk and Roots Stage on Friday and Saturday (6:00p - 11:15p)and One Community Together Stage on Saturday (11:30a - 6:30p).

Friday Night Folk and Roots Stage
6:00-6:45 – Vinny Santanelli (singer/songwriter)
7:15 – 8:00 –Country Music Ensemble from Community Center for the Arts (traditional country)
8:30 – 9:30 – Painkillers Blues Band (traditional blues)
10:00 – 11:15 – Bones Jugs (jug band, ragtime & more)

Saturday One Community Together Stage
11:30-12:00 – Vojodeyl Trio
12:00-1:00 – Bow-Dascious String Band and BBL Jazz Band
1:15-2:00 – Tune Wrangling with Jordan Kaye
2:15-3:00 – Bali Lantari
3:15-4:00 – Ngoma Expressions
4:15-5:00 – Traditional Jazz Orchestra
5:15-6:30 – Urbana, Central and Centennial Marching Bands

Saturday Night Folk and Roots Stage
6:00 – 6:45 – George Faber & Friends (singer/songwriter/soulful bluesman)
7:15 – 8:00 – Jean Rene Balekita & Bomoyi (Congolese folk music)
8:30 – 9:30 – Hot Club of Urbana (Django Reinhardt style jazz)
10:00 – 11:15 – Surreal Deal (70’s rock/jam band)

For more information, please consult the Sweetcorn Festival website below.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

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Event Date: 
August 24, 2018 - 5:00pm - 11:59pm
Venue: 
Downtown Urbana
Description: 

The Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is host to two nights of live music and this year will be focusing on our local gems. International and folkloric music is scheduled on both the Folk and Roots Stage on Friday and Saturday (6:00p - 11:15p)and One Community Together Stage on Saturday (11:30a - 6:30p).

Friday Night Folk and Roots Stage
6:00-6:45 – Vinny Santanelli (singer/songwriter)
7:15 – 8:00 –Country Music Ensemble from Community Center for the Arts (traditional country)
8:30 – 9:30 – Painkillers Blues Band (traditional blues)
10:00 – 11:15 – Bones Jugs (jug band, ragtime & more)

Saturday One Community Together Stage
11:30-12:00 – Vojodeyl Trio
12:00-1:00 – Bow-Dascious String Band and BBL Jazz Band
1:15-2:00 – Tune Wrangling with Jordan Kaye
2:15-3:00 – Bali Lantari
3:15-4:00 – Ngoma Expressions
4:15-5:00 – Traditional Jazz Orchestra
5:15-6:30 – Urbana, Central and Centennial Marching Bands

Saturday Night Folk and Roots Stage
6:00 – 6:45 – George Faber & Friends (singer/songwriter/soulful bluesman)
7:15 – 8:00 – Jean Rene Balekita & Bomoyi (Congolese folk music)
8:30 – 9:30 – Hot Club of Urbana (Django Reinhardt style jazz)
10:00 – 11:15 – Surreal Deal (70’s rock/jam band)

For more information, please consult the Sweetcorn Festival website below.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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