Gateways To World Music: Sean Gaskell (West African Kora)

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Event Date: 
September 30, 2019 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

Sean Gaskell features traditional songs on the Kora, a 21 string harp that he learned how to play throughout the course of multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, West Africa. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh, both of Brikama, Gambia. He has been featured at a number of music festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal. Co-sponsored by Spurlock Museum with support from the Illinois Arts Council.

The Gateways to World Music Series is supported by School of Music and College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois.

Admission: 
free and open to the public
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GATEWAYS TO WORLD MUSIC SERIES

The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music is pleased to announce Gateways to World Music programming for Fall 2019. The performance / lecture series will feature artists drawing from music traditions of West Africa, Spain, the Carpathian Bow, and India. Events are scheduled in the School of Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana at 7:30p on the following dates: September 30; October 7; October 28; and November 6. All programs are open to campus and community audiences free of charge. For more information visit cwm.illinois.edu.

Learn to play the Oud, popular Middle Eastern musical instrument!

Our friends at the Taqasim school in Champaign-Urbana and Community Center for the Arts are excited to announce the beginning of this semester's Oud classes! Whether you have played an instrument before or have no musical experience, these classes are an ideal way to get your Oud journey started and learn Middle Eastern music.

Classes begin on September 21st.

More info about the nature of the course will be provided at

Oud open day -- THIS SATURDAY -- September 14th from 1:00p - 4:00p

Seeking new singers for Champaign-Urbana’s Women’s Slavic Choir!

Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the Caucuses have a rich, ancient, and distinct folk music tradition. Dissonant harmonies and ululations laud the praises of Christian and pagan gods, the turning of seasons, and lazy, good-for-nothing husbands. Join us to journey in the footsteps of the Bulgarian National Women’s Chorus starting here in Central Illinois!

Familiarity with Slavic languages not necessary.
Prior singing experience preferred.

To learn more or come to a rehearsal, contact us at 217-722-4610 or kfloess@gmail.com. Rehearsals to begin in mid-September.

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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