Art of Resistance - Capoeira Angola Conference at UIUC

Event Information
Event Date: 
October 20, 2016 - 6:00pm - October 23, 2016 - 6:00pm
Venue: 
multiple locations
Description: 

The Capoeira Club at UIUC and Capoeira Angola Center -IL led by Denis Chiaramonte are excited by the opportunity to have Mestre João Grande return to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, from October 20th - 23rd, 2016, for a fabulous weekend of celebrating Brazilian culture. We are honored to have the Great Mestre João Grande leading workshops in Capoeira Angola movement and music workshops. Please view the schedule and information below.

Mestre João Grande (Brasil, New York City, NY)

Schedule

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Thursday, October 20th
Unit One /Allen Hall
6:00 – 7:00pm – Maculelê – Afro-stick dance Workshop led by Mestre João Grande

Capoeira Angola Center – Illinois
7:00 – 9:00pm Capoeira Angola Movement Class

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Friday, October 21st
Illini Union Quad (if weather permits)
12:00 – 1:00pm Capoeira Angola Roda presentation

UIUC Dance Department Nevada B
6:00 – 8:00pm Capoeira Angola Movement class
8:00 – 9:00pm Capoeira Angola Music Class/Roda

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Saturday, October 22nh
Lincoln Square Mall West Wing
10:00 – 10:30am Kids Capoeira Angola/ Maculele class
10:30 – 11:00am Roda Presentation
11:00 – 1:00pm Capoeira Angola Adult Movement class

UIUC Dance Department Nevada B
2:00 – 3:00pm Cultural Lunch
3:00 – 4:00pm Music Workshop and Lecture “Capoeira Angola Art of Resistance”
4:00 – 6:00pm Capoeira Angola Movement class
6:00 – 7:00pm Capoeira Angola Roda

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Sunday, October 23th
UIUC Dance Department Nevada B
10:00am – 12:00pm Capoeira Angola Movement workshop
Capoeira Angola Center Illinois
1:00-2:00pm -Maculele Class lead by Mestre João Grande
2:00 – 4:00pm Capoeira Angola Roda
4:00-6:00pm – Potluck

Address Locations:

Unit One /Allen Hall
Main Lounge
1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801

UIUC Dance Department Nevada B
907 West Nevada Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801

Illini Union – Quad (if weather permits)
1401 W. Green St, Urbana, IL 61801
Lincoln Square (West Wing)
201 Lincoln Square,
Urbana, IL 61801

Capoeira Angola Center Illinois
122 W. Springfield Ave.
Urbana, IL 61821

Sponsors:

SORF
Paid for by the Students Cultural Programming fee
Capoeira Club at UIUC
Dance at Illinois
Students of Capoeira Angola Center Champaign Illinois

Free for UIUC student with a UIUC Student ID

Full event $100.00

Prices for per-day rate

Thursday $50.00
Friday $60.00
Saturday $85.00
Sunday $60.00

Instructors, Treinels, Professores and Contra-Mestres, remember this fee is an investment and a donation to support the Capoeira Angola!

Dress Code *
For Capoeira Angola workshops only
– Flat sole shoes
– T-shirt that can be tucked into your pants
– Capoeira Angola or dress pants
– Tank tops not allowed

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT http://www.angolacenterillinois.com

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Cancelled - Bernard Woma & Matt Jacklin - Gyil Music of Ghana

 

The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music is sorry to announce the cancellation of the October 21, 2016 4pm lecture /demonstartion program and 8pm concert by Bernard Woma & Matt Jacklin.  The Center is aiming to reschedule the Gyil Music of Ghana program in Spring 2017.  

 

October 2016 - Gateways to World Music Schedule

Gateways to World Music is a series of free concerts and lectures, open to the public, presented by Robert E. Brown Center for World Music introducing new audiences to both traditional folkloric music and contemporary music developed from these roots. The Fall series will feature three programs beginning on Wednesday, October 5 with Projecto Arcomusical, a percussion sextet reimagining the Afro-Brazilian berimbau through a repertoire of uniquely powerful, original chamber music. Founding member Gregory Beyer will offer a pre-concert, 7:30pm talk titled, “Advancing the Art of the Berimbau: Nana Vasconcelos to Arcomusical,” followed by an 8pm concert at the School of Music Building Auditorium located at 1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana. This performance and lectureship is supported by the Lorado Taft on Art Fund / College of Fine and Applied Arts.

The Gateways series continues on Saturday, October 15 at 8pm with a Music of Asia concert featuring performances of Japanese koto music by Jessica C. Hajek and Hilary Brady Morris, Korean SamulNori percussion by Gah Rahk Mah Dahng, Balinese gamelan and dance by Bali Lantari, and a blend of traditional and contemporary Chinese music by Jasmine Field Orchestra. Presented in conjunction with the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, organized by the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, this concert in the School of Music Building Auditorium showcases University of Illinois students and community members.

(UPDATE 10.10.16 - The following event has been cancelled.) Gyil music of Ghana performed by Bernard Woma and Matt Jacklin will be presented in two parts on Friday, October 21. At 4pm, the Spurlock Museum (600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana) will host a lecture / demonstration by the artists introducing the history, development, and styles of music played on the Gyil, a small xylophone indigenous to Ghana. Mr. Woma, a master Gyil player considered a cultural treasure of Ghana who has performed for many dignitaries including Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, and Bill Clinton, and Dr. Matt Jacklin, who completed his Doctoral of Musical Arts in percussion performance from the U of I in 2011, will present a full concert at 8pm in the School of Music Building Auditorium. These two programs were made possible by a generous grant from the Urbana Public Arts Commission.

Instrument Making Workshop w/Don Pandero and Di Freitas

Event Information
Event Date: 
October 8, 2016 - 11:00am - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Unit One / Allen Hall, University of Illinois
Address: 
1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana
Description: 

Don Pandeiro and Di Freitas:
Brazilian Musicians/Artists at Unit One/Allen Hall
10/4-10/8

Visit the event site for more information: https://spark.adobe.com/page/i70Nc2gtETInB/

All events are free and open to the public and take place in Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, unless noted otherwise. Free parking is available in the garage across the street.

Tuesday, October 4
6:30pm – Samba Percussion Workshop w/ Don Pandeiro (Main Lounge)

6:30pm - Dance Music of Northeastern Brazil: Strings and Flute Workshop w/ Di Freitas (South Rec)

Two concurrent Brazilian music workshops: one for percussionists and percussionist-wannabes interested in Brazil’s samba rhythms, the other for string players (violinists, violists, guitarists, banjo players, and others welcome) and flutists who are interested in learning the dance music of rural northeastern Brazil.

Tuesday, October 4

8pm – Brazilian Music Performance and Q&A: Don Pandeiro and Di Freitas w/friends (Main Lounge)

Join us for a concert featuring Don Pandeiro and Di Freitas, with guest appearances by participants in the Brazilian music workshops.

Thursday, Oct 6

7pm – Northeast by Southeast: a Night of Brazilian Regional Music (Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium)

Saturday, October 8
11am-2pm – Instrument Making Workshop w/Don Pandero and Di Freitas (South Rec)

Build your own playable fiddle out of scraps of wood and found materials, and make shakers and other Brazilian percussion instruments. Lunch break in the middle.

Saturday, October 8

2pm - Samba Percussion Workshop w/ Don Pandeiro (Main Lounge)

2pm - Dance Music of Northeastern Brazil: Strings and Flute Workshop w/ Di Freitas (South Rec)

Two concurrent Brazilian music workshops: one for percussionists and percussionist-wannabes interested in Brazil’s samba rhythms, the other for string players (violinists, violists, guitarists, banjo players, and others welcome) and flutists who are interested in learning the dance music of rural northeastern Brazil. Bring your handmade instruments if you made them.

Don Pandeiro and Di Freitas are performers, artisans, and instrument builders who represent two different Brazilian contexts and musical styles: urban and rural, Southeast and Northeast, and samba and música nordestina. Over the course of the week, we will showcase their unique combination of musical talent and instrument-making abilities.

Percussionist Don Pandeiro is a musical and artistic icon in São Paulo, where he has spent most of his adult life, playing small shows, fabricating samba instruments out of innovative materials, and building public art fixtures, such as a massive peace monument constructed entirely from match sticks.

Francisco Ferreira de Freitas Filho, known by his stage name Di Freitas, is a rabequeiro (fiddler), guitarist, luthier, and music educator based in Juazeiro do Norte, a city in the hinterlands of the Brazilian Northeast. Di Freitas performs on and builds his own string instruments from calabash and other found materials, and he teaches youth in his hometown to build and play their own homemade fiddles in an “orchestra” he directs.

Cosponsored by Center for Advanced Study, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Department of History, Division of Musicology, Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, School of Music, and Unit One/Allen Hall

Admission: 
open to the public, admission free
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Samba Percussion Workshop w/ Don Pandeiro | Dance Music of Northeastern Brazil: Strings and Flute Workshop w/ Di Freitas

Event Information
Event Date: 
October 4, 2016 - 6:30pm
Venue: 
Unit One / Allen Hall, University of Illinois
Address: 
1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana
Description: 

Don Pandeiro and Di Freitas:
Brazilian Musicians/Artists at Unit One/Allen Hall
10/4-10/8

Visit the event site for more information: https://spark.adobe.com/page/i70Nc2gtETInB/

All events are free and open to the public and take place in Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, unless noted otherwise. Free parking is available in the garage across the street.

Tuesday, October 4
6:30pm – Samba Percussion Workshop w/ Don Pandeiro (Main Lounge)

6:30pm - Dance Music of Northeastern Brazil: Strings and Flute Workshop w/ Di Freitas (South Rec)

Two concurrent Brazilian music workshops: one for percussionists and percussionist-wannabes interested in Brazil’s samba rhythms, the other for string players (violinists, violists, guitarists, banjo players, and others welcome) and flutists who are interested in learning the dance music of rural northeastern Brazil.

Tuesday, October 4

8pm – Brazilian Music Performance and Q&A: Don Pandeiro and Di Freitas w/friends (Main Lounge)

Join us for a concert featuring Don Pandeiro and Di Freitas, with guest appearances by participants in the Brazilian music workshops.

Thursday, Oct 6

7pm – Northeast by Southeast: a Night of Brazilian Regional Music (Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium)

Saturday, October 8
11am-2pm – Instrument Making Workshop w/Don Pandero and Di Freitas (South Rec)

Build your own playable fiddle out of scraps of wood and found materials, and make shakers and other Brazilian percussion instruments. Lunch break in the middle.

Saturday, October 8

2pm - Samba Percussion Workshop w/ Don Pandeiro (Main Lounge)

2pm - Dance Music of Northeastern Brazil: Strings and Flute Workshop w/ Di Freitas (South Rec)

Two concurrent Brazilian music workshops: one for percussionists and percussionist-wannabes interested in Brazil’s samba rhythms, the other for string players (violinists, violists, guitarists, banjo players, and others welcome) and flutists who are interested in learning the dance music of rural northeastern Brazil. Bring your handmade instruments if you made them.

Don Pandeiro and Di Freitas are performers, artisans, and instrument builders who represent two different Brazilian contexts and musical styles: urban and rural, Southeast and Northeast, and samba and música nordestina. Over the course of the week, we will showcase their unique combination of musical talent and instrument-making abilities.

Percussionist Don Pandeiro is a musical and artistic icon in São Paulo, where he has spent most of his adult life, playing small shows, fabricating samba instruments out of innovative materials, and building public art fixtures, such as a massive peace monument constructed entirely from match sticks.

Francisco Ferreira de Freitas Filho, known by his stage name Di Freitas, is a rabequeiro (fiddler), guitarist, luthier, and music educator based in Juazeiro do Norte, a city in the hinterlands of the Brazilian Northeast. Di Freitas performs on and builds his own string instruments from calabash and other found materials, and he teaches youth in his hometown to build and play their own homemade fiddles in an “orchestra” he directs.

Cosponsored by Center for Advanced Study, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Department of History, Division of Musicology, Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, School of Music, and Unit One/Allen Hall

Admission: 
open to the public, admission free
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CANCELLED - Bernard Woma & Matt Jacklin - Gyil Music of Ghana

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Event Date: 
October 21, 2016 - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 West Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

**** CANCELLED ****

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the following presentation has been cancelled. We are aiming to reschedule this event in Spring 2017.
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Bringing Ghana to Urbana;
Traditional African Xylophone Music
Bernard Woma and Matt Jacklin

4pm lecture / demonstration
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana

8pm concert
Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana

Both programs are open to the public, admission free

Learn about the Gyil, a small xylophone indigenous to Ghana that the performer sits on the ground to play. Bernard Woma and Matt Jacklin will visit the Spurlock Museum at 4pm to discuss how this fascinating instrument is made and the history of its development. They will also discuss the rich heritage of the Gyil, how its music has shaped the culture of Ghana, and demonstrate the different styles of Gyil music.

The 8pm performance at the School of Music Building Auditorium provides a special opportunity to fully experience the mesmerizing sound of Bernard Woma. Mr. Woma is quite simply the world’s leading performer of the Gyil. He is a cultural treasure in Ghana, who has performed for many dignitaries including Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela,and Bill Clinton, among others. This performance will be one you will not soon forget.

This performance has been made possible by a generous grant from the Urbana Public Arts Commission, hosted by the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music and Spurlock Museum. Part of the Gateways to World Music series.

Biographical Information

Bernard Woma has shared the performance stage with renowned artists such as Maya Angelou, Yo Yo Ma, and Glen Velez. He has performed for international dignitaries and presidents such as U. S. president Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth II. He was honored as the cultural resource person for President Barack Obama’s family when they visited Ghana in 2009. He is a true cultural treasure from Ghana who has toured the world as xylophonist and lead drummer of the National Dance Company of Ghana. Bernard is an extremely dynamic artist and deeply experienced educator. His recent appearances in the US include a performance with New York Philharmonic at the Avery Fisher, Lincoln Center, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, New York, Warren Orchestra, Detroit, the Berliner Symphoniker in Berlin Germany, and the KwaZulu-Natal Symphonu Orchestra in Durban South Africa. He has done residencies with many universities and colleges across the United States as well as performances with major performing ensembles such as the Ethos Percussion group, Jumbie Records, The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), and teaching at New York’s AXF: African Xylophone Festival. The performance of his composition “Gyil Nyog Me Na” in the spring of 2006 at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall is a testimony of his musicianship. Bernard has also performed and toured with the National Dance Company of Ghana to Britain, Denmark, Germany, The Netherland, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, South America, and many African countries. Since 2008, Bernard’s dance company, The Saakumu Dance Troupe has been touring the United States with captivating performances and educational programs in American schools and public venues. Bernard is Partner and Co-Founder of Jumbie Records; the Artistic Director of Saakumu Dance Troupe, and the founder and director of the Dagara Music and Arts Center in Accra, Ghana.

Dr. Matt Jacklin is an engaging artist and educator. Currently, he is director of percussion studies at Olivet Nazarene University, as an adjunct professor, where he teaches applied percussion lessons, arranges for and teaches the drumline and front ensemble for the marching band, directs the percussion ensemble and is also the music recruiter. He has been featured in concerto and solo recital appearances throughout the United States and abroad. He is also active as an orchestral percussionist, performing most recently with the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Heartland Festival Orchestra, and the Sugar Creek Symphony and Song Opera Festival. In addition, Dr. Jacklin performs frequently on steel drums in local venues throughout central Illinois. In 2001, he presented a solo electronic percussion clinic and demonstration at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Dr. Jacklin has earned degrees from the University of Arizona, the University of Akron, and in 2011, Jacklin completed the Doctoral of Musical Arts in percussion performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Admission: 
open to the public, admission free
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CANCELLED - Bringing Ghana to Urbana; Traditional African Xylophone Music

Event Information
Event Date: 
October 21, 2016 - 4:00pm
Venue: 
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana
Description: 

**** CANCELLED ****

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the following presentation has been cancelled. We are aiming to reschedule this event in Spring 2017.
***************************************************************************************************

Bringing Ghana to Urbana;
Traditional African Xylophone Music
Bernard Woma and Matt Jacklin

4pm lecture / demonstration
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana

8pm concert
Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana

Both programs are open to the public, admission free

Learn about the Gyil, a small xylophone indigenous to Ghana that the performer sits on the ground to play. Bernard Woma and Matt Jacklin will visit the Spurlock Museum at 4pm to discuss how this fascinating instrument is made and the history of its development. They will also discuss the rich heritage of the Gyil, how its music has shaped the culture of Ghana, and demonstrate the different styles of Gyil music.

The 8pm performance at the School of Music Building Auditorium provides a special opportunity to fully experience the mesmerizing sound of Bernard Woma. Mr. Woma is quite simply the world’s leading performer of the Gyil. He is a cultural treasure in Ghana, who has performed for many dignitaries including Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela,and Bill Clinton, among others. This performance will be one you will not soon forget.

This performance has been made possible by a generous grant from the Urbana Public Arts Commission, hosted by the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music and Spurlock Museum. Part of the Gateways to World Music series.

Biographical Information

Bernard Woma has shared the performance stage with renowned artists such as Maya Angelou, Yo Yo Ma, and Glen Velez. He has performed for international dignitaries and presidents such as U. S. president Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth II. He was honored as the cultural resource person for President Barack Obama’s family when they visited Ghana in 2009. He is a true cultural treasure from Ghana who has toured the world as xylophonist and lead drummer of the National Dance Company of Ghana. Bernard is an extremely dynamic artist and deeply experienced educator. His recent appearances in the US include a performance with New York Philharmonic at the Avery Fisher, Lincoln Center, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, New York, Warren Orchestra, Detroit, the Berliner Symphoniker in Berlin Germany, and the KwaZulu-Natal Symphonu Orchestra in Durban South Africa. He has done residencies with many universities and colleges across the United States as well as performances with major performing ensembles such as the Ethos Percussion group, Jumbie Records, The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), and teaching at New York’s AXF: African Xylophone Festival. The performance of his composition “Gyil Nyog Me Na” in the spring of 2006 at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall is a testimony of his musicianship. Bernard has also performed and toured with the National Dance Company of Ghana to Britain, Denmark, Germany, The Netherland, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, South America, and many African countries. Since 2008, Bernard’s dance company, The Saakumu Dance Troupe has been touring the United States with captivating performances and educational programs in American schools and public venues. Bernard is Partner and Co-Founder of Jumbie Records; the Artistic Director of Saakumu Dance Troupe, and the founder and director of the Dagara Music and Arts Center in Accra, Ghana.

Dr. Matt Jacklin is an engaging artist and educator. Currently, he is director of percussion studies at Olivet Nazarene University, as an adjunct professor, where he teaches applied percussion lessons, arranges for and teaches the drumline and front ensemble for the marching band, directs the percussion ensemble and is also the music recruiter. He has been featured in concerto and solo recital appearances throughout the United States and abroad. He is also active as an orchestral percussionist, performing most recently with the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Heartland Festival Orchestra, and the Sugar Creek Symphony and Song Opera Festival. In addition, Dr. Jacklin performs frequently on steel drums in local venues throughout central Illinois. In 2001, he presented a solo electronic percussion clinic and demonstration at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Dr. Jacklin has earned degrees from the University of Arizona, the University of Akron, and in 2011, Jacklin completed the Doctoral of Musical Arts in percussion performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Admission: 
open to the public, admission free
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Music of Asia

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Event Date: 
October 15, 2016 - 8:00pm
Venue: 
School of Music - Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 West Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

Robert E. Brown Center for World Music and Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies present in conjunction with Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs 2016:

Music of Asia
featuring ensembles from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Koto Performance by Jessica C. Hajek & Hilary Brady Morris

Musicology graduate students Jessica C. Hajek and Hilary Brady Morris will perform "Sunae" (Sand Picture), a koto duet composed by Tadao Sawai in 1973. One of the most recognized traditional Japanese instruments, the koto is a long wooden zither with 13-strings and movable bridges. Hajek and Morris studied koto at the University of Illinois with Anne Prescott, former Associate Director of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, who is now the Director of the Five College Center for East Asian Studies at Smith College.

Gah Rahk Mah Dahng

Gah Rahk Mah Dahng is a traditional Korean percussion performance team at the University of Illinois. As a registered student organization, they aim to raise awareness about Korean culture through its music. The specific type of music they play is samulnori, which is made up of four different instruments--jing (large gong), janggu (hourglass-shaped drum), buk (barrel drum), and ggwaenggwari (small gong)--that represent wind or lightning, rain, clouds, and thunder respectively. Samulnori music was traditionally played in prayer for good harvest, but today may often be played for both musical performance and social protest.

Bali Lantari

Bali Lantari is an Urbana-Champaign based ensemble led by I Ketut Gede Asnawa specializing on the performing arts of Bali, Indonesia. The ensemble performs traditional Balinese gamelan music, along with dance under the direction of Putu Oka Mardiani Asnawa, together celebrating and sharing the beautiful cultural arts of Bali. I Ketut Gede Asnawa is a full-time visiting faculty member of the School of Music and Robert E. Brown Center for World Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jasmine Field Orchestra

Jasmine Field is a collective of nearly thirty Chinese undergraduate and graduate musicians from various majors who perform Chinese folkloric music and contemporary works in unique ensembles blending Chinese and Western instruments. Members of Jasmine Field arrange and compose new works that combine elements of Chinese music traditions with a wide spectrum of Western music including classical, jazz, rock and pop. Jasmine Field is a registered student organization at the University of Illinois, and is associated with the Chinese Student & Scholar Association.

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Gregory Beyer - Advancing the Art of the Berimbau

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Event Date: 
October 5, 2016 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

Gregory Beyer (Associate Professor and Head of Percussion Studies at Northern Illinois University) will present a lecture titled, "Advancing the Art of the Berimbau: Nana Vasconcelos to Arcomusical."

This pre-performance talk will recount Professor Beyer's introduction to the berimbau, an Afro-Brazilian musical bow, and the creation of new repertoire for the chamber berimbau ensemble Projeto Arcomusical.

This program is part of the Gateways to World Music concert series.
Lectureship supported by the Lorado Taft on Art Fund/College of Fine and Applied Arts.

Biographical Info:

Hailed as a “prodigiously talented percussionist” (Chicago Classical Review) Gregory Beyer is a contemporary music specialist with significant experience in orchestral, jazz, and world music who combines the multiple disciplines of 21st Century percussion into a singular artistic voice. He has given solo performances and masterclasses throughout the world.

In 2015 under the auspices of the Fulbright Scholar Program, Beyer is an invited visiting scholar at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte, where he will focus entirely upon his project, Arcomusical – a multi-faceted resource for the Afro-Brazilian berimbau dedicated to performance, publication, research, and community building. Arcomusical has grown steadily for over fifteen years and has recently enjoyed a myriad of successes, including: invited festival performances, capoeira workshops, film scoring contracts, and international percussion convention presentations. In Brazil, Beyer will study the berimbau in the larger context of the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira Angola and will share his knowledge of the instrument with music students UFMG.

Beyer is a member of Dal Niente, the award winning Chicago based contemporary chamber music ensemble, and he has performed as soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Central America, and the United States.

Beyer is Associate Professor and Head of Percussion Studies at Northern Illinois University, where he directs the Percussion Ensemble (performed at PASIC in 2009 and 2013) and New Music Ensemble.

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Northeast by Southeast: A Night of Brazilian Regional Music

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Event Date: 
October 6, 2016 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 South Gregory, Urbana
Description: 

Northeast by Southeast: A Night of Brazilian Regional Music

Don Pandeiro and Di Freitas are performers, artisans, and instrument builders who represent two different Brazilian contexts and musical styles: urban and rural, Southeast and Northeast, and samba and música nordestina. This event will showcase the unique combination of musical talent and instrument-making abilities of these two Musicians in Residence.

Percussionist Don Pandeiro is a local musical and artistic icon in São Paulo, where he has spent most of his adult life, playing small shows, fabricating samba instruments out of innovative material, and building public art fixtures, such as a massive peace monument constructed entirely from match sticks.

Francisco Ferreira de Freitas Filho, known by his stage name Di Freitas, is a rabequeiro (fiddler), guitarist, luthier, and music educator based in Juazeiro do Norte, a city in the hinterlands of the Brazilian Northeast. Di Freitas performs on and builds his own string instruments from calabash and other found materials, and he teaches youth in his hometown to build and play their own homemade fiddles in an “orchestra” he directs.

Cosponsored by: Center for Advanced Study, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Department of History, Division of Musicology, Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, School of Music, Unit One/Allen Hall

Organized by Mike Silvers (Musicology) and Marc Hertzman (History) with the assistance of Marcelo Kuyumjian (Music).

Admission: 
Admission Free
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