Zaiko Langa Langa in Concert at the City Center

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Event Date: 
November 3, 2018 - 8:00pm - 11:59pm
Venue: 
The City Center at Fat City
Address: 
505 S. Chestnut Street Champaign, IL, 61820
Description: 

The City Center and Champaign's own Best of Africa Food Store present Zaiko Langa Langa (also spelled Zaïko Langa Langa and in other variants), a seminal soukous band from DR Congo. The word "Zaiko" is a portmanteau for the lingala phrase Zaire ya bankoko, meaning "Zaire of our ancestors", where "Zaire" must be read as a reference to the river by that name, now called Congo. The meaning of the phrase "Langa Langa" is controversial; according to the band's website, it means "marvelous" or "almighty".

Since its founding in 1969, the band has experienced several personnel changes, and a number of prominent soukous musicians have been in their lineup. In this iteration of the group, "Tout Choc" or "Tout Choc - Anti Choc" can also be added to their name, referring to Franco's Orchestre T.P.O.K. (= Tout Puissance Orchestre Kinshasa).

Admission: 
Tickets $40-60; available via The City Center website
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BALINESE GAMELAN CONCERT

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Event Date: 
December 8, 2018 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 West Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

End of semester concert featuring Balinese Gamelan ensembles under the direction of I Ketut Gede Asnawa.

Traditional works will be performed by the UIUC Student Ensemble and Community Gamelan.

Balinese dance under the direction of Putu Oka Mardiani Asnawa will also be featured in this program.

The performance is open to the public and admission is free.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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TM Krishna Lecture and Performance

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Event Date: 
October 12, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium
Address: 
600 S. Gregory St. Urbana, IL 61801
Description: 

TM Krishna, a renowned Karnatic musician, will present a lecture and performance Friday October 12, 2018, in the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures Knight Auditorium. This event is cosponsored by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, the India Studies Fund, and the Spurlock Museum. Free Admission.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival

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Event Date: 
October 18, 2018 - 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Venue: 
Multiple Locations in Urbana
Description: 

The annual C-U Folk and Roots Festival returns October 18-20, 2018. Founded in 2009, the festival features a variety of artists performing at venues throughout downtown Urbana.

For admission information, check C-U Folk and Roots Festival FAQ here: http://folkandroots.org/2018-festival-faq/

For more information about featured artists including Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Stephen Wade, Bones Jugs, and Moonlight Ramblers see the full listing here: http://folkandroots.org/2018-performances/

For a complete C-U Folk and Roots Festival schedule, visit: http://folkandroots.org/2018-schedule/

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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.”

Free Admission

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
Description: 

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.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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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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