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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The Bruno and Wanda Nettl Distinguished Lecture in Ethnomusicology: Performing Blackness: Black Gospel Music in the Netherlands

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Event Date: 
September 16, 2016 - 4:30pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 West Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

The Bruno and Wanda Nettl Distinguished Lecture in Ethnomusicology: Performing Blackness: Black Gospel Music in the Netherlands

Portia K. Maultsby, Laura Boulton Professor Emerita of Ethnomusicology; Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University

Cost Free and Open to the Public

Center for Advanced Study; Department of African American Studies; Department of Anthropology; School of Music; European Union Center (Title VI Grant, Dept. of Education)

Speaker:

Portia K. Maultsby, Laura Boulton Professor Emerita of Ethnomusicology; Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University

Abstract:

Since the 1990s, African American gospel music has become a global phenomenon. Its popularity across national, cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious boundaries has resulted in the proliferation of gospel choirs throughout the world. In this new context, Black gospel music is used in diverse ways and serves multiple functions, giving rise to localized meanings and performance expectations. Although African American expatriates occasionally serve as choir directors, many choirs are led by non-African American musicians. With varying success, some directors strive to preserve “original” performance aesthetics and, often, the rituals associated with African American worship settings. Yet others reference black gospel music as inspiration to create localized religious expressions.

As a case study, my presentation will focus on Edith Casteleyn, the Euro-Dutch director of four choirs in the Netherlands performing what she describes as “authentic” Black American gospel music. Specifically, I will examine the processes for translating and negotiating differences in the musical values, cultural practices, religious orientations, and social conventions distinguishing African American and Dutch societies, and the way these differences impact the teaching, performance, and reception of gospel music in this new context.

Admission: 
Free and Open to the Public

"Brazilian Carnauba Wax at the Dawn of Recorded Sound"

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Event Date: 
September 15, 2016 - 4:00pm
Venue: 
Lucy Ellis Lounge - FLB 1080
Address: 
707 South Mathews Avenue Urbana, IL 61801
Description: 

Spanish and Portuguese Colloquium presents

Mike Silvers (Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, UIUC) - "Brazilian Carnauba Wax at the Dawn of Recorded Sound ."
Music scholars have, in recent years, begun investigating the sustainability of natural materials used in the construction of musical instruments and other music technologies. In this talk, I narrate a commodity biography of carnauba wax from northeastern Brazil as it was used in the fabrication of wax cylinders and 78 RPM records in the early years of sound reproduction. I suggest the story of the exploitation of (sustainably grown) natural resources for mass-produced music technologies is one of labor and trade relationships within the Brazilian Northeast and, above all, between the Global North and the Global South.

Balinese Gamelan Concert

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Event Date: 
December 4, 2016 - 2:00pm
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.

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Gateways to World Music presents Projeto Arcomusical

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Event Date: 
October 5, 2016 - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 West Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

Featuring Gregory Beyer, Daniel Eastwood, Kyle Flens, Alexis C. Lamb, Ethan Martin, and Raychel Taylor, Projeto Arcomusical is a world music sextet reimagining the Afro-Brazilian berimbau through a repertoire of unique, powerful, original concert chamber music.

Projeto Arcomusical formed in 2013 specifically to interpret MeiaMeia, the collaborative composition cycle co-composed by ensemble members Gregory Beyer and Alexis C. Lamb. MeiaMeia will be released on Innova Recordings in October 2016. The ensemble performs in communities, cafés, schools, and professional venues and has a myriad performances to its credit. Highlights include international conferences in South Africa and the United States and a three-week Brazilian tour in July 2015 that took the ensemble to six locations in the states of Minas Gerais and Bahia

*** Please join us at 7:30pm in the Music Building Auditorium for a pre-performance talk 7:30pm by Gregory Beyer (Associate Professor and Head of Percussion Studies at Northern Illinois University) who will present "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.

Lectureship supported by the Lorado Taft on Art Fund/College of Fine and Applied Arts.

These programs are part of the Gateways to World Music concert series.

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Ken Frieden

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Event Date: 
September 12, 2016 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Smith Memorial Hall
Address: 
805 S. Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL
Description: 

A lecture and concert by Ken Frieden
B.G. Rudolph Chair of Judaic Studies, Syracuse University

Traveling to the Holy Land with Rabbi Nahman: A Literary and
Musical Pilgrimage

Professor Frieden will be playing clarinet along with the wonderful Frances Harris on violin and Sam Gingher on accordion.

This is a Vivian Marcus Memorial Fund Event

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Matsuri Festival | Michiyoshi Sato | Ho Etsu Taiko

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Event Date: 
August 28, 2016 - 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Japan House and the University Arboretum
Address: 
2000 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, Illinois 61802
Description: 

Join us on the grounds of Japan House and the University Arboretum for our second annual Japanese festival, Matsuri. There will be Japanese food and drink, powerful drum performances by Ho Etsu Taiko, Tsugaru-shamisen performer Michiyoshi Sato, martial arts demos, fashion shows, yukata and cosplay dressing, bubbles and Pokemon face painting, Shiatsu massage, tea ceremonies, Ikebana and Bonsai demonstrations and displays and more! Rain or shine.

Shamisen, Michiyoshi Sato
3:00-3:15; Stage, Performance Tent
4:45-5:00; Stage, Performance Tent
5:45-6:30; Stage, Performance Tent

Taiko, Ho Etsu Taiko
4:00-4:15; Stage, Performance Tent
6:45-7:30; Stage, Performance Tent

Admission: 
free admission, ticket sales for food and beverages
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Community Gamelan Classes Resume Monday, August 29

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.

As part of the center’s programming, these Monday evening classes from 6pm to 8pm are open to all, free of charge, with no prior experience required. Classes are located in Room 0300(formerly Room 1188) of School of Music at 1114 W. Nevada Street, with the closest entrance located on the Oregon Street side of the building. No credit is offered and registration is not needed for these classes. However, participants join the ensemble with an understanding that regular attendance is required in order to enjoy the responsibility of making music in an orchestra where everyone depends on the contribution of every player.

For more information, please email the center at worldmusic [at] illinois.edu

The Havana Cuba All-Stars: Cuban Nights

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Event Date: 
November 16, 2016 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL
Description: 

A rich fusion of creative forces gave birth to son—a musical legacy combining African rhythms and Spanish lyricism that first rose to popularity in the early part of the 20th century and now serves as the national music and dance style of Cuba. In a celebratory evening entitled Cuban Nights, the 11-member Havana Cuba All-Stars, also known as Asere (the Cuban word for friendship), honor this traditional acoustic form while innovating delightfully with inventive songwriting, irresistible musicianship, and undeniable charm.

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