Meet & Greet with Kenny Endo

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Event Date: 
April 6, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Venue: 
Asian American Cultural Center
Address: 
1210 W. Nevada Street, Urbana, IL
Description: 

On Wednesday, April 6th come to the Asian American Culture Center for Meet and Greet Reception with Kenny Endo!

Kenny Endo is a leading artist in contemporary percussion and rhythm, who at the vanguard of the taiko genre, continues to pave new paths in this Japanese style drumming after forty years as a career taiko player. A performer, composer, and teacher of taiko with numerous awards and accolades, Endo is a consummate artist, leading an ensemble blending Japanese taiko with rhythms influenced from around the world into original melodies and improvisation.

Additionally, Kenny Endo will be performeing at the Knight Auditorium in Spurlock Museum. Join Kenny Endo for “Kenny Endo Ensemble: Celebrating 40 Years of Taiko and Cross-Cultural Asian American Arts”

Admission: 
free admission

Support The Center

Programs of the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music are dependent upon grants, gifts, and funds raised through concerts, performances and services. The Center was established at the University of Illinois on the basis of two acts of generosity: the donation of Indonesian gamelan orchestras and other instruments from the Estate of Robert E. Brown, and seed money from the University’s Office of the Provost and the School of Music. These funds enabled us to transport the instruments from the California estate, outfit a teaching space, hire a director and visiting artists, and get the program started.

If we are to continue to share music of the world’s cultures—engaging visiting artists from myriad traditions, acquiring the instruments they need to teach their music, presenting concerts, lectures, and workshops, and sending our artists out into the schools as they strive to enrich their curricula, we will need the support of alumni and friends who see the importance of our efforts to bring awareness of the richness of the world’s performing arts to the University and our community.

If you would like to learn more about the ways you can support the Center, please contact David Allen, Associate Director of Development, at 217/333-6453, or allend@illinois.edu, or click the GIVING link in the menu to your left.

African Blues

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Event Date: 
February 4, 2016 - 11:45am - 12:45pm
Venue: 
Café of First Presbyterian Church, Champaign
Address: 
302 W. Church Street, Champaign
Description: 

Jean René and Bomoyi is a musical ensemble featuring Congolese rumba with a flavor of gospel, jazz and African rhythms. They sing in English and five other languages. Musicians have performed in Africa and Europe. Well known in Congo, they are continuing to gain recognition in the United States.

This program is offered on first Thursdays of each month.

Admission: 
Donations Accepted
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Anchiskhati Choir

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Event Date: 
February 29, 2016 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 West Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

The Anchiskhati Choir is the world’s leading exponent of Georgian polyphonic choral music. The choir members specialize in singing ancient Georgian sacred and secular songs with authentic instrumental accompaniment. Members of the Anchiskhati Choir come from different regions of Georgia where they have absorbed the unique singing traditions of their parents and grandparents. Singing weekly in the famous 6th century Anchiskhati church in Tbilisi, Georgia, the group collaborates as a group of expert and passionate ethnomusicologists who teach, hold workshops, and regularly perform in Georgia and abroad.

This Gateways to World Music program is presented by the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music, with generous support from Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, Center for Advanced Study, and Bruno and Wanda Nettl.

Admission: 
free admission
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Kenny Endo Ensemble: Celebrating 40 Years of Taiko and Cross-Cultural Asian American Arts

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Event Date: 
April 7, 2016 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium
Address: 
600 S Gregory St, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Center for Advanced Study
MillerComm2016

Kenny Endo
Taiko artist and founder, Kenny Endo Ensemble

Kenny Endo is a leading artist in contemporary percussion and rhythm, who at the vanguard of the taiko genre, continues to pave new paths in this Japanese style drumming even after forty years as a career taiko player. A performer, composer, and teacher of taiko with numerous awards and accolades, Endo is a consummate artist, leading an ensemble blending Japanese taiko with rhythms influenced from around the world into original melodies and improvisation.

The ensemble features Kenny Endo (taiko) with Abe Lagrimas (vibraphone, drums, 'ukulele) and Sumie Kaneko (koto, shamisen). Largrimas is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist who performs with jazz artists Eric Marienthal and James Ingram and Hawaii artists Jake Shimabukuro and Don Tiki. Watanabe is a former artistic director and principal flutist of renowned KODO ensemble.

Presented as part of Boneyard Arts Festival and International Week.

Hosted by:
Global Arts Performance Initiatives
Robert E. Brown Center for World Music

In conjunction with:
Asian American Cultural Center
Asian American Studies
Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
Department of Dance
Division of Musicology, School of Music
Percussion Division, School of Music
Japan House
Spurlock Museum
With additional support from Bruno and Wanda Nettl

Series support provided by:
Office of the Chancellor
Office of Equal Opportunity and Access
Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
The Center for Advanced Study
George A. Miller Endowment
Ledyard R. Tucker Fund
Peggy Harris Memorial Fund
The Council of Deans
The David Gottlieb Memorial Foundation
The Graduate College

For background information, please consult cas.illinois.edu or 333-6729

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Piper's Hut 11th Anniversary Concert

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Event Date: 
February 2, 2016 - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Piper's Hut
Address: 
616 W WHITE ST, Champaign, IL 61820
Description: 

Join us for a fun evening of music to celebrate the 11th anniversary of Piper's Hut. The music will be provided by the Canadian young trio "Ten Strings and a Goat Skin."
A house concert means that seating is very limited. My living room can hold about 25. This means tickets are first come first served. Please email me at pipers.hut@gmail.com to reserve seats.

When:

* Tuesday, February 2
* Show starts at 8pm
* Pot luck 6pm - 8pm. I will provide plates, utensils, condiments, teas, coffees, filtered water, etc.

Tickets:

* Tickets will be on sale at the door the night of the show. Preference will be given to reservation holders.

Prices: Due to the limited seating tickets will be

* $20 for Adults
* $10 for teens
* FREE for pre-teens.

Reservations:

* Please email me at pipers.hut@gmail.com for reservations and other information

Admission: 
Adults 20$ / Teens 10$ / Free for pre-teens
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Shamisen Performance by Sato Michiyoshi

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Event Date: 
February 7, 2016 - 1:30pm
Venue: 
Japan House
Address: 
2000 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana
Description: 

JAPAN TWANG!
300 Years of Tsugaru-jamisen in 90 Minutes

Enjoy an entertaining and educational concert with shamisen virtuoso Sato Michiyoshi on his first US tour! Sato is an award-winning performer of Tsugaru-jamisen, a dynamic style of music played with a three-stringed Japanese banjo called a shamisen. The style has been adapted for contemporary audiences, and Sato himself glides between traditional, jazz, rock, and neo-folk modes, performing solo, with his father, and with his genre-crossing Kotobuki BAND. In this one-hour performance, Sato will focus on demonstrating the range and flexibility of the instrument. The event will begin with introductory remarks by Joshua Solomon, a PhD candidate in the University of Chicago’s East Asian Languages.

Presented by the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, with co-sponsoring support from Japan House and Robert E. Brown Center for World Music.

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Balinese Gamelan Concert

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Event Date: 
May 1, 2016 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 West Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

The end of semester concert featuring the Balinese Gamelan ensembles under the direction of I Ketut Gede Asnawa will be presented on May 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the Music Building Auditorium.

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

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

The performance is open to the public.

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Alash - Tuvan Throat Singing Ensemble

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Event Date: 
February 10, 2016 - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Smith Memorial Hall
Address: 
805 South Mathews Avenue Urbana, IL
Description: 

Gateways to World Music

Robert E. Brown Center for World Music and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center welcome back the Tuvan Ensemble ALASH.

ALASH are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xöömei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time.

One can find complex harmonies, western instruments, and contemporary song forms in Alash’s music, but its overall sound and spirit is decidedly Tuvan.

This program is made possible in part by a generous gift from Bruno and Wanda Nettl

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Guy Thorne In-Residence at Unit One/Allen Hall 1/24-1/28

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Event Date: 
January 24, 2016 - 7:00pm - January 28, 2016 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Unit One / Allen Hall
Address: 
1005 W Gregory Dr, Urbana, Illinois
Description: 

Dancer, Choreographer, and Multi-media Artist, Guy Thorne will be In-Residence at Unit One/Allen Hall 1/24-1/28

Guy Thorne is a co-founder, artistic director, choreographer, and dancer at FuturPointe Dance. Thorne’s current choreographic work explores the confluence of folklore and popular and contemporary dance forms infused with his short film and multi-media creations. Thorne was on the dance faculty at SUNY-Potsdam where he taught ballet, modern dance, and Caribbean urban and folkloric dance. In 2012, he was a Jubilation Foundation fellow. Guy used his Jubilation grant to introduce children to Jonkanoo, a West African and Caribbean performing art that combines costume-making, singing, dancing and drumming. Thorne has toured extensively and taught master classes throughout the world. He has received critical acclaim from the New York Times and other major publications.

All programs are free and take place in Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana.
Free parking is available after 5pm in the garage across the street.

Sunday, January 24
7pm - “Guy Thorne: Weird That Works” (South Rec Room)
Guy Thorne will give examples of his work and how having a multicultural background has influenced and opened roads on his journey as an artist. “Jamaicans are a mix of Asian, African, Indian, and native Amerindians. Caribbean people cook curry, fufu, fried rice, chop suey, and mac & cheese. I thought, ‘how can I make art that reflects this multiculturalism?”

Monday, January 25
7pm - Nyabingi Community Circle (Main Lounge)
Nyabingi means a pledge of ‘Love To All Human Beings.’ We’ll learn Mudras, brain training exercises, mindfulness techniques, body beats (corporeal percussion), and therapeutic drumming patterns. (Bring a drum if you have one, but it isn’t necessary.)

9pm – tea time: Making your way as an artist/creative person (guest apartment)
Need advice or inspiration? Come hang out, ask questions, and eat snacks.

Tuesday, January 26
7pm – Out of Many One: A Mini Film Festival (South Rec Room)
Famous scenes from ground breaking Jamaican films stitched together with artistic flare shown as a single movie. With post movie discussion on examining cultural stereotypes.

9pm – tea time: Jamaican culture (guest apartment)
Hang out, eat snacks, and learn about Jamaican culture

Wednesday, January 27
8pm - Performance and cultural presentation: ‘Rasta in the Concrete Jungle’ (Main Lounge)
‘Rasta in the Concrete Jungle’ is a one-man-show that is designed to challenge ideas, stir emotions, and leave audiences thinking and talking. It is an ever-evolving Caribbean- American dance work born of a sophisticated fusion of traditional and modern Caribbean dance forms. Thorne uses dance, speech, song, and digital technologies such as kinetic typography and projection to imbue "ordinary" bodies with extraordinary powers. The combination of elements is simultaneously contemporary, urban, and global.

Thursday, January 28
7pm - Dancehall Bashment: Energetic Reggae Dance Party! (Main Lounge)
“DJ GuY Dance” will spin tracks from Reggae’s pioneering 50s through to the latest reggae and dancehall beats. Guy will give lessons in easy to learn dance steps rooted in the folklore and popular dance steps of Diaspora. Learn Ska, ‘Pon de river,’ ‘Thunder Clap’ and more. We’ll also have Jamaican food and drinks.

9pm – tea time: Dance Videos (guest apartment)
Hang out, say goodbye to Guy, eat snacks, and watch dance videos together.

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