2019-2020 World Music Series

CUDAMANI: GAMELAN AND DANCE OF BALI
Monday, September 23, 2019, 8:00p.m.,
Stansbury Theater

Internationally hailed as Bali’s most forward thinking music and dance ensemble, Çudamani is known for their exceptional creativity and superb artistry while always holding dear the classical treasures that have made Bali so renown. Nurtured and trained in the village of Pengosekan, group members are considered among Bali’s most respected and accomplished musicians and dancers. While in great demand, nevertheless, Çudamani does not perform for tourists in Bali, rather they perform as a spiritual offering for temples and the village communities.

Under the musical direction of Dewa Putu Berata and dance direction of Bapak Nyoman Cerita and Emiko Saraswati Susilo this is the 20th Anniversary tour for Çudamani.  Their 18 member ensemble weave layers of intricate sound from the deep great bronze gongs to the delicate sounds of the flute. They have prepared works that are breathtakingly virtuosic, profoundly moving, works that are both new and classic.   Gamelan Çudamani is evidence of the power of collective village integrity and the intrinsic spirituality that informs and animates Balinese life.

Tickets: Adults- $10; Seniors- $5; Students w/ valid ID & LU Students - Free
Tickets can be purchased at the Lawrence University Box Office

Okaidja Afroso singer, guitarist, percussionist, and dancer
Monday, February 10, 2020, 8:00p.m.
Harper Hall, Music Drama Center


Born into a family of musicians and storytellers in the village of Kokrobite on the west coast of Ghana, Okaidja Afroso is a singer, guitarist, percussionist, and dancer deeply connected to the musical traditions of the African Diaspora and devoted to bringing together diverse modes of expression in pursuit of global harmony. His four albums, most recently The Palm Wine Sea, chart a journey from his past as a vocalist, percussionist and dancer with the Ghana Dance Ensemble and Obo Addy through to the present, as a confident and mature songwriter and collaborator. His songs call back to the sounds of his youth, illuminating them with the experiences and wonder of a curious traveler, never resting and always seeking.
“My music preserves my West African roots while embracing diverse cross-cultural influences and styles. I strive to create a rhythmic fusion of old and new that presents a fresh sound that preserves the authenticity of the traditional while embracing the rich complexity of the integrated world we inhabit today. In my workshops and performances I explore how my ancestor’s traditions have persevered and been reshaped in a contemporary version of the African oral tradition. The complex compositions, soulful vocals, and spirited dancing combine to create an unforgettable and unique experience.” - Okaidja Afroso

Tickets: Adults- $10; Seniors- $5; Students w/ valid ID & LU Students - Free
Tickets can be purchased at the Lawrence University Box Office

A Moving Sound
Monday, April 13, 2020, 8:00 p.m.,
Stansbury Theater

Fusing traditional influences with a global sensibility, award-winning Taiwanese ensemble A Moving Sound (Sheng Don 聲動) has built a worldwide following through their joyous mix of original music and dance.

Featuring the distinctive timbres of the erhu (Taiwanese fiddle) and zhong ruan (lute), and coupled with the transcendent vocals of Mia Hsieh, A Moving Sound has devised a unique and compelling style that is all their own – a whirlwind of musical expression that veers between the meditative and the exuberant with irrepressible spirit.

A Moving Sound has been featured on BBC Radio 3, National Public Radio in the U.S., and on The Discovery Channel. They have performed and taught in twenty countries including The Kennedy Center, W.O.M.A.D. (picked as a festival highlight by London Financial Times) and the Melbourne International Arts Festival, and have led educational residency programs worldwide specializing in Taiwanese dance, music, and culture. A Moving Sound's self-titled CD is internationally distributed by Motema Music.

Tickets: Adults- $10; Seniors- $5; Students w/ valid ID & LU Students - Free
Tickets can be purchased at the Lawrence University Box Office

Lawrence University Gamelan Concert
Sunday, May 17, 2020, 3:00p.m.
Lawrence Memorial Chapel

Free admission. No tickets required.

The concert will include meditative traditional ceremonial pieces and vibrant contemporary works by Balinese composers.