2015-16 World Music Series


Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Stansbury Theatre, Music Drama Center

From the cattle rearing Llanos Orientales, region of Colombia, Cimarrón performs the festive dance music of ‘joropo’, a fiercely virtuoso display of rippling melodies and powerful rhythms combining Andalusian, Indigenous Indian and African roots. Led by harpist Carlos Rojas, these musicians seek to explore and experiment with their rich heritage whilst retaining the essence of the tradition. The musical fireworks created by harp, bandola, cuatro, bass, cajon, tambora, maracas and high- pitched voices are simply breathtaking.

This engagement of Cimarron is made possible through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.









Karin Loberg Code Hardanger Fiddle Player
Monday, October 5, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Harper Hall, Music Drama Center

Karin Loberg Code, a life-long string player, began intense study of the hardingfele, or Harding fiddle, in 1990. Today, Karin is a respected dance fiddler who has lived two years in Norway, playing for weekly dance groups in Oslo and meeting with master fiddlers. As an American fiddler, she has been on staff, along with Norwegian-born artists, at numerous festivals and workshops in the US. Her first CD, "Norsk Spring Dance," is widely used in this country and in Norway for folk dance accompaniment. Her newest CD, "Harding Tones" features both solo work and the premiere recording of the newly created Harding Quartet.




Hector Del Curto Quartet
Monday, February 1, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Harper Hall, Music Drama Center


Praised by The New York Times as a "splendid player," Argentinean bandoneonist Héctor Del Curto's career, spanning for more than twenty–five years has encompassed the traditional Tango, New Tango, Jazz, Classical and World music. He has performed with the world–renowned tango legend Astor Piazzolla, pianist Pablo Ziegler, clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera, saxophonist Joe Lovano, violinist Cho–Liang Lin and appeared with prestigious orchestras such as Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Mobile Symphony and Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra.

Zafir with Simon Shaheen
Friday, April 1, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Lawrence Memorial Chapel

Simon Shaheen brings to life the Arab music of Al-Andalus and blends it

with the ubiquitous art of flamenco in his newest production Zafir, a program of instrumental and vocal music and dance. This program does not pretend to recreate the music of a bygone era, but rather to renew a relationship that began more than a thousand years ago. It reveals the commonalities of a music born in cultural centers of Iraq and Syria, blew like the wind (zafir) across the waters of the Mediterranean to Al-Andalus, blended with elements of Spanish music, and was brought back across the sea to North Africa where it flourished in the cities of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.
This group of performers includes a core of musicians steeped in the art of Arab music led by virtuoso performer and composer, Simon Shaheen. The group is joined by the internationally acclaimed Tunisian singer, Sonia M’Barek; Flamenco vocalist/guitarist/pianist, Juan Pérez Rodríguez. And Auxi Fernandez, a young fiery dancer who complements the music with her sinuous arm movements and explosive footwork.

2014-15 World Music Series

Canzioniere Grecanico SalentinoCanzoniere Grecanico Salentino
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Stansbury Theater, Music Drama Center

Italy's fascinating dichotomy of tradition and modernity come together in the music of Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino. Hailing from the Puglia region, the seven piece band and dancer are the leading exponents in a new wave of young performers re-inventing Southern Italy's Pizzica Taranta musical and dance traditions for today's global audience. Critically acclaimed with 16 albums and countless live performances throughout Europe and the Middle East.


Dobet Gnahoré
Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Stansbury Theater, Music Drama Center

Widely considered one of contemporary African music's most exciting talents, Dobet Gnahoré has astounded audiences with her thrilling stage presence, appealing melodies and powerful singing. Gnahoré's diverse music composition moves from delicate ballads to upbeat African grooves, and serves as a resounding introduction to this voice of the future. As a singer, dancer and percussionist from the Ivory Coast, inherited the force of the “Bété” tradition from her father, Boni Gnahoré, a master percussionist who plays with the Abidjan-based Ki-Yi Mbock Company, directed by Werewere Liking.

Caladh Nua
Monday, March 2, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Esch Studio, Warch Campus Center

Caladh Nua is a tightly-knit, vibrant and staggeringly talented band with its origins deeply rooted in the Southern counties of Ireland. Comprised of five versatile musicians and singers playing a wide selection of instruments - from banjo to fiddle, guitar to bodhran and tin whistle to button accordion - the band has captured the essential qualities of traditional Irish music and balanced them finely with an innovative contemporary flair.

Gamelan Cahaya Asri Concert with I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 5:00 p.m.
Stansbury Theater, Music Drama Center

The concert will include traditional pieces, contemporary works by Balinese composers, and a series of masked dances performed by the renowned Balinese dancer I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda.

Sahba Motallebi, Persian Tar and Setar
Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Harper Hall, Music Drama Center

Sahba Motallei was born in 1978 in Tehran, Iran, and started playing traditional Persian music very early on. She is a graduate of Tehran Conservatory where she mastered playing Tar and Setar (traditional Persian instruments) under the instructions of Master Fariborz Azizi.
She further enhanced her performance of the renowned capabilities by enjoying the direct guidance of the renowned master of traditional Persian music, Hossein alizadeh, and the respected music theoretician, Dr Mehran Rouhani.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Harper Hall, Music Drama Center

DakhaBrakha is a world-music quartet from Kiev, Ukraine. Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, Ukrainian “ethno-chaos” band DakhaBrakha, create a world of unexpected new music.The name DakhaBrakha is original, outstanding and authentic at the same time. It means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language. Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture.

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