2015-2016 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.

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