2016-17 World Music Series

Huun Huur Tu
Monday, September 26, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Stansbury Theatre


The whistling of the high-mountain wind forms eerie overtones and postmodern statement. The repeated thrum of a string against wood and hide turns into a meditative, evocative figure straight from the avant garde. The descendents of isolated Siberian herdsmen make serious, strangely universal music out of some of the planets quirkiest acoustics.

The Tuvan acoustic quartet Huun Huur Tu prove that Tuvan music can take plenty of intelligent innovation. Using traditional instruments and drawing subtly on 20th-century composers, funky rhythms, and the decades they spent honing their overtone singing, Huun Huur Tu transform ancient songs into complex acoustic compositions. Beginning over seventeen years ago, Huun Huur Tu has almost single-handedly introduced the outside world to the boundless wealth of Tuvan traditions, thanks in great part to their superior musicianship.

Kane Mathis Duo
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
Harper Hall


Performing on the 21-string Mandinka Harp and the Turkish Oud, Kane Mathis renders compelling interpretations of these traditional musics. Years of study with generous masters have given Kane a rare opportunity to share these traditions with other cultures. Kane began taking trips to The Gambia, West Africa in 1997 and has continued rigorous study of the Mandinka Kora. Over the past ten years his performances have earned him recognition by the Gambian president, The Gambian minister of culture, and both national television and radio of The Gambia.

Ken and Brad Kolodner with Rachel Eddy, hammered dulcimer, fiddle and banjo

Wednesday, February 27, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
Harper Hall

 

Regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players and Old-Time fiddlers in North America, Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner has joined forces with his son Brad Kolodner, a rising star in the clawhammer banjo world. Together, they infuse their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs.

They perform with multi-instrumentalist Rachel Eddy (fiddle, banjo, guitar and vocals), a former member of the Old-Time supergroup Uncle Earl.

Learn more at www.kenandbrad.com

Zakir Hussain Duo
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
Lawrence Memorial Chapel

 

Zakir Hussain is a peerless genius of the tabla, the rhythmic heart of Indian classical music. The New York Times calls him “a fearsome technician but also a whimsical inventor, devoted to exuberant play.” The son of fabled tabla player Ustad Allarakha and descendant of a long line of master musicians, Hussain has devoted decades to becoming a performer whose “virtuosity is barely to be believed” (The Washington Post). Since the passing of Ravi Shankar, Hussain stands alone as India’s greatest classical musician and artistic ambassador to the world. Hussain will be joined in concert by Rahul sharma.
Rahul sharma plays the 100 stringed Kashmiri santoor . Having studied with his father, the famed Shivkumar Sharma, and Guru Pandit Shivkumar sharma , Rahul has taken the santoor into world music with various collaborations and in some 60 albums. He collaborated with Grammy award winning American saxophonist KennyG on an album which reached number 2 on Billboard world charts and number 4 on Board Smooth jazz charts. Rahul also collaborated with Grammy winning electronica group Deep Forest and composed the music for the Hindi feature film Mujhse Dosti Karoge, for which he received the award in the 'Best Debut-Music Director' category at the 2002 ZEE Bollywood Music Awards.

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