2013-2014 World Music Series

Kane MathisKane Mathis, kora
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
Harper Hall, Music-Drama Center
Lecture/ Demonstration
Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 5:00 p.m.
Harper Hall, Music-Drama Center

Seattle's Kane Mathis is one of the world's leading performers on the kora, the distinctive (usually) 21-stringed West African harp instrument that is the major instrument of the Mandinka people of Mali; the Malian equivalent of the Western keyboard. Mathis has studied the instrument since the age of twenty, making several trips to The Gambia to learn from the hereditary musicians of the area.


Aparna Ramaswamy's Sannidhi

Aparna Ramaswamy’s Sannidhi
Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Stansbury Theatre

This new solo work by Aparna Ramaswamy, performed with live music, highlights Indian-American artists of the next generation who retain roots in their collective history while bringing their own voices to the contemporary stage. Sannidhi (Sacred Space)  illuminates the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine, whose timeless duality forms the continuous pulse of our universe. In five sections, this work weaves together music and movement, rhythm and lyric, spirit and emotion, creating an invisible link between dancer, musicians and audience.

The presentation of Aparna Ramaswamy’s Sannidhi was made possible by the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project. Major Support for the NDP is also provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Roomful of TeethRoomful of Teeth
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 8:00p.m.
Lawrence Memorial Chapel

Roomful of Teeth is a vibrant, unique vocal octet dedicated to re-imagining singing in the 21st century. Through study with vocal masters from non-classical traditions the world over, Roomful of Teeth continually expands their vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an on-going commissioning project, invites today’s brightest composers to create a repertoire without borders. Roomful of Teeth has commissioned works by several of today’s leading composers, including Caroline Shaw, whose work Partita for 8 Voices was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for music. This performance is the culmination of a three-day residency at Lawrence.


JP JofreJP Jofre and the Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble
"Tango Nuevo:" The Music of Astor Piazzolla"
Featuring big band arrangements by JP Jofre and Fred Sturm
Friday, March 7, 2014 8:00p.m
Lawrence Memorial Chapel

Argentine musician-composer-arranger JP Jofre is considered to be the premiere bandoneónista of the modern age whose virtuosity astonishes critics as well as his growing legion of fans. He has been hailed as one of today’s leading artists by Lincoln Center and praised by The New York Times for his soulful, artful playing of the bandoneón.

Juan Pablo began playing percussion and guitar by ear at the age of 14. He later joined the Escuela de Musica de la Universidad Nacional de San Juan, Argentina, where he studied, drums, guitar, piano, voice, and composition before fully dedicating himself to the bandoneón.

A recipient of the National Prize of the Arts Grant in Argentina, J.P. Jofre has brought his exciting contemporary tango to Asia, Europe, America and the Caribbean as soloist, composer and arranger. He has appeared at the Taiwan National Theatre, Italy’s Umbria Jazz Festival, Sudtirol Jazz Festival, Celebrity Series of Boston, and has performed with the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Nina Beilina, Dartmouth Wind Symphony Orchestra, Festival of the Americas Symphony Orchestra, Fernando Otero Quintet, Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Mendoza National Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Miami Studio Jazz Band.

On the heels of sold-out concerts at Lincoln Center and the Celebrity Series of Boston, where he received standing ovations, Jofre released his debut CD “Hard Tango” featuring 11-time Grammy winner Paquito D’Rivera on June 26, 2013.


Saturday, April 5, 2014 8:00p.m
Lawrence Memorial Chapel

Alash ensemble is a trio of  masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage.


Emiko Saraswati Susilo

Emiko Saraswati Susilo with Gamelan Cahaya Asri
Sunday, June 1, 2014 3 p.m.
Stansbury Theatre

Guest dancer Emiko Saraswati Susilo will perform Palawakia with Gamelan Cahaya Asri. A groundbreaking work created in the early 20th century, Palawakia presents a tour de force through multiple performance types, requiring the dancer to dance, sing and play the trompong instrument in turn.

Emiko is a dancer, singer, and musician who has been active in Balinese and Javanese arts for 29 years, and is currently the company director of Gamelan Sekar Jaya in Berkeley, Calif., and associate director of Gamelan Çudamani in Bali, Indonesia.