SDSU Javanese Gamela

San Diego CityBeat, September 22, 2010

A report on the 2010 SDSU-CWM World Music Series . . .

These two enduring world-music institutions are teaming up to co-produce a fall concert series featuring SDSU instructors and San Diego artists performing everything from Appalachian folk tunes to Javanese gamelan.

For more than 20 years, . . . the School of Music and Dance has hosted this concert series as part of the school’s world-music course material. “These classes don’t have textbooks with them. They have live performances, instead.”

Here’s the full story.

Persian Drum Class

Peyk: The Persian Cultural Center’s Bilingual Magazine, September 1, 2010

Our friends at the Persian Cultural Center of San Diego have published a nice article about our World Music in the Schools program in Persian music and culture at King-Chavez Academies in San Diego. The instructor is Kourosh Taghavi, a world-renowned professional setar player, and CWM teaching artist in residence.

Mr. Taghavi teaches about 250 K-5th grade students at King-Chavez Academies, where he is on campus for two full days a week. As the students learn about Persian classical music, they are introduced to Persian culture as well. . . . In the spring of 2010, the demand for the program increased beyond the resources that were immediately available, so the Center reached out to the Iranian-American community in California and members of the community responded generously.

The CWM is thankful for this support, and we’re sure the students would agree!

Read the full story here.