SDSU Javanese Gamela

Perfect Harmony: Two World Music Institutions Team Up for a Concert Series

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

San Diego Students Learn About Persian Music and Culture

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.