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Buena Vista Social Club Bringing Back the Sounds of Old Cuba

The famed Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, whose 1997 1997 Grammy Award-winning album went platinum in the United States and sold more than eight million copies worldwide, have reunited for their “Adios Tour” of North America. Vocalist Omara Portuondo, sometimes called the “Billie Holiday” of Cuba, told the Washington Post: Music is the language of all the […]

Traditional Thai Dance Continues at Bangkok Shrine

The popular Erawan shrine in Bangkok was recently the target of a bomb attack, but the performance of classical dance continues. Here’s a thoughtful update on a “day in the life” of a Thai dancer . . . The crew began their shift. There were four musicians — one on taphon (barrel drum), another on […]

The Center Welcomes Gamelan Artist Hirotaka Inuzuka to World Music in the Schools

We extend a warm welcome to Hirotaka Inuzuka, who joins World Music in the Schools as a teaching artist. Hirotaka will be Balinese gamelan instructor at the San Diego French American school, beginning this fall. A specialist in Indonesian gamelan music, Hirotaka began playing Balinese gamelan during his undergraduate studies in Ethnomusicology at UCLA. He continued […]

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Djoko Walujo, Revered Teacher of Javanese Gamelan

Djoko Walujo Wimboprasetyo, respectfully addressed by his professional colleagues and his adoring students as Pak Djoko (“Father Djoko”), is one of the most highly regarded senior performers of Javanese classical music. An esteemed artist, court musician, and composer, he is one of the most sought-after instructors of Javanese orchestral music in the world. Pak Djoko […]

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World Music Instrument: The Setar

We continue our series of reports on the fascinating variety of musical instruments that students in World Music in the Schools enjoy working with . . . The setar is a Persian (Iranian) stringed instrument with a small, pear-shaped soundbox and four metal strings. Its name means “three strings.” A fourth drone string was added […]

The Beauty of Bulgarian Folk Dances

An article in an online fashion journal from Bulgaria, with eleven nice videos of Bulgarian folk dance and—most interesting—captions indicating the complex rhythms of each dance. Bulgarian folklore dances are unique with their asymmetrical meters, combining “quick” and “slow” beats. . . . These dance rhythms may not agree with the rhythms and meters performed by […]

West Java’s Guardian ‘Gong-Makers’

In a photo essay, the Jakarta Post reflects on the only remaining gong foundry in West Java . . . At 89, Sukarna still has an ear for gong tones. He also still lends a hand at his workshop on Jalan Pancasan in Bogor, West Java. No one else can tune a gong like he […]

Study Music and Dance in Bali in July

The Çudamani community in Pengosekan, Bali, is offering a three-week Summer Institute in Balinese gamelan and dance, July 7-26, 2015. The village of Pengosekan, a traditional center of the arts, is just south of Uhttp://bit.ly/1bEDoidbud, at the cultural heart of the island. Share three weeks of intensive learning with musicians, dancers, students, scholars and people from […]